Considering that only 28 percent of Americans support the Republican effort to do away with the Senate filibuster rule, the GOP leadership, suffering a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease, has not done much this week to improve those numbers.
First, on Wednesday, the same day a federal judge whose family was assassinated was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about courthouse safety, Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., described Democratic efforts to opposing some of President Bush's judicial nominees as "leadership-led use of Cloture vote to kill, to defeat, to assassinate these nominees."
Then yesterday on the floor of the Senate, the GOP's No. 3, Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., compared Democrats to Hitler.