Call Frist now and tell him "NO DEAL!"
National Review's Beltway Buzz is also reporting that contrary to his press statement yesterday, Lott is negotiating with Nelson. Lott is lying to us.
Just spoke with David DiMartino from Senator Ben Nelsons office. DiMartino tells me that despite the press release from Trent Lotts office claiming otherwise, Senators Lott and Nelson met as recently as yesterday to discuss a possible compromise on judicial filibusters. If you go back and read that statement, youll notice how very careful they were about wording it, DiMartino said.
DiMartino added that Lott and Nelson, along with a handful of other senators from both parties have been negotiating the details of a compromise for several months and have consulted with Harry Reid and Bill Frist on the matter.
Its our belief that we have the six votes needed on the Democrat side. We thought we had the six votes from the GOP or were at least very close. Senator Nelson is going to talk to other Republicans today.
DiMartino said that the compromise talks originated when Senator Nelson had planned to introduce legislation that would allow all judicial nominees to receive committee votes and floor votes without filibusters. Though Nelson is still considering introducing the legislation, the 67 votes required for a rule change makes its chances for success almost impossible.
Call Lott and tell him that his lies will not be stood for!
Southerners are horrible leaders, whether they are Dems or GOP.
If true, Frist can kiss any political future goodbye! Stand up to those bastards!
This is the bottom line, for me. If Frist does not achieve this, the Republican Party is useless, and they will no longer have my support. I will not support the Republican Party if all they can deliver is a series of squishy compromise nominees to the Federal Bench and the Supreme Court.
you mention 67 votes for a rule change
is everyone in agreement that it takes 2/3s?
We, on this board, are politically active and aware. On the other hand, most people are not. Many people voted for Bush so he could nominate people to the SCOTUS. They don't care about any other court. The Supreme Court is the Holy Grail. So, Frist will not be in hot water with them if he makes a deal, in fact they will applaud it.