Opposing Alito

Since Judge Alito is a resident of New Jersey and it has two liberal Senators, lets have thenm put a hold on the nomination (this merely prevents a floor vote).  The current rule is that if both home state senators oppose a nominee, the nomination is effectively dead.

For more than a decade, the Republicans have reshuffled the judicial process to a point where they intend to rubber stamp nominees regardless of how out of sync they are with the Legal Mainstream in this country.  Lets play hardbball...

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Not A Rule
It's not a rule, it's a Senate tradition that would end rather quickly if used on a S. Ct. nomination. Democrats would also take a heavy hit for attempting the tactic on a nominee given the ABA's "Well-Qualified" rating.
by SLinVA 2005-11-16 05:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Not A Rule
The point is not to succeed but to highlight the fact that this tradition kept more than 3 dozen "well qualified" lawyers off the bench only to be replaced with ultra conservatives with lesser credentials and qualifications.  

As to whether it would work....maybe not. You are probably right....but I think it would be politically useful if the Democrats pointed out which Senators blocked judges when Clinton was President and then made it clear that no Senatorial privilege would ever apply again if the hold on Alito was not respected....

by kmwray 2005-11-17 07:22AM | 0 recs


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