Patterico has an interesting post up about last week’s filibuster compromise that says that President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sent conservative senators Lindsay Graham and Mike DeWine to join the 5 moderate Republicans in negotiating a compromise with the 7 Democratic senators. This contrasts completely with Frist’s public statements that he doesn’t want the compromise, and with much of the vitriol from the right aimed at the compromisers, but I have no doubt it’s correct. The day the deal was struck, I told several people not to listen to Frist’s complaints about the deal because he wanted that deal to go through. He knew damn well that if he took a shot at the nuclear option and failed, his reign as majority leader would be over and he didn’t want to take that risk. The White House likewise knew that the worst possible outcome for them was to go for it and fail and they knew that the votes were quite possibly not there. Apparently it all came down to Specter and he would not say whether he would vote for or against it, but they felt he would not. And if he didn’t, that left them with 49 votes, not enough to get it done. I think Patterico is dead right on this one, and I said so from the start.