Since 2003, no one has shown as much enthusiasm for the nuclear option than Rick Man on Dog Santorum. Hes not only demanded its use, hes promised every right-wing group in DC that hed help make it happen. read on
That is, until this week. Suddenly, the man who couldnt wait to go nuclear has sensed a shift in the political winds. Its not that the GOP doesnt have the votes to execute the nuclear option that has Santorum worried, but rather the political impact if they do.
Even Dick " I'm waiting for Chelsea to write a book" Morris thinks its a bad idea:
...But an attempt to switch the rules in the middle of the game on judicial filibusters will really make his alliance with the Christian right the main issue in his second-term presidency, with disastrous results.
Americans are simply not on board with his Moral Majority agenda. They voted for Bush twice -- or once -- despite his advocacy of a pro-life position, and his Schiavo posturing alienated moderate voters even more. His attempt to bar a filibuster will be seen as an effort to steamroll America into accepting the radical-right agenda on moral issues and will cost Bush the ballast he needs to appeal to the center of American politics.
Kos says: ...And I think Morris gets this one particularly right -- people probably won't react to the elimination of Senate tradition. Rather, it'll be the pattern of pandering to the Radical Right, the American Taliban, that is becoming increasingly apparent to even the casual observer.