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  •  By that logic... (0+ / 0-)

    We might have ended up with Robert Bork on the Supreme Court.

    •  Except Bork wasn't filibustered (2+ / 0-)
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      J M F, progressivevoice

      It went to the floor, 42 in favor, 28 against.

      "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

      by Crider on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:12:05 AM PST

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      •  You mean 58 against. (0+ / 0-)

        You make a decent point, but it only went to a floor vote because Bork refused to withdrawal his name from consideration. The backlash had already happened, even Reagan was slowly backing away from the nomination. There was no real need for a filibuster because democrats controlled the chamber. However, we can avoid Bork like nominations with the threat of a filibuster.

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