17 May 2005

Filibuster Confrontation Coming to a Head

Monday, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) held a press conference to plea for Republican votes against the rules change that would effectively end the unprecedented filibuster of judicial nominees. Reid claims that he only needs 6 Republican turncoats in order to uphold the abuse of Senate rules. Reid and his party have used the filibuster in a manner that hasn't been done since the filibuster became part of the Senate rules. Contrary to popular belief, the filibuster isn't in the Constitution. It is a tool written into the Senate rules in order that the minority party may delay votes on legislation which in their view would have a negative impact on the nation. By changing the rules to eliminate the process of applying the filibuster to judicial nominees the Senate would be exercising their ability to do just that. Judicial nominations go through a comprehensive committee process. The nominees awaiting a floor vote have pass through committee with no problems. But all of a sudden, the Dumocratic leadership wishes to gum up the works and force the hand of the majority party. Any negative impact on the legislative process due to this action, is the fault of the Dumocrats. All they have to do is allow an up or down vote. The Constitution provides for a confirmation process by simple majority. Now that Dumocrats are backed into a corner, should there be a need to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, the Dumocrats will have no ability to apply the filibuster. The Republican leadership put forth an olive branch which I thought went too far. But, it was very reasonable. One hundred hours of debate then a vote. That is an hour for each Senator to make his/her feelings about a nominee known. Dumocrats rejected it. Holding on to the "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" idea of making the process work. Harry Reid combined with Howard Dean supporting a potential Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign will be making things very easy for the GOP to hold the White House and retain if not gain seats in both houses of Congress. Dumocrats are their own worse enemy. Republicans have been very tolerant on this issue for far too long. Obstructionism is the rule of the day and Dumocrats living up to their reputation. They are damaging their own ability to use this tool in the future. And committing political suicide in the process. Trouble is, every time the libs put forth a poll on this issue they frame the questions in such a manner as to favor supporting the filibuster rules. If asked should judicial nominees to the federal bench receive an up or down vote, the numbers shift dramatically in the favor of the rules change. And my final opinion on this matter is this, any Republican who votes to reject the rules change to end filibusters for judicial nominees, should not get any support from the Party come re-election time. And I would add, that the Party should be looking for other candidates in the state to run as the endorsed candidate for the seat. Are you listening Sen. McCain? Help Put A Stop To The Most Dangerous Organization In America. We are trying to organize a march on all of the ACLU state offices in all of the 50 states. To help in this matter, we are trying to raise money to pay for advertising in our nation's newspapers promoting the march. You can help. Visit Bulldoze The ACLU online store and buy a bumper sticker or t-shirt. All of the proceedes will be going into advertising for this march. Thank You.

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