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June 21, 2012

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a public servant

The rule allowing for filibusters is fine, if the senators are actually required to engage in the unpleasant business of an actual, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington filibuster. Now they can phone it in, which give no disincentive to engage in one other than the rare feeling of embarassment for holding up the courts for political ends.

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The GOP Senators don't seem to care about the harm their blocking nominees does to the federal judiciary by understaffing it, they are supporting a public perception that judges are political hacks, rather than well qualified and scholarly lawyers.
This article is a compelling argument for abolishing the Seenate Rule that permits filibusters (requiring 60 votes to pass anything).

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