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The Gang Is (kinda) Back

It’s like old times in the Senate.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) tried convening a little reunion today of the Gang of 14, the bipartisan group of senators who agreed in 2005 to avoid filibustering judicial nominees, except under extraordinary circumstances, for the duration of the last Congress.

But among the invited Democrats, only Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) stopped by Nelson’s office to hear his pitch on Leslie Southwick, the latest controversial nominee for 5th Circuit Court of Appeals seat based in Mississippi. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who is not an original gang member, also dropped in.

(Nelson blamed the thin response on bad timing. Senators apparently have a lot of things to do on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.)