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  •  Word I heard (8+ / 0-)

    from people involved in the activism was that Manchin was with him if he needed him. Pryor was more quiet about it. Levin was the only one who specifically said he wouldn't do it.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 09:54:24 AM PST

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    •  Why the specific exclusion for SCOTUS? (0+ / 0-)

      The fact SCOTUS was specifically excluded from the rules change sounds like there were more than 5 Senators against that?

      •  Probably (4+ / 0-)

        Specifically Boxer and Feinstein and maybe Mikulski have been opposed to this because of what judges with lifetime appointments could do to choice.

        "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

        by Joan McCarter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:17:21 AM PST

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      •  Pure speculation (2+ / 0-)
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        Liberal Jon, TDDVandy

        Do the Dems feel that they want to be able to block the next Clarence Thomas or Scalia? Or perhaps they feel that filibustering a SC nomination is to much for even the Tea Party?

        I have never been able to figure out if Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party or is the Republican Party the political subsidiary of Fox.

        by Dave from Oregon on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:19:09 AM PST

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      •  Not bad (4+ / 0-)

        It's also much more difficult to filibuster high profile appointments to the Supreme Court. Sure, the opposition party can muck things up for a qualified candidate but it would be a much more public opposition to delay an appointment to the SC.

        It would be nearly impossible to sustain a filibuster on a qualified candidate to an empty SC seat.

        Point being, filibustering a SC candidate is a completely different proposition. Not that it's impossible but it's almost certainly not sustainable in the public eye without a very, very, good reason.

        [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

        by rabel on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:23:33 AM PST

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