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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Republicans still don't realize that they LOST the election
Posted by Jill | 5:01 AM
When George W. Bush was president, the Republicans wanted swift capitulation by Democrats in confirming any nutjob that Bush wanted to put on the Federal bench. Now that a Democrat is in the White House, they're demanding veto power for themselves over all judicial nominees:

A letter signed by all 41 Senate Republicans was sent to the White House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy yesterday in which the GOP demanded inclusion in, and ultimately veto power over, the confirmation of the president's judicial nominees.

The demand was a sharp turn-around for Republicans, who had for the past eight years been calling for the swift confirmation of then-President George W. Bush's appointees.

The letter is couched in historical language, which notes that "our Democratic colleagues have emphasized [senate involvement in appointments] for several years" and "the principle of senatorial consultation (or senatorial courtesy) is rooted in this special responsibility, and its application dates to the Administration of George Washington." But the GOP's request for veto power of nominees before the judiciary even debates a particular appointment is far from the norm.

The letter gives lip service to themes of bipartisanship, saying they "look forward to working with" the president and that "the judicial appointments process has become needlessly acrimonious." However, what they demand is nothing short of minority control. The letter states that if Republicans "are not consulted on, and approve of, a nominee from our states" they will "not support moving forward," presumably threatening a filibuster.

The phrase "senatorial courtesy" may sound better than "threat of filibuster," but as Politico points out, "the letter is an opening salvo in what could be a partisan battle in the Obama years." The public perception of the use of filibusters is perhaps reflected in this language of bipartisanship that insists upon senatorial courtesy "regardless of party affiliation." The letter emphasizes the idea of working together, when the true intent is more threat than peace offering.

The GOP's determination to oppose Obama's judicial appointments became clear a little more than a week after the 44th president was elected. As we reported back in November, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) pledged to get his colleagues onboard an aggressive filibuster campaign against what he termed "radical leftist" nominees he feared would come out of this new White House.

Yet, back in 2005, Kyl was firmly on the opposite side of this argument:

"This is strictly about whether or not a minority of senators is going to prevent the president from being able to name and get confirmed judges that he chooses after he's been elected by the American people."

In fact, the recent past offers many instances in which conservatives attempted to shame Democrats into abandoning filibuster rights in judicial appointments. The "senatorial consultation" referred to in the letter, also known as the "advice and consent" clause in the Constitution, was argued by supporters of Bush to mean that the Senate's role was to confirm or deny appointees, not offer advice. For a comprehensive run-down on the hypocrisy of GOP lawmakers and activists regarding this argument, see this blog entry at Right Wing Watch

How much of this is the delusional nature of Republicans and how much is a response to Barack Obama's attempts at bipartisanship when Republicans sense any attempts at consensus as weakness is anyone's guess. But the sheer chutzpah that they continue to demonstrate is simply breathtaking.

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Blogger Serr8d said...
Sorry, Little Adolph, but you don't have complete power yet.

Try burning a Reichstag or something.

Blogger Melina said...
another inappropriate and worthless comment from the knuckledragger hisself.

if the printed truth bothers you so much that you attack with such crazy nonsense, maybe you should stick to your own backwards sites of nekkid girls, lies, and racism...

I know you fancy us and all, but you're not changing any minds over here. All you're doing is to make your party look worse than it already does.

You are the reason that the country is in the failing position that it is...you and everyone like you. No amount of hurled crap from the monkey cage is gonna change that. You're selfish and you want more for yourself because you think you somehow deserve it.
And every time you comment, you just confirm that more and more to hundreds and hundreds of people.
So, thanks for your help in shutting yourself down...its embarassing already!

if youre gonna comment, you should try to have something articulate to say. Otherwise, head on back to your daisy duke pictures and racist/misogynist rantings...unreadable still...hah!


Blogger Unknown said...
It is sort of interesting to note how abruptly we've gone from "dissent is patriotism!" to "why won't the opposition just lie down?"

Blogger Jill said...
Barry, if you can't tell the difference between having a voice and threatening to filibuster any judicial nominations they don't like, then you're a lot less intelligent than I thought you were. I know you enjoy trolling this blog, but this is just plain moronic. Don't you remember Bill Frist threatening the nuclear option if the Democrats tried to filibuster anything? And yet the Republicans, who are now a minority, still think they are entitled to not just a voice, but all the marbles. They are a Party of Madoffs -- every last fucking one of them. It's been their way or the highway for eight long years and they think they can still keep it that way.

Blogger Serr8d said...
Whine, whine, bitch, and whine.

You lib'ruls got nothing better to do?