Daily Wisdom

May 20, 2005

Extraordinary Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Moderates from both sides of the aisle have been working on a deal to try and find common ground in the battle for the hearts and minds of 100 U.S. senators. The potential deal floated last night is "extraordinary" in the respect that it accomplishes absolutely nothing and is unlikely to go anywhere.

In the highly charged atmosphere of the Senate these days, Democrats are threatening to filibuster President Bush's judicial nominees, because that is the only way to prevent a vote on these nominees by the full Senate. Republicans have a clear majority in the Senate (and the House as well), and the President's nominees would surely be approved.

In response to the Democratic threat, the Republicans have threatened to change the Senate rules and eliminate the use of the filibuster. This move has been referred to as the "nuclear option".

In response to the Republican threat, the Democrats have threatened to shut down the government by calling in sick every day until the end of Bush's term in office.

In response to the Democrat-threatened sick-out, Republicans have threatened to hold their breath until they turn blue, and kick their feet a lot.

To end the stalemate, a proposal was developed late Thursday night which would preserve the use of the filibuster for judicial nominees, but calls for its use only in "extraordinary circumstances"... like when Democrats are "extraordinarily obstructionist", or "extraordinarily grumpy".


At 5/20/2005 3:06 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

"...hold their breath until they turn blue, and kick their feet a lot"

Latin translation of above: hissi-fitus

At 5/20/2005 3:37 PM , Blogger camojack said...

If the Republican Senators turn blue, who will be red then? Although personally, I never did like being classified as red anyway...it has traditionally meant communist.

At 5/20/2005 6:48 PM , Blogger Marc with a "c" said...

Hey, Hawkeye!

I'm still alive and well. I promised myself that I'd stop blogging if I got bored with it, and, well...

Anyway, thanks for asking. Keep up the good work.

At 5/20/2005 8:03 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Marc with a "c",
Good to hear from ya. Bored is OK... sick, dead, or rotting in a third world prison is definitely not OK!


At 5/20/2005 8:32 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I agree... I would prefer that the Republicans were Blue vs. Red... you know "better dead than red" and all that.


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