He continues: " . . . the fact that old Frist allies such as Mr. Warner are working behind the scenes to reach some compromise is significant. The Virginia Republican helped promote Mr. Frist in the leadership in 2002 and is a less contentious figure than Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), the sparkplug behind the Republican opposition to the filibuster rules changes. Mr. Warner is still leery about being too public, but is clearly upset with the proposed changes and allowed his office to be used by the centrists to meet yesterday."
"Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson said he is still optimistic he can get six Republicans to agree with six Democrats to avoid the crisis," writes Bloomberg's James Rowley.
The New York Times has details of the day's earlier centrist coalition meeting: "Dr. Frist and Mr. Reid laid out their arguments to a bipartisan group of Senate centrists. More than 12 lawmakers crowded into an office off the floor for a 75-minute meeting with the leaders that, participants said, turned into a polite but firm standoff." LINK
Nothing more specific than that . . . .Heck, an "ordinarily talkative" John McCain even shooed reporters away!
Maura Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times tick tocks yesterday's developments and helps set the stage for today and next week. LINK
Chris Cillizza of Roll Call writes up the Democratic efforts to link Sen. Frist to Tom DeLay in that DoleGingrich kind of a way.
"A set of Democratic talking points being distributed by the office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urges Members to link Frist to DeLay."
"'Arrogant with power, rewriting the rules is what the Republican Party has done best in recent years,' the memo reads. 'Tom DeLay has done it in the House, and now Republicans are trying to do it in the Senate.'"
AP has Sen. George Allen (R-VA) ready to rumble. LINK
Former Sen. D'Amato provides some quotes, courtesy of the New York Daily News, for today's RNC press release on the topic. LINK
"A GOP E-mail obtained by The News said Frist and two other top Republicans will hit 'conservative [radio] talk shows' next Tuesday and Wednesday to talk about filibusters in a move 'timed for the expected climax of floor action.'"
"'Those of you who have participated in radio rows before are aware of the unique opportunity a radio row offers to speak directly to millions of conservative listeners,' the E-mail said," reports James Gordon Meek of the New York Daily News. LINK
The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook examines the swirl of outside activists applying pressure to both sides of the debate, Noting the "if you compromise we will not be happy with you" vibe that both liberal and conservative groups are sending. Also Note that when you go see "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," it's likely you'll get hit with MoveOn.org leaflets and offered a cell phone to call your Senator while waiting in line. We only wonder what they have planned when "War of the Worlds" or "Herbie: Fully Loaded" open. LINK
The Los Angeles Times' John Horn and Chris Lee have details on MoveOn's "Star Wars" TV ad campaign. LINK