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Democrats - then and now

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Liberty Belle

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Feb 10, 2005
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northwestern South Dakota
Democrat quotes on the judicial nominees and the filibuster.
Isn't it funny how their perspectives have changed since the Republicans gained the upper hand?

Sen. Barbara Boxer Then: "According to the U.S. Constitution, the President nominates, and the Senate shall provide advice and consent. It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor." (Congressional Record, May 14, 1997)

Sen. Barbara Boxer Now: "So we're saying we think you ought to get nine votes over the 51 required. That isn't too much to ask for such a super important position. There ought to be a super vote. Don't you think so?" (Remarks at MoveOn.org rally in Washington, March 16, 2005)

Sen. Ted Kennedy Then: "The Constitution is clear that only individuals acceptable to both the President and the Senate should be confirmed. The President and the Senate do not always agree. But we should resolve these disagreements by voting on these nominees--yes or no." (Congressional Record, Jan. 28, 1998)

Sen. Ted Kennedy Now: "But what has not ended is the resolution and the determination of the members of the United States Senate to continue to resist any Neanderthal that is nominated by this President of the United States for any . . . federal court in the United States." (CNN's "Inside Politics," Nov. 14, 2003)

Sen. Chuck Schumer Then: "I also plead with my colleagues to move judges with alacrity--vote them up or down. But this delay makes a mockery of the Constitution, makes a mockery of the fact that we are here working, and makes a mockery of the lives of very sincere people who have put themselves forward to be judges and then they hang out there in limbo." (Congressional Record, March 7, 2000)

Sen. Chuck Schumer Now: "We will invoke every rule in the Senate that we can, without standing in the way of vitally needed programs, to show the people who put it in power that they cannot just by fiat undo 200 years of American history." (Fox News' "Special Report," April 21, 2005)
They once again look like idiots, or at least hypocrytes. BTW, what is the percentage of high ranking and cabinet level Republicans that they've tried to bring down? Somewhere near 100%.

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