As to why OUR party isn't using these quotes EVERY SINGLE time they stand up to speak and sending out e-mails to Republicans across the country and writing letters to the editors is a mystery to me as well.
Republicans have never had a very strong spine, imo.
I would suspect its because it would lend legitimacy to the lib's tactics. From these quotes it is apparent that we did the same thing to Clinton's nominee's. We have been presenting these tactics as new and inappropriate tactics by the libs.
The statistics we should be incessantly presenting are the actual vote and confirmation tallies. Rush has been doing this for the last couple of weeks. Clinton, IIRC, around 90%, and the libs still bitched about it in the above quotes. Dubya, 53%.
There's a good reason these quotes aren't being used by the Pubs; they would be a bit counter-productive as the opposition would have a swift and credible reply: "They did it, so we're doing it."
The so-called nuclear option is the absolute best respose to the situation. I suspect (and hope) that Frist realizes this, and GETS IT OVER WITH. One of the good parts of winning elections is getting to have your own way. Its time we had our own way.