Harry Reid; Where Is Your Position of Strength on the Filibuster


So a couple days after Harry Reid decided to call President George W. Bush a “loser,” now The Senate Minority Leader wants to offer an olive branch with judicial nominees.

Griffith replaced a third, Hispanic lawyer Miguel Estrada, who withdrew his nomination for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia after Democrats filibustered his nomination for two years.

Griffith was the Senate’s general counsel during President Clinton’s impeachment and became Brigham Young University’s general counsel in 2003.

All we seem to hear about is how Republican will be made to pay by pushing the issue of the “nuclear option”. That’s rather interesting because I happen to feel the Democrats are more worse off over the fact that Senator Reid can’t act like a leader of a party and make such comments like “I think this guy is a loser“, when referring to the President. Also, if Reid is coming from such a position of strength why does he continually want to make a deal? Hardly seems like the thing one would do when one has the upper hand.

For a political party that claims that the polls are behind them this is an awful bizarre way to act. Funny though, I believe we have heard this Democratic knee buckling before.

Posted May 9, 2005 by
Judicial, Politics | 5 comments

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    5 Responses to “Harry Reid; Where Is Your Position of Strength on the Filibuster”

    1. Don Singleton on May 9th, 2005 10:47 pm

      Olive Branch

      Reid’s last offer was to let two of the 10 go through. Now it is just 1. He really is confused when it comes to negotiation.

    2. Tom on May 9th, 2005 11:01 pm

      Isn’t that a prerequisite for the head of the Senate Democrats?

    3. Red on May 9th, 2005 11:48 pm


      Yes he is. To take that one further how was W’s dad a great guy yet lost in his second term yet somehow George Bush is a loser? Wouldn’t he be a winner having won 2 elections and gaining house & senate seats in ever election including mid-terms during his administration?

      I would hate to have Reid negotiating contracts for me.

    4. Neo on May 10th, 2005 12:19 am

      Senator Specter responing to an offer today said:

      In the exchange of offers and counter offers between Sen. Frist, the Majority Leader and Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrat Leader, Democrats have made an offer to avoid a vote on the nuclear/constitutional option by confirming one of the four filibustered judges: Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor and William Myers with the choice to be selected by Republicans.

      An offer to confirm any one of the those four nominees is an explicit concession that each is qualified for the court and that they are being held hostage as pawns in a convoluted chess game which has spiraled out of control. If the Democrats really believe each is unqualified, a “deal” for confirmation for any one of them is repugnant to the basic democratic principle of individual, fair and equitable treatment and violates Senators’ oaths on the constitutional confirmation process. Such “deal” making confirms public cynicism about what goes on behind Washington’s closed doors.

      Instead, let the Senate consider each of the four without the constraints of party line voting. Let us revert to the tried and tested method of evaluating each nominee individually.

      I hate it when I agree with Specter.

    5. Red on May 10th, 2005 9:03 am


      This is the reason why Reid finds himself in a box. Dems claim they have the polls behind them on this issue. Yea, much like the 2004 Presidential exit polls.

      In offering these deals, Reid is conceding that it is nothing but politics on the side of Democrats. Not that the nominee’s are not qualified. If Democrats were actually standing on principles (laugh) they would never even consider any of these people that they have blocked.

      Once again the Democratic Party taking a stand on something. These judges are bad for America and extreme; however, if it helps us politically we will over look that and pass them thru. And they wonder why THEY are not in power.

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