This morning's Post reports that Ken Salazar was willing to go so far as to allow a vote on all seven previously rejected Bush nominees in exchange for a binding commitment from the Republicans not to break the Senate rule that allows filibusters of judicial nominees. And even that compromise position wasn't acceptable to the Republicans.
I'm sure Salazar loves the fact that his offer got him headlines in Colorado that portrayed him as the leader of efforts to defuse the Senate's nuclear crisis. And his offer must have had Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid's blessing, because Reid invited Salazar to speak at a Democratic unity rally after the offer was made -- at which time Salazar accused the GOP of trying to install a "dictatorship." I say no harm no foul on Salazar's compromise offer, which never had a chance of being accepted. I'm glad we have a Colorado vote to keep the filibuster rule in place.
And if you had any question as to who is calling the shots in the nuclear battle, just see who responded to Salazar's remarks:
"There's no guarantee in Sen. Salazar's so-called compromise that the Democrats won't use the filibuster again against well-qualified nominees," said Amanda Banks, spokeswoman for Focus on the Family Action, the political arm of the Colorado Springs-based ministry.