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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
  When Lileks is on, he is On!
Newhouse A1: "Republicans (or is it Democrats?) want a procedural vote on a caucus resolution to allow a supermajority to change the rules for the plurality of the quorum unless someone brings kryptonite into the Senate chamber, which saps the supermajority of its strength, thereby requiring a cage match between Sens. Robert Byrd and Bill Frist, no holds barred, unless a simple majority -- so described because they're just stupid, or 'simple' -- votes to ban the sleeper hold, which has caused so many deaths in the British parliament.

Whatever's happening, it's making Sen. Charles Schumer sad and concerned. As the Democrat said on ABC's 'This Week': 'Whenever people try to do this and overreach, the American people sniff something. That's the whole thing that's going on here. Something is in the air. That something is wrong, different than the traditions of America.'

There is something in the air: the spring-fresh aroma of a new Democratic buzzword: 'overreach.' Those mad Republicans are overreaching!

They looked at that election map, awash in red, and assumed they had a mandate to repeal Roe v. Wade, to roll environmental protection so far back that people get a tax break for driving a Hummer over endangered species, to repeal whichever laws of thermodynamics are not found in the Bible.

They're mad with power. Mad! And that's why they want a vote, as the Constitution kindly provides, to show there's bipartisan support for judicial nominees."
 
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