Judicial Filibusters

The Democrats need to wake up and realize that they are on the losing side of this issue.

Harry Reid says that the Republicans are trying to "pave the way for a Supreme Court nominee who would only need 50 votes for confirmation rather than 60.

I hope that Mr. Reid picks up the Constitution sometime and realizes that the role of the Senate in the confirmation process is advise and consent, not obstruction. Nominees only need a simple majority vote of 51 to win confirmation. Harry Reid should know better than to say that a nominee needs 60 votes. That is what Reid and the Democrats want the American people to believe but it is not true. Reid has turned into as big an obstructionist at Tom Daschle was. The tactics that Daschle used, and the ones that Reid is now using, will continue to ensure that the Democrats remain the minority party in this country. That makes me happy.

The interesting thing about this whole debate is that the filibuster is simply a creation of the Senate. It is not a constitutionally prescribed method for the minority to stall things. Republicans are simply deciding that the rules need to be changed so that those judicial nominees who have enough votes on the Senate floor will be able to win confirmation.

Posted by Nathan Melton at May 17, 2005 6:54 PM