Nuclear Sell-Out

May 25, 2005 | Updated May 25, 2011

Let's see. Under the terms of the compromise reached by 14 moderate Senators...

1. Bill Frist is saved from falling on his face by triggering the nuclear option - and not having the votes.

2. Extreme right-wingers Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor will now be confirmed.

3. William Myers and Henry Saad will probably also be confirmed, with or without a filibuster.

4. And, once Bush makes his first Supreme Court nomination, Republicans will still have the right to drop the nuclear bomb, outlaw the filibuster, and cut off debate.

Where's the compromise? Why should Democrats support it? What did Democrats gain by it?

Quick! Somebody tell me why this is a good deal.