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March 02, 2010

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Glenn Sugameli

Good post, but focusing on the long-delayed unanimous confirmation vote glosses over an even more remarkable fact: a US Senate filibuster (against Judge Barbara Keenan's Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nomination) without a single word spoken against a nominee who, as you note, was approved without dissent by the Judiciary Committee, and the cloture vote to cut off the filibuster was also unanimous (99-0)!


Amazing- a silent and secret filibuster on the Senate Floor- we do not even know who objected to an up-and down vote.


The Senate is now a shadow-boxing club, with one-sided "fights" against one or more silent and secret opponents.

Today's cloture vote demonstrates conclusively that "opposition" to confirming Judge Keenan was pure obstruction for the sake of obstruction, having nothing to do with any concerns about the merits of the nomination or the need to fill the seat. (Federal judicial vacancies have increased- there are now more than 100).


-Glenn Sugameli
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