Dobson, Bauer and Freeper reaction to the filibuster deal
First, the spin from Dobson. He’s not happy, but he doesn’t blame Frist, since he doesn’t want to figuratively kick his puppet to the curb just yet.
Focus on the Family Action Chairman Dr. James C. Dobson today issued the following statement, upon the announcement by members of the U.S. Senate that a “compromise” had been reached on the filibuster issue:
“This Senate agreement represents a complete bailout and betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats. Only three of President Bush’s nominees will be given the courtesy of an up-or-down vote, and it’s business as usual for all the rest. The rules that blocked conservative nominees remain in effect, and nothing of significance has changed. Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist would never have served on the U. S. Supreme Court if this agreement had been in place during their confirmations. The unconstitutional filibuster survives in the arsenal of Senate liberals.
“We are grateful to Majority Leader Frist for courageously fighting to defend the vital principle of basic fairness. That principle has now gone down to defeat. We share the disappointment, outrage and sense of abandonment felt by millions of conservative Americans who helped put Republicans in power last November. I am certain that these voters will remember both Democrats and Republicans who betrayed their trust.”
Whining Little Gary Bauer isn’t much happier…
The President of American Values said: “This is a sad day for our nation. The desire of millions of Americans to restore balance to our federal courts has been thwarted behind closed doors by 14 senators. Only three of President Bush’s appointees are guaranteed an up or down vote under this sell out.
“Under this agreement it is now more likely that radical social change will continue to be forced on the American people by liberal courts committed to same sex marriage, abortion on demand and hostility to religious expression. The Republicans who lent their names to this travesty have undercut their President as well as millions of their most loyal voters. Shame on them all.”
The Freepi are ready to go after the Senators (“I’m angry enough to pledge money to real conservatives who will run against these RINO’s and replace them. How about $100.00 a head? I encourage everyone to attack! “): Lincoln D. Chafee (RI), Susan M. Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME), John W. Warner (VA), John McCain (AZ; the link is to a blowtorch Freeper thread entitled “John McCain Appreciation Thread [Enter At Your Own Risk]”), and their usual b-boy, Lindsey Graham (SC; his ass is kicked all over in that thread).
“This is the price paid for lack of party discipline. RINOs are nothing new. We can go back to people like Jacob Javits, Howard Baker, and that hump from Connecticut whose name I can’t remember, but who National Review called “the worst Republican Senator.” None of these people EVER paid a price for going either agianst the leadership or against conservatives. Just try going against the Democrat leadership and see what happens. For examples, ask Bob Casey Sr. or Zel Miller.”
“The harsh truth is that even after all of these election “victories”, we only really have 48 true Republicans. Frist knew this, which is why he didin’t call the Democrats’ bluff meuch sooner.”
“On the list of shame, they only one I’m really surprised at is Lindsay Graham. He did good work as a House manager on the impeachment. Looks like that was all for show, though, as he has revealed his true self. John Warner has been off the reservation for years now. Don’t forget, he’s still trying to push that idiotic and sovreignty-threatening LOST treaty on us. How sad is it that Norm Coleman (a very pleasant surprise, coming from Minnesota), is more reliable than senators from Virginia or South Carolina?”
“Concerning Bush, I certainly blame him Cheney and the RNC for failing to support true conservatives, especially in Pennsylvania. Toomey WOULD have won the general election against that empty suit Hoeftel (sp?). 2/3 of the Republican primary voters went with Specter BECAUSE of the Bush/Cheney endorsement. Anybody think we’re better off with Arlen in the Senate instead of Toomey?”
“This deal is a total sell-out. Forget about DeWhine’s rantings that if the Democrats evoke “extraordinary” circumstances over the next SC appointee, that gives the Republicans the right to change the Senate rules. It doesn’t. Even if it did, which RINO would be stand up for principle and change the rules?”
“I don’t think that these RINOs understand the opportunity that they just pissed away. Or maybe they do, which is far worse. Bush will make at least 2 SC appointments, possibly 4. The tyranny of the judiciary COULD have been ended, but now, that will not occur. No way will Bush get any real conservatives on the court. The only solution I see is to get three more real Republicans elected in 2006. The party has no stomach for disciplining and expelling these RINOs. In the meantime, we have to hope that only Rehnquist retires so that the only SC vacancy is his.”
“Nice profile of the Democraps that have infiltrated the GOP. If our leaders don’t purge these TRAITORS from the party I’ll have rethink my membership. I’m worried they are all spineless RINOs. I’m seriously considering leaving to the Consitution Party whose goal is: to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries. They would make all abortion illegal, bring back school prayer & the 10 commandments in courtrooms and elimate numerous useless federal departments (EPA, interior etc). Thats the party for me! Hopefully some of the Repubs with spines will quit their spineless party for this one…”
Lindsey Graham: “Democrat by night”
“I wonder what’s in Lindsey Graham’s FBI file.”
“Graham: “…there’s gonna be a lot of people spinning tonight…..” He thinks people will thank him in the long run.
“I’m a yes vote” says he wanted to get rid of the filibuster, because he is a conservative. YET HE MADE A DEAL TO KEEP IT. The guy is a fraud. He is no conservative!”
