David Brook's column tomorrow contains a bombshell. Does anyone have any sense of whether this is true?
Last week, the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid, made an offer to head off a nuclear exchange over judicial nominations. Reid offered to allow votes on a few of the judges stuck in limbo if the Republicans would withdraw a few of the others.
But there was another part of the offer that hasn't been publicized. I've been reliably informed that Reid also vowed to prevent a filibuster on the next Supreme Court nominee. Reid said that if liberals tried to filibuster President Bush's pick, he'd come up with five or six Democratic votes to help Republicans close off debate. In other words, barring a scandal or some other exceptional circumstance, Reid would enable Bush's nominee to get a vote and probably be confirmed.
Reid couldn't put this offer in writing because it would outrage liberal interest groups.
Damn straight. I'd hope that it would outrage a lot more than liberal interest groups.
I can't imagine that Reid would make such a pledge unless he anticipated that Frist would turn it down. Brooks might have some bad sources, but if he doesn't, Reid is either a strategic genius or is genuinely afraid of the nuculer option. We'll see how it plays out.