reply to post by BobM88
I'm hearing many figures about this, but one sticks out, that of presidential appointees filibustered in the last number of decades the majority are
under Obama's presidency (not talking only of judges here, but of all nominees that the president has to send to the Senate).
That may be, but since you brought it up, I'll leave it to you to show me the numbers on it.
Recall too, though, that Bush...and, believe me, I am not, and was not, a fan of his...had people like Josh Bolton stalled for quite some time, and he
was the nominee for representative to the UN.
I can't prove it, and I really don't want to try, at least not at 11PM EST, but I think the majority of the GOP filibusters since Obama became
President were aimed at issues like the ACA. I could be wrong, that's just my hunch without digging up data tonight.
But think about this: of all the filibusters since January 2009, only 6 were to oppose judicial appointees. 3 of those 6 got a cloture vote anyways.
3 failed. 187 or so have passed and been confirmed. Today Harry Reid and Obama said how they had to have a straight up or down vote in the Senate
because of all the obstruction at getting these appointees confirmed. They said that it was due to the obstruction of not confirming the
administrations appointees, so whether or not there have been a lot of filibusters in total is irrelevant, because they claim their move here was due
to appointees being held up. Its not a wonder they couldn't get a 60 vote cloture because 3 democrat Senators didn't vote for this, today.
6 filibusters of judicial appointees and they go for the nuclear option. I'm saying that just doesn't sound right. What is it they're *really*
setting this precedent for? What is going to come to the Senate that they want to get through on a straight vote?
Sure, I sound suspicious and paranoid, but this is the US Government we're talking about.
Not to mention the precedent set now. If, God help us, Sarah Palin is nominated for Secretary of State...the future GOP president insane enough to
nominate her can just have her pushed through with 51 votes...that's an executive appointment after all. I hope to hell that this proves to be simply
hyperbole to give an example, and not some terrifying prophecy. lol.