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June 08, 2007

Senate Republicans Throw Tantrum on Judicial Nominees

Further tales of Republican Hypocrisy on Parade, via the Carpetbagger:

Republican leaders yesterday threatened a “total shutdown” of Senate business if Democrats keep holding up President Bush’s appointments to the federal bench.

“It could cause major meltdown,” Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, said after Democrats postponed a committee vote on the nomination of Leslie H. Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Mr. Lott said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, was “very mad” about judicial appointments and could bring the narrowly divided chamber to a standstill if Democrats don’t speed up the confirmation process.

“It could be total shutdown here pretty soon.”

(sniffle) Mommeeeeee!!!

Yes, it bears noting that in the same 24-hour period that (God forgive me for even mentioning her name) Paris Hilton, upon orders to return to jail, cried hysterically to her mommy, the Republican crybabies in the Senate have threatened to take their ball and run home if they don't get their way on every single judicial nominee of their choosing. And as McConnell is said to be "mad, MAD, I tell you!" these idiots may just try and burn the place down. There are a couple of problems with their latest nervous collapse, however. As the Carpetbagger notes, Orrin Hatch -- that piano-playing Hoagy Carmichael wanna-be -- basically ran the judiciary committee into the ground during the Clinton years, when he refused to even consider 60 of Clinton's nominees. Pat Leahy's committee, by contrast, has already approved three circuit court judges (one of them unanimously) and 15 district court nominees since taking over leadership in late January.

This threat of a "total shutdown" is very stupid, for a few different reasons. First, Leahy's record speaks for itself and Republicans can only make themelves look like jackasses by trying to dispute it. Secondly, there's that little thing called the "nuclear option" that Republicans vowed to use against Democrats numerous times in the last congress. Wise up, goopers. Majority has it's advantages. Finally, the last time the goopers shut down the government was back in 1995 when they held the majority, and um... things didn't exactly work out as planned. Clinton and the Dems ended up getting more support from the American public and the goopers just looked like wackos who were hellbent on power-tripping.

Maybe Lott should spend more time renovating his lovely front porch in Mississippi, the one that was flushed away in Hurricane Katrina. As for Hatch, I suggest he go 'shed' some hours working on his version of Hoagy's "Rockin' Chair". He'll get there soon enough.

...I can't get from this cabin

I ain't goin' nowhere.

Just set me here grabbin'

the flies 'round this rockin chair...

Posted by shoephone on June 8, 2007 at 06:02 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


The Republicans never seem to have a problem flip-flopping on what's fair and what isn't, depending on who's in power, and this is no exception. And I won't be holding my breath waiting for the corporate media to call them on it. (Just the citizen media like shoephone!)

Posted by: op99 | Jun 8, 2007 10:16:40 PM

Shoephone, reporting for duty. LOL.

Posted by: shoephone | Jun 8, 2007 10:27:41 PM

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