May 13, 2005
It looks like next week is the week for Senate republicans.
Majority leader Bill Frist is hinting strongly he will invoke the so-called constitutional option to force an up or down vote on President Bush's nominees to the federal bench.
As usual, there are a few liberal republicans who may throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings, but Frist and majority whip Mitch McConell of Kentucky claim to have the votes.
Pay no attention to the democrats' wailing and historical revisionism.
When democrats were in the majority, they wrote and enforced rules that benefited their positions and party.
There is only one reason to have political power and that is to use it.
If republicans blow this chance to put judges on the bench who interpret the constitution the way the founders wrote it, they will neither deserve power or leadership.
They will anger sufficient numbers of people to possibly jeopardize their majority status.
The time to do something about the courts and change them for decades to come is now.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
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