Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Nuclear Option and Judicial Nominees Still Unresolved

For months Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has threaten to employ the nuclear option, while chiding Democrats for their refusal to vote on judicial nominees. It is an ongoing topic, and one the Sunday Talking Heads love to bicker about. And once again moderate U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is one of the few willing to break from his party to promote bipartisan discussions on President Bush's judicial nominees and the end of filibuster talks.

Regarding implementing the nuclear option he disagreed, saying "Look, we won't always be in the majority."

This is exactly the point. Regardless of the judges’ worthiness, and whether two of the most radical nominees Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown get nominated by the senate, the most important part of the discussion is to preserve democracy and protect the minority. That is why states like Rhode Island and California have the same number of senators even though the populations are millions of people a part—to protect the minority voice of the country.

History shows the Republicans will once again be booted from office and replaced by a Democrat or perhaps even an Independent or Progressive party. With Republicans in the minority without a filibuster tool, Big Business and the Christian Right will lose their voice. (Maybe nixing the filibuster is a good thing).

This tool has served the United State for centuries—until this Republican-controlled House and Senate. Frist may claim he has Americans best interests in mind and has worked for an "an appropriate resolution" before pushing for the nuclear option.

But that, my friends, is bullshit.

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