What a long way we've come from the election of 2000, when leading Democrats (including Hillary Rodham Clinton Rodham Clinton) were calling for the abolition of the Electoral College, because Al Gore, having won a majority of popular votes, lost the "archaic" and "outmoded" Electoral vote. The venerable Constitutional institution of the Electoral College was to be swept away unlamented, because it had the effect of "disenfranchising" the majority.
Fast forward to 2005: a minority of 41 Senators has been preventing the United States Senate from holding an up-or-down vote on the President's appointments to the Federal Courts, by means of a Senate Rule that has existed in its present form for less time than I've been alive. The minority is doing so with the full awareness that, if put to a vote, every one of these nominees would be confirmed by the majority.
Republicans have proposed changing (or clarifying) the Cloture Rule which the minority has employed to thwart majority rule, and Democrats -- appealing to a rationale that can only be described as reactionary -- are clinging to the great and inviolable tradition of a Senate Rule... a Rule which the Senate has repeatedly changed -- just as it is Constitutionally authorized to do.
What a difference in attitude, compared with the horror Democrats expressed at the putative frustration of majority rule in the 2000 Presidential Election. What a new found reverence for the sacred institutions of the Past, compared with Democrats' readiness to discard the two-plus centuries-old Electoral College.
Since the 2000 Election, Democrat Politicians, Activists and Opinion-makers have made the word "Disenfranchised" as much a staple of their vocabulary as "like," "um" and "you know" are of the MTV Generation's. Yet, when the Democrat minority prevents the People's elected representatives from casting a vote on the confirmation of judges appointed by the People's elected President, Democrats don't even blush as they trumpet the glories of minorities thwarting majorities. But, it's really, like, um, you know, Disenfranchisement.