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8/14/2006

Lindsey Graham Killed Haynes’s Nomination

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 5:59 am



South Carolina newspaper “The State” reports:

If the defeat of a high-profile judicial nominee were probed like a homicide investigation, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s fingerprints would be on the gun.

After Congress adjourned for its summer recess last week, the Senate quietly returned to the White House the nomination of William J. “Jim” Haynes to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

(Via Howard Bashman.)

Thank you, Lindsey Graham. Thank you, Gang of 14.

Thank you, everyone who caved on the issue of judicial filibusters.

Thank you so very much.

4 Responses to “Lindsey Graham Killed Haynes’s Nomination”

  1. is your opposition to filibusters/senate cabals which prevent nominees from getting an “up or down” vote general, or is it limited to the case of conservative nominees appointed by a republican president? if hillary ever gets elected president, i suspect you’ll see filibusters in a whole new light.

    [I don’t support tricky procedural maneuvers to block judges. I have said before, for example, that I disagree with some of the tricks Republicans used during the Clinton years. I suspect that when President Hillary takes office, everyone will cynically switch positions — including Democrats, who will suddenly agree with me that such maneuvers are outrageous. — P]

    assistant devil's advocate (389c75)

  2. Yeah, ada, there were so many filibusters of judicial nominess in the Clinton years.

    eddie haskell (210276)

  3. That Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s nomination to the Supreme Court made it out of committe to the Senate for an up-or-down vote — and that she was confirmed — is proof positive that the GOP didn’t play partisan games with Pres. Clinton’s nominees.

    Compare and contrast with the treatment accorded Pres. Bush’s picks for the judiciary.

    I suspect the Democrats will be quite unhappy when the GOP adopts their tactics if and when the Dems have control of the White House.

    Mike Lief (e9d57e)

  4. Mike:

    I suspect the Democrats will be quite unhappy when the GOP adopts their tactics if and when the Dems have control of the White House.

    Don’t be silly. The “Byrd Option” becomes valid the minute the (D)’s have a simple majority.

    At that point, a “minority of reactionary racists cannot be allowed to stifle and stop the functioning of the courts”, and this “archaic” rule will be jettisioned. All because of the lack of bipartisionship of the Republicans, of course.

    Unix-Jedi (b5dddb)


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