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Senate Democrats Threaten to Block More Bush Nominees
NY Times ^ | March 26, 2004 | DAVID STOUT

Posted on 03/26/2004 4:39:17 PM PST by neverdem

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To: VRWC_minion
should we bring back dueling in the senate?..or is this over the edge?
51 posted on 03/27/2004 4:04:01 AM PST by rrrod
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To: EGPWS
There's no point in trying to explain something to people who don't listen.

As the Democrats become more extreme, obstructionist and self-centered politically, they'll drive away the few remaining Democrats who know what's going on, and marginalize themselves until new and better leadership comes along.

Then the pendulum will swing the other way again for a while. It's a tale older than dirt.
52 posted on 03/27/2004 4:58:56 AM PST by Imal (Friends don't let friends vote Democrat.)
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To: neverdem
Senate Democrats Threaten to Block More Bush Nominees More Hissy Fits

There. Now the title is correct!

53 posted on 03/27/2004 6:17:22 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Please, please, please! I'll be good, please don't take FR away from me again!)
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To: neverdem
Interesting. Democrats complaining of President making recess appointments, a constitutional power given to him, while Democrats filibuster(unconstitutionally I might add) judges who only require a simple up or down vote to be confirmed according to the Constitution.

At times the hypocrisy is so astounding, I can't even catch my breathe.
54 posted on 03/27/2004 7:11:38 AM PST by ChevyZ28 (We can make the plans of our heart, but the final out come is in God's hands.)
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To: Bush_Democrat
If Dubya really wants to stick it to him, he'll recess appoint either Judge Bork, or Ken Starr during the next recess. I'd pay good money to see that!!!


I will pool my money with yours.
55 posted on 03/27/2004 7:14:47 AM PST by ChevyZ28 (We can make the plans of our heart, but the final out come is in God's hands.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
That's what the Democrats say. "Mr. Bush, play the game our way or we'll block your nominees. Don't play it our way and we'll still block you nominees."

Exactly, if he doesn't recess appoint judges they will still filibuster his choices. Now that the dems have opened this door, Bush now needs to say I am recess appointing judges because you have been doing anything and everything except for cooperating with the judicial nominees I have sent to Congress for confirmation.
56 posted on 03/27/2004 7:18:18 AM PST by ChevyZ28 (We can make the plans of our heart, but the final out come is in God's hands.)
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To: Montfort; Principled
You both have made good points. Bush has got to fight fire with fire. These dems are just trying to make the country think He is the one causing the hold up and problems even though it is really the dems causing trouble.
57 posted on 03/27/2004 7:20:32 AM PST by ChevyZ28 (We can make the plans of our heart, but the final out come is in God's hands.)
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To: neverdem; devolve; PhilDragoo; onyx; yall
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Mr. Bush's use of recess appointments "a finger in the eye of the Constitution."

Good grief ! I say he should do recess appointments every time Congress is out !

If Congress is closed in October, give them an October surprise: Recess appoint EVERY one in which they are filibustering that is KNOWN to have enough votes to pass, if they weren't blocking them from getting a vote !

I can hear the 'RAT Halloween howling already !! hahaha !



58 posted on 03/27/2004 10:05:09 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: yall

Democrats threaten to block judicial nominees

Senators want Bush to stop appointing judges while Congress is out

08:49 PM CST on Friday, March 26, 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Friday threatened to stop all of President Bush's judicial nominees until the White House agrees not to appoint judges while Congress is out of town.

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Democrats had decided to block all judicial nominees on the Senate floor until "the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process."

Democrats have been upset that Mr. Bush gave temporary federal appellate judgeships to Mississippi Judge Charles Pickering and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor while the Senate was out of town.

"The president's use of recess appointments to circumvent the advise-and-consent process puts a finger in the eye of the Constitution," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Republicans said Mr. Bush wouldn't have had to use recess appointments if Democrats hadn't been blocking his nominees. They also argued that the Constitution gives the president clear authority to put his nominees on the bench temporarily when Congress is not in session.

"To suggest that President Bush has somehow gone outside the power conferred upon him under the U.S. Constitution is not true," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

The White House is unlikely to comply with Democrats' demand.

