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April 24, 2013



There's a huge difference between "tit for tat" and going nuclear over a few well-deserved blocks. Estrada was extreme; Halligan was not; Perez's logjam is inexcusable (and the excuse barely passes the laugh test - the data's been out there a long time).

Plus, there's the whole thing of a 60-vote supermajority needed for every single thing the Senate proposes to do. Making that automatic is a total game change. Five years ago, filibusters were actually filibusters. Now, you almost never hear the word, even though the cloture tactic is like email on out-of-office auto-reply.

Steve Odem

"...chronic Republican obstructionism..."

Democrats have done exactly the same with Republican nominees.

Tit for tat for some 40-odd years that I can remember.


The Perez confirmation delay is nothing more than chronic Republican obstructionism, a lower order of resistance than that which caused Caitlin Halligan to eventually withdraw her nomination to the D.C. Circuit bench.

It's ironic that they opposed Halligan by citing Democratic resistance to Miguel Estrada in 2001. How long will it take before they give that a rest? They also opposed her because she supported same sex marriage, a position that Elliot Spitzer realistically characterized as "mainstream."

It's doubly ironic that they supposedly oppose Perez for his performance as head of the DOJ's Civil Rights unit, when they supported the persistent perjurer and consummate political hack Brad Schlozman in the same position.

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