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September 23, 2010

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Joe

"there is going to have to be payback"

Just as there was some for holding up Clinton nominees ... Kagan herself was held up back in the day when she was up for a D.C. seat, one reason the likes of Estrada was also blocked when Bush came around.

But, the latter was simply horrible, the fact Kagan's nomination blocked too conveniently forgotten, a footnote that I never saw even mentioned news accounts.

A staff attorney

I know this is partly philosophical and a great deal a power play. But isn't this also a veiled race thing? Would they tolerate voting to approve a person with these views who was a white woman? (I am a white woman)

Rick

Note how the Gang of 14 agreement only applies when there is a Republican president...I can recall some very controversial Bush nominees getting their full senate vote and subsequently confirmed..They include but are not limited to: William Pryor, Priscialla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown...Democrats always allowed the full senate vote..

Senator Whitehouse made a good analogy about "letting the tiger out of the cage" if this continues...Because what will happen the next time there is a Republican president and he/she makes a judicial nomination(s), well there is going to have to be payback...Republican actions are setting the stage for a vicous cycle of this back and forth non-sense where no one will ever be able to be confirmed...And who suffers, the American people because the cases increase and there aren't enough judges to hear them...Most cases end at the lower courts (few cases ever get to the SCOTUS), District Court and Court of Appeals are most often the final say..

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