"The Old Testament's Book of Judges is about cycles of apostasy, so it is entirely fitting that Congress' last-minute filibuster deal focused upon President Bush's most controversial judicial nominations. Like most things that Congress does, the deal only delays resolution of the toughest questions for another day. And it virtually guarantees the continuation of the current cycle of venomous anti-judicial rhetoric, itself an apostasy of the Constitution and its foundational principle of the separation of powers."
-legal rock star Andrew Cohen
"All presidents seek power, but President Bush is setting a new standard with his efforts to consolidate and expand presidential authority. He may be on the verge of his biggest victory yet as the Senate debates whether to change its rules for dealing with judicial nominations. A decision to bar Senate filibusters - unlimited debate - against judicial nominees effectively would give Bush a free hand in picking judges. It also would reduce the inherent power of every senator, and the Senate itself, to exert leverage against any president."