All my Republican brethren: chill
When even the NY Times calls the Senate deal “a modest victory for Bush” you really should calm down a little.
I never thought the nuclear option would go to a vote, so “losing” this vote seemed like a very minor setback to me. The GOP gained three up-or-down votes and the Democrats gained…what? The opportunity to (maybe) filibuster a Supreme Court justice. It’s a small-v victory for the Republicans, that's all.
John Podhoretz had two good posts on the Corner today: “Don’t turn a victory into a defeat, part I and II.” Also, John Hawkins has a good review of reaction on the Left along with commentary. Meanwhile, good ole Ryne McClaren has reactions from the conservative blogs and Scott Elliott has some positive thoughts of his own.