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Friday, February 25, 2005
Calling the Bluff
Hugh Hewitt poses an interesting question as the subject for his Vox Blogoli 2.2. Does the GOP controlled Senate call Dusty Harry's bluff regarding the confirmation of Judicial Nominees?

I've been watching this issue for awhile. Now while the possibility exists that I may be wrong, I've never seen Dusty Harry, or Tiny Tommy before him, actually engage in a filibuster. I mean a real filibuster. I'm talking Strom Thurmond on a 24 hour rant kind of filibuster. To the best of my knowledge, the Senate Dems simply threaten to filibuster the vote, the Republicans quiver in fear, and the nomination dies.

I for one, and I'm not alone, have had quite enough of this school yard taunting.

The face of the Democratic Senate is not exactly the most telegenic crowd. Dusty Harry, Ted "Dude, Where's My Scotch" Kennedy, Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton, Babs Boxer and the rest of the Motley Crew need to be called to account for their behavior. They need to be shown for what they are - bigoted obstructionists. If obstruction is what they want, let them really try. Let the nation see the true nature of their extra-constitutional activities.

And, in the end, if the "Nuclear" Option needs to be exercised, make it so. On the issue of Presidential Nominees, the Constitution is very clear on the requirement of a "Simple Majority". For those mathematically challenged readers, that would be 51% of the senators present at the time. Constitutional language means something. Senate "rules" no matter how old or traditional they may be, are trumped by the Constitution. There's a reason its called the Highest Law of the Land.

So, to quote a worn out phrase, Bring It On. I'm reminded of a scene from Rocky III in which Clubber Lane (played by Mr. T) taunts Rocky with the phrase "Gonna bust you up!" to which Rocky replies "Go for it."

Dusty Harry is no Clubber Lane.

Here endeth the lesson.
If the Democrats do manage to block nominees for another four years, I'm sure the next rounds of Senate elections will remove a few more of them. We need to be vigorous in 2006 to get any blocker out of the Senate.
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