November 15, 2003

The Republican Pity Party

Democrats have successfully blocked 4 of Bush's judicial nominees. 168 have been confirmed. Merely 4 were blocked -- 4 right ideological heavies.

Now the whining of the Republican Pity Party has begun. They cry foul regarding the fillibustering and blocking. They've dug up quotes from past years when Democrats have decried Republican attempts to block judicial nominees.

The Democrats seem to have taken a page out of the Republican playbook and used it successfully after concluding that it is the only way to add a modicum of balance to the nominaiton process. Is that so surprising? Aren't there supposed to be checks and balances in this situation, or is the party in power supposed to run roughshod over the judicial system while everyone just watches?

The Democrats chose not to fillibuster 98 percent of the confirmation votes which hit the Senate floor. 98 percent. The Republican Pity Party sees anything less than 100% of the pie as a reason to take to the air waves, wailing, rending their clothes and declaring "woe is me."

Neither party has cornered the market on childish behavior, but this is almost making me laugh, it's such an example of right wingnut spin. Only the most thirsty Kool Aid drinkers could look at this situation and call it unfair. And they are. (story found on Watchblog)

See also the children's book "The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night" (in PDF) that the Democrats have written based on this whole business.

Posted by James at November 15, 2003 11:32 AM
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Hilarious and sad, all at the same time. I love the crazy spin that gets put on all things Democratic (and democratic, if you take into account things like civil liberties).

What a strange and useless idea--the non-filibuster filibuster.


Posted by: Patti M. at November 18, 2003 10:38 AM

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