Posts Tagged ‘filibuster’

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

April 9, 2010

Today,

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he would retire at the end of this term, setting up a confirmation battle over his replacement that is virtually certain to dominate the political scene this summer.

And the Republicans, even before he retired and well before President Obama nominated a successor, have threatened to filibuster his choice. It is going to be a fun summer.  I just hope that the President picks someone who has done of one of the following things: (1) stepped foot in a trial court and litigated cases, (2) worked for or before an administrative agency for a significant period of time or (3) worked in state government in a significant capacity such as being a legislator or a state court judge.  I think one of the worst things he could do was nominate someone who has only been a law professor or appellate judge.  I think having actually seen what it is like to be in the real world gives a person a perspective that is almost wholly lacking on the Court now.

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Scott Brown, Thank You

March 25, 2010

Now that Health Care Reform (“HCR”) has passed, I want to personally thank Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.)  and the voters of Massachusetts who elected you.  By getting elected and denying the Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, I believe you actually made it possible for the Democrats to finally pass HCR.  And here is why:

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When did our democracy go so far off the rails?

January 27, 2010

Why I am still hopeful that House Democrats will do what I suggested last week and simply pass the Senate’s bill and fix it through reconciliation, Senate Democrats (at least some of them) are making it difficult to believe that reconciliation will be a viable option.  For those who do not know, reconciliation is a procedure by which the Senate can pass certain measure (that have an impact on the budget and revenues) by a simple majority, without the possibility of a filibuster.  You know, the way a democracy is supposed to work.

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