Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


Senators reportedly have reached a deal on judicial nominations according to the AP.

I've never been completely opposed to a compromise on judges since this is a battle that has been escalating between the parties for years. Throughout the 1990s, nearly 60 of President Clinton's nominees were not given an up-or-down vote, and many of those weren't even given hearings. By contrast, 208 out of 218 judicial nominees have been approved by the Senate since President Bush took office; a pretty good ratio.

This most recent debate has been over the power grab being attempted by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in the form of the "nuclear option." The folks on the reactionary right who wanted to see said option become a reality probably aren't very pleased tonight.

Prior to tonight's result, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had this to say in today's Times:

"We're all grown men and women," Mr. Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said on CNN's "Late Edition." "And we're behaving like we're in the third grade. Yes, it is very doable if people of good faith will come together."


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