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Cheney Warns Dems on Judicial Filibusters

"Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada commands a solid block of 45 votes against the proposal, and Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island have publicly stated their opposition as well. A few GOP lawmakers are uncommitted, and Reid said this week that if Frist calls a vote, "it's going to be very close."

GOP polling shows 37 percent support for the GOP plan to deny Democrats the ability to filibuster judicial nominees, while 51 percent oppose, officials said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity."

That polling may slow down efforts to force a vote on changing the Senate rules on filibusters. After failing to get a vote on John Bolton this week, and defending the scandal ridden House Majority leader Tom DeLay, Republicans may not want to overplay their hand when it comes to overhauling the rules of the US Senate.


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