Thread: Legal Nuclear option by Reid
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:27 PM   #140
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Originally Posted by Loneiguana View Post
Refusing to is not deciding a nominee. You are dumb.

If it decided a nominee, there wouldn't be open positions, which the president is mandated by law to appoint nominees too.

Senator Johnny Isakson (GA): “[T]he Constitution require[s] an up-or-down vote” on judicial nominees. “I will vote to support a vote, up or down, on every nominee. Understanding that, were I in the minority party and the issues reversed, I would take exactly the same position because this document, our Constitution, does not equivocate” (5/19/05).
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Originally Posted by patteeu View Post
There are open positions because the President hasn't nominated someone for whom the decision is approval. But refusing to approve, whether done through a vote or by neglect is just as much of a decision. Sorry.
You are both pretty much right, I think. The reason why is because the very concept of a filibuster is a stupid pile of bullcrap that enjoys no constitutional protection, shouldn't exist, and should not be respected as a reason for failure.

If a nomination fails because of a filibuster, as far as I'm concerned, a majority of the Senate did not really want to approve the nominee badly enough to do what needs to be done to approve the nomination.

When a democrat or republican basically shrugs and says "gee, I wanted him to get an up or down vote and I would have then voted for it, but the rascals in the other side filibustered", if that Democrat or Republican was unwilling to vote for the nuclear option to get rid of the filibuster, then I'm just going to ignore what he says and chalk him up as a no, and then say that a majority of the Senate rejected the nominee.
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