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A List of Democrats Who Were Against Filibustering Judges Before They Were For It

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity! (Big Daddy in the Tennessee William’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”)

On Friday, Washington D.C. will be filled with the aroma of the fallout from the use of the “nuclear option” being forced upon the Senate by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. On Thursday the stench is much worse. The nation’s capital is filled with the odor of mendacity. Led by the NY Senator, Democrats who objected to filibustering judges in the past lined up to filibuster the most competent judge nominated to the Supreme Court in years, forcing the GOP to invoke the “nuclear option.”

The rationale for the Democrats trying to block the inevitable placement of Judge Gorsuch on the court is that Senator Schumer, also known as Dr. No, has been doing his best to obstruct everyone President Trump has nominated. Schumer caused delays in the voting to approve cabinet members who were going to be approved anyway. And now with the filibuster he is fighting the appointment of Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination. Dr. No understands that Gorsuch will eventually be approved, that is not the issue. The issue is that the very leftist wing of the Democratic Party, still mourning the loss of Hillary Clinton, wants Schumer to fight every single item that the new president proposes.

In supporting the filibuster, many of these mendacious Democrats are not only ignoring the qualifications of Gorsuch (endorsed by the American Bar Association, Barack Obama’s solicitor general, and even Judge Merrick Garland whose selection by Obama was ignored by the Senate because of the “Biden Rule” thought Gorsuch was a good pick), but they are also ignoring their own words.

  • In 2013, Senator “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal (D-CT) the fake Vietnam war hero, opined against the filibuster saying, “The major culprit is arcane, anti-democratic rules that I’ve consistently opposed before and during my service in the Senate. The American people deserve cooperation from their representatives in Washington and a commitment from the U.S Senate to allow bipartisan majorities to act in the national interest. I remain hopeful that compromise is attainable in the hours and days ahead, but I will continue to fight for the President’s nominees to receive the up-or-down vote the country needs.” But when it came to Judge Gorsuch, Blumenthal fought against the filibuster the same way that he fought against the North Vietnamese.
  • In 2009, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) “downplayed the possibility of a filibuster, saying eight Republicans have personally promised him they will not revert to the tactic. ‘Historically, Supreme Court justices have never been filibustered, and I would hope they would not consider that,’ Durbin said.” Durbin joined the Gorsuch filibuster.
  • In 1999, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) thought the filibuster of Judges was wr…
Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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About the author

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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