Hugh Hewitt has an excellent essay today about the Democrat's obvious intent on keeping up their obstructionist ways, and how it can only end badly for them.
This is my humble observation about this-
The Dems have "misunderestimated" the President ever since he announced for the race in 1998. They are threatening a government shutdown if the Republicans change the Senate rule on filibusters. George Bush has already exorcised his right to use recess appointments (albeit on a small scale.) I believe that if the Republicans don't stand up and show some leadership, GW will seet ALL of his nominees while the Senate is in recess. Then the Democrats will be forced to revisit every single one of them for a vote. If that doesn't shut business in Washington, then I don't know what will.
Rush Limbaugh (and he says he's always right) has been saying for weeks is that the Republicans don't even have to change the rule, just force the Dems to actually stage a real filibuster, were they can't leave the floor, let alone leave town on recess. 200 nominees... that would be alot of speeches on the floor, and after a while the public would begain to see the insanity of the situation.