Thursday, November 21, 2013

Finally, Reid nuked Filibuster on Judicial Nominations

Finally:
“It’s time to change,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor as almost all members sat at their desks in the chamber.  “It’s time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete.”
I watched Sen. Mitch McConnell's jaw dropping objections to the nuclear option on judicial nominations, a tactic used by Republicans to pass two extremely partisan judges. McConnell actually called the Democratic move:
"...a fake fight over judges who aren't even needed" and said  Reid is trying to "break the rules to change the rules."
Judges on the influential, conservative leaning D.C. Circuit aren't needed? Vacant seats don't need to be filled? Just amazing. Oh, but if you're not convince yet, maybe this childish excuse will do:
McConnell argued that Republicans are merely using tactics pioneered by Democrats when the president's party was in the minority. 
Will Republicans appoint more openly activist conservative judges? You mean they've already done that?
...they will retaliate when they win back a majority in the Senate. "Some of us have been around here long enough to know that sometimes the shoe is on the other foot," McConnell said, telling Democrats "you may regret this a lot sooner than you think." 
 I also had to laugh at this CNN headline:
Oh no, not that.

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