Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A Good Sign

Via PoliticalWire, Roll Call reports today that Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Frist and Reid "have struck a deal in which they will begin holding bipartisan listening sessions with rank-and-file Senators, an effort aimed at healing the partisan wounds ripped open by the recent showdown over federal judicial nominees." The senators "plan to conduct joint office hours each week to allow Senators to meet with them face-to-face to address specific issues or air grievances."

If true, and carried out, this is a healthy step.

3 Comments:

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Mike said...

It would be nice to tone down the rhetoric and get down to discussing issues. But I doubt anything will come of it. There is no trust that the other side will keep their word. And interestly, I don't remember the democrats ever offering to do something like this when they were in power.

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger JBD said...

Mike: while I hope you're wrong, I must admit I'm not overly optimistic (at least not yet) about this step either. But I don't accept the "well they didn't do it when they were in power so why should we?" line of argument. Our political leaders ought to be more grown up than that.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Mike said...

You're right, they ought to be. They should also be grown up enough to grant common courtesies that have been granted for centuries, like not filibustering judicial nominations.

 

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