Glad to see them catching up with what I posted last December:
“Id also note Mccain didnt stop Bush from getting his judges. That was at a total impasse before Mccain and others acted to prevent the republicans from stupidly jumping off a cliff without a parachute by using the nuke option. Only after that did Bush nominees begin to again pass the senate. No Gang of 14, no Roberts and Alito.
Had the nuke option passed, the dems today would have nothing to prevent them from doing as they wished. The last year would have been very different.”
Every judge deserves a vote. Conservatives rightly do not typically filibuster judges. McCain preserved the leftist tool to block conservative appointments. And, it worked, unfortunately.
Pleasing the base matters. Pleasing the evangelical base in 2005-2006 would have mattered a lot.
Got to know when to compromise and when to play hardball. I will agree that the Republicans in the Senate need to play hardball should a Demonrat be elected President in 2008, whether or not they have a majority. Of course, with McCain, Snowe and Voinovich this is not likely.