Once again, John, nice work. Frankly, there are two reasons why the Republicans haven't done this yet...
1. I'm not sure all Republicans were on board with the nuclear option before (Snowe, Specter, Chafee, etc.)
2. Until this past election, I think some of them thought they might need to use the filibuster soon themselves. I think they wonder if, in the future, they become the minority, will they regret killing it.
Frankly, principle is principle. If you win the election, to the victor go the spoils. Just don't lose future elections...
An excellent point....
I sent this to Frist and Chambliss a few weeks back:
Dear Sen. Frist:
You need to say something along the lines of the following as you open the new Session of Congress:
Our Senate has a rich history that includes both written rules and unwritten traditions regarding those rules. The filibuster is one item that has such written rules and unwritten traditions.
Until now, it has been an unwritten tradition that the minority party never used the filibuster rule to block the confirmation of a judicial appointment when the votes to confirm were present on the floor.
Since the current minority party has elected to ignore this unwritten tradition repeatedly, we have no choice but to write this unwritten tradition into the rules of the Senate to prevent such abuse in the future.
Henceforth, we are adding to the written filibuster rule what has always been the practice until very recently -- the filibuster cannot be used to block a vote on confirmation of a Judicial appointment.
Some have called this the "nuclear" solution but it is really the minority party, previously headed by the obstructionist leadership, who has "nuked" 200 years of tradition. We are merely stopping their attack, kind of like Judicial SDI.