Skip to comments.For Filibuster, The Senator Goes Nuclear (The Nuclear Option originated on Free Republic)
Posted on 04/29/2005 3:38:17 PM PDT by Grand Old Partisan
The idea for implementing such a motion probably originated with an Internet posting on a conservative Web site written in 2003 by the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, Michael Zak, who has done extensive research on the GOPs historical support for civil rights. The article brought Mr. Zak to the attention of the director of outreach at the Senate Policy Committee, Barbara Ledeen. Mr.Zak later explained his idea to a policy adviser in the office of the Senate majority leader, Senator Frist of Tennessee.
Mr. Zak also sent his option idea by e-mail to several key Senate staff members. In his proposal, Mr. Zak mentions the name of William Crum. He was a black man nominated five times by President Theodore Roosevelt for a federal post in South Carolina.The Democrats continually blocked his appointment, but Roosevelt finally succeeded by making him a recess appointment. Senator Hatch, the Utah Republican, mentioned that interesting historical tidbit on the Senate floor, but it never made it into the mainstream press.
Mr. Zak reminded the Republican leaders that Vice President Nixon tried to get the 1957 Civil Rights Act passed by bringing it directly to the Senate floor. Unfortunately, it was a Democratic Congress and the Republicans were outvoted. Mr. Zak suggested that Vice President Cheney bring the judicial nominations directly to the Senate and announce that a majority vote would be all that is necessary for them to be confirmed.
In the past, that sort of information would be buried, but thanks to the Internet and individuals like Michael Zak, its going to be harder for Mr. Schumer to pull the wool over our eyes.
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didn't you know? Everyone on FR has quit the GOP. /sarcasm
Seriously though, thanks for the research :)
You have a wicked sense of humor today. I love it! I've quit the GOP at least three times today alone. LOL
Sheesh...only 3?!!! I stop counting at 5!! bawhahahha! :-]
I quit too, and so did my fiance'....twice.
What we today call the Filibuster did not exist before 1872... and it did not get its name until some time later.
Sometimes I rejoin just so I can quit again. I like to make those powerful statements! LOL
And here's the mandatory faux-clueless post:
What's a GOP?
Mr. Fellini would be proud.
"Mr. Fellini would be proud."
But what about Barnum and Bailey? And the Ringling Brothers?
....or are they all Democrats! ;^)
This is a great reminder of how valuable Free Republic is. People leave in a huff over this and that sometimes, but Freepers get things done!
I strongly recommend "Back To Basics" for anyone interested in the true history of the Republican Party. Mike Zak does a tremendous and credible job in bringing out the civil rights successes of the party from the Emancipation Proclamation through the Civil Rights Act. The greatest political crime of the past 200 years has been the Democrat theft of this history!
If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)
Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.
Good on you. I've used some of your work to both silence and shock people.
What about PETA?
(or did someone beat me to that one...?)
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