Best Of Homespun Bloggers May 30th, 2005
Don't Let Me Stop You
Abe Fortas Filibuster?
The recent brouhaha over judicial filibusters has featured Republicans claiming that the practice was completely unheardof prior to GWB's first term. Meanwhile, Democrats were claiming the filibuster has always applied to judcial appointments, and besides the Republicans started it anyway by filibustering Abe Fortas. Perhaps not surprisingly, neither of these is true. This is the first post of two looking into the Fortas confirmation fight back in 1968.
Help Me Out Here
The latest example of the need to remember this comes from the House. The House operating under the concept that “Big Government is OK, as long as the people running the Big Government are Republicans,” voted to loosen the purse strings on embryonic stem cell research. I don’t have the Constitution in front of me, but for the life of me, I can’t remember where in the Constitution the House gets that permission.
Thune's Weird Linkage
Of much more importance than the emotional distress of
Voinovich are Republican defections from the Bolton
nomination. Now John Thune, who replaced Tom Dashle as
Senator from South Dakota, has announced that he will
vote against Bolton.
What's odd is the reason he gave.
The Arrogance Of These Fools!
The arrogance of these idiots at the UN amazes even me. They create a commission to study the problem, spend (I'm sure) hundreds of thousands of man-hours (oh, sorry, person-hours (or is it perdaughter-hours?)) on the issue and then come out the this "statement". And as if that weren't enough they make a pronouncement that is so painfully obvious that it nearly made my head split down the middle by just reading it.