Skip to comments.Senate GOP blocks key Obama judge, signals renewed fight over court nominees
Posted on 10/31/2013 10:50:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
Senate Republicans on Thursday filibustered one of President Obamas nominees to sit on the federal appeals court in Washington, arguing that while the woman is well-qualified, confirming her would allow Democrats to shift the political balance to the left on the country's second-most important court.
The vote was the latest skirmish in the fierce, though usually hidden, battle over federal judgeships, which are increasingly becoming a part of the political spoils system.
Republicans accused Democrats of trying to pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by adding Patricia Millett to the bench, saying Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are still smarting from several rebukes the court has dealt to their agenda, including a high-profile decision ruling the presidents recess appointments unconstitutional.
The D.C. appeals court hears many of the key appeals from federal regulatory agencies, which is why it is regularly called the second-most important court in the country, behind the Supreme Court.
They think they can shift the balance there and be able to advance their agenda throughout the judicial process, said Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican who himself was an early casualty of the judicial wars when Democrats blocked his nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986.
Democrats and Mr. Reid in particular have been open about their desire to flip the court to a more liberal ideological slant. Over the summer, in an interview with NPR, the Nevada Democrat said he was furious at the judges who ruled against Mr. Obamas recess appointment, calling the three judges terrible.
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When have the beltway GOP ever caved? Come on! ;-)
Now’s the time to fight. Old big ears is bleeding.
Good. Hold your ground.
No court packing!
Now watch the left/MSM go bonkers over the GOP doing to the Democrats exactly what they did to us when Bush 43, 41, and Reagan were President.
Also watch our side cave and give away their advantage.
I hear ya...Not unexpectedly I see Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski already caved.
They approved Richard Griffin for General Counsel of the NLRB on Tuesday. Now the NLRB is packed with union goons.
Thanks to Roy Blunt and the other traitor Republican senators, card check/mandatory union membership is coming.
The GOP Senators are just there to be part of the club.
I see the Rats are talking changing the filibuster rule again.
I wonder if Dingy Harry really would do that due to the possibility they could lose the majority next year, I hope he’s squirming.
Here we go again with Obama and the Senate Democrats attempting to usurp power and pack a federal court with liberal judges. Their obstruction of our judiciary will tilt our entire system to the Marxist left.
While I have little hope, I pray that our Senate Republicans stop Obama’s unconstitutional ploy to pack the court.
I hope Obama does the same with Millet.
Yes, I want a showdown.
Waiting for MeCain to chastise them as Wacko Birds, stating that’s not how things are done!
It’s not caving when they purchase your vote. Just ask McConnell. Establishment Republicans are greed-heads first and the Democrats know that. Push a bit of pork at them and they settle down like the lap-dogs they are.
Establishment Republicans creep me out
Yeah, that’ll be the day.
They’re way too liberal for McQueeg to call them Wacko Birds, besides that he wouldn’t want to hurt the poor dears feelings.
This is a very, very, VERY lengthy essay on Obama. That said, if you REALLY want to understand what we’re dealing with, you REALLY need to read this one.
It helps explain why this sociopath does what he does. It begs the question does he appoint OTHER nut cases to offices?
Speaking of Obama’s illegal NLRB appointees, has there been a ruling on the illegitimacy of its subsequent rulings?
Thanks for posting the link, I just bkmkd it and will read it. I have no doubt at all he appoints many nut cases to offices, he’s surrounded by them.
Not that I’ve read but there should be. I’d guess the packed board would just go through the motions now and do it again but it’d probably make a difference to a lot of companies on previous actions.
How can they let anyone in here that do not pay taxes at 125% or more above the poverty line?
We should not be in the business of providing welfare to third world second grade drop outs and their families.
FDR tried to pack the Supreme Court to get more New Deal legislation thru. It didn't work though.
The Republicans in Congress know their rectums are on the line because We The People are fed up and, shall we say, pissed?