I have been very worried that the debate everywhere is about this arcane and stupid senate rule rather than the basic issue of the judges and their right to a majority rules vote. Whenever the debate is about the judges, the Republicans win the debate (just ask Tom Daschle). When the debate is about clever parliamentary rules or whether Republicans appear heavy-handed with the use of their majority, the Republicans lose (just ask Newt Gingrich).
This is why Ann's column is so right on.
It's no excuse that the Democrats are lying. They do that all the time. Republicans have got to learn to let it go. In one sentence Republicans should state that the so-called "nuclear option" means: "Majority vote wins." (This is as opposed to the Democrats' mantra, which is "Our side always wins.")
Love it! Also:
As I understand it, the reason Democrats are in a blind rage about Priscilla Owen is that, as a state court judge in Texas, Owen interpreted a law passed by the Texas Legislature requiring parental consent for 14-year-old girls to have abortions to mean that parental consent was required for 14-year-old girls to have abortions. I think Americans need to hear Democrats explain that.
Thank you, Ann for getting the argument back to two key issues:
1. Majority rules when it comes to confirming the President's appointments.
2. These judges are exactly in the "mainstream" of public opinion and that is precisely why the Dems oppose them.
SHINE THE LIGHT, ANN!!!