FILIBUSTER THOUGHTS….Sadly, I didn’t have a lot to say about the filibuster agreement yesterday. I was out buying groceries for dinner when the news broke, and when I got home I already had half a dozen emails asking me why I hadn’t said anything. So I dashed off a post just to have something up, and then I had to slog my way through a huge pile of fact checking questions for an upcoming essay on oil depletion. And then there was the 2-hour finale of 24 to watch. And then more fact checking. By the time I was done it was 11 pm and I didn’t care anymore.
But it’s a bright new morning, so what do I think now? Still not much, I guess. As near as I can tell, the theocratic right is more upset with the deal than the hardline left, so that makes me think it was the right thing to do. Pissing off James Dobson is always worthwhile, regardless of the other merits of the case, right? It’s also nice that this deal forced the wingers (again) to reveal themselves as unalterably opposed to sensible compromise of any kind.
On the other hand, the wording of the deal is so vague that I wonder what really got accomplished. The Dems have agreed to filibuster judges only under “extraordinary circumstances,” but it strikes me that if circumstances are really extraordinary they’ll be able to convince five or six Republican senators to join them in voting the candidate down anyway. So….the substantive issue is still out there, briefly papered over by yesterday’s agreement. On balance, it seems like a decent win for Democrats, but nothing to write home about.
Now let’s get back to Jay Leno’s testimony at the Jacko trial, OK?