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  •  The diarist evidently forgets 2004 (1+ / 0-)
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    The Democratic minority successfully filibustered several of GWBush's dreadful judicial nominations.  

    Some time in the future the Democrats will be in the minority in the Senate, and they'll need the filibuster then.

    •  Then keep it BUT make it like it USED to be (6+ / 0-)

      You want to fillibuster? Fine. Then actually DO it. Get out the cots, order the pizzas, and have a stack of phonebooks to read from. No more saying "Fillibuster!" then hitting the links with guys from ALEC or the Koch Bros. Do this & you'll see the abuse go WAY down or disappear. And it will still be preserved as a tool for the minority, whoever that happens to be.

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 12:57:48 PM PDT

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      •  That IS the solution Metal Trek, but the Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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        refuse to do it.
            This step is a very big deal to them, even though it falls way short of what they have the ability to do.

        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 01:02:37 PM PDT

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    •  Keep filibuster for lifetime apts-COURTS. (0+ / 0-)

      You really want the next Thug POTUS to be able to pack the federal benches with the most radical Thugs they can find on a simple majority vote?

      Term limited officials such as cabinet and agency apts are different because they are term limited and thus time limited as to the damage they can do.  Frankly, I'd also pitch the filibuster on legislation: if its that onerous then win the next election on it.

      But I think it insane to give any party carte blanche on lifetime judicial appointments, when so much of what the law actually means and does - including the legisaltion and termlimited apppointees - ultimately depend on how they rule.  It would allow a simple majority of the Senate and a minority POTUS, seee Dumbya, to effectively lock government into their radical minority ideology for 20, 30 or more years, regardless of how the electorate or world changed.  The filibuster for these appointments at least offers a way to force a moderation of such appointments, if used (the main complaint should be failure of Ds to use it against e.g., Alito).

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