"No administration is going to rule out" recess appointments, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

"It's unfortunate the lengths that Sen. Daschle and a minority of Senate Democrats will go to obstruct the normal judicial confirmation process," White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said

Democrats also say the White House is refusing to appoint Democratic nominees to fill their vacancies on federal boards and commissions. Many of the boards and commissions require both Democrats and Republicans to serve, but the Democrats are being held up by the White House, Mr. Daschle said.

"A divisive form of political gamesmanship has been allowed to extend to the nomination process itself," Mr. Daschle said. "Talented candidates are being prevented from serving their nation. And the views and communities they represent are not being heard. And the American people are losing out as a result."

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over judicial nominations since Mr. Bush took office.

The Senate has approved 173 of Mr. Bush's judicial nominations, but Democrats have used the threat of filibusters to block Mr. Bush's appeals court nominations of Judge Pickering, Mr. Pryor, lawyer Miguel Estrada and judges Carolyn Kuhl, Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown. Mr. Estrada withdrew his nomination in September.


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/032704dnnatjudges.9f7d.html

59 posted on 03/27/2004 10:08:18 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
I wish. Chucky's no dummy. I read he maxxed his SAT for college, and he exploited quite well the overall ignorance about guns in the sheeple of NY.
60 posted on 03/27/2004 11:05:59 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
They better expel all their windbag threatenings now because after November I don't think they're going to have much pull in that Senate.
61 posted on 03/27/2004 2:41:19 PM PST by GretchenEE (May the Lord give our enemies into our hands, quickly.)
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To: I still care
"The administration needs to tie together liberal judges appointed by Democrats, with gay marriage and the pledge case."

you could add trying to delay the recall election, changing election law in FL and NJ, changing tax law in NV and I'm sure Freepers could come up with more. But your two have the best play to the masses.

62 posted on 03/27/2004 3:01:59 PM PST by votelife (Elect a Filibuster Proof Majority)
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To: neverdem
Senate Democrats threatened today to block all of President Bush's judicial nominations unless the White House promised not to name any more judges while Congress was away. "These actions not only poison the nomination process," the minority leader, Senator Tom Daschle, Democrat of South Dakota, said. "They strike at the principle of checks and balances that is one of pillars of American democracy."

Where were your bellyaches for Bill Lan Lee, Daschle? Why not do the votes as Constitutionally required, Daschle.

I hope this is your last term in the Senate, squirt.

63 posted on 03/27/2004 6:28:23 PM PST by hattend
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To: SCHROLL
Good idea.

It'll be a great campaign issue in Sd, Ark, and all 5 open Southern Seats.
64 posted on 03/28/2004 12:20:11 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: VRWC_minion
Good grief people, read up.

If this were possible, we would have done it a long time ago. Frist has already signed on to legislation that would end the filibuster, but it's not gonna do any good. Why?

THEY WILL JUST FILIBUSTER THAT TOO!!!

Look, I'm as upset as you about all this, but blaming the R's isn't productive.
65 posted on 03/28/2004 12:26:46 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: gatorgriz
I sense you're a little timid in expressing your true sentiments about the good Senator. Please, tell us your true feelings.

P.S. You're far from the only one having this opinion!!!

66 posted on 03/28/2004 12:35:28 PM PST by Paulie
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To: neverdem
So the dems are threatening ---- to do what they have been doing for the past 3 years?

I'm shakin in my shoes. Oooooh. I'm "very concerned".
67 posted on 03/28/2004 3:06:36 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: zbigreddogz
It will be hard to obtain votes for Republican candidates in regard to the filibuster of judges in AR or SD. Most voters really do not understand the filibuster, the Constitution, or Senate procedures. Voters also rarely vote on a single issue, and when they do, their numbers are small. So even if a Dakotan opposes Daschle's position on blocking conservative judges, he may still support Daschle because Daschle has high name ID and puts SD on the map, may even get a little "federal gravy" for the Dakotans. As for AR, there is no serious Republican senatorial candidate even running in that heavily Democrat state.
68 posted on 03/28/2004 7:40:06 PM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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