This whole deal is BS because there is no deal. Where's the deal? What has changed? Nothing. Except, the conspiracy (or agreement) to block the constitutional or nuclear option from happening. So, the deal is to put a happy face on judicial filibusters. I'm disgusted with them.
The dems will continue to use the filibuster if they feel like it, in judiciary committee, to nominees that have a majority of support in the Senate. I repeat, to nominees that have a majority of support in the Senate.
Dems win this one, once again with help from opportunistic politicians in the republican party.
Question is, who will pick the next supreme court justice, and the one after that? Will it be the president, or will it be 14 outlaw politicians. It seems having a real majority actually necessitates at least 58 now. Now you have to allow for the media face-time crowd to cut and run.
Just consider this for a moment. Not a week ago, Kennedy, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid, Byrd, Dean, etc. were saying how extreme these nominees were. Most extreeeem in recorded history. Even before that.
But now? They're just fine.
Something is wrong with this picture. It's all, I mean ALL about the Supreme Court's anticipated vacancies. If these judges were so terrible then why are they going to approve them? Come hell or high water, and John McCain, to have a filibuster removed from the judicial nomination process would be equivalent to cutting the democrat party's jugular. It's just that important to them, and it shouldn't be.