Senator Sam Brownback(R) of Kansas is preventing a Bush appointee from receiving an up or down vote, The Washington Post reveals in an editorial in today's edition.  

Oh the hypocricy.

The reasoning for the hold is comical.  A taste, and then more below.

WHILE REPUBLICAN senators insist on prompt votes for every judicial nominee, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has placed a "hold" on President Bush's nomination of Julie Finley as ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mrs. Finley is well qualified. Like many ambassadorial appointees, she has been a major Republican fundraiser, but she has also been a strong and active advocate in Washington for the expansion of NATO, the integration of Turkey into the European Union and the spread of democracy to countries of the former Soviet Union. These are issues that would be central in her new post -- and issues that Mr. Brownback also has highlighted. Nevertheless, Mr. Brownback, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, as of last night was employing a parliamentary maneuver to block any Senate vote -- on the grounds that Mrs. Finley is pro-choice on abortion.(emphasis added)

Originally posted to guyermo on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:34 AM PDT.

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