Treachery Tuesday

Meet the New Republican Clowns

Meet the New Republican Clowns

In the history of the United States, there have been 168 filibusters of presidential nominees. Eighty-two of them—nearly half—have occurred during Obama’s presidency. And now he’s facing the possibility of a Republican Senate for the first time. Which means that many of the more than 200 (and counting) nominees awaiting confirmation in the next Senate session could be put in a state of permanent limbo. These aren’t just for piddling back-office jobs, either. We currently don’t have a surgeon general, though we do have Ebola and Enterovirus. (The nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has been languishing since November 2013 due to his support for gun control.) The country is still waiting for the Senate to confirm an ambassador to Argentina, a chief financial officer of Veterans Affairs, a Social Security Administration commissioner, and a National Transportation Safety Board chairman.

Then there’s the judicial system: Obama has 53 district judgeships to fill and seven positions on the Court of Appeals. Currently, the ideological balance is even: 533 of all sitting district court judges were nominated by a Democratic president, compared to 530 by a Republican. Obama has the chance to tilt the balance strongly in the Democrats’ favor, but don’t count on that happening. During his first term, Obama’s district court nominees endured longer confirmation times and lower confirmation rates than those under George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. According to the Brookings Institution’s Russell Wheeler, 68 percent of Obama’s appointees to the district court had to wait more than 180 days, whereas under Clinton it was only 8 percent. And that was with a Democratic Senate. It’ll be hard for the president—who “has already been nominating middle-of-the road candidates,” says Wheeler—to confirm anyone who so much as looks like a liberal.

What the Next Two Awful Years Will Look Like@ THE NEW REPUBLIC


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14 Responses to Treachery Tuesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Dysfunctional Congress.


  2. Den says:

    A Congress for themselves, by themselves. By the time this boondoggle is done the country will lie in Fascistic ruin with a bounty of displeased citizens who will find they have had their teeth removed and will be mighty disappointed when they find out they have been caught in a Fascist trap, unable to chew their way out.


    • º¿carol says:

      The damage will continue and yup, we’ll be in a fine pickle by the time the American People wake up. Of course, we already ARE in a fine pickle, it will just be tons worse.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    During 60 minutes of stick walking today saw the largest flock of robins ever in a grass field.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Thanks for fixing the Scorpions. I’ve never heard that one.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was actually confirmed on December 15th. It was when Ted Cruz forced the senators back to work over some baloney to hurt Obama, but they were somehow forced by returning to confirm a whole bunch of Obama’s appointments. That’s as best I can describe the why they came back, and what it actually meant.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Only 365-12 more days…


  7. º¿carol says:

    You’re going to love this one. Michigan is in a fine pickle, but we’re going to be in an even worse one before Michiganders ever wake up.

    A new law Snyder will probably sign. Suzie Q gets a PPO (personal protection order) against Joe Blow. The new law will give Joe Blow a CCL (concealed carry license) How about that, eh? *sigh*


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