Republicans who once extolled the virtues of divided power and the Senate's role in slowing down the rush to judgment now demand an end to delays in approving President Bush's judicial nominees. President Bush says the Democrats' "obstructionist tactics are unprecedented, unfair, and unfaithful to the Senate's constitutional responsibility to vote on judicial nominees." Democrats who now wax eloquent about a "rubber stamp of dictatorship" replacing "the rights to dissent, to unlimited debate and to freedom of speech" in the Senate not too long ago sought to eliminate the filibuster altogether.
I would vote against ending the filibuster but I don't think it is the end of the world. I would feel better about the Republicans if they would openly admit that they are killing the filibuster period (which I believe will be the result) instead of pretending that it will only apply to judicial nominees; and drop all of this special pleading on behalf of "people of faith."