Having lost the public relations battle and unable to enforce party discipline, the Republicans yesterday cut a deal with the minority Democratic Party. The agreement will allow three of 10 qualified nominees the courtesy of a vote, in exchange for a promise of good faith by Democrats later. What about good faith now? The truce gives Harry Reid and company a de facto veto over future nominees. While Republicans might defend the "compromise" as half a loaf being better than none, I think the voters who wanted some action from Republicans on judges will have a different assessment: snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.