In 2003, DEMOCRATS changed the threshold for judicial nominees from the traditional simple majority to a 60 vote standard. They did this to deny confirmation to George W. Bush nominees.
In 2013, DEMOCRATS abolished the 60 vote standard for lower court judges, not because they thought SCOTUS was so different, but because there weren’t any SCOTUS judges up for confirmation.
During the 2016 campaign, they promised that, if Hillary won the presidency, they’d abolish the filibuster for SCOTUS appointments as well.
This week, Republicans did what Democrats did in 2013 and promised they’d do if Hillary had won.
Sen. John Cornyn’s Excellent Explanation of How Democrats Weaponized Cloture Votes [6:53]
The other thing Democrats are raging about is that the Republican-majority Senate refused to put Judge Merrick Garland — Obama’s nominee for Judge Antonin Scalia’s seat — up for a confirmation vote in 2016.
But once again, they’re playing the victim card on false pretenses.
The 2016 Scalia vacancy was the seventh time that the Senate has held a Supreme Court vacancy open rather than confirm an election-year nominee.
- In 1960, Democrats passed a resolution against election year SCOTUS appointments.
- In 1992, then-Senator Joe Biden, while serving as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a speech about how the Senate should not confirm SCOTUS appointments during an election year.
One of the aspects of growing old,I’ve found,is that you can get away with being sarcastic to people and they think you’re kidding.Frank Sinatra discovered Don Rickles while he was doing comedy in night clubs,trying to finance a career as a serious actor.What evolved was a comic,legendary for his sharp-witted barbs at people in the audience.It was all in good fun and no one was offended.He didn’t care about your race,ethnicity or who your daddy was.He made millions doing his act in Las Vegas where patrons all hoped he would pick on them.
He was a regular on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.This was during a time when comedy did not have to depend on toilet humor and sexual innuendo.They were just howlingly funny.One of his favorites was Ronald Reagan…before and after he became president.
Don Rickles: Performing for President Reagan Was the ‘Highlight of My Life’
Comedian Don Rickles, who passed away Thursday at age 90, in May of 2014 told David Letterman, on the Late Show, that “the highlight of my life was doing the Ronald Reagan Inaugural.”
As Ronald and Nancy Reagan sat in the front row, he concluded his five-minute set by praising President Reagan: “You’re a great gentleman and a great credit to the country.” The same could be said about Rickles.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Tribute to Don Rickles
Don Rickles – Some of my favorite Don Rickles moments
I can just see Rickles doing his schtick for Saint Peter:
Hiya,Saint;I’ve been dying to get in here,so here I am!
Nice sandals….Payless or Walmart?
Here I am surrounded by Jews.Which one owns the pawn shop?
I didn’t have change coming through the Pearly Gates…I’ll have to owe you.
It’s early…that’s all I can come up with on short notice.
In 2013, then-Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went nuclear and the same MSM that is now condemning Republicans cheered about it.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hailed it as “an affirmative win for democracy.”
CNN’s Ron Brownstein said, “The idea of requiring a super majority for the president to appoint his nominees just is anachronistic.”
On April 4, 2017, Judicial Watch released 695 pages of new documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that contain admissions by IRS officials that the agency used “inappropriate political labels” to screen the tax-exempt applications of conservative organizations.
Other records reveal that the IRS was going to require 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations to restrict their alleged political activities in exchange for “expedited consideration” of their tax-exempt applications.
“No wonder the Obama IRS has been hiding these records. The new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups … [and] that the abuse continued – as the Obama IRS tried to force conservative applicants to give up their First Amendment rights in order to finally get their applications granted,” said Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch President.
From Stilton Jarlsberg:
History was made yesterday when, for the first time since our nation became a nation, Democrats filibustered an exemplary Supreme Court Nominee because – and we’ve got plenty of political scientists and analysts to back us up on this – they’re complete and total assholes.
The only way around this epic act of douchebaggery was for Senate Republicans to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” which – disappointingly – did not require inviting Democrats to “a picnic and special surprise” in the remotest corner of Nevada while a gleeful Donald Trump punched their coordinates into his suitcase nuclear launch device.
Rather, it involved changing Senate rules to allow a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed with a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than requiring the 60 votes which has traditionally been the standard. And under this rule, we should see standout nominee Judge Gorsuch confirmed for the Supreme Court sometime today.
We would say that the Democrats are losing their freaking minds over this, only that ship sailed a long time ago.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate approved a radical rules change today to allow Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to move to the final stage of being confirmed.
The U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 to lower the number of votes that Gorsuch needs to be confirmed from 60 to 51. The Senate will likely vote on his confirmation tomorrow night.
The vote was along party lines.
On Tuesday, almost 60 people died in Syria after warplanes dropped bombs filled with chemicals. The number includes women and children. Many suspect President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for the attack.
President Donald Trump condemned the attack, but also ripped into former President Barack Obama for not sticking to his “red line” on Syria:
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people including women and children is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.
“These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” he added. “President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ’red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”
President Trump condemns ‘heinous actions’ in Syria [1:33]
BREAKING: Obama threatened to use force, then did nothing. Trump just bombed them.
April 6, 2017 ~9 pm: Several news outlets are announcing that the United States has launched a missile strike on the military airfield in Syria where this week’s chemical attack is believed to have originated.
Donald Trump campaigned as a defender of religious liberty. His nominee for Secretary of the Army is in keeping with that promise.
Obama’s SecArmy was an open homosexual who put LGBQTs over traditional Bible believers and, IMHO, over the good of the Army’s mission.
Trump’s nominee is a Tea Party, pro-life conservative Christian.