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Frist’s Modest Proposal

Here is the short speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Frist says let all judicial nominess have an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. He doesn’t say ’allow an up or down vote or else,’ but that’s obviously what’s implied. Surely, that means he has the votes to break the filibuster and he’s giving the Dems one last chance to back off.

A good and clever speech.

Discussions - 2 Comments

Are the Swiftian overtones of your title ("modest proposal") an oversight?


If this amounts to asking the Democrats to make us a promise, it’s foolish and dangerous. What if they do? Democratic politicians have no problem breaking promises.

There is no substitute for a rules change. Let’s not leave ourselves at the mercy of the Democrats’ good faith. It is in very short supply, and that’s putting it very kindly.

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