Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Breakdown of Senate Comedy?

As I've said before, any deal that prevents a full up or down vote on judicial nominees is absolutely unacceptable. That being said, whoever said that the nuclear option will destroy Senate comedy (or was that comity?)?
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said, 'If Republicans persist in the course they have set, they will destroy the 'compact of comity' that enables the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities.'

Such comity already appeared scarce late in the day, when Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Democrats have violated a long tradition of letting judicial nominees reach up-or-down confirmation votes.

He then denounced 'the audacity of some [Democratic] members to stand up and say, 'How dare you break this rule?' It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me?' ' Several liberal groups called the remarks out of bounds.
Hilarious. I wonder if thought the remark was out of bounds?