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Good Posts on Judicial Filibusters

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 9:53 pm

The Volokh Conspiracy has had a couple of excellent posts about judicial filibusters in recent days.

Juan Non-Volokh says that, contrary to recent claims by Democrats and their shills, President Bush has the lowest appellate nominee confirmation rate of the last three Presidents. And that’s even before he has hit lame duck status!

Meanwhile, Todd Zywicki analyzes the history of the filibuster, and says that (contrary to Harry Reid) it has traditionally been thought of as a tool to ensure full debate, rather than as a minority veto:

I can’t find anything in the Senate history that suggests that it has ever been thought an appropriate use of the filibuster to kill legislative action even after all debate and deliberation is effectively complete.

Good posts, both of them.

2 Responses to “Good Posts on Judicial Filibusters”

  1. Patterico, JNV’s analysis was as of 2005; any idea what the numbers are now?

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  2. Erm. OK, wierd. For some reason this article got served up to me on the front page, so I thought it was posted today, rather than three years ago.

    Never mind!

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

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