Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has threatened to change Senate rules, so that a vote of 51 Senators could stop a filibuster -- instead of the current 60.
Coleman, a Minnesota Republican, argues that filibusters were never intended to be used for judicial nominees.
Republicans blocked so many nominees by changing the rules. Under Republican leadership, the "blue-slip" policy was abused so that no nominee could get a hearing unless both home state Senators consented. Sen. Orrin Hatch, crafter of the rule, explained:
Republicans intend to ask Vice President Cheney to rule that filibustering judicial nominees is unconstitutional. It would only take 51 votes to uphold Cheney's ruling. In the Senate, this procedure has been dubbed the "nuclear option". Many moderate Republicans are concerned that such a maneuver would destroy any chance of bipartisanship within the Senate.
Not Smilin' Norm. Senator Coleman has signaled that he is ready to be one of those 51 votes that would replace the Constitutional mandate of advice and consent with undignified fealty to power. Note to Norm: no one can see those new pearly whites while you're puckered up and kissing ass.
Also posted at Minnesota Republican Watch.
Of real concern is how long would it take for this to be tried at the Supreme Court level and what would happen to any appointees that were appointed using what may be an unconstitutional method?
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The immediate concern would be whether the Supreme Court Dems would even bother to file a court challenge.<< Home