Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Waaaaah! They stole our tyranny of the majority! Waaaah!

Malkin's reaction to today's yesterday's 'filibuster compromise' would be entertaining if it weren't so utterly predictable.

Well, it's entertaining, too. (The) Malkin(s) and their usual gang of fellow travellers are acting like the Democrats - and the sane Republicans - took their plutocracy ball and went home with it.
The GOP parade of pusillanimity marches on. With this pathetic cave-in, the Republicans have sealed their fate as a Majority in Name Only.
Mainly, though, Malkin settles for quoting as many petulant right-wingers as possible. (No links - you can read Malkin if you need to see them in their natural habitat.)

What a hideous deal! The Democrats have agreed to cloture on only three nominees, and they have made no commitment not to filibuster in the future, if there are "extraordinary circumstances." Of course, the Dems think any nominee who is a Republican is "extraordinary." The Dems have just wriggled off the hook on some of the nominees that, politically, some of them did not want to be seen voting against.
Does Hindquarters ever get anything right? Or to put it another way, has he ever seen a lie he wouldn't tell?

How on earth do those who define Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown as “extreme” even begin to define “extraordinary"?
Exactly. After you've been called a (right-wing) judicial activist by none other than Alberto Gonzalez, or argued that precedent should be overturned based on your own personal opinions, I'm not sure you can get any farther out.

Molten Thought:
So essentially these fools folded on a winning hand and preserved for Senate Democrats a power which has never been exercised before---the routine filibustering of judicial appointees. (Abe Fortas was filibustered to prevent the man the embarassment of being voted down for his ethical lapses).
No, no, no. Republicans attempted to filibuster three of Clinton's judicial appointees, and denied up-or-down votes to sixty more. The right-wing party-line-spouters (too many hyphens?) are trying to create a fantasy world in which the only honorable filibuster is a failed filibuster, and in which the vocal minority - for whom the filibuster was created - is punished for successfully sticking together.

But for pure offensive, grasping-at-straws, shark-jumping drivel you have to hand it to Slublog, who compares Bill Frist to Neville Chamberlain (via dadahead as well as Malkin). I doubt I have to explain why that's possibly the worst metaphor ever.