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05:29 PM on 07/30/2010
We need those appointees NOW. I hope that Obama, after giving the Republicans their chance
to debate. will take advantage of the August recess to get the job done. The minority is just
a monkey wrench in the wheels of progress. Let them whine and sulk.
06:31 PM on 07/30/2010
Agreed. I think our President would be EXCEPTIONALLY fair by appointing only the candidates who have already been approved by the judicial committee. I wouldn't be against his appointing the other ones as well like Bush would have done. But if he only appoints the ones already approved by the committee, that is a clear statement that he is making every effort to acknowledge the Senate's powers under the Constitution, and that he has made every effort to be bi-partisan in the face of Republican leadership that knows only political gamesmanship and nothing of governing a country.
05:12 PM on 07/30/2010
Democrats are stupid and cowardly. They will lose in November adn the the presidency in 2012 and give complete control back to the republicans in 2012 and then whatever Democrats are left in the house and congress they will go along with anything and everything the republicans propose.

Stupid. Coward. Democrat.
05:21 PM on 07/30/2010
Whew! Stupid 1l128 blogger.
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Greyfox01
Privacy is not just a word
05:49 PM on 07/30/2010
Never mind ..... its just usless......
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NABNYC
05:12 PM on 07/30/2010
I read that they only need 51 votes to confirm a judge. Is that true? If so, why don't the Democrats start voting. If not, why don't the democrats change the cloture rule so that if it requires 60 votes first time, it's 50 votes within 2 weeks. The Democrats are not going to get support from voters by whining that they would have done something except the Republicans wouldn't let them.
05:23 PM on 07/30/2010
They have to change this 60 vote rule. It is closing down any action in the senate. Stupid. What's wrong with a simple majority???
06:37 PM on 07/30/2010
The Republicans have placed politics above governing to the breaking point. The Democrats need to change the Senate rules. This fear about how the Republicans would benefit if they reclaimed the Senate in the future is meaningless. Even as a minority, the Democrats have demonstrated they are willing to allow the country to be governed. They may have used these "problem" rules at times in select cases, but they have not exploited them like pouty little three year olds in order to bring governing of the country to hear halt. The irresponsible Republicans have FAR FAR more to lose from discontinuing these Senate rules than the Democrats have.
04:59 PM on 07/30/2010
Real patriots those republicans. Notice how they ramble on about the constitution only when it serves their interests. Hypocrites to the core. Time to do away with the filibuster or at least severely restrict it. If the nominee survives the judicial committee they should get an up or down vote. The republicans put politics and ideology above country. After what the Bush years did to this country is their any doubt? They seem to want to turn us into a 3rd world country.
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MDhome
lets make it a crime to lie while campaigning for
05:17 PM on 07/30/2010
The GO NOPERS will do anything to make Obama fail, even to the point of totally destroying this country. I don't know why they have not been charged with high crimes and treason
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zrants
Through the Cracks Journalism
04:38 PM on 07/30/2010
Delaying judicial appointments prolongs the replacement of Bush justices that were put in place by Rove to go after victims of his animosity, such as Alabama Governor Siegelman. Delaying approval of new justices protects Rove's friends them from scrutiny and charges of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

Acknowledgment of this partisan obstruction makes a good case for the administration to appointment justices during the Congressional recess. The GOP will howl either way, so just get it over with and let them complain. Enough with these delaying tactics.
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Stephen Babin
04:27 PM on 07/30/2010
The Republicans in congress have hit a new low with their partisan obstructionism.
No wonder the rating for congress has got so low. The Democrats , like Obama
& Pelosi & Reed need to go on tv and point out how the Republicans are obstructing
so many things , like judges & good policies. The Republicans should be penalized
at the elections for this . The Republicans are reaaly hurting our country.
05:05 PM on 07/30/2010
That would take balls. Something Democrats don't have.
05:25 PM on 07/30/2010
The Dems need Howard Dean and Anthony Weiner to go out and speak for their policies. They are the best.
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Donald Fannin
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04:22 PM on 07/30/2010
This has been going on under Democratic and Republican administration. We need judges! I would urge that the Supreme Court as the head of the Judiciary declare an emergency. And rule that any Judicial nominee not acted upon by the Congress with 90 days of nomination be deem to have received the advice and consent of the Senate.
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MDhome
lets make it a crime to lie while campaigning for
05:18 PM on 07/30/2010
That would be a good rule, too bad the NOPERS would block it
04:14 PM on 07/30/2010
I think I can offer a cure for the Disease of Republicanism and Obstructionism. Rx: Castration -- for both male and female.
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kenhamlett
04:03 PM on 07/30/2010
We Democrats started a war in the second half of the Bush Administration, and now we are being paid back. Big surprise. This may indeed say something about the effectiveness of Mitch McConnell and the Republicans at stalling. But, it says something even more disturbing about the ineffective leadership of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. In January 2009, the country was solidly behind President Obama. He chose which parts of his agenda he would pursue and which appointments he would make and press to see approved. He made a whole series of bad agenda choices and an even worse set of personnel decisions (retaining Bush's Defense Secretary, an OMB Director that even he didn't like, and, of course, a Treasury Secretary pulled from the very crowd that destroyed our economy). Then, he topped it off with two Supreme Court appointments who have questionable dedication to the principles of the very people who elected him. So, he can cast blame on the Republicans if he wants. But, ultimately, it is his own choices and his own effectiveness that are causing this problem.
