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  •  I think he knows... He just doesn't care... (10+ / 0-)

    A mind like a book, has to be open to function properly.

    by falconer520 on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:46:03 AM PDT

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    •  I think he knows (8+ / 0-)

      and this is why he is reluctant to get rid of the blue slips.  He has been in the senate a long time.  He does remember a time when there was the possibility of occasionally working together, and it's hard to give up on that.

      For the record, I don't think the GOP will respect the minority in any way once they get back into power.  I think we should get rid of the blue slip nonsense.  But Leahy's failure to act is because he still wants to preserve some small ledge to cling to, over the abyss of complete partisanship.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:59:31 AM PDT

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    •  It seems to me after listening to various.. (9+ / 0-)

      ..political analysts on both sides that the main reason that senators hang on to rules like the filibuster and the blue slip rule is power. I heard one republican say :'it we get rid of blue slips we'll be just like the House (heaven forbid)...' paraphrased

      Dems need to move pass this 'comity of the senate' thing and fretting over it and their own personal power that the  individual filibuster and blue slip affords and work more as a team on these life time appointments

      Comity is gone. The GOP killed that long ago. This is war. The republicans fight tooth & nail to pack the courts with "conservatives" while they block Dems with vicious consistency.

      We Dems need to give just as strong and more intense on these life time appointments. Start working on down ballot concerns and judgeships. The GOP may not hold the White House but they are aggressively taking over state after state, governor houses and more importantly, Life time judgeships

      Thx MB

    •  Why the fuck not? (0+ / 0-)

      If he didn't care one would think he'd just pass any and all judges--blue slip or not.

      I think it comes down to the biggest bullshit thing I hate about being a Dem--WE have to play by the rules when we're in charge. BUT when the GOP takes over, grab the lube and grab both of your ankles and hold on tight because they don't mind being as nasty and unfair as they have to be to get what they want.

      And if they take over Leahy's committee and somehow manage to stumble into the WH in 2016, they'll stick all those blue slips up his ass while cramming through the most far-right nominees that they'd make Ted Cruz look liberal.

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