The Right Coast

June 10, 2005
The Filibuster Deal
By Mike Rappaport

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how the deal is better for the Republicans than the Democrats and at least better for the Republicans than was initially thought. (See the article referenced by Tom below.) Let me say that this argument is premature.

The deal gave Republicans majority votes on three contested nominees, and they are now in the process of securing the confirmations of those nominees. Obviously, that makes it look good for Republicans, but so what. That was never the problem with the deal. It was that filibusters would be used against other nominees and especially against Supreme Court nominees, and that it would be harder to use the nuclear option in the context of a specific Supreme Court nominee. The filibustering of John Bolton hardly makes one feel secure that the Democrats will not use the filibuster in the future.

As far as I can tell, the claim that the deal was a good one for the Republicans is entirely the result of people focusing on the three confirmations. Wake up, guys. That is not the issue.