Monday, May 23, 2005

Frist (Not So) Articulately Defends His Record On Filibusters ...

From the May 23 Senate debate on the need for a filibuster:

SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY): Isn’t it correct that on March 8, 2000, my colleague [Sen. Frist] voted to uphold the filibuster of Judge Richard Paez?

SEN. BILL FRIST (R-TN): The president, the um, in response, uh, the Paez nomination -- we’ll come back and discuss this further. … Actually I’d like to, and it really brings to what I believe -- a point -- and it really brings to, oddly, a point, what is the issue. The issue is we have leadership-led partisan filibusters that have, um, obstructed, not one nominee, but two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, in a routine way.


In other words, Frist's rule is that filibustering one nominee is okay. Filibustering several nominees is a no-no. But doesn't that run counter to the idea of ridding the Senate of the filibuster option?

It should be noted that when Frist voted to filibuster, Paez’s nomination had been pending for four years. A press release issued the following day by former Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH), who organized the filibuster effort, read "Smith Leads Effort to Block Activist Judges."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you only like to beat on Republicans around here, but if you are going to point out individual bits of hypocrisy, how about pointing out all of the prior statements by Sen. Reid and the rest of the Democrats about how everybody deserves a vote, or when Sen. Mitchell proposed doing away with the filibuster altogether.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no point in looking for any honor here. this is pure politics on display. noone on either side gives a crap about the rules. they are after power. i dont like the idea of changing the filibuster rules and also wonder if it is being used properly. this ultimately is about abortion and the supreme court.

i dont think this fight isover yet--call this a temporary cease fire.

10:04 AM  

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