Frist Was For a Compromise Before He Was Against It

For all their complaining about “obstructionism,” conservatives sure seemed to enjoy slapping down Sen. Harry Reid’s proposed nuclear option compromise yesterday.

Majority Leader Frist offered his best John Wayne for the occassion: “At the end of the day, one will be left standing — the Constitution, which allows up-or-down votes, or the filibuster,” Frist said. “My goal is to have fair up-and-down votes. Are we going to shift from that principle? The answer to that is no.

And Rush Limbaugh ridiculed Sen. Reid for being the “the first to talk about compromise, [along with] David Broder and [Sen. Joseph] Biden on television Sunday, and now we are getting the story that they are pulling back, threatening the shutdown of the Senate and talking about now compromising if Frist will go along with it, and Frist, ‘No, we’re not interested in any deal.’”

Ah the joys of selective memory. Just two weeks ago it was Senator Frist himself “saying only that he wants to maintain the current independence of the courts and hopes a compromise can avoid a fight to change the rules.” “We need to lower the rhetoric,” Frist told reporters, adding that he would offer a compromise “in the near future.” Somebody get these two some ginkgo.