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Democrat Senator: I Regret Eliminating Filibuster for Executive Appointments

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:15 pm


Senator Chris Coons (D., Del.) said on CNN Tuesday that he regrets the rule change Senate Democrats made to the nomination process.

“The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination,” Coons said.

The senator was questioned on the nomination process and the rule changes that senate Democrats had made in order to keep Republicans from derailing their selected nominees.

Coons admitted that Democrats had watered down the nomination process after Kate Bolduan mentioned that Republican’s could now take advantage of the simpler consent process.

“I do regret that. Frankly I think many of us will regret that in this congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees,” Coons said.

I have considered the Senator’s argument and determined that I agree with Stephen Miller:

8 Responses to “Democrat Senator: I Regret Eliminating Filibuster for Executive Appointments”

  1. It’s good for me, but not for thee!

    — Senator Chris Coons

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  2. Limits to power, how do they work?

    Gabriel Hanna (9b1f4a)

  3. See. I told you running Christine O’Donnell was the right move.

    Proof in the pudding.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  4. I’ll bet he does.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. “potential emergency break”

    Brake — emergency brake

    Thank you.

    J.P. (9e0433)

  6. So what are the odds the Republicans have a “crisis of conscience” and reinstall the filibuster because it’s “the right thing to do.” Thereby shooting themselves in the foot. I’ve seen them do it in the past. No reason to think their intelligence has increased, their fortitude been strengthened or their balls gotten bigger in the last few months….

    marci (1fd509)

  7. Mcturtle always assuages our doubts doesn’t he?

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. How can these allegedly bright and well-educated people not, EVER, –even fleetingly– stop to consider “What would happen if my devious-underhanded-clever idea to thwart The Minority’s power and limit their options were to get implemented, and then somehow, unthinkably, MY side became The Minority? Would WE be okay with the new rule-set if the shoe was on the other foot?”

    I mean, we-on-the-right give our Lefty Legislators credit for ALWAYS planning and colluding on new ways to advance their Cause; but with all that Machiavellian cunning and subtlety they didn’t make any allowance for “the worm always turns”, and/or “the pendulum always swings back the other way”???

    Maybe they’re dumber than we think. ((Or, maybe they’ve got-the-goods on some key Republican players, if ya know WutImSayin…))

    Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah (f6aeb6)

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