04:10 PM on 07/30/2010
we Democrats? Spare me your fairytales about being a Democrat
04:33 PM on 07/30/2010
The "war" over judicial nominations goes back decades, but in terms of the numbers, and below the Supreme Court, it escalated when Clinton was President. After the GOP took over the Senate in 1994, they not only blocked nominations, but changed the rules and informal practices in order to stall nominations. When Clinton left office 10% of the federal bench was vacant. You can blame this on Obama and the Democrats only if you ignore history.
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Ignorance is a dangerous thing
03:58 PM on 07/30/2010
If the Republicans thought it would give them a political advantage, they would filibuster the invocation! Unfortunately, the Grand Old Party has been taken over by a bunch of anti-democratic authoritarians. See John Dean's books, Conservatives Without a Conscience and Broken Government for a thorough, well-documented analysis.
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MDhome
lets make it a crime to lie while campaigning for
05:20 PM on 07/30/2010
SO TRUE
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lawyerfan
06:40 PM on 07/30/2010
The problem is that there are still so many voters who buy this strategy. You would think that the prognosticators would be expecting democrats to GAIN seats in the November election, given all the stalling, defeatist, filibustering inaction the republicans have engaged in for the past year and a half.
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TyneCrescent
A Word To The Wise Is Sufficient
03:54 PM on 07/30/2010
This has to be the worst, most divisive partisan group of GOP operatives in recent political history. Their record of their obstruction of appointees highlighted in the article speaks volumes, and their performance in the health care and financial reform efforts was despicable. I can understand in a democracy if their are policy disputes, but the actions of this band of GOPers is about more than policy, their motives now are more about trying to make failures of Obama and Democratic policies more than anything else.
05:28 PM on 07/30/2010
They just want Obama to fail. That is all.
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TyneCrescent
A Word To The Wise Is Sufficient
06:26 PM on 07/30/2010
So true, #7.
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abluevoice
03:50 PM on 07/30/2010
This is an important and revealing post/article, Mr. Kendall, thank you. and it should be yet another opportunity for the Obama administration to expose the hate the President and hope the government fails, dangerous tactics of the opposition Party., and score polling points. It's simple enough for even the right wing, brainwashed Republican enablers to understand, and CLEARLY, the Obama administration is on the correct and Constitutional side. But your post is probably the last time anybody will read this.
Another no brainer issue that favors the President and the Dems and exposes the dangerous hypocrisy and anti government and economic recovery political aspirations of right wing Benedict Arnold's such as Mitch McConnell is the Republican's blocking of a lending bill for small businesses yesterday with their filibuster. This was a bill McConnell was hyping until he threw up the filibuster wall.
Damn it, why doesn't the President call a press conference and use the "bully pulpit", to point this stuff out and go after the Republicans and their media pimps selling their hate and failure brand of politics?
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MDhome
lets make it a crime to lie while campaigning for
05:23 PM on 07/30/2010
Mitch McConnell should be charged with treason and hung by the neck till dead, he clearly has no morals nor does he ge a damn about this country.
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Daphine Johnson
03:45 PM on 07/30/2010
I do not think Republicans or Democrats realize the intensity of how far those who oppose President Obama's judicial nominees have gone. Is it just emotions, or mean spirited behavior being exhibited? What is really being challenge, the constitution or the President's authority? Are they that angry over the lost of the office, that they would sabotage their own country's government? This is mind boggling that we voted these people in office, did they not take an oath, to they plan on up holding their duties? I am a lost for words on this issue, but my advise to voters pay attention and take names, the future is in the voters hands!
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funserious
I have not yet BEGUN to procrastinate
03:42 PM on 07/30/2010
...it appears as if most of the senate republicans, in my opinion, should be wearing white sheets,,,,,why else would they be so against acting/speaking positively for Americans were it not for the color of our Presidents' skin, as they seem to be carrying it well beyond just politics.....their hypocritical poses and nonsense "arguments" are a cruel joke, which will ultimately bring that party to its' political' demise......
04:37 PM on 07/30/2010
In fairness, I don't think race is a good explanation here. The Senate GOP treated Clinton's judicial nominees the same way. The only difference is that they had the majority from '94-2000, and the Dems are less willing to stand up to their tactics or change the rules to ram through Obama's nominees.
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lawyerfan
06:52 PM on 07/30/2010
I agree. This political polarization has come mostly from the right, and it has been metastasizing ever since Kenneth Starr spent the bulk of Clinton's time in office looking for a way to destroy him. The effect of limiting the number of judges Clinton was able to appoint was to save a lot of vacancies for Bush to fill. Between Reagan, Bush I and Bush II appointees and the limited number of Clinton appointees, the federal judiciary today more closely resembles the Federalist Society than a jurisprudential body.
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I have not yet BEGUN to procrastinate
12:13 PM on 07/31/2010
.....I find it difficult to believe that "the ol' boy network" mind set is not largely at play here....why would so may want our President to fail (thereby bringing our wonderful down) if they did not have some irrational "thinking" going on in the deep recesses of that space they call their heads????? Please understand that I've expressed my opinion and not stated the irrefutable truth.
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moonglowsun
Humanitarian
03:33 PM on 07/30/2010
Perhaps it's time to flood the "Do Nothing Senators" voice mails, emails and whatever else we can do to irk them as they have done our nation. I can tell you this, I will do what I can to unseat each and everyone of these poor excuses for "leaders" as anyman in history short of a terrorist or turncoat. They might as well be working for our enemies for as much impeding of progress and aid to Americans as they've put forth. This is what the Democrats NEED to expose and talk, talk, talk about until the nation is regurgitating on the news of Bachman, McConnel and The Great Orange One. I applaud Graham and all those who are coming to the table ready, willing and able to work with the majority. They may not always agree, but they are willing which is more than anyone can say about the majority of the minority.