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Please help me with this W.H. Petition.

Yesterday, I set up this petition at the White House site, "We The People" asking them to have Joe Biden, as presiding officer of the Senate, to use the 'nuclear option' to change the rules there to make all presidential appointments free of the filibuster, to make them subject to a simple up or down 51 vote approval, including judiciary, cabinet and federal appointments named by the president, all to be voted on within 60 days of being named for their respective positions...

I didn't get all that detail in the petition, but that's the intention...
(once you write the initial petition, they don't let you edit)

Thanks, please pass it on.

I need 150 signing there before the White House site releases it to their own site's public viewing...

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx, bfitzinAR

    "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

    by Beastly Fool on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:01:07 PM PST

  •  Probably ought to think through these things (0+ / 0-)

    instead of being the "Frist", eh?

    I didn't get all that detail in the petition, but that's the intention...
    (once you write the initial petition, they don't let you edit)

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:24:44 PM PST

  •  Be careful (0+ / 0-)

    Is this what we want when Democrats are the minority party some time in the future?  Keep in mind some of GWBush's horrible judicial appointments.  Be careful what you wish for....

    •  And that is the thinking (2+ / 0-)
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      codairem, Beastly Fool

      that would have eight years of a Democratic President completely frustrated by a minority in the Senate.

      So what if the GOP uses the same tactics. It's not stopping them now is it?

      And I am not ready to concede the next election, or the one after. One thing that could lose it for us is a refusal to force Democratic policies through, and get the credit for them instead of taking the blame for GOP obstructionism.

      Filibuster Reform is already four years late.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:00:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  There are presently over 80 judicial vacancies (1+ / 0-)
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        in the Federal Courts, and these are lifetime seats.
        Several of them are at the appeals level and there is no reason why these should remain empty.
        The GOP team (if you can call them that) is already sharpening their knives for the Richard Cordray fight, and with the precedent now set with Hagel, you can bet they're not done carving up trees.

        "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

        by Beastly Fool on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:24:06 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Besides, the democrats are finding a new stride (0+ / 0-)

          and confidence. If they (we) can keep their focus and keep the GOP actively soul searching, while the public keeps growing up re: equality, race, economics, climate change, women, VAWA, gun control, you name it - the public is watching AND becoming more informed every day.

          If the democrats can simply stay focused; pick intelligent, articulate, appealing candidates, and maintain a shared and well defined progressive vision, then by working hard, we ought to be able to gain strength against the failing and obstructionist GOP.

          To be bold and aggressive in resetting key rules in the Senate is a signal to the entire country that enough is finally enough. Some will scream loudly and cry foul in the worst ways, but these are the same people that promised comity and civility and brought serious threat and unprecedented blockage instead.

          Biden stands somewhat apart and above the fray. As the most senior "presiding officer" of the senate, he is the most logical leader to initiate the necessary rules change at this point to end the filibuster on presidential nominations, for now.  

          "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

          by Beastly Fool on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:44:00 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Just to emphasize -- (1+ / 0-)
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          Beastly Fool

          President Obama will likely have the opportunity to name TWO JUSTICES to the SUPREME COURT during his second term. The Republicans KNOW THIS which is why they are now laying the ground work and PRECEDENT for OPPOSING EVERY OBAMA NOMINATION before the Supremes announce their retirement. Harry Reid has proven that in true Blue Dog fashion he is an ENABLER of the Republican's filibuster plan by deliberatly sabotaging the effort to change the Senate rules for the filibuster when the Senate re-convened.

          We worked our asses off to give our Democrat President the opportunity to replace the two expected retirements on the SCOTUS; and now that the push for Senate filibuster reform has been squashed by Harry "the MOCK TURTLE" Reid the suggestion by the author of this post appears the only tactic that will ultimately enable Obama to get his future appointments through the Senate. I AM DEFINITELY ONBOARD!

      •  Democrats in the minority??? (2+ / 0-)
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        codairem, Beastly Fool

        The only way I can see that happening is for the Republicans to come to their senses.  And that will probably not happen for at least the next 20 years, if they're still a party then.
        Of course, unless we get back to paper ballots, the Republicans will continue to rig elections and may cheat their way back into power.  We must have paper ballots for every election.  No more electronic voting machines.  If scanning a piece of paper is good enough for an entrance test to college, it's good enough for an election.  Plus, it's a permanent record of how we voted.  Not some imaginary electronic record.  

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