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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Obfuscation on Nomination

NPR presents a great synopsis of the Judicial nominiation battle. Republicans would have you believe that the votes that reach the floor are the only pertinent measure of obstructionism. Nothing could be further from the truth. You won't hear them discuss how many nominees they bottled up in committee in the 90's.

With respect to judicial nominations, the most effective tactic in opposition has been to bottle them up in committee. In the later years of the Clinton presidency, the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was controlled by Republicans, did not hold hearings for as many as 60 of his nominees, according to Democrats. They argue that this refusal to even consider President Clinton's nominees was just as effective in blocking them as a filibuster

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