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    CuriousBoston

    our judiciary alone is worth ending this.

    the minority in the senate are sabotaging our judiciary to spite a president.

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 07:43:09 PM PST

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    •  Under Bush the Lesser, (1+ / 0-)
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      papa monzano

      it was Democratic filibusters that prevented confirmation of some of his nominated sleazehacks.

      Eliminate the filibuster, and we'd need some other safety mechanism. Any replacement would probably work better.

      •  no, not really (1+ / 0-)
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        CuriousBoston

        Remember the nuclear option fiasco?  Repubicans were ready to simply nullify the filibuster by 51 votes in order to pass those nominees.  Democrats caved and promised not to filibuster.  I think they ended up blocking 1 or 2 of Bush's worst nominees, but the bulk were confirmed and so was Alito (who absolutely should have been filibustered if anyone was being honest - the man  was in a whites only fraternity for fuck's sake).

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