Jun 13 2005

Is the Filibuster Deal Being Broken?

Published by at 9:35 am under All General Discussions

Here is an interesting article from the Washington Times which claims the democrats are already violating their agreement.

Democrats led by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts stopped a federal appeals court nominee last week by demanding that more of his unpublished legal opinions be provided to them.

Mr. Bush nominated U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle of North Carolina more than four years ago to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond. Judge Boyle had a hearing more than three months ago and has been scheduled numerous times for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote.

Last week, however, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee demanded that Judge Boyle’s nomination wait another week and that the Bush administration produce more of his unpublished opinions. Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, reluctantly agreed.

They are filibustering a judicial nominee, and Specter has no backbone whatsoever. Now if the dems think they can claim this is different because the reason for the filibuster is different, they are truly kidding themselves. They agreed to only filibuster under extreme circumstances. This definitely doesn’t pass the test of being an extreme circumstance. They had their opportunities to debate this and get information. Now vote or let’s call the deal dead.

This is showdown time. This is the kind of event the Coalition of the Chillin’ would likley see as reason to stop Chillin’.

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3 Responses to “Is the Filibuster Deal Being Broken?”

  1. Decision '08 says:

    Quick Shots: Dean Stays Busy…

    Oh, and I forgot to link to this earlier…but AJStrata reports on a filibuster by any other name. You could certainly make the argument that this voids the deal, and AJ does…still, I think we should save our ammo for the big game…

  2. Teamster 2 says:

    Whoever made ths deal should have spelled out what, constituted “extreme circumstances. ” They left the Democrates a big loop hole. You can bet that a party that can’t figure out what is, is. Will never figure out what “extreme circumstances. ” means either.

  3. AJStrata says:

    Agreed. But the dems have to convince the public as well. And if they fail they will pay a price. What is going on now is the perfect opportunity for the reps to say the dems were not serious. This is all prelude to the big US SC showdowns coming – and it is a chess game.