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March 16, 2005
Democrats Get More Hysterical On Judiciary

Just when we thought Harry Reid's incoherent analysis of the Constitution had lowered the bar as far as possible on judicial nominations and filibusters, along comes Old Reliable -- Senator Robert Byrd. Byrd, who himself authored four changes to the filibuster rule as Senate Majority Leader to favor the majority, told The Hill that the proposed rule change equated to an assassination. I'm not kidding:

Today at noon, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) will address MoveOn PAC members about the nuclear option.

Byrd (D-W.Va.), the chambers longest-serving member, used the Ides of March anniversary to invoke Julius Caesars murder and told The Hill that freedom of speech in the Senate is about to be assassinated.

Lets dont let it happen, he added. Fight.

Byrd hasn't posted this speech to his website as yet, and if he's equating Bill Frist with Brutus, there may be a reason. Let's not forget that the Ides of March relate to the murder of a tyrant who suppressed the will of the Roman Senate by force. If Byrd wants to cast himself or the Democrats in the role of Julius Caesar, it sounds fine to me -- but the old fool should check in with his handlers before doing so publicly. The Democrats have subverted the will of the majority by hijacking the debate on a matter for which they have a specific Constitutional duty to complete: advise and consent (or deny) the Executive on nominations.

Now we have gone from Reid's ramblings depicting a majority vote as at attempt to grab "absolute power" to Byrd's blatherings about an up-or-down vote requirement amounting to an assassination of free speech. What's next -- a Democratic white paper describing democracy as the equivalent of the Soviet gulag? The degradation of intellect and reason from the Left has become simply astounding to experience.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 16, 2005 12:21 PM

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