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Daschle: Move Dem nominees (to stall Bush’s judicial picks unless 12 RATs are appointed)
The Hill ^ | 3/23/04 | Geoff Earle

Posted on 03/23/2004 4:46:27 AM PST by Libloather

Daschle: Move Dem nominees
By Geoff Earle

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is threatening to stall President Bush’s judicial nominees if the president does not take action soon to appoint more than a dozen Democrats to government boards and commissions.

Daschle met privately with Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) shortly before Congress began its latest recess and warned that if ongoing negotiations don’t bring results, the movement to confirm the president’s judicial nominees — already stalled by Democratic opposition — could grind to a complete halt.

“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees,” Daschle said in a brief floor statement last week. “It will be very, very difficult for us to move forward on nominations in the future if the matter isn’t resolved.”

Daschle made his comments soon after the Senate confirmed Mark McClellan, President Bush’s pick to run the Medicare agency. Democrats allowed the nomination to move only after receiving a commitment from Frist to deal with the issue of reimportation of prescription drugs. That issue now goes to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for possible action.

Frist told The Hill that Daschle “made it clear that there are other nominees for positions … that he wants to get through the administration.”

Frist said his chief of staff, Lee Rawls, will continue to meet with Daschle’s chief counsel, Mark Childress, about the issue. But Frist added, “It’ll be some time” before the matter is resolved.

Aides say three-way negotiations among Daschle, Frist and the White House are ongoing. Daschle plans to make a speech on the topic early this week.

Daschle is pushing to get more than a dozen Democrats named to boards and commissions that have bipartisan representation. According to a Democratic leadership aide, among them is Jonathan Adelstein, Daschle’s former staff aide, whose term on the Federal Communications Commission expired at the end of the last session, although he still is serving on a temporary basis.

Adelstein was confirmed after a prolonged fight as Daschle managed to overcome the opposition to Adelstein by then-Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) by holding up other administration nominees as leverage.

Many of the boards and commissions operate behind the scenes, but some have substantial rulemaking authority. Some of the posts are partly ceremonial, but Democrats are short on patronage jobs, since the GOP holds unified control of government.

The White House has moved to fill some posts, such as a spot recently on the Merit Systems Protections Board, which deals with federal personnel issues. But Democratic aides charge that the White House is moving slowly for purely partisan reasons, with the goal of using the vacancies as negotiating chits.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been holding up several of the administration’s controversial nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Democrats were outraged by Bush’s two recent recess appointments of circuit-court judges who were stalled in the Senate. The Senate confirmed two U.S. district-court judges before it began a recess in March, but tensions have been simmering in the Senate Judiciary Committee over an investigation of leaked internal Democratic committee computer documents.

The Senate confirmed two district-court judges before the recess, despite the conflict over the Judiciary Committee memos.

Even before Daschle issued his threat, swift action on judicial nominees was considered unlikely in a polarized election year.

Asked whether Democrats would hold up judicial nominations to get the Democrats nominated, the Democratic leadership aide said, “All options are on the table.”

Asked whether Democrats might also hold up legislation as well, the aide replied, “All options are on the table.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 12; appointed; bushs; daschle; dem; democratsarescum; dems; judicial; judicialnominees; move; nominees; obstructionists; rats; stall; unless
“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees...”

Since when?

1 posted on 03/23/2004 4:46:29 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Obviously Hatch and Spector agree with the lying crooked liberals.
2 posted on 03/23/2004 4:48:18 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Libloather
have no fear....republicans will cave in..frist aka "monica lewinsky" has taken a stand since he got the job!
3 posted on 03/23/2004 4:48:46 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Libloather
This is the same threat we hear from the Palistinians: If you kill our leaders then we will send suicide bombers into your pizza parlors and onto your busses.

[as if that's not already going on]

4 posted on 03/23/2004 4:49:37 AM PST by C210N
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To: Libloather

Her Royal Highness:"Time to contol the Congress.
Fetch me our stolen FBI files. I mean our stolen FBI 'badges of honor'"
"

5 posted on 03/23/2004 4:50:02 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Libloather
“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees,” Daschle said

Sounds to me like there is, Tommy. So where have you been hiding, Mr. Daschle? Decided to poke your head out on the national scene again, and see if your numbers in S. Dakota go south?

6 posted on 03/23/2004 4:53:25 AM PST by Coop ("Hero" is the last four-letter word I'd use to describe John Kerry)
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To: Libloather
Tell Daschle, "No thanks. I like you better when I can show you to be the lying obstructionist weasel that you are. I wouldn't want you to compromise your principles in an election year.

