The New York Times, in its filibuster article today, reports a nice move by Bill Frist
: He is plaing the race and gender card, a move that could be quite effective at dividing opinion among the Democrats' supporters.
Meanwhile, according to the same article,
"The filibuster was systematically used when Senate minority rights meant the denial of the rights of African-Americans," the caucus wrote in a letter to Dr. Frist.
Dr. Frist met Thursday with black clergy members who support his push to end the filibusters.
"Why are they afraid to put a black woman on the court?" asked one of them, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., of a nearby Maryland suburb and an organizer of the event. "Because a black woman, everybody knows, is not going to be ruled by the Democrat or Republican party."
the Democrats appear to be playing defense today.
Democrats had toned down their calls to paralyze the Senate and relented in part Thursday, allowing two Foreign Relations Committee sessions related to national security to take place. But they do not dispute the notion that the Senate will not run smoothly if there is a change on their ability to filibuster.
"The bottom line is, it will not be business as usual," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York. "And we didn't bring this on the Senate. They did."
I'm sure it's not their last word on the matter though. They must have something to put pressure on the Republicans with. I wonder what it is?
On a more strategic note, bearing on Dys' and JustWonders' exchange about the constitutional/nuclear option, it seems to me that the Democrats are pretty successful in making "nuclear" the default nomenclature in the reporting of the press agencies, and of German newspapers. I'd say this gives them a few yards (maybe ten) in their marketing campaign to portray Republicans as extremist. Of course, that could be selection bias on my part, since I tend to get my news from papers that lean liberal and libertarian. Any observations on this from armchair quarterbacks who root for the other team? Which word do your
newspapers use in their reporting? (Emphasis on reporting, not commentary)