Norman Lear's People for the American Way (under the triumphant headline "Filibuster Preserved!") crowed:
The explicit language of the agreement reached tonight by a group of senators rejects the nuclear option, preserves the filibuster and ensures that both political parties will have a say in who is appointed to our highest courts. The agreement embodies the very principle of consultation and consensus that the filibuster encourages. This is good news for the American people.NARAL, meanwhile, has declared a qualified victory, saying:
The nuclear option disaster has been avoided, but the fight for fair and independent judges is getting even more intense. Monday evening, a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement that takes the nuclear option off the table but allows for simple majority votes on three of President Bush's absolute worst nominees: William Pryor, Priscilla Owen, and Janice Rogers Brown.Of course, the abortionistas know what this is all about, though the muddle-headed Republicans never seem to quite be able to figure it out.
We need your help to win this next fight - keep the pressure on the Senate in opposition to these three anti-choice nominees. If we are to stop Owen, Brown or Pryor, we need pro-choice Republicans to join the pro-choice Democrats in opposing these far-right nominees. Take action immediately.
Senate Democrats are now allowing floor votes on three judges whom only days ago they said were so unfit to hold office that they shouldn't even be voted on. But the Dems recognize that this is a numbers game. They'll let a few judges slip by in order to hold their ability to destroy a good, conservative Supreme Court nomination when it comes.
Those three filibustered judges didn't suddenly change this week. The Democrats simply understand that if they can obstruct conservative judicial nominations at a 70% clip, they'll still have a court system largely stacked with pro-abortion activists when Bush's term ends. And they actually found some idiot Republicans to see this as a reasonable compromise.
As I've said all along, we're destined to be stuck with what we've got, because one side realizes that the judiciary is the hill to die on, and the other just doesn't. As a result, we will continue to be ruled by lawmaking liberal judges as they impose their pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, pro-statist agenda on the nation.