The so-called "moderates" made a deal - and it sucks. WHAT ARE ELECTIONS FOR, ANYHOW, IF A BUNCH OF MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD WEENIES CAN GUM UP THE WORKS AND PUT THE KIBASH ON A TRUE AND JUST CONFRONTATION!?
This is a case of 14 Senators caring and doing more for their own turf and aggrandisement than for the voters. McCain and Snow and DeWine are the kind of weenies I'd expect this from; I'm VERY disappointed in Warner - especially for the praise he heaped on that senile KKK member Byrd who said they'd just "SAVED THE REPUBLIC!" BULLSHIT!
The judiciary is meant to be populated by picks of the president as specified under Article II - the PRESIDENT'S SECTION of the Constitution; the Senate is to merely give advise and THEN CONSENT by a simple majority. What the Senators did was SUBVERT the Constitution in order to retain an arbitrary institutional filibuster option which is NOT in the Constitution.
SHAME ON THEM. Not a single of the 14 Senators - of both parties - WILL EVER SEE A PENNY FROM ME! What they demonstrated was not a profile in courage; it was a blatant BACKROOM deal. THAT AIN'T DEMOCRACY! We'll take care of them at the ballots next time, and VOTE OUT the slimy backroom dealmongers and replace them with some reliable, true conservative GOP Senators with REAL INTEGRITY!