Two groups normally allied with Republicans have bolted from the party’s effort to ban judicial filibusters — the first major defections from a conservative push to prevent Senate Democrats from blocking President Bush’s judicial nominees.
The National Right to Work Committee, a 2.2 million-member group critical of unions, and the Gun Owners of America, with 300,000 members, say they fear eliminating judicial filibusters could eventually lead to doing away with filibusters altogether.
Both groups have benefited in the past from use of the Senate parliamentary tactic to block gun control and labor bills. A filibuster technically is unlimited debate, and requires 60 votes from the 100-member Senate to stop.
When Larry Pratt is on my side, the world is off its axis. He says:
We think it’s kind of nice to have these traditions that have protected good guys and bad guys. … A lot of people assume that if the Republicans are for it, it must be OK, but then if someone says, ‘Well, they’re making a big mistake and here’s why,’ well, then you’ll find out that the support is a mile wide but closer to an inch deep.
This is bad news for the filibuster slayers. Senator Strangelove may have to delay the nuclear option.