Sunday, April 17, 2005

I Oppose Nukes in the Senate

I oppose the nuclear option. First read Geo.Will from last month - Why Filibusters Should Be Allowed : "Exempting judicial nominations from filibusters would enlarge presidential power. There has been much enlargement related to national security -- presidential war-making power is now unfettered, Congress's responsibility to declare war having become a nullity. Are conservatives, who once had a healthy wariness of presidential power, sure they want to further expand that power in domestic affairs?
The Senate's institutional paralysis over judicial confirmations is a political problem for which there is a political solution: 60 Republican senators...The president believes that Democratic obstruction of judicial nominees contributed to Republican gains in 2002 and 2004. In 2006, 17 of the Democrats' seats and that of Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont, their collaborator, are up, five of them in states the president carried in 2004....
No Democratic filibuster can stop the 2006 elections. Those elections, however, might stop the Democrats' filibusters. "
Judicial appointments are very important - my understatement of the day. I respect opinions of the minority as typically I tend to disagree with any majority. I am a believer in republics perhaps more than pure democracies yet believe the opinion of the "common man" is most often better than the opinion of an out of touch professional politician. If we agree the judicial branch is very important, requiring 60 votes to move an appointment forward is not unreasonable. I long for the day America returns to real Senators as our founders envisioned rather than pontificating media hounds determined to be re-elected or become President.-WAA

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