. . . Tuesday April 26, 2005

Defense Loses Championships

In sports, the old adage is that defense win championships.

The same cannot be said in politics where a defensive posture merely promises of a greater need to play defense in the future.

So why are the Dems looking to deal on this filibuster nonsense?

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid had been quietly talking with Frist about confirming at least two of Bush’s blocked nominees from Michigan in exchange for withdrawing a third nominee. This would have been part of a compromise that would have the GOP back away from a showdown over changing Senate rules to prevent Democrats from using the filibuster to block Bush’s nominees.

Americans are widely and wildly opposed to the so-called nuclear option.

So why cede ground? Why not make the GOP hubris an issue? Why not reframe the whole thing and go on the offensive when the public is behind you?

Update: Other smart folks have argued that this was a genius move and that Frist fell into a trap set by Reid. I hope so. But what if Frist had bitten?

Concentration is important!