Saturday, March 27, 2004

Daschle finds his balls 

In the last few days, he's been blasting Bush for every single thing I've been complaining about for the last three years-plus. FINALLY.

But today he did more than blast. He made a promise.

Senate Democrats Take Stand on Judges

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Friday threatened to stop all of President Bush's judicial nominees until the White House agrees not to appoint any more judges while Congress is out of town.

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Democrats had decided to block all judicial nominees on the Senate floor until ``the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process.''

[You'd believe Bush's assurances at this point?

How much money you got?]

Democrats have been upset that Bush gave temporary federal appellate judgeships to Mississippi judge Charles Pickering and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor while the Senate was out of town. Democratic senators had been blocking the two from getting confirmation votes for lifetime judgeships.


The White House is unlikely to comply with Democrats' demand. ``No administration is going to rule out'' recess appointments, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.


Democrats also say the White House is refusing to appoint Democratic nominees to fill their vacancies on federal boards and commissions. Many of the boards and commissions require both Democrats and Republicans to serve, but the Democrats are being held up by the White House, Daschle said.

["I'm a uniter, not a divider."]


Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over judicial nominations since Bush took office.

The Senate has approved 173 of Bush's judicial nominations, but Democrats have used the threat of filibusters to block Bush's appeals court nominations of Pickering, Pryor, Judge Priscilla Owen, Hispanic lawyer Miguel Estrada and judges Carolyn Kuhl and Janice Rogers Brown. Estrada withdrew his nomination in September.

Let's do the math. Six divided by one hundred seventy-three equals...point zero zero three four six. That means ninety-six and one half percent of Bush's nominees have become Federal judges. I wonder if a President has EVER had a better record than that; sure beats Clinton's.

But they're not happy with that winning percentage. And they're willing to recess appoint to achieve total domination of the judiciary. And to browbeat Democrats into submission.

Tell me again why George W. Bush is NOT a fascist Stalinist. Tell me again, please.


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