Monday, May 09, 2005


Calling up ghosts, again

Following up on a previous post, Democrats - this time it's Dick Durbin - once again evoke Newt Gingrich (via New York Times):
Democrats have softened their earlier tone on paralyzing the Senate, saying they intend to push their own initiatives. And they say a snarled Senate has much less public resonance than does a government-wide shutdown like the one in 1995 that backfired on Newt Gingrich, the House speaker, and Congressional Republicans.

"We are not going to shut down the Senate; we are not shutting down the government," Mr. Durbin said. "Newt Gingrich retired that trophy."
Which leaves me wondering: Did he really?

While Senator Cornyn continues to toe the "Dems-are-obstructionist" line, Democrats do at least show signs of resuscitating themselves and making a positive argument against these judges by emphasizing the more than 90% that they have confirmed - and, by extension, what is so radical about the eight or so they are holding up.

But still, the likely outcome? Pollster Charlie Cook: "In the end, I think both sides could end up looking bad."

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