Look. You won a close election. The voters trusted you on National Security. Is this the only man who could possibly be able to fill this judicial slot, or do you just want to poke the Democrats wounds and fire up their base?
A spokesman for Senator Trent Lott, the Mississippi Republican who will become majority leader next year, said the administration would also renominate Charles W. Pickering Sr., the other Bush candidate defeated outright during the Democrats’ period of control.
“Senator Lott fully intends to bring up Judge Pickering’s nomination again next year,” said Ron Bonjean, his spokesman. Judge Pickering, a federal trial judge in Mississippi, was also rejected on a party-line vote for a seat on the Fifth Circuit.
I kind of like the title ‘Outgoing Majority Leader Daschle,’ almost as much as I like the title ‘Minority Leader Daschle.’ Apparently Trent Lott does not. When all else fails, consult Forrest Gump:
“Stupid is as stupid does.”
*** UPDATE ***
I am getting a lot of flack for this. Let me clear the air:
I think what the Dems did was wrong. However, they have spent the last two years whipping up hysteria about conservatives packing thew courts. Independent voters last week did not voter for Republicans for a renewed culture wars. All Lott is doing right now, by TALKING about judges is giving the Dems ammo. Can;t this wait a couple of months? Can’t he at least actually be Majority leader for a day before this talk starts? Or does he just want to provide the Dems with ammo so that they can shoot him in the back?