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  •  not wrong but from a practical (8+ / 0-)

    POV, not right. That's because effective (although ultimately futile) delaying tactics still exist and there are still nearly 200 appointees in the queue with not too many session days. For example, (and ask Kagro, not me) each nominee can have 8 hours of discussion (remember McConnell making that point the day of the vote?) so each nominee takes a full day if the GOP wants it to.

    WH isn't going to spend precious time on something he's reluctant to do. He wants the judges and the empty seats filled first.

    PS Sebelius has one skill O wants: she knows the insurance companies form her Gov days and wants her to deal with them.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:42:03 AM PST

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    •  and when you write up the diary (2+ / 0-)
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      address that.  ;-)

      Just saying.

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 05:43:49 AM PST

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    •  Two Months (1+ / 0-)
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      The Democrats now actually control the Senate. And thereby the schedule on the floor. If each nominee gets 8 hours of blather, that can be dispatched in two months if held round the clock. Four months if split with other Senate business. The mere threat of that scheduling, especially by forcing Republicans to blather mini filibusters through the night (and round the clock), would shut it down.

      Sebelius will earn many $millions in her private consulting career. She should start it right away.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 06:03:02 AM PST

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      •  Of course, first No Business for the next two (0+ / 0-)

        weeks.  They are all tuckered out and need some rest time. Then comes the contentious military spending bill with dozens of proposed amendments to deal with and next thing you know it is the Christmas break. Other than the other two DC Circuit Court Judges and Mel Watts at Federal Housing Finance Agency I will be pleasantly surprised if we see any other nominations voted on before February.

    •  Senate approval of Obama’s 51 judicial (7+ / 0-)

      nominations that are pending has to be first priority. Then get the President to nominate 42 more solid, progressive (or at least moderate) judges -- so that all 93 judicial vacancies are filled.

      For now, the Judiciary should be at the top of the agenda!

      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 06:08:05 AM PST

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    •  I could be wrong (0+ / 0-)

      But can't they still demand 30 hours of post-cloture debate?

      AFAIK, only the number of votes needed for cloture was changed, not the other rules around it.

      The Empire never ended.

      by thejeff on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 07:42:41 AM PST

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