“okay south carolinians give him the attention he deserves and let him know don’t even bother running in the primary”
“Graham…..better enjoy his fame…..he sold out his party. I will donate money to his next opponent”
“This nation is in bad shape…We have a party of collaborators with every enemy this nation has had in the last 50 years, and a party that has no guts to fight the democrats to save its life. The republicans caved on Terry, caved on the judges, and will continue caving. Why bother voting for them? The democrats and judges run the nation…I better learn Spanish…”
“Not a big deal. The trend is with us. There’s no need to overplay our hand at this point, the same issues will come up in the future. We may be better able to deal with them then, after the 2006 election.”
“The Democrats lost big tonight. The three most EXTREME nominees, held at bay for four years because of the “damage” they would do to the nation, have just been cleared by the Democrat moderates. That means that if Janice Rodgers Brown is nominated to the Supreme Court, the Dems simply will not be able to filibuster her.”
“Last I heard, we won the election…NOT the democrats…do you think they would have asked us what we think if they had a majority in the senate? I have been voting for republicans to keep the democrats from power and making decisions…but the guys I vote for seem to lack the gumsion to put the dems in their place. I’m disgusted…”
“Every RINO in the Senate let us down. Again. And the sad thing is that McCainiac ran unopposed in the primary just last year.”
“the democrats part of the “deal” is to not filibuster anyone but the “extreme” – which means they have to be “worse” than the ones we’re going to be voting on tomorrow (Owens, Brown, etc.) , because the democrats let them pass. I hear what you are saying, but to the demonrats EXTREME means anybody Bush nominates. Now they will let these few pass now, but they’ll be up to their old tricks, and who will call the on it, the MSM? Ha! The RINOs that caved? No way they will get clobbered if they admit they screwed up. A previous poster said he was one that defended Republicans when they got beat up here, and I too was one of those, and like he says, I too was wrong.”
“All seven! Every single one sold us out. They will be beatified in the MSM for a few days and that is their 30 pieces of silver. The Constitution will continue to be crucified by leftists for the time being. We need to do whatever we can to get these RINO’s out of the Senate.”
“Great letter. Now follow it up with a photocopy of a check (no matter how small) to anyone opposing him in any primary.”
“Win/win for us. We wanted an up or down vote on judges, and the filibuster stopped. We got it. Secondly, the democrats part of the “deal” is to not filibuster anyone but the “extreme” – which means they have to be “worse” than the ones we’re going to be voting on tomorrow (Owens, Brown, etc.) , because the democrats let them pass. If they can’t “prove” another is worse, the Constitutional option – according to the Dems agreement – is still an option. If they renig on their deal, we can still nuke them with clean conscience. They’re the ones that lied!
“Put down the bong and get straight, man. You can’t be serious. Are you really that naive?”
“Any supreme court justice nominee anywhere to the Right of John McCain will be considered “extreme” and this bunch of RINOs will back the filibuster of them because they have to live up to this deal they cut with the devil. If they didn’t have the guts to stand up today, what makes you think they will in the future?”
“Extraordinary Circumstances”= Conservative record. The Rats will break this deal faster than Bill Clinton did to his vows of fidelity when he married Hillary.”
“Nothing to do with not having enough votes. This was about a handful of weak-kneed Republicans who can’t stand up to carping liberals. Simple as that.”
The Democrats lost big tonight.
“Oh really! Let’s see… they had two choices: 1. Get all the Bush’s nominees voted on; 2. Get just three voted on. Tell me how number 2 is bigger than number 1. By the way do you have anything for sale? I would love to do a deal with you. Better yet I’ll get one of my liberal friends do it for me!”
“Who let us down in the filibuster? No one. Albeit, unwittingly. We are right where we’ve always been, in spite of the idiot 14. If the Dimms filibuster in the future…we nuke them. And, we have the votes to do it…probably more tonight than last night. The only change is two nominees without a hope of winning 51 votes have been taken off the table…and three Conservative judges are going to the bench.”
“We “real” conservatives were only 24 hours from the showdown, the pinnacle to which we have waited for months to employ part of the Bush agenda only to be thoroughly and wretchedly disappointed once again. These guys we have elected to office in the name of conservatism are nothing but a big tease. They talk big, they threaten big, but when push comes to shove they melt in the hands of the minority. It is so disheartening to see this behaviour over and over and over again. Imagine if the Dems were in power 55-45, they’d be shoving their agenda down our throats no questions asked.”
“Social conservatives are growing weary from being sold out. Partial Birth Abortion Ban passes and then is rectified by the liberal agenda through the courts. So we need to change the courts, the system by which we are continously hoodwinked. So here we are at the juncture and our weak-kneed Senators sell us out AGAIN!!! If any Republican is reading this and you have influence in our conservatively elected Congress please take note: Social Conservatives are beginning to feel as if we elected a “pig-in-a-poke.” At some point the agenda has to be moved in our direction, at some point there needs to be a payoff however small. We are looking at what is happening in the Senate with keen interest. To control the Executive and Legislative brances and NOT get the same percentages of Judges seated as Clinton is UNFORGIVABLE. Trust me, we social conservatives won’t be around forever waiting for you to grow a spine. There is a point at which we begin to collectively throw our hands in the air. And we are close to that time!!!!!!!!!!”
NOTE: Mark and Brian of Dem Bloggers passed along that the site has videos online of the Compromise press conference and Reid’s press conference as covered by CNN.