Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Bassrox

    Bassrox GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Both sides should be ashamed to have even threatened to do this. The fact that it’s been done is unconscionable.

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    The right wing abused the process.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    It’s about bloody time!

  4. Brandon

    Brandon said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah, just because 8 years ago Obama, Reid, Biden and other lying, hypocritical, corrupt Democrats, that you liberals worship, said that using the Senate Nuclear Option would be a horrible, undemocratic and extremely partisan, etc., etc., etc.

    But it’s all right when they do it???

    You liberals show just how dishonest you are!

  5. blackash

    blackash said, over 2 years ago

    What goes around comes back around and the payback will be painful. Is there any doubt that Obamacare will be repealed with a simple majority vote in the Senate?

  6. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 2 years ago

    Wrong, wrong wrong. Number one the republicans are not blocking all of the Presidents nominee. Number two the average number of days for a nominee approval for Obama is 240 for Bush it was 277. 71.4% of Obama’s nominations for district court were approved in his first term compared to 67.3 of Bush’s.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant.

    archimedes

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago

    There was a video from 2006 of Mr. McConnal threatening to do the same thing because of the Democrats ‘filibustering’ Mr. Bush’s nominees.
    I’m not the least bit surprised this as happened. The Dems, in their majorities during past administrations, instigated many of the rules in the senate that have been being used by Republicans. This is another one that will come back to haunt them.
    If this action creates an environment where judges are chosen who swing voters find to be ‘bad’, then it may have the very positive effect of getting more people involved in choosing candidates for office. I know that I plan to be more involved in Virginia’s next series of caucuses. Every cycle, I get invites to go to Richmond by both parties, but each time I’ve stayed home. By doing so, I got the candidates I deserved, and neither were the best people for the job. One was just less bad than the other.
    We need to be involved neighbors. We’re good people and we deserve candidates who will serve the people instead of themselves. But if we’re going to get those people, we need to take real action.
    Good luck.
    Sincerely,
    C.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    I posit that, long term, this will be looked upon as one of the worst decisions made by the Senate. It opens the door to changing the rules to fit whatever nomination or legislation is before them at the time that said nomination or legislation is presented. This is not to say that Republicans haven’t grossly abused the filibuster rules. They have. At the same time, Harry Reid has grossly abused is authority in preventing legislation coming to the Senate floor.

    To me, the problem is not in the Senate rules, but in the Senators. The blind partisanship displayed by these gentlemen on the issues put before them is unconscionable. We had might as well have only three Senators with only a simple majority necessary to pass any bill or approve any nomination.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    So your hate trumps all.

    Maybe you should read what Sen Reid said about the process in 2005:

    http://democrats.senate.gov/2005/05/18/reid-floor-speech-on-use-of-filibuster/

    In this speech he said: "The filibuster is far from a “procedural gimmick.” It is part of the fabric of this institution. It was well known in colonial legislatures, and it is an integral part of our country’s 217 years of history.

    True, this was when he led the minority…..

  10. corzak

    corzak said, over 2 years ago

    I heard a rumor that many Republicans are actually relieved by this. Now maybe they might be able to get some work done. And be able to plausibly confront the derangement from the far-right with “sorry, we’re in the minority, there’s nothing we can do!”

  11. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, over 2 years ago

    @Radish

    You mean used the constitution?

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    How many of you want court’s that can be controlled from the white house? Are our courts supposed to be neutral, A-political? How does a society as diverse as ours survive if the court system is beholden to one political party or the other?

    While I understand the frustrations involved when the politics is more important than the qualifications of appointees, giving the President (either party) Carte Blanche with regard to political appointees is a very bad thing.

    One day the other party will be in charge and you will then be wishing you had not taken that step……..

  13. Kevin Robinson

    Kevin Robinson said, over 2 years ago

    @Radish

    check you history the Dems have abused it far more but done let facts get in the way.

  14. locoboilerguy

    locoboilerguy said, over 2 years ago

    What has happened was one of Jefferson’s worst fears. We are sinking into mob rule. 51% will control 49% with no respect given to the 49%. Just look at how both sides talk about each other and the comments on this site. There is no longer any middle ground, common respect or ideals. Just the agenda of one side or the other that is all important.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Archimedes

    " Number two the average number of days for a nominee approval for Obama is 240 for Bush it was 277. 71.4% of Obama’s nominations for district court were approved in his first term compared to 67.3 of Bush’s."

    When you include circuit courts, Bush’s approval percentage jumps to 88.7%, while Obama’s is 80.5%. Obama’s judicial appointments took 215 days before confirmation, compared to 137 for GW Bush.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/11/21/do-obama-nominees-face-stiffer-senate-opposition/

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43058.pdf

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