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The Republicans have the better argument here, the Constitution requires the Senate to give advice and consent and these judges clearly have majority support. Using the filibuster against these judges is wrong morally and against the spirit and letter of Constitution.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
No Clinton nominee that enjoyed majority support was ever prevented from getting a final vote. Some were delayed, but all that had the votes were eventually confirmed.
The new rule should be that all Presidential nominees are guaranteed a full floor up or down vote.
Originally posted by djohnsto77 Using the filibuster against these judges is wrong morally and against the spirit and letter of Constitution.
Originally posted by Rren
At the time the republicans had the political power to stop them in commitee. Its in the same spirit as a fillibuster. Its ridiculous partisan rhetoric and semantics, both sides do it no matter what name they want to attach to it IMO.
[edit on 18-5-2005 by Rren]
WASHINGTON -- In a sign they were getting serious, senators on Monday prepared for a midnight nap.
Capitol custodians wheeled a half-dozen cots in the north door of the building just as the Senate was being gaveled into session for a planned all-night debate on the rights of the minority to filibuster judicial nominations.
Tourists turned to the racket created by bed wheels running over the uneven floor tiles, and some took pictures. The custodians weren't sure where to go, some gruffly telling onlookers to move before heading down the wrong hallway.
Source: Washington Post