I've been reliably informed that Reid also vowed to prevent a filibuster on the next Supreme Court nominee. Reid said that if liberals tried to filibuster President Bush's pick, he'd come up with five or six Democratic votes to help Republicans close off debate. In other words, barring a scandal or some other exceptional circumstance, Reid would enable Bush's nominee to get a vote and probably be confirmed.Well, I can see why Reid would make that deal. Odds are the next Supreme Court justice to go will be the ailing Rehnquist, in which case Democrats will probably decide that replacing a conservative with a conservative is no big deal, and wouldn't have filibustered anyway. Now I think this is a wrong way to approach it; Rehnquist has been a voice of moderation on the Court, and replacing him with a Clarence Thomas clone would push the Court in new and not-too-wonderful directions. Nevertheless, just as the Democrats didn't oppose Scalia to replace Warren Burger in 1986—figuring they should save their fire to oppose the Rehnquist promotion to Chief Justice—they'll probably give Bush latitude to replace Rehnquist with whatever wingnut the president chooses. The upside for Democrats is that they'd look reasonable here, and could seize the high ground for when it came time to replace the more liberal John Paul Stevens.