Monday, January 30, 2006

Notice to Democrats: Filibuster Alito and pay

The Democrats' desperate tactics to stop the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito continue unabated, with several Democrats going so far as to change their tune on whether to vote for the cloture motion today. If fewer than 60 Senators vote yes, debate on the nomination of Judge Alito will continue, setting the stage for a serious filibuster attempt by the Party Opposite.

The doublespeak runs deep as Senator Barak Obama and Senator Joseph Biden both admitted, at the very least, that the use of a filibuster in the case of Judge Alito is "abuse of the parliamentary tool," with Obama going so far as to say "the only way to get our kind of judges on the bench is to win elections." He further said that the only good way to have an effort like this filibuster attempt succeed was to "convince the American people that our values are at stake.

I could not agree with Obama more, our values are indeed at stake. If we allow ourselves to be hoodwinked and trodden under foot by these agents of the Underworld, we will forever be condemned to the same fate that the nations of Europe are now beginning to experience: A Godless, indeed in many respects a God-hating society. If you believe in protecting the unborn, defending marriage, and upholding religious liberty in America, then Obama is right: Your values are at stake.

In years past, many Republicans voted in favor of Supreme Court nominees like Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, even though our Senators knew what the end result would be, because they recognized the principled notion that the President of the United States has the electoral mandate to appoint judges of his choosing, and that a "no" vote is only warranted when there are eggregious questions about a judge's character. The Democrats have failed to extend to us the same courtesy-so if they move forward with a filibuster attempt today, it is time to play real hardball.

I am a believer in the filibuster, as long as it is not used as a mere tool of the special interest. Blocking judicial nominees via a filibuster is one of the most dirty, foul, underhanded, shameless political tricks that could possibly be divised, because it makes the judicial process into a political one.

So Republicans need to do the same. If the Democrats proceed with a filibuster today, go nuclear on them. Push for the rules change and tell Judge Alito to wait it out. What's more, remember this when a Democrat is in power. Block every judge, every piece of legislation, bring government to a halt if need be until the Democrats learn that we will fight back.

You take our judges and we will take you down.


At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 6:44:00 PM, Blogger Kern said...

Hello again. While I must admit, I'm not jumping for joy about the confirmation, I am taking a decidedly wait and see attitude towards Alito. Believe it or not, I am not a big fan of the fillibuster, and I definitely agree that whether I like the prospects of the confirmation or not, a fillibuster in these circumstances is a pretty cheap tactic.

I think the worst part is that these kinds of deliberate partisan tricks don't get anyone anywhere. All the Dems do is look stingy and spiteful, and makes Republicans angry. It turns what something that is essentially a sure thing into an unnecessary partisan street brawl which does nothing but discourage working across the aisle at a later time. I don't really like subscribing to the fight fire with fire policy very much, but I would also say to my own party that it is not wise to poke a sleeping tiger with a stick.

At Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:55:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Essentially you are right, of course. I don't like feeling as though we have to fight a war, either. Most Republicans I talk to don't like the atmosphere...

I believe it is okay to use filibusters on really BAD legislation, but a judge?

I think a lot of us feel like the other side is choosing to pick fights, that they choose this kind of charged atmosphere as much or more than we do. What do you do when your opponents want to use tactics to derail you politically that you can't stop at all unless you fight in the same fashion?


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