Skip to comments.Saad Unlikely to See Confirmation Vote
Posted on 05/29/2005 7:04:50 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
As part of the judicial nominee deal made in the Senate this week, the confirmation of Henry Saad (search), whose nomination to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has languished since 2001, has come into doubt.
Aides to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told FOX News that Democrats will filibuster (search) the nomination of Saad and William Myers (search) to the 9th Circuit Court. Democrats say both nominees are exempt from the "exceptional circumstances" clause in the bipartisan agreement.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist acknowledged on Wednesday that the two nominees remain in limbo.
"The agreement for both Myers and Saad is a little agnostic. And that's why I and our leadership did not endorse this agreement by the 14," Frist said, referring to the 14 Democratic and Republican senators who penned the deal...
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Not to worry, the repubs are the majority in the Senate. They have banded together around a strong leader who will make sure the "R"s vote in unity...../sarcasm
Let's make them do a real filibuster. I'd like to wake up in the morning, turn on my TV, and see Teddy Kennedy rambling on and on about nothing but gibberish, with bags under his eyes because he's been up all night.
Come to think of it, it's a pretty regular occurrence with Teddy anyway.
Saad's a Catholic, so you can be certain that the Dems will not give in.
Question-since these two werent part of the sell-out last week, can the CO be used with Saad?
They cannot make them do a "real filibuster," those rule were changed a while ago.
So are Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Joseph Biden (D-Del.).
What's your point?
What the heck does that mean? What, in the deal, makes them exempt?
Why is there a damned deal in the first place? What the heck are the Republicans thinking? You think there's going to be any deals if/when the Democrats have a majority?
What a bunch of spineless morons. We might as well save everyone a lot of grief and put McCain in charge of the Senate.
I am so angry about this bogus "agreement" - my blood is boiling.
There is absolutely no good reason for this guy not to get a vote.
For God's sake - exercise the g-damn power we elected you to use!!!!!
Here here! If they do this it will go along way to restoring my confidence that our supposedly Conservative leaders are truly fighting the same battle that we are.
And send the rest of them home...McCain's the only leader in the bunch...
Change them BACK...
Frist couldn't lead a pack of Cub Scouts.
There are plenty of liberal Catholics in office...Kennedy and Kerry are Catholics...
From your fingers on your keyboard to the mind of Bush!
And wouldn't it be great to hear the squealing from the Left? Music to my ears...
I don't recall them even being mentioned in the written agreement. There are obviously some oral parts of the agreement that are being kept secret from us.
For one thing, Lindsey Graham stated unequivocally several times on the Hannity radio program that ALL nominees, including Saad would get up or down votes, but he always qualified that by saying that not all of them would get confirmed and that he would vote against at least one of them.
There would have to be an oral agreement that five or six of the Republican renegades would vote against Saad and the others when they came up for an up or down vote. But if the agreement has already fallen apart, then the Dems may fall back on some theory that since Saad et al were not specifically mentioned, that they are specifically excluded. Just enough for the Old Media to hang its hat on.
Make that a pack of Brownies and I will agree with you. What a total loss that man is.
"The White House has said it will not give the Democratic Senators the highly classified documents they are seeking in connection with John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador. Scott McClellan pointed out:"
"The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Intelligence Committee have had access to this sensitive, highly classified information. The Democrats clamoring for it have already voted against the nomination. This is about partisan politics."
"What I thought was priceless was the Democrats' response:"
"But Democrats said it's not about politics, or even about Mr. Bolton anymore. They said their filibuster is an attempt to protect the institution of the Senate against a strong and overreaching administration. Does this mean we have to listen to Robert Byrd all over again? We just preserved the Republic last week, but I guess the Senate minority is going to have to preserve it again soon. How long do you suppose the American people will buy the line that every partisan dispute is "really" all about the Constitution's checks and balances?"
"I have to say, though, that I really don't understand what the Democrats are doing on Bolton. I can understand that for partisan reasons, to give the administration a black eye and to keep their contributors fired up, they think they need to choose a vulnerable appointee now and then, and pick him off."
"But the U.N. ambassador seems like an odd choice. Normally, such appointments haven't even required a roll call vote. No U.N. nominee has ever had more than a handful of votes cast against him. This isn't because they have all been wonderful nominees, but because this is not a position where any significant power gets exercised. For the Democrats to expend so much capital on it seems odd."
"In any event, with this pretext for delay frustrated, I assume we'll have a vote on Bolton soon."
"SCOTT adds: Don't miss Senator McCain's additional contribution to saving the Republic as reported in today's New York Times: "McCain urging accord on Senate and Bolton documents."
Posted by John at 08:51 AM | Permalink
The Socialists (aka, Democrats) are spinning the truth. Call all the talk shows and set them straight on this.
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