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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
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When republicans dethroned Senate minority leader Tom Daschle in 2004, they assumed they had pulled off a political coup second only to the re-election of the president. Now it seems that the defeat of Senator Milquetoast actually worked to our advantage.

Finally, the Democratic Party has a true leader in the Senate.

Majority leader Bill Frist and the Vice President are threatening us with the "nuclear option" of changing the senate rules in order to prohibit filibusters of judicial nominees. Because the Republicans can't get 60 votes for the president's extreme right wing nominees, they're trying to change the rules. True to form, if Democracy doesn't work for the Republican Party, they're more than willing to try something else, like Fascism, for instance. It's time we put a stop to it.

Harry Reid is willing to go toe-to-toe; a tactic which always works against these guys. They're backing down on Social Security, and we need to keep the momentum going. Reed's response deserves our support:

Democrats served notice Tuesday that they will slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush's controversial court appointments.

Any such change would mark "an unprecedented abuse of power," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, wrote Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee.

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