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With remarks like these from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) concerning Democratic efforts to confirm judicial nominees; quoting:

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee dared Democrats to “go ahead” and eliminate the filibuster for nominees via the nuclear option, warning them that a 51-vote threshold would make it easier for a future GOP to appoint judges like Antonin Scalia.

“Many of those on the other side who are clamoring for rules change and almost falling over themselves to do it have never served a single day in the minority,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday in a floor speech. “All I can say is this — be careful what you wish for.”

“So if the Democrats are bent on changing the rules, then I say go ahead,” he said. “There are a lot more Scalias and [Clarence] Thomases that we’d love to put on the bench. The nominees we’d nominate and put on the bench with 51 votes would interpret the constitution as it was written.”(Talking Points Memo)

I say it is well past time to end the filibuster rule for all nominations, period; Grassley knows damn well that Democrats’ never, to my knowledge, filibustered either Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas and even when they did attempt such a filibuster (on current Justice Samuel Alito) the Senate easily overcame that filibuster, so his words above smack of a schoolyard bully who’s had his way for way too long. 

While there have been numerous appointments (judicial & executive) over the years that have been filibusters, almost every one has eventually gotten an up-or-down vote in the end. If Grassley and his Republican bullies are so hell-bent on denying President Obama the right to appoint judicial nominees of his choosing, then Senator Reid must step in and change the rules of the Senate.

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Posted November 13, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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