Well, it seems that the Kossacks (the ueber-Kossack, actually) are going to fling the calls for an "Up or Down Vote" by conservatives back in our faces. Of course, this is a specious argument, since it's not like Miers even made it to or even out of the committee - which was the problem with the other nominees to the appelate courts. Oh, and there's still that fig leaf that Miers withdrew her nomination to spare the President the difficulty of battling over executive priviledge - yeah, right.
he 'Up or Down Vote' talking point is dead
Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 02:03:21 PM PDT
Senate Democrats have helpfully emailed around the list below of GOP passion for the "up or down vote". Too bad the Miers fiasco has taken away that talking point from their repertoire.
They're going to need new material if Bush decides to try and make nice with his base by nominating a genuine winger.
But, it's instructive to note that the Lefties aren't going to simply let Miers go down and not make political hay out of it... Their main concern right now is that Bush not appoint a right-winger. Given the makeup of the Senate, I think we'll get yet another stealth nominee - one who probably is viewed by conservatives favorably (b/c he or she went to the right schools and hangs out with the right people) and has a few written records which point to an originalist framework. However, it will be insufficient for Schumer & Co to force a fillibuster.
At least, that's my hope. Because if it does come down to the fillibuster, I seriously doubt that the GOP or the President have sufficient political capital to break it.
ARC: St Wendeler