Judicial filibusters: Partisanship run amok

May 24, 2011 Full story: www.chicagotribune.com 6

If anyone needs proof of how destructively polarized national politics has become, one need only consider last week's vote in the Senate on President Barack Obama's nomination of Goodwin Liu to serve on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

First, though, a few words on the filibuster. Under Senate rules, a minority of only 40 of 100 senators has the power to filibuster to defeat a proposed statute or nomination, unless 60 senators vote to invoke "cloture," which ends the filibuster and restores majority rule.

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Don Joe

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 24, 2011
When the GOP controlled congress by a slim margin, they said they would eliminate the filibuster if the dems used it to stop the appointment of Roberts, an obvious ideologue in no way appropriate to the USSC. The democrats should use that same threat and end the filibuster if the republicans insist on destroying the government/

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#2 May 24, 2011
OBAMA: I'LL GET THERE ON SUNDAY...more photo ops to come

Looting in Minneapolis...Yep, we all have our priorities.

FOOTBALL STAR WARNS: Crime Will Increase If NFL Season Is Canceled...or if there are anymore tornados.

Obama, Cameron compare themselves to Reagan, Thatcher...WELL IT’S EASY TO SEE OBAMA IS BACK ON DRUGS.

Peter Fonda encourages his grandchildren to take up arms against 'Obama'...

Fonda calls Obama a 'traitor'...Most communist are……….
Sgt Common Sense

Denver, CO

#4 May 24, 2011
The Republicans lied, there's a shocker.
WOODCHUCK

North Port, FL

#5 May 24, 2011
Reminds me of the LOONS when bush was President....it started by LOONS with Kennedy and Bork,and continues..but lets not forget its a LOON.invention....This time The LOONS controlled the Senate ,Congress,and the White Houses,and Still they are complaining...Further OBAMA care was shoved thru..in the middle of the night..Christmas eve...
so SUCK IT UP LOONS!..Where was the Filibuster?
This candidate was a creature of the ACLU,a far left radical..to go on the 9th dist. LOONY court...a FAR LEFT RADICAL in his writings and talks!...ALL are breathing a sigh of relief..yes Dems and Rep.alike..Patriots!
"WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!"
five-one

Holiday, FL

#6 May 24, 2011
Somehow I feel no destructive polarization occuring due to the Goodwin Liu defeat for the 9th Circus Court of Appeals.As for the Senate rules allowing for a filibuster this has been allowed throughout my lifetime and allows a sizable (and I mean sizable-it takes 40 Senators to maintain)) minority to have power and neither party has been willing to get rid of it.
Peralta de Peralta

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 May 24, 2011
Umm, last time I checked this was NOT a socialist or communist country and if it takes a small group of people to utilize any tactic to prevent Obama & Co. from turning it into one, then by all means...what's good for the goose under Bush must be good for the gander under Obama...or is it really that Democrats don't think it's fair that their usual tactics are being used against them?

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