Kate, It wasn’t entirely a united front behind Reid yesterday, as Washington Times’ Charles Hurt explains.
Absent from Mr. Reid’s side yesterday were nine Democrats, several of whom have expressed reservations about Democratic strategies on judicial nominees. One missing Democrat was Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who has never supported a filibuster and faces re-election next year in a very conservative state.
“Senator Nelson does not support the use of filibusters to block judicial nominees, but he also doesn’t support the use of the nuclear option as a solution,” said Nelson spokesman David DiMartino. “He’d prefer some compromise.”
Also missing from yesterday’s press conference was Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat. Her office said she opposes the nuclear option, but also wasn’t eager to endorse Mr. Reid’s proposal.
You may recall that I’ve had a bit of a shouting match with Mary Landrieu on this very issue in Louisiana newspapers. She claims to be deciding things on a candidate by candidate basis. But when push comes to shove, I have little doubt that she’ll quietly fall in line with the Democratic leadership, sparing the photo ops, of course, since they wouldn’t go down too well back home.