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Arizona Bay
06-05-2015, 06:58 PM
The heck with the country, party first and always.
These people have got to go.

Majority Leader McConnell Calls For Extraordinary Blockade Of Obama’s Judges And Justices (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/06/05/3666582/majority-leader-mcconnell-calls-extraordinary-blockade-obamas-judges-justices/)

BY IAN MILLHISER (http://thinkprogress.org/?person=ian-m)http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/plugins/cap-byline/bird_blue_16.png (https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=imillhiser) POSTED ON JUNE 5, 2015 AT 10:09 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that no federal appeals court judges — or, for that matter, Supreme Court justices — will be confirmed in the coming year. In response to a question about judicial confirmations, McConnell told Hewitt that “so far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican Senators” (district judges are the lowest rank of federal judges under Article III of the Constitution). When Hewitt followed up by asking if McConnell believes this pattern will continue for “the balance of the session,” the majority leader replied “I think that’s highly likely, yeah.”

The term “session” refers to a one-year period (http://www.house.gov/legislative/) of congressional business.

If McConnell carries out his threat to confirm no appellate judges in the next year, that would be an extraordinary departure from prior practice. According to the Federal Judicial Center, the Senate confirmed six appeals court judges in President George W. Bush’s seventh year in office, despite the fact that the Senate was controlled by Democrats. Presidents Clinton and Reagan also spent their seventh year in office in a period of divided government when the opposite party controlled the Senate, and yet the Senate confirmed 7 appeals court judges during that part of the Clinton presidency and it confirmed 10 appeals court judges during the same period in the Reagan presidency.

This is not the first time McConnell has moved the goalposts on judicial confirmations. In 2012, for example, when President Obama was up for reelection, McConnell announced that he would attempt to block all appeals court confirmations under the so-called “Thurmond Rule.” The Republican leader claimed that this rule “holds that within six months of a presidential election, the opposition party can, and typically does, refuse to allow votes on circuit court judges.”

No such rule exists. Although the “Thurmond Rule” has, at times, been invoked to slow down confirmations (http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2012/3/judicial-wheeler/03_judicial_wheeler.pdf) in a presidential election year, prior Senate practice does not support McConnell’s claim (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/14/499583/senate-republicans-now-blockading-every-single-appeals-court-nominee/) that confirmations should simply halt. As we explained shortly after McConnell announced that he was invoking this so-called rule, “President Carter had 5 appeals judges confirmed between this day in 1980 and that year’s election, one of whom was future Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. President Reagan had 7 in his first term and 2 in his second. The first President Bush had 7. No appellate judges were confirmed in the lead up to the 1996 election, but one was confirmed at the end of President Clinton’s second term. The second President Bush had 3 confirmed during this period in 2004 and 2 in 2008.”

John Smith
06-05-2015, 07:02 PM
this is not surprising. The big question is how it plays in the next election.

It is entirely possible this will help get people angry and motivated. Neither Hillary or Bernie will have much success as president unless they've got a Democratic congress; filibuster proof.

Arizona Bay
06-05-2015, 07:08 PM
At the moment, there are 58 vacancies and 13 pending nominees for federal courts.

In my opinion, the Reps are a bigger danger to the country than ISIS.


06-05-2015, 07:11 PM
Go Mitch go........hip, hip hurrah.........block them liberal judges..........in the name of god and country.........Y>

06-05-2015, 07:23 PM
If there was any justice he'd be hanged, drawn, quartered, and the gobbets cast into the common ground for the corbies.


Arizona Bay
06-05-2015, 07:30 PM
The guest list for Madame Guillotine, grows long....

06-05-2015, 07:34 PM
The guest list for Madame Guillotine, grows long....

The guillotine is too kind for these knaves.

S.V. Airlie
06-05-2015, 08:10 PM
McNuggets is as usual, worse than an idiot!

S.V. Airlie
06-05-2015, 08:13 PM
Only Ron could love an idiot like this! Looks constipated and a turtle all at the same time!


06-05-2015, 11:23 PM
It's actually a dangerous gambit, predicated on the chances of the Republicans keeping control of the Senate and winning the White House. If either of these don't happen, then even more judges could be selected, with the conservatives having less sway in their selection.

It certainly does not help the optics of the Republicans being able to govern. If they can't select judges, what can they do? They have become dependent on Obama to predicate their actions. What will they do with the next President?

Lew Barrett
06-06-2015, 12:13 AM
Good observation, Mike.