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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Republicans Dump Halligan - Leahy’s Head Explodes

Republicans Dump Halligan - Leahy’s Head Explodes

By Dell Hill

Caitlin Halligan Go Away

The Dems are up in arms - lead by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) - over the filibuster of Obama nominee, Caitlin Halligan, to become the next appeals court judge in Washington, D.C.  

Ed Morrissey chimes in:

“Like Guy Benson, I’m not a fan of filibusters on judicial nominees.  Elections have consequences, and among them are the ability to appoint people to the federal bench.  Instead of spending time rallying for filibusters on judicial appointments, political activists should spend their time defeating their opponents in presidential races.  On the other hand, I’m not going to cry over the loss of Caitlin Halligan to the DC Appellate Court, nor join in the outrage from the party that invented Borking:

Senate Republicans on Tuesday filibustered President Barack Obama’s nomination of Caitlin Halligan for the U.S. Court of Appeals, prompting Democrats to denounce the move as setting “a new standard” for confirming judicial nominees.

Republicans cited Halligan’s controversial stance on gun laws as a reason for their opposition.

“The new standard applied by Senate Republicans to nominations to the D.C. Circuit will make it nearly impossible for nominees of any president to be confirmed to this important court,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who before the vote made the case that Halligan had broad support and experience in both the public and private sector, said after the vote.

A former New York state solicitor general, Halligan “is the kind of nominee we should all welcome to public service,” Leahy added. “This filibuster is a disservice to the federal judiciary, and to the millions of Americans it serves.”

Yeah … kind of like Miguel Estrada, huh?  Remember the basis for the filibuster led by Leahy and Ted Kennedy on that nomination?

Cry me a river, Senator.”

Read the rest of Ed’s post by clicking here.  And then harken back in time to the day Senator Patrick Leahy had these glowing words about another political appointment.

How’s that spectacular “prosecutors prosecutor” working out for y’all, Senator???

One more reason to take control of the United States Senate in 2012!

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