Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, April 11, 2014

Republican Senate = Permanent Conservative Majority on Supreme Court

If Republicans take the Senate this November, President Obama has a snowball's chance in Hell of ever getting a liberal justice onto the Supreme Court.  Liberal you understand means anyone to the left of Sean Hannity.

The last Democratic president to get his Supreme Court nomination through a Republican Senate was Grover Cleveland.  In 1895.

Not very encouraging, is it.

This is just one more reason (as if we didn't have enough already) for Democrats and liberals to NOT sit out the 2014 election because there's no difference between the two parties, I'm disappointed in Obama, this isn't a presidential election; I'll vote in 2016, etc.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it's different now with no Filibuster, as I remember Clinton had to try to pick people whom he thought he could get past the Republican's (and weren't they in the majority at least once during his administration?).

But what the article misses that may be even more important is that under Clinton, the Republicans blocked scores of appointments to Federal Judgements leaving a real shortage that was so bad even then Chief Justice Rehnquist had to criticize his own party for.

It gave Bush a surplus of Judicial Appointments and by making it easier for many cases on the Conservative Agenda to speedtrack up the Conservative Supreme Court (only if they wanted to review it) probably did more for the Conservative Shift then the Supreme's themselves.


April 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

As I recall Bush fired a couple of federal district court prosecutors because they wouldn't prosecute democrats even though there wasn't a case. Even the one from our state here Tom.

Sadly the republicans have learned quite well how to slow the process of appointments down by adding amendments to bills that have no chance in hell of passing. Just check the congressional record to see how that's working out. Geez it takes two and three votes just to name a post office because of their little poison pills.

Their latest tactic is to slip little amendments and bills that gut the Affordable Care Act.

April 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I remember that, when Rehnquist scolded his fellow GOP-ers for blocking so many federal judges. And conveniently, this enabled Dumbya to make a lot of judicial appointments.

Demeur: You're right, they add dozens of amendments to bills, and they have thousands of written questions that nominees have to waste time answering. The sleaze never ends.

April 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Hell they don't even have the senate and they won't allow those liberal types on the court. POTUS has had to deal with so much shit from these guys it is unreal.

April 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I'm hoping that if the Republicans take the Senate, they'll get complacent and start fighting among themselves and lose their lockstep unity. Like you said, even without controlling the Senate they've done a good job of bringing everything to a grinding halt.

April 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM  

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