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  •  What I would count as a victory... (none)
    is Bush nominating a wingnut with a paper trail, and the Democrats either winning the nuclear option fight, or picking up a significant number of seats in the Senate in part by attacking the Republicans for using the nuclear option to put a wingnut on the Court.

    It may be a good thing if Bush thinks, as you do, that there's no reason to fear us.  Overconfidence is a useful quality for your opponent to have when he's suffering from a 12-point net negative approval rating and his party's Congressional candidates are facing a similarly-sized generic ballot gap.  Numbers which, incidentally, I would give the Democrats some credit for having produced  (at least in the sense that they've stayed out of the Republicans' way while the Republicans were shooting themselves in the foot, though I think they've played a more active role as well).

    I don't actually interpret this as the Democrats saying "You can do whatever you want, but please don't hit me."  However, I'd be OK with them saying that to a bully as long as they followed up by kicking him in the groin-- and I think that's what they're going to do over the next 14 months.      

    As I mentioned in a comment to Armando, you have to keep in mind which Democrat we're dealing with here.  This is Pat Leahy, not Max Baucus or Joe Lieberman.  This is a man with a 93% lifetime rating from Americans for Democratic Action and a reputation for being anything but accomodationist and cuddly, the guy who pissed off Dick Cheney so much that Cheney told him to go fuck himself.  I wouldn't be so quick to assume that he's lacking in will rather than following a different strategy.

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