Thursday, June 22, 2006

Is the 'Gang of 14' Dead?

My gosh, let us hope so!

From The Hill:

Despite a likely fatal lack of support among the Republicans in the Gang of 14, conservative activists this week pushed hard to move the forlorn nomination of Judge Terrence Boyle to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Heavy lobbying efforts by the right have generated more support for Boyle among several Republican senators, such as Assistant Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and Elizabeth Dole (N.C.).

But the Gang of 14 -- seven centrist Democrats and seven centrist Republicans -- probably holds the swing votes that will determine whether a filibuster is allowed to block a vote on Boyle.

Boyle's lack of support among Republican Gang members has been kept quiet by behind-the-scenes pressure from Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

He is the only one of the 14 facing a difficult reelection race this year. He has taken heat from the Ohio right, particularly from activist Phil Burress, for taking centrist positions, including his membership in the Gang.

I do not care which nomination destroys this dark coalition; just kill it already!

1 comment:

Phil Prenger said...

At worst it'll be dead when the filibuster agreement expires at the end of this term.