While the Senate's showdown over the filibuster has many important implications -- from the interpretation of civil rights laws to ultimate makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court -- it's weighing heavily on some key Republicans who also have an eye on the White House in 2008.
Writing in Roll Call, Mark Preston notes that for "individual Senators with presidential aspirations, such as Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), this week will determine whether social conservatives embrace or shun their expected candidacies."
Along those lines, David Yepsen notes that a "powerful group" of Iowa Republicans sent a letter to "potential presidential candidates" last week telling them that "any GOP senator with presidential aspirations who doesn't support ending judicial filibusters will face consequences in the 2008 caucuses."
Meanwhile, since Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is not a favorite of social conservatives, it's no wonder the 2008 White House prospect is part of the "muddling middle" attempting to broker a deal to avert a crisis.
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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