WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats threatened Tuesday to slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush's controversial court appointments.
Any such change would mark "an unprecedented abuse of power," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "The power to confirm judges includes the right to use well-established Senate rules to reject nominees."
Folks, what is a bloody unprecedented usurpation and abuse of power is the democrat fillibustering up or down action on judicial appointees, and,in effect, extra-constitutionally demanding a supermajority for approval of judicial candidates.
What the democrats have not yet learned, as evident by the last election, is that they didn't gain any votes by stonewalling; rather they lost seats. In the words of their esteemed fearless leader, one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Going by their own party's definition, the members of the minority party in the Senate (soon to become even more of a minority party should their behavior continue) should be fitted for straitjackets, post-haste.
Lady luck is surely smiling on the GOP. With this continued untoward behavior, even more Senate seats are surely to fall into GOP hands in 2006, through no additional effort on the GOPs part. After all, when your rival is in the process of making a fool of himself, it's best just to get out of the way. To say that the democrats are in the process of imploding would truly be one of the great understatements of this decade.