Sunday, May 08, 2005

Without Restraint, Part 2

The attempt to push the John Bolton nomination through the Senate is not the only example of how the Bushies seem to think they shouldn't be subject to any checks and balances in getting their way.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is inching closer to pushing the button on the nuclear option to end the use of filibusters to block judicial nominations. There is no sign that anyone is backing away from hauling federal judges before a House committee or from proposing legislation to limit the independence of the federal courts.
As for the Bolton nomination, the Bushies are now holding back documents from the Senate that Bolton himself felt entitled to.
What we see is a majority party acting like sore winners and complaining about the modest restraints on their power provided by our system of checks and balances. What's more, it's the most extreme factions of the Republican Party that are pushing for John Bolton (whose supporters call the State Department "enemy territory"), pushing to limit judicial independence and itching to push the button on the nuclear option.


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