What to make
of this New York Times article
which says Tom Daschle assured George Bush that he'd get his nominees approved?
Bush Press Secy. Ari Fleischer quoted Daschle to that effect; and Daschle's office, according to the Times, didn't dispute it.
This is very choreographed, isn't it?
There's obviously some complicated footwork taking place here, especially considering the growing anti-Ashcroft mood in the Dem caucus. (See the article linked above for harsh words from Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein re: Ashcroft.)
The clearest explanation of what's going on here is that Daschle is signaling to Dems in and out of congress not to get their hopes up that Ashcroft is going to get filibustered.
But this still isn't the final word. Look who we're dealing with.