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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Nuclear Monday?

Bill Frist has called for a Monday vote on for Samuel Alito's nomination. If you need a laugh, read some of the comments in the Washington Post's Supreme Court Blog. There are some folks who are screaming for a filibuster, and really getting on Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd for saying they will vote for him.

Ted Kennedy and a few other stalwarts are holding out, hoping to come up with 41 votes to block cloture and a final vote on Monday. However, with Harry Reid, and others denouncing the filibuster idea, it's doubtful he'll come up with enough to prevent a vote.

Even if they do, it looks like Frist would have the 51 needed to invoke the Constitutional (nuclear, to democrats) Option, removing filibusters as an option for judicial nominees.

I'm torn on this being done right now, however, it could happen in the near future anyway. It seems the President has become a little bolder in his judicial nominations, by renominating Brett M. Kavanaugh who was blocked by filibuster in 2003, and left out of the Gang of 14's compomise in 2005.

I'm pretty sure there will be a number of democrats who feel this qualifies under the "extraordinary circumstances" clause of the Gang's agreement, and will try and filibuster Kavanaugh again. It should be interesting to see how it plays out.

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4Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

Hi Bob....I'm Mike. I've spent the last several minutes reading your posts. I like the way you think, and yes, we as a society are spoiled.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Uber said...

I like the way you tawk, mmhhmm.

Haha, sorry, movie line just jumped into my head.

Renominating Kavanaugh is a bold move. Perhaps it's a sign that he'd like to see an end to the filibustering judicial nominees as well? Or, maybe not. I don't know though, looks like a line in the sand to me...

Either way, this will be interesting to watch!

Great post CP.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Mike, thank you. I hope to see you around.

Uber- I'd like to see the filibuster go away. I don't like the repubs who talk about things like "well, we might need it some day". If it's a bad idea of liberals to do it, it's just as bad for conservatives.

3:30 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

One of the biggest reasons I voted for the less-than-perfect Bush is to get a conservative Supreme Court and I am sure that I am not alone on this.

The Democrats think I voted Republican because I'm stupid.

9:18 PM  

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