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November 17, 2009



I'm curious what folks think this cloture vote means for the "extraordinary circumstances" standard from the Gang of 14 agreement. Sen. Sessions tries to justify his vote to filibuster the nominee in that language, but it seems pretty clear that his invokation fo the standard just refers to ordinary ideological disagreements (refracted through the usual distortion of a nominee's record). Sen. Graham didn't even bother to try to make the case that his vote against cloture was related to the standard. Looks like the standard is meaningless or dead or both.

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