Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Mr. SPECTER. Mr. President, I have sought recognition to urge my colleagues to explore ways to avoid a Senate vote on the nuclear, or constitutional, option. It is anticipated that we may vote this week or this month to reduce from 60 to 51 the number of votes to invoke cloture or cut off debate on judicial nominations. If the Senate roll is called on that vote, it will be one of the most important in the history of this institution.

The fact is that all or almost all Senators want to avoid the crisis. I have repeatedly heard colleagues on both sides of the aisle say it is a matter of saving face. But as yet we have not found the formula to do so.

I suggest the way to work through the current impasse is to proceed to bring to the floor circuit nominees, one by one, for up-or-down votes. There are at least five and perhaps as many as seven pending circuit nominees who could be confirmed or at least voted up or down. If the straitjacket of party loyalty were removed by the Democrats, even more might be confirmed.

As a starting point, it is important to acknowledge that both sides, Democrats and Republicans, have been at fault. Both sides claim they are victims and that their party's nominees have been treated worse than the other's. Both sides cite endless statistics. I have heard so many numbers spun in so many different ways that even my head is spinning......

One good turn deserves another. If one side realistically and sincerely takes the high ground, there will be tremendous pressure on the other side to follow suit. So far, the offers by both sides have been public relations maneuvers to appear reasonable to avoid blame and place it elsewhere. Meanwhile, the far left and far right are urging each side to shun compromise. ``Pull the trigger,'' one side says. ``Filibuster forever,'' the other side retorts. Their approaches would lead to extreme judges at each end of the political spectrum as control of the Senate inevitably shifts from one party to another.
Uggggggggggggggggggg And this is the "Leader" of the Judiciary Committee.

Way to go Arlen, just give the dems more talking points by saying "both sides have been at fault".

Not true by the way. The Repubs have NEVER filibustered, using the cloture motion, judges during their time in the minority.

ATTENTION Republicans...........we are the MAJORITY, start acting like it!!