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Democrats Break Judicial Nominee Filibuster, Head To Vote

November 24, 2009 by  

Democrats break judicial nominee filibuster, head to voteRepublican lawmakers’ attempts to block the vote on President Obama’s first judicial nomination were thwarted when the Senate voted 70-29 last week to end the filibuster.

U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana was nominated to fill a vacancy on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but a group of Republicans launched a major offensive against his candidacy.

Hamilton alienated conservatives with his rulings against Christian prayers in the Indiana legislature and against a menorah in the Indiana Municipal Building’s holiday display. He also drew criticism for striking down part of an Indiana law requiring women seeking an abortion to make two trips to a clinic for counseling, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The nominee has also been accused on judicial activism after comments in which he suggested that a judge’s job is to "write a series of footnotes to the Constitution," quoted by CNSNews.com.

However, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the attempt at a filibuster was an example of "more of the partisan, narrow, ideological tactics that Senate Republicans have been engaging in for decades as they try to pack the courts with ultraconservative judges," quoted by the AP.

To end the filibuster the Senate needed 60 votes, but confirmation only requires a simple majority and Hamilton is expected to be elevated to the Chicago-based court.
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  • Robin from Indiana

    It is times like this that it is embarrassing to be from Indiana!

    • Claire

      Robin–How do you think I feel? I’m from Illinois.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    Embarrassing? Again, ” We the people” has never met anything but “our politicians”, not any body else! Who really is the evil empire? The country doing the most pointing at others? Example, our stimulus money that we “commoners” must pay back (impossible as it is)is being used by our “annointed” to buy commodities such as gold, instead of making better cars, etc., to make themselves rich enough to survive what they knowingly are doing to destroy our economy (Economics 101)! “Don’t buy until you see are blood in the streets” will not work this time because this time the highest deity of Israel will win and will not be bought off with gold or silver!

  • s c

    Leahy specializes in hypocrisy and intrigue. Hamilton is a sleaze who wants to be responsible for the destruction of our judicial system.
    People like Leahy and all RINOs must rejoice when they realize that trying to get rid of elected SCUM is no different than trying to eradicate a highly contagious disease with good intentions.
    People, if comrade obama and his traitors wreck the judicial system, America is LOST. For those who are still asleep, Leahy is a clear and present danger to America, and comrade obama is worse than Leahy.
    WAKE UP, AMERICA!

  • denniso

    Bravo!!!thanks for the 10 or so repubs who voted w/ the smart people!

    • Joe H.

      Denniso, AKA EYES,
      Stupid thoughts from stupid people!!!

      • Bud

        You should know. Stupid is as stupid does.

        • Joe H.

          Bud,
          If you agree with dennisob then you definitely would know!!!

  • http://tcmm1948@gmail.com tc

    read psalm 109 verse 8 and 9 and i hope it comes true

    • s c

      Psalm 1 seems to fit, also. Frankly, I don’t expect to ‘convert’ ultralib progressives in any sense of the term. However, it would be nice if they’d come out of their trance once in a while, and have at last one foot in the real world. While they are entitled to their opinion(s), we are not obligated to endure what they see as inevitable reality.
      Any “follower” who relies on politicians to do their thinking for them truly has a pretender for a leader, and that leader has a fool for a follower.
      This is the chief difference between a conservative and a progressive/ultralib/NWO zombie.

    • Claire

      Comments like this are not appreciated. I would never wish anyone to die, I would never wish any child to become fatherless and a wife to become a widow. How horrible. I don’t care what party is in the White House. These are evil thoughts and should never be spoken. There are too many dysfunctional people out there now, why egg them on? When a person thinks evil thoughts and wishes evil upon another person, sometimes it will backfire. There is so much hate in America now. Why in the world would any human being want or see any more destruction and havoc?

      • Claire

        And don’t fling the Liberal crap at me. I am neither Democrat or Republican.

        • Bud

          So what does not being a Democrat or Republican have to do with being a brainless liberal?

          • Claire

            From some posts, there seems to be a comparison between Democrats and Liberals. Since I am neither, I simply felt compelled to add my comments.

  • FERD TIHISTA

    I CAN’T BELIEVE AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT WOULD APPOINT A JUDGE THAT IS A NON CHRISTIAN TO ANY POSITION. UNLESS HE WAS A NON CHRISTIAN HIM SELF. ACTUALLY HE SAID HE WAS A MUSLEM BUT I FIGURED THAT OUT BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED. WHEN I SAW HIM PUT HIS HANDS DOWN AND TURN HIS HEAD WHEN THE REST OF THEM HAD THEIR HANDS OVER THEIR HEART WHEN THE FLAG CAME BY. TAKING THE AMERICAN FLAG PIN OFF HIS LAPEL WAS ANOTHER STROMG HINT AS TO WHAT HE IS. HE IS OUT TO BREAK OUR COUNTRY AND HE IS SUCCEDING. IF WE PRINT MONEY