Friday, November 16, 2012

The American Prospect: Ian Millhiser: The Judicial Bush Doctrine: How to Reform the Senate Filibuster

The Judicial Bush Doctrine

Its not as if President Obama doesn't want to fill the vacancies and that he isn't sending appointees up every time. A new vacancy comes up, because he is sending up new appointments but Senate Republicans thanks to the leadership. Of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose probably the most powerful Senate Minority Leader we've ever seen, perhaps even the most powerful Minority Leader. In Congressional history House or Senate and Chuck Grassley the current Ranking Member the. Chief Republican on the Judiciary and before that Jeff Sessions, keep blocking with the cloture rule qualified. Democrats to fill these seats and yes Senate Democrats under Tom Daschle and then Harry Reid did the same. Thing when they were in the minority under President Bush but President Bush still had a better batting average. Then President Obama as far as getting Federal Judges approved and President Bush had four years with a. Democratic Senate to deal with, the problem with this issue is the obstructionism of the Senate Minority and. We gotta stop both parties from doing this in the future.

So what should Senate Democrats do about this and they need to be very careful about this because most likely. Within the next ten years unless the GOP goes over the cliff as far as attracting new voters, Senate Democrats. Could find themselves back in the minority and with a Republican President, so they need to reform this rule. That works for both sides and more importantly the country and this could be done by eliminating the filibuster. On judicial appointments all together and requiring that judicial appointment and all executive appointments period. Have to get sixty votes in order to be confirmed but that they would have to get a vote and then bad appointments. Would be defeated even with less then fifty votes and Senators would have to explain why they voted against qualified appointments. Which would make it harder for them to vote no.

Another way would be to allow the leadership from either the majority or minority to holdup the vote of appointments. For a week to demand more time to debate or see relevant records that the appointee hasn't  shown yet and once the appointee does that. They would get their up and down vote but to simply throw out the filibuster on judicial appointments without having an alternative to it. Senate Democrats need to think seriously about it, because it could be used against them in the future.