Reid Warns GOP Not to Filibuster Ct N...

Reid Warns GOP Not to Filibuster Ct Nominee

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#1 Mar 5, 2013
Such delicious irony:

When asked how many hours were necessary to debate the nomination of Priscilla Owen, Sen. Harry Reid answered, "There is not a number in the universe that would be sufficient." (Sen. Harry Reid, Congressional Record, 4/8/03, p. S4949)

By September 2004, the Senate had spent more than 150 hours debating judicial nominations -- more than any previous Congress.(U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, "The Assault on Judicial Nominations in the 108th Congress," 9/28/04)

The Senate had 28 months (that's 2 years, 4 months!) to debate the nomination of Miguel Estrada before it was withdrawn. "After remaining in limbo for 28 months while Democrats filibustered to block his approval, Estrada … withdrew his name in September 2003." (Tim O’Brien, "Hispanic Lawyers Line Up Behind Nominee for AG," The Legal Intelligencer, 11/16/04)

Reid warns GOP not to filibuster Halligan nomination to DC court

by Ramsey Cox

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Republicans should not filibuster a vote on the confirmation of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the District of Columbia circuit court.

Reid filed a cloture motion on her nomination Monday, setting up a procedural vote for Wednesday morning.

“If someone doesn’t want to vote for her, have them vote no, but don’t stop her from having an up-or-down vote out here,” Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday.“If my Republican colleagues choose to filibuster Ms. Halligan’s confirmation a second time, their naked partisanship will be exposed."....

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#2 Mar 5, 2013
In related news:

by Paul Mirengoff, via PowerLine

Over the weekend, I urged readers to ask Republican Senators to block the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. I argued (1) that Halligan’s leftist views — e.g., regarding guns and national security — are outside of the mainstream and (2) that she did not testify candidly during her confirmation hearing.

Lindsey Graham was foremost among the Senators I urged readers to contact. Graham isn’t big on filibustering judicial nominees, which is not an unreasonable position. But as a member of the old “Gang of 14,” he supported filibusters under “extraordnary circumstances.” Applying that standard, he helped block at least one key Bush nominee.

Halligan’s far-leftism and lack of candor before Congress should satisfy the extraordinary circumstances standard. Indeed, Graham stood with his fellow Republican Senators in 2011 when the Senate refused to proceed on her nomination.

Where does Graham stand on Halligan now? There has been speculation that Chuck Schumer is pressuring the Republican Senators he’s working with on immigration reform — Graham, John McCain, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Flake — to relent on Halligan in exchange for some sort of a fine-tuning of the deal they are concocting on immigration.

Now there are reports that Graham will not support the blocking of Halligan. On the other hand, I’ve been told that Graham has announced no decision regarding the nominee.

We’ll soon find out for sure where Graham stands on Halligan. Let’s hope that he will not deal conservatives a double blow by paving the way for an ultra-liberal judge in the interest of paving the way for citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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#3 Mar 6, 2013

Update from Paul Mirengoff:

I’ve just been informed that the nomination of Caitlin Halligan has been stopped by the Senate. Halligan is President Obama’s left-liberal nominee for a life-time slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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