As a bonus, we'll even spend our money making sure your constituents know who to thank for the gridlock, Mr. Booster Seat."
7 posted on 03/23/2004 4:54:00 AM PST by ISonnet
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To: C210N
“It will be very, very difficult for us to move forward on nominations in the future if the matter isn’t resolved.”

i.e. If we don't get our lying, crybaby way. These people DISGUST me.

8 posted on 03/23/2004 4:54:28 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Libloather
Tommy is in no position to try "negotiating" his way out of this.
9 posted on 03/23/2004 4:57:41 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Libloather
I'd like to see FReepers contact Bill Frist and tell him that he'd better get busy and do some heavy lifting for the president's judicial nominees.

I'd like to see Frist do a little less politicking behind closed doors, get out there and start raising a little hell
IN PUBLIC about the Daschle obstruction.

Here's his fax and phone numbers: fax (202-228-1264) or telephone (202-224-3344) from his website: http://frist.senate.gov/

Let's all take a minute to politely PUSH this fellow into doing what he was HIRED to do: Represent MAJORITY interests.
10 posted on 03/23/2004 5:03:43 AM PST by Judith Anne (Is life a paradox? Well, yes and no...)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Woulkdnt it be great to read a story in the morning paper which said that Frist told Daschle to go have sex with himself.
11 posted on 03/23/2004 5:04:51 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: Libloather
“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees,” Daschle said in a brief floor statement last week. “It will be very, very difficult for us to move forward on nominations in the future if the matter isn’t resolved.”

Oh Please .. give me a break

Hey Tommy we all know you are not a man of your word and will block them even if there is a compromise is made

12 posted on 03/23/2004 5:09:07 AM PST by Mo1 (Do you want a president who injects poison into his skull for vanity?)
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To: Libloather
Time to donate to the Thune campaign.
13 posted on 03/23/2004 5:11:45 AM PST by correctthought (Shop smart, shop S-mart.)
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To: sgtbono2002
I'm dreaming of a headline in S.D. papers on 11/3 about Tom Thumbs defeat at the ballot box!
14 posted on 03/23/2004 5:15:46 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Libloather
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is threatening to stall President Bush’s judicial nominees if the president does not take action soon to appoint more than a dozen Democrats to government boards and commissions.

Another lying Rat trap.

This souless little troll has to go!

Contribute to his opponent...

JOHN THUNE FOR US SENATE
P.O. BOX 3308
SIOUX FALLS, SD 57101

15 posted on 03/23/2004 5:18:35 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: Libloather
C'mon Daschle.

Democratic roadblocks in 2001 to the organization of the new Bush administration certainly didn't help America prepare for --->9/11.

16 posted on 03/23/2004 5:19:41 AM PST by syriacus (Kerry was dumb enough to believe Hubbard served in Vietnam. Is Kerry smart enough to be President?)
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To: Libloather
HEY!

DIMWIT DASHDULL DUFUSS TRAITOR HYPOCRITE IDIOT COMMIE CLUMSY CLOD IGNORAMOUS LOSER

GUESS WHAT

YOUR PARTY DID NOT WIN!

IF YOUR PARTY WERE IN POWER AND WE WERE ACTING AS YOU HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS, YOU'D HAVE LAUGHED IN OUR FACES 24 HOURS A DAY!

THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE MORE STUPID THAN YOU ARE THE IDIOT RHINO'S LETTING YOU GET AWAY WITH IT!

SHEESH.

And we think the enemies are outside the borders. They're not even outside DC except for the NORTH EAST CORRIDOR!

SIGH.
17 posted on 03/23/2004 5:22:52 AM PST by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Quix
CALLING ALL REPUBLICANS SENATORS! ....DO NOT CAVE IN AGAIN!
18 posted on 03/23/2004 5:24:26 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Just mythoughts
I think extortion is illegal.
19 posted on 03/23/2004 5:49:58 AM PST by grannyc
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To: syriacus; OXENinFLA
Democratic roadblocks in 2001 to the organization of the new Bush administration certainly didn't help America prepare for --->9/11.

That is an underreported fact. We had an FBI Director who was still arranging the pictures on his new desk a week before. From day one, the dims tried to cripple this administration, and I dare say that they bear a great deal of responsibility for the ability, or lack of, the government to respond that morning. They tried to sabotage every tool the President had to work with.

20 posted on 03/23/2004 5:50:19 AM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: grannyc
"I think extortion is illegal."


LOL Depends on the meaning of 'is'!

