The Politics of Freedom: Taking on the Left, the Right, and Threats to Our Liberties

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Conservatives Warm Up to
Majoritarian Tyranny

Republicans and conservatives are in high dudgeon over Senate Democrats' refusal to let the Senate vote on some of President Bush's judicial nominations. “This filibuster is nothing less than a formula for tyranny by the minority,” says Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Frist speaks for many conservatives who want to change the rules of the Senate on a simple majority vote, to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominations. Fifty-five Republicans, 55 votes to change the Senate's rules, case closed.

But those conservatives are being ahistorical, short-sighted, and unconservative. Judicial nominations are important, but so are our basic constitutional and governmental structures.

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