11/02/2005

Daily Kos: Broder: So Much For "Up or Down" Votes For the President

Broder: So Much For "Up or Down" Votes For the President
by Armando

David Broder states the obvious, the Republicans were lying when the screamed about "up or down votes" for the President's judicial nominees:

After Bush acquiesced in the conservative movement's uproar denying Miers her chance for an up-or-down Senate vote, or even a hearing in that committee, there is no plausible way the White House can insist that every major judicial nominee deserves such a vote.

.... If the mass of Democrats and a few Republicans who may be dismayed by Alito's stands on abortion and other issues can muster the 41 votes needed to sustain a filibuster under current rules, they now have precedent for using their power...

whatever the rationale, the fact is that [on Miers] they short-circuited the confirmation process by raising hell with Bush. Certainly there can be no greater sin in a sizable bloc of sitting senators using long-standing Senate rules to stymie a nomination than a cabal of outsiders -- a lynching squad of right-wing journalists, self-sanctified religious and moral organizations, and other frustrated power-brokers -- rolling over the president they all ostensibly support.


Daily Kos: Broder: So Much For "Up or Down" Votes For the President

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