That’s a headline at the Washington Times.
Seven Senate Republicans bolted from their leaders last night and dropped their support for the “nuclear option” in exchange for seven Democrats’ abandoning filibusters against three of President Bush’s judicial nominees.
“This is really good news for every American tonight,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said moments after the deal was announced last night on live television. “This is a significant victory.”
The right is playing this as a significant defeat. And this isn’t the usual victimization whining, this is an announcement to the base, “We lost.”
AND this agreement is aimed directly at Bush and Rove, saying these Senators are tired of being told to act as an extension of Bush’s executive branch:
The two-page agreement specifically admonished President Bush, saying that the word “advice” in the Senate’s constitutional responsibility should not be taken lightly.
“We encourage the Executive branch of government to consult with members of the Senate, both Democratic and Republican, prior to submitting a judicial nomination to the Senate for consideration,” the senators wrote in the memorandum of understanding signed by the 14 negotiators.
Note the use of the words, “prior to.”
Here is something very important about this. These Republican Senators have “burned” themselves with the far-right base of The Party. There is no going back for them. The Right does not forgive. Can you imagine the abusive phone calls and mail they will be getting from the wingnuts from now on? (Will it be as bad as liberal bloggers get?) Will they still feel obligated to vote for those judges that were sent to the floor by this deal? Will they still feel compelled to support other elements of the far-right’s agenda?
(The above link is to the Crooks and Liars roundup. Be sure to watch Senator Lindsey Graham’s statement. Another great roundup here at Swing State Project.)