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  •  Great collectionof statememts! (5+ / 0-)

    How are they going to backpedal them all?

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:20:29 AM PST

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    •  How are they going to backpedal them all? (6+ / 0-)


      They will just pretend that they never said any such thing.

      And failing that, they'll pretend that Democratic obstruction back then was WAAAAAAAAYYYYY worse than anything seen since 2009.

      One of those 2 lies will appease their base...

      •  Well, fortunately, (5+ / 0-)

        there are plenty of places to find the real story of what happened in 2005:

        Frist is upset that Democrats have used the filibuster to block a handful of Bush’s judicial nominees. Democrats have allowed 205 of Bush’s judicial nominees to be confirmed, but they have used the filibuster — or, more accurately, the threat of the filibuster — to prevent floor votes on 10 others. Bush offered all 10 of the nominees who were stalled in the last session of Congress the chance to be nominated again. Seven accepted, Bush renominated them, and Democrats have indicated that, except as some kind of compromise on the nuclear option, they’ll block them again this session.
        Democrats have allowed 205 to be confirmed and now are blocking only seven? That’s not so bad, is it?
        No, it isn’t. According to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, Bill Clinton nominated 443 judges to U.S. district and appellate courts, and only 372 of those nominees were confirmed. George H.W. Bush got only 192 of his 242 nominees confirmed. Ronald Reagan went 375 for 403.

        And lest we think that the Democrats were trying to block George Bush's nominees for nothing but partisan reasons, let's look at a few of his nominees:

        As a Texas Supreme Court justice, for example, Judge Priscilla Owen took thousands of dollars worth of campaign donations from Enron, and then wrote an opinion reducing Enron’s taxes by $15 million. As Alabama’s Attorney General, Judge William Pryor defended handcuffing prisoners to a hitching post in the hot sun, and then making them remain there for up to seven hours with barely any water and no bathroom breaks. Judge Janice Rogers Brown compared liberalism to “slavery” and court decisions upholding the New Deal to a “socialist revolution.” Since joining the federal bench, she wrote an opinion suggesting that all labor, business or Wall Street regulation is constitutionally suspect. Democrats filibustered these nominees, and a handful of others.

        Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

        by skohayes on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 06:03:18 AM PST

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    •  They'll depend on short memories (2+ / 0-)
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      DRo, skohayes

      and the efficacy of repetition of the revised history.

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