It's plainly obvious they didn't have the votes two years ago...I'm not sure they have them now. It isn't the entire Republican side of the Senate...it's the McCains of the Senate. We can thank Bush for building the majority and now it's time to attack the minority of Republicans who neither understand why they are in the majority or deserve our financial support.
I agree that 2 years ago they didn't have the votes, so they shouldn't have made the threat then. But when you have the votes and keep making idle threats, the other side just ignores you, or worse, use it against you and to their benefir "we stopped them from destroying the senate!". Truth is, neither Lott nor Frist have the testicular fortitude for leadership. They're gutless wonders.