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  •  Why would Republicans kill the filibuster? (2+ / 0-)
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    Democrats never use it. How would Clarence Thomas be on the Supreme Court if Democrats filibustered judges?

    Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    by bear83 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 08:44:39 AM PST

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    •  The Thomas vote was 52-48. He didn't even ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... get the typical, almost mandatory committee approval, for it got passed out without recommendation. (Senator Biden chaired the Judiciary Committee at the time.)

      It wasn't just Anita Hill and her disclosures that muddied Clarence Thomas. It was his - shall we say - undemonstrated ability. The American Br Association didn't even rate him "well qualified"!

      George Bush might have called him the most qualified candidate, but that had to be John Sununu's line ... per his pledge that his boss would not! appoint another Souter to the Court, but go full-conservative no matter what.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 09:13:23 AM PST

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      •  I still blame Biden for not bringing out the other (1+ / 0-)
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        witnesses to Thomas's sexual harassments.

        Also, Thomas got the job for his implacable hatred for Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Reagan appointed him to assist in destroying enforcement of Affirmative Action in the Education Department, and then put him in charge of destroying all enforcement at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. All of this should have been discussed.

        If Democrats won't filibuster a judge as dreadful as Thomas, whom do we actually oppose? Bork was borked, yes. Anybody else?

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:32:40 AM PST

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        •  Democrats opposed nominations. The issue here... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... is use of the filibuster. I don't think even Robert Bork was filibustered. The Senate vote was 42-58 against him, with several moderate Republicans departing Reagan's nominee.

          Bork - for all his many faults - was a respected scholar (in antitrust law), by accounts a good teacher and able advocate, and a very smart man. Clarence Thomas is none of those.

          2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 12:55:40 PM PST

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