Simple Math Lesson for Senate Republicans
Now that presidential nominations can no longer be filibustered, the Senate has finally started voting on some of the nominees who have been blocked year after year. The Senate can finally start filling some of the hundreds of judicial and executive vacancies created by years of filibustering and other GOP obstruction tactics.
Even without the filibuster, the opposition party can still spend up to thirty hours of “debate” on each nominee before finally “agreeing” to hold a vote. And needless to say, that's exactly what Senate Republicans are doing.
Now: multiply thirty hours by the dozens of nominees whom Senate Democrats are determined to vote on ASAP, and what do you get? Overtime. Lots and lots of overtime. The Senate has a lot of looong days and nights ahead. During the next few weeks they'll be pulling more all-nighters than a college student cramming for finals.
Anyone whose IQ is higher than his/her shoe size could have made this exact prediction. And this is exactly why Senate Republicans are absolutely dumbfounded, and throwing a hissyfit, that the obvious has finally happened. Let's see...deliberately spending thirty hours delaying and dithering with each nomination — knowing that there are dozens more nominees to be voted on — and then being shocked! when you find out you've got some long hours ahead. Jesus H. Christ, put two and two together! With their complete inability to connect the dots, how did these dickwads ever graduate from high school, let alone get elected to higher office?
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (R—Flunked Math) said:
“I think it resembles fourth graders playing in a sandbox, and I’ll give the majority leader, Harry Reid, 99 percent of the responsibility for it.”
Several long-delayed federal judges have already been confirmed during the past few days, and next week's Senate schedule looks even more hectic. If GOP senators keep digging in their heels, they might end up working through Christmas and New Years, if that's what it takes to get these backlogged nominees voted on.
Give 'Em Hell Harry Reid.