Liberals extort votes with money and for money!
21 posted on 03/23/2004 5:53:05 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: syriacus
Democratic roadblocks in 2001 to the organization of the new Bush administration certainly didn't help America prepare for

Democratic roadblocks in 2001 to the organization of the new Bush administration certainly didn't help America prepare for

Right on, Syriacus. Needs a class action lawsuit against the Democrats.

22 posted on 03/23/2004 5:55:03 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Libloather
“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees,”

reciprocal means a two-way street. Maybe if Tommy would agree to votes on Bush's choices, then maybe people would listen to him.

23 posted on 03/23/2004 6:11:16 AM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk; Libloather
"“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees,” Daschle said in a brief floor statement last week."

So "log rolling" replaces "advise and consent" in the US Senate. Where do we find this in the Constitution?

SHAME!

24 posted on 03/23/2004 7:15:58 AM PST by shamusotoole
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To: shamusotoole
"Daschle is pushing to get more than a dozen Democrats named to boards and commissions that have bipartisan representation. According to a Democratic leadership aide, among them is Jonathan Adelstein, Daschle’s former staff aide, whose term on the Federal Communications Commission expired at the end of the last session, although he still is serving on a temporary basis. "

Maybe approving Miquel Estrada to the bench is a good start. Consider it a demonstration of good faith.

25 posted on 03/23/2004 7:32:33 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Bury Kerry in 04! Down with Lenin Loving Lemmings....)
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To: Libloather
“There has to be a reciprocal treatment of nominees...”

Since when?


Since the 'rats started it with Bork maybe? Way I see it they owe us at least two supreme court nominees before we approve any of theirs.
26 posted on 03/23/2004 8:04:55 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Recess Time!)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
The President of the United States HAS EVERY RIGHT to nominate HIS choice and the senates only job is to ADVISE and CONSENT - Daschle doesn't know the meaning of these 2 words and fails the test...send him and atleast 10 other democrats up for reelection home this November and they'll ALL find out then what CONSENT means! It's time the Republicans stood up for what's honest and true and send these RATS home!
27 posted on 03/23/2004 11:25:41 AM PST by princess leah
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To: Just mythoughts
godd grief , and I thought they were already sitting on judicial nominees. How silly of me.
28 posted on 03/23/2004 11:38:55 AM PST by ping jockey (it only takes $.13 to do the job correctly.)
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To: Libloather
Would we notice a difference?
29 posted on 03/23/2004 12:12:56 PM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (The word system implies they have done something the same way at least twice)
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To: Diogenesis
Needs a class action lawsuit against the Democrats.

I hadn't thought of that.

Perhaps a few of the "Peaceful tomorrows" families should sue the Daschle-Schumer gang. ?[/sarcasm]

30 posted on 03/23/2004 12:18:09 PM PST by syriacus (2001: Daschle stonewalled Bush attempts to organize his administration.)
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To: Libloather
In this election year, I say screw them over. There is no middle road with the Democrats.

If Rove is serious, he needs to show the Democrat party and impotent and powerless. This will send a real message about the worthless nature of voting for ANY democrat.

IOW Don't vote democrat because you will not get acess.

It is a good message to send.
31 posted on 03/23/2004 1:36:53 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
JOHN THUNE FOR US SENATE
P.O. BOX 3308
SIOUX FALLS, SD 57101

Bump...

32 posted on 03/23/2004 4:36:28 PM PST by Libloather (If Hillary says something, it must be true...)
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To: Libloather
Another tin-pot dictator.
33 posted on 03/23/2004 4:38:45 PM PST by VRWC For Truth
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To: neverdem
Ping...
34 posted on 03/26/2004 5:30:08 PM PST by Libloather (If Hillary says something, it must be true...)
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To: Libloather
WHO DOES THIS STOOGE ON A STOOL THINK HE IS?
35 posted on 03/26/2004 5:31:30 PM PST by ladyinred (Weakness Invites War. Peace through Strength (Margaret Thatcher))
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To: Libloather
Daschle needs to learn that he is in the Minority. And there is no Affirmative Action in the Senate.
36 posted on 03/26/2004 5:50:10 PM PST by jackbill
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To: ladyinred; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog
WHO DOES THIS STOOGE ON A STOOL THINK HE IS?

Last night, Ma Richards (HUGE RAT - Tx) wanted to make him the next majority leader in the Senate.

Ma has done way too many nonprescription drugs...

37 posted on 03/26/2004 6:48:10 PM PST by Libloather (If Hillary says something, it must be true...)
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To: Libloather
Thanks for the ping.
38 posted on 03/26/2004 7:16:21 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
You're welcome. And xin loi min oi to you, too.
39 posted on 03/26/2004 7:28:35 PM PST by Libloather
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