This is not a good deal for the U.S. Senate or for the American people.It seems to me that this "compromise" was the equivalent of agreeing to stay home on election day so that you can keep your right to vote.
Democrats should have stood together firmly against the bullying tactics of the Republican leadership abusing their power as they control both houses of Congress and the White House. Confirming unacceptable judicial nominations is simply a green light for the Bush administration to send more nominees who lack the judicial temperament or record to serve in these lifetime positions.
I value the many traditions of the Senate, including the tradition of bipartisanship to forge consensus. I do not, however, value threatening to disregard an important Senate tradition, like occasional unlimited debate, when necessary.
I respect all my colleagues very much who thought to end this playground squabble over judges, but I am disappointed in this deal. (emphasis added)
UPDATE: Same idea, better metaphor.
UPDATE II: Same idea, worse metaphor.