The "deal" that is. Could well be. This intriguing post spells it out. It refers to the "compromise" as a negotiated surrender on the part of the Democrats. We do have a piece of data to support this: the sudden "no problemo" confirmation of Priscilla Owen. After being held up for four long years as an "over my dead body" extremist. Another piece of data: everyone feels like they lost. How mad can the Dem's lunatic base get about any of this if the Republicans are all crying? Masterfully done. Unlike Tojo, the Dems have surrendered without the nuke being dropped. And, come on, Bill Frist must know full well that he could never have a successful presidential run, so why not be the decoy fall guy? There is an ethos that says "you can get anything done, as long as you don't take credit". Dubya has been mighty silent through all this. He's a subtle guy, that Dubya.
Bork us once, shame on you. Bork us twice, shame on us.