Alex's Outlook

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

The Democrats are filibustering the Priscilla Owen nomination.

I've almost hoped for this. It's clear that it will take at least 55 Republicans in the Senate for any conservative judge to get confirmed. The base is seething. The Democrats are asking for it again in 2004. Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, John Edwards, Byron Dorgan, Bob Graham and Fritz Hollings are really asking for it. Five states - Nevada, Arkansas, North Carolina, North Dakota and South Carolina - were easily carried by Bush in 2000. (Florida - Graham's state - was barely carried by Bush in 2000, but his brother won a second term as governor by a landslide in 2002.) If the economy gets much better, these six senators are really screwed.

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