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I think this is one of those goose/gander things.

Via Roll Call:

With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) made the decision to blockade nominations official Wednesday when he informed his colleagues that he would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” from now until after the elections.

Named after the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) — and alternately called the “Leahy Rule” by some Republicans after Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — the doctrine holds that within six months of a presidential election, the opposition party can, and typically does, refuse to allow votes on circuit court judges.

I know this will shock you, but Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe Won’t Abide By ‘Thurmond Rule’.

It’s mid-June, in less than 5 months we may (hopefully) find out Obama is One and Done.  Yet we should push through federal Appeals Court judges who will serve for life in these waning months? If there is someone who is non-ideological and truly acceptable to both parties, then put him/her through.  But allow Obama to pack the Courts at this late date?


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forget the filibuster, can we make a rule that one must vote with their party the majority of the time to qualify as being OF that party.

Neither of the Maine twins would qualify I think.

    Milwaukee in reply to jakee308. | June 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Has Princess Lisa of Alaska indicated what she will do? The Republican Senate Caucus is extremely shaky on it’s best days.

    Ragspierre in reply to jakee308. | June 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I like the impulse, but really…if the people of those states want that kind of representation, they should have it.

    And eat it.

A good nominee?…fine, sure, we need holes filled in the judiciary.

Anybody else? Hell NO! Tie them up, tie them down, use any rule available.

DO NOT LET MORE OUTLAWS IN. The Obamabanana Republic will already require a LOT of work to dismantle.

And it is high time to stop the damage.

I think this is one of those goose/gander things.

It is, but the media will not portray it as such if the Democrats tell them to make it an issue. Republican candidates had better be ready.

Case in point: After refusing public funding in 2008, the Obama people, with straight faces and not a contrary peep from the media, are accusing Republicans of trying to buy the 2012 election.

So thoroughly disgusted with the policies and behavior of the Obama administration, if I were in charge of such things I would let the president know that I would not entertain any nomination hearings until after his second inauguration.

After that, I would let the White House know that I was shutting off their funding completely. If they want to fly around the country, pretending that it is official business by reducing Manhattan to gridlock so they can pretend concern at Ground Zero, only to have dinner at SJP’s house – the real reason for the visit, then they can do it on their own dime.

The Obama White House should have its utilities shut off. If they want to see after dark, let them burn candles. If they want to communicate, let them use empty soup cans and string.

We should not give quarter to the Barbarians at the Gate.

We have arrived at the point where the words of Jefferson indicting the Crown now apply with equal measure to the government that replaced it; a man who solemnly promised to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States is himself its domestic enemy.

It is far too late to move to impeach the man even if the opposition party held control of both houses of Congress.

This is far, far worse than it appears at the surface – a man who seems peeved at a reporter, or a man who is weathering a storm upon the sea. This man is an exceedingly dangerous Marxist ideologue – not at all a patriot – a budding tyrant. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to be shown to be utterly mistaken as Former President Obama sat quietly as President Romney makes his Inaugural Address next January.

But I think it far more likely that the aftermath of the election of 2011 will be like that of 1860 than of 1980.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure 1 Senator is all it takes to put a hold on a nominee..

    Ragspierre in reply to Browndog. | June 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Correct. And this could be one way to lever a Holder resignation.

    I think it would play well in Peoria. I know it would it Fluvana and Cut ‘n Shoot.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Ragspierre. | June 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Small world, this! I just drove through Cut ‘n Shoot this morning. I’ve got a really good, self-taught gunsmith that does work for me just northeast of there!

Let’s see if the cowardly lions of the GOP hacks have what it takes to fight, now that their prey has been wounded — by the rest of us.

What a bunch of bums.

I only hope the name “Boehner” becomes synonymous with pathetic incompetence (much like the name “Obama” will).

What about recess apppointments? Isn’t there at least 1 major recess this year- which gives Obama the power to appoint while they gavel out?…like he did over the holidays.

    Recess appointments expire after a year (as I recall), so even if the President Recess-appoints somebody, their time in the seat is limited. And if its a political appointment instead of a judgeship or such, they will go away Jan 11 on the inauguration of the new President.

    Very few people will volunteer to serve for a scant six months, it brings to mind an ad : “SS Titanic now hiring, wonderful opportunities, limited duration employment…”

How else would they get their names in the newspaper unless they compromised? Obama wants to spend 30 trillion on aid to downtrodden “choom” friends these two ladies hold his feet to the fire and allow him only twenty trillion.