Walter Shapiro is rooting for the "Dirty Dozen moderates" in the Senate filibuster fight, primarily for reasons of practical politics:
"The Republicans will probably win 51-49 or 50-50 with Dick Cheney breaking the tie when the Senate votes Tuesday on a rule change eliminating judicial filibusters. What leaves me baffled is why the Democrats donít take any deal that they can get from the handful of Republicans who remain rightly fearful about detonating this nuclear option. Blocking two or three right-wing appeals court judges and preserving the glimmer of a chance to filibuster if Bush nominates, say, Ann Coulter to the Supreme Court may, alas, be the best outcome liberals can hope for in difficult times."
Ron Brownstein says it's now left to "an assortment of mavericks, malcontents, back-benchers, gray eminences and ideological heretics from the two parties to try to settle an unnecessary crisis that could fundamentally alter the Senate's character."
Though they have an outline for a deal, David Brooks notes "these are moderates. They can't just shove something through on the rough and dirty the way the partisans do... They have to shop it around."
As a result, there's still no deal.
But The Note says the Gang of Twelve is "expected to meet privately" tonight "to try to hash out a final deal. We're told by both sides that reconciling paragraphs three and four of the draft plan -- which deal with the future and what rights the majority leader and the minority will have -- remain the sticking point."
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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