Monday, December 13, 2004

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

Then [the Army of the Potomac] came to a crossroads. If they turned left, they would be retreating again. They turned right, and suddenly those tired men lifted their heads and a great cheer rose in the night.

Robert Leckie, The Wars of America

December 13, 2004. Along the icy Potomac, the Republican center launches an offensive. Hugh Hewitt marches in the van:

A front-page article in the Washington Post is on the "nuclear option" in the Senate. Bill Frist's finger is on the button. Push it, Senator.

This is the fruit of the Specter brouhaha. Far from opening a festering sore in the ranks of the GOP, it has jolted the pragmatists into a better awareness of the Party. We are ready for battle and eager for a fightin' general. Senator Frist will oblige us? Then bully for Frist!

Of course, the Washington Post attempts to spin this as unfair, arrogant bullying.

Scholars agree that a bitter showdown could shatter the fragile comity that is essential for action in the Senate and set a precedent for further erosion of minority party rights in the chamber. "I think we're headed into uncharted waters in terms of the scope of the filibuster and the retaliatory moves that are being contemplated," said Sheldon Goldman of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an expert on the judicial nomination process.

Could you quote a scholar who says that then, WaPo? Mr. Goldman is saying that this is unprecedented because of the "scope of the filibuster", a Democrat tactic, and the promised retaliation, another Democratic tactic.

And the Democrats, in the disarray of total unpreparedness, are positively disintegrating:

Use of the nuclear option "would make the Senate look like a banana republic . . . and cause us to try to shut it down in every way," Schumer said. "Social Security and tax reform need Democratic support. If they use the nuclear option, in all likelihood they would not get Democratic support" for those and other initiatives, he added.

Put aside, for a second, your justifiable outrage that a United States Senator would let Social Security go bust, out of partisan pique.
Consider: if Schumer could hold the line on judicial filibusters, wouldn't he be promising to do that? Isn't it significant that he does not so promise?

What would happen to a Pentagon theater commander who promised to meet an attack with a bitter guerrilla campaign that would lay waste to his entire zone of operations?

Charles Schumer's office will surely clarify his ill-considered remarks. Yet he is not the most ill-spoken Democrat today. Seniority takes precedence:

"If they, for whatever reason, decide to do this, it's not only wrong, they will rue the day they did it, because we will do whatever we can do to strike back," incoming Senate Democratic leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) said last week. "I know procedures around here. And I know that there will still be Senate business conducted. But I will, for lack of a better word, screw things up."

December 13, 2004. Sen. Harry M. Reid. "But I will, for lack of a better word, screw things up."

Thanks, Santa!

It is not often that a man can forfeit a job in the brief time between his selection and his first day of work. Sen. Harry M. Reid, prospective Senate Minority Leader, is doing his damnedest to make the club.

Of course that is up to the Senate Democrats, and there may be other champions of blind suicidal cussedness to stand with Reid and Schumer.
Let's hope so.
Let this be the rallying cry of the Democratic Party: "SEMPER FUBAR!"
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