Senate Democrats said yesterday they will block the judicial nomination of Priscilla R. Owen, marking the second time this year they have employed filibuster tactics to thwart President Bush’s efforts to name conservatives to the federal bench.
They should know that they have now legitimized the use of the filibuster to derail judicial appointments. They should not be surprised if the Republicans use this to derail a Democratic President’s nominations. A law of politics that most seem to have forgotten. Don’t give powers to your opponent that you don’t want used against you, because the tables will turn eventually.