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Friday, April 15, 2005

Some Fillibuster-on-judicial-nominatios Quotes

Guess the quote:

Quotes:

1. "I also plead with my colleagues to move judges with alacrity -- vote them up or down. ... But this delay makes a mockery of the Constitution, makes a mockery of the fact that we are here working, and makes a mockery of the lives of very sincere people who have put themselves forward to be judges and then they hang out there in limbo."

2. "The president and the nominee and all Americans deserve an up or down vote.(re the nomination) I am totally opposed to a filibuster."

3. decrying a possible fillibuster of Clarence Thomas in 1988...."As a matter of high priority, the Senate should change its rules so that we can act responsibly, more rapidly and with more certainty on the major issues our nation faces."

Answers:



Number 1 Mr. Chuck Schumer (NY-D) {leader of current judicial fillibuster} said on the Senate floor in 2000


Number 2 Mr. Patrick Leahy (VT-D) 2000
He is now the ranking Dem on the Senate Judiciary Cmte.


Number 3 Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen, who had been the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1988

4 Comments:

  • At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Mike M. said…

    College Republicans,

    I, as a liberal, commend you for bringing this to light. I will never classify myself with either party, Republican or Democrat, as both are filled with hypocritical morons.
    Your quotes only prove this. The democrats are just as guilty of this BS as the Republicans.

     
  • At 7:53 PM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    Most importantly, this post shows how quickly the tide can turn. The Dems in these quotes would not have been complaining if the Republicans had not been filibustering judges. They were using the same tactics Dems are using now. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Republicans were in the majority and still using the filibuster because they knew they were not a solid of enough block to stop the judges from going through in a straight up or down vote. The Dems of today are united, but have no other means of opposing the judges.

    Moreover, certain Dems may have complained, but they never made any attempt to use their power to attack our governmental processes. If they had, the Republicans then in office would have been vehemently opposed such a measure, as are the Dems now. If anything, this post only proves the danger of a permanant change.

     
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  • At 8:57 PM, Blogger Frank "the tank" Molfetta said…

    Once again, this only proves the volatility of eliminating the fillibuster.

    Neither side wants to see the fillibuster used against their own judicial nominations, but obviously both sides would like to use the fillibuster in their favor...problem solved...

     

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