Friday, May 20, 2005

Poll: Americans Support Filibuster Rule Change

Good news on the public's views regarding the filibuster of judicial nominees. According to a Rasmussen poll,

By 49%-23%, Americans believe every judicial nominee should receive a vote.

By 57%-25%, Americans believe the Senate should change its rules.

By 55%-25%, Americans believe that, if the Senate changes its rules, Democrats should not shut down the Senate.

(hat tip to Alexander K. McClure at Polipundit)

These results are highly encouraging. The clear majority of Americans favor the Republican position to change the rules if necessary to allow votes on judicial nominees. The clear majority of Americans oppose any Democrat retaliation for the rule change. Senate Republicans now know that they have great public suport to proceed to a vote on changing the Senate rules to prohibit filibusters of judicial nominees.

If I were a Democrat in the Senate, I would move my focus to the individual nominees. By 44%-39%, Americans trust Senate Democrat more than President Bush on judicial nominees. The current focus of Democrats to block a vote on so many judicial nominees works to their disadvantage because it goes strongly against the public's sense of fair play.

But, since I am a Republican, I encourage the Democrats to deny up-or-down votes, to filibuster nominees, to oppose rules changes to allow up-or-down votes, and to shut down the Senate if the Senate changes its rules. Yes, go for it hard and publicly. That should help the Republicans to gain a seat or two in the 2006 elections and maybe even after that.

Are you paying attention Sen. Dorgan (D-N.D.), Sen. Nelson (D-Fla.), Sen. Landrieu (D-La.), Sen. Salazar (D-Colo.), Minority Leader Sen. Reid (D-Nev.)?

More importantly, are you paying attention Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Snowe (R-Me.), Sen. Collins (R-Me.), Sen. Hagel (R-Neb.), Sen. Chafee (R-R.I.), Sen. Warner (Va.), Sen. Lugar (R-Ind.),and Sen. Specter (R-Pa.)?

Bottom line: Do it, and do it now!


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