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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review May 19, 2005 / 10 Iyar, 5765

Filibuster or bust

By Debra J. Saunders

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is right: President Bush's federal appellate nominees deserve an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. Their careers should not be held hostage by a rump of disgruntled Democrats who don't want every vote to count in the Senate.

And there should be no reward for the Dems' habit of demonizing conservative judges. Take the nasty job they've done on California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown. Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid dismissed Brown as outside the mainstream. That's choice, considering that the left's biggest beef with Brown involves her decision upholding Proposition 209, which ended gender and racial preferences in state hiring, contracting and admissions, after 54 percent of voters supported it, and the California Supreme Court approved her decision unanimously.

That said, the Republicans should work to cut a deal with Senate Democrats, rather than push for the so-called "nuclear option," which would prohibit the minority's filibuster of federal appellate nominees.

The GOP shouldn't be greedy. When your party has the White House, majorities in the House and Senate, and you are getting close to 80 percent of your appellate judge nominees approved, you don't gamble losing a majority in the House or Senate to clean up the last 20 percent. It doesn't matter if the GOP is right on principle. To voters who pay marginal attention to politics, this controversy is a simple turf fight, with the potential to make civilians wonder if the party in power has too much clout.

Besides, there is the larger issue of how the Senate should work over the next decade. Will senators work to win every battle or work for the best results?

The filibuster fiasco shows two parties under the thumb of their ideological bases. To negotiate is to cave. None too bright, Frist now finds himself in a position where, if he cuts a reasonable deal, he is a turncoat.

Reid is leading his party to the edge of the same steep cliff, as Senate Dems have stonewalled the confirmation of reasonable conservative judges to appease a minority of extreme leftists. When a minority pushes an issue like this to the brink, you have to figure its leaders would rather be martyrs than players.

Only moderates like Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Republican John McCain of Arizona can end the madness by crafting a compromise. Otherwise, the extremes in both parties prevail.

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I've seen it in the e-mails from Republicans who see any attempt to negotiate with the differently minded, or any show of respect thereto, as proof of treachery. Only a sucker would try to cut a deal with a Ted Kennedy or Nancy Pelosi, they cluck. It is as if they never heard of Nelson, or Dianne Feinstein or Joe Lieberman.

There is an exception: Both parties will compromise — for the wrong cause. On Tuesday, for example, a Senate that couldn't cut a simple deal to address the confirmation of judicial nominees readily voted to spend more money than it should on a transportation bill. President Bush had insisted that the Senate limit transportation spending to $284 billion over six years, but the Senate voted, 89 to 11, to inflate deficit spending further by passing a $295 billion measure.

See a pattern here? On anything remotely related to abortion, like judicial appointments, there are no deals. But thanks to deficit spending, there are deals galore when it comes to spending money Washington doesn't have. Republicans can support a big spending bill with no big tax increases, while Democrats vote yes because there are no big program cuts. Each party pleases its base, while betraying the public at large.

Not that the public minds. Voters rarely complain when Washington overspends. Meanwhile, senators from both parties are hearing from partisans demanding that they hang tough, demanding that they stick to principle, and demanding that they stick it to the other side.

Too bad there's no deficit spending in approving new judges.

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