Yahoo! News reported The signatures of 14 Senate centrists, seven from each party, spilled across the last page of a hard-won compromise on President Bush's judicial nominees. But whatever elation the negotiators felt, the Senate's Democratic leader did not share it. In the privacy of his Capitol office last Monday night, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked for commitments from six Democrats fresh from the talks. Would they pledge to support filibusters against Brett Kavanaugh and William Haynes, two nominees not specifically covered by the pact with Republicans? Some of the Democrats agreed.
I figured the Dems did not really mean it.At least one, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, declined. Details of Reid's attempt to kill the two nominations within minutes of the agreement, as well as other events during this tumultuous time, were obtained by The Associated Press in interviews with senators and aides in both parties. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing confidentiality pledges. The conversation in Reid's office was among the final acts of a drama that played out unpredictably over several weeks. It culminated in a deal that cleared the way for votes on some nominees long blocked by Democrats, left other nominees in limbo and averted a bruising fight over the Senate's filibuster rules.
Captain Ed blogged How Democrats Define Comity - The AP's David Espo gets behind the scenes in the hours after the announcement of the compromise on judicial confirmations that the Gang of 14 heralded as a new era of Senate comity. Far from an emergent period of truce and trust, Espo reports that Harry Reid and the Democrats immediately began planning the exploitation of the pact to their advantage even as the indulgent backslapping still echoed in the hallways. It didn't take more than a few minutes for Reid to read between the lines of the MOU to see how to exploit it. In that, one has to give him a tip of the hat; he instinctively knew what seven Republicans couldn't grasp with two hands and a map. It also tells us that the rest of Bush's nominees have no chance of making it to a floor vote, not without going back to the Byrd option. Pathetic.
Jasyn blogged Within minutes of signing the agreement, 6 of the 7 Democrats had abandoned the agreement. Why is it that Republicans are Washington's dupes-in-residence? Gingrich got rolled. Lott got rolled. Bush got rolled (twice!). And now the Simple-Simon Seven got rolled. Is no-one paying attention? How gullible do we have to be? Why is it that none of them can face up to the reality of their enemy? Are there no good Republicans to be found? Can we not elect Republicans who will fight?
Orrin Judd blogged Sometimes a win can be bitter.