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  •  Owen is first (none)
    The compromise sez no Owen.

    Who tells Frist no Owen?

    And when I say Frist I mean Dobson.

    by Armando on Tue May 17, 2005 at 07:32:04 PM PDT

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    •  51 Senators. (none)
      I don't know what the terms of the agreement are, and if they cover motions to call up nominations, but if they do, then someone will object to the motion to take up the Owen nomination, and by majority vote the motion will fail.
    •  Nobody (none)
      Nobody would have to tell Frist anything. He'd call up Owen, the cloture vote would be X-Y (say 55-45 for arguments' sake, just not 60). He'd go nuclear, that would fail 51-49 (or probably more), as per the agreement with the magic six GOPers. Frist could then bring up say Rogers Brown (who would pass under the proposal) - cloture would be achieved 61-39 with the magic six Dems.

      And so on.

      •  At which point (none)
        The far right would go overtime trying to replace those 6 Republican senators with hard right-wingers who will march in lockstep.  And they don't even have to replace all six- one or two is enough.  If we only have four or five Republican Senators on our side on this, it's irrelevent.  Rule change passes 51-50 with Darth Cheney casting the tie breaking vote.  Worse yet, those four or five soon-to-be-ex Republicans would almost certainly find themselves locked out- possibly no committee assignments at all, and for a certainity no good committee assignements.  No pork for their districts.  No money from the central party.  Just in time to face that incredibly well financed primary challenge from the right.

        Brian

        "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it." --Mark Twain

        by bhurt on Wed May 18, 2005 at 10:36:47 AM PDT

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