posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 06:38 PM
It's pretty clear that one of the reasons Tom Dascal lost his Senate seat was due to his obstructionism over judicial nominees. I highly doubt,
however, that the Democrats will end their practice of not allowing an up or down vote on the Senate floor for Mr Bush's conservative nominees.
Nothing has incensed the social conservatives more. Remember when they pressured the Republican Senators to hold an all night session to put the
Democratic filibuster on display? I really believe that the stakes have been raised with the 4 seat Republican pick up, and that it's not going to
be long before the issue comes to a head over a Supreme Court nominee.
The big question that I have is, "Will Bush nominate someone dead set on reversing Roe vs Wade?" If he does, the Democrats will surely try to
filibuster. If they do, I think the Republicans will use the 'nuclear option' to change the rules of debate in the Senate, where a simple majority
(51 votes) is required to close debate on nominees. Maybe they'll use the 'nuclear option' regardless.
What is the 'nuclear option' and how does it work? See link:
Yes, it's ugly. But it's apparently Constitutional. Get scared everyone. I suspect the Republicans will us this to stack the courts over the next
four years. Look for legal abortion to be outlawed.