The Republican Senate leadership has agreed to a deal that avoids a showdown with Democrats over the filibustering of judicial nominees. What a crock of bull flop.
Under the deal, Democrats agree not to filibuster three nominees: Priscilla Owens, William Pryor Jr., and Janice Rogers Brown. In exchange, future judicial nominations would “only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances,” with each Democratic senator holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met.
What? To hear Patrick Leahy talk, every single one of the president’s nominees is the greatest threat to American liberty since Lord Cornwallis.
So the Republicans have allowed Democrats to stop future votes the Dems don’t have the votes or constitutional authority to stop in exchange for getting three votes through that the Republicans have the votes to pass anyway, if the Senate were following the procedures for voting outlined by the framers of the Constitution.
This only makes sense if you quit viewing American politics as a genuine two-party system. It’s like a genteel form of pro wrestling: Lots of posturing and threats for the cameras, while behind the scenes the two sides hammer out the script and decide who wins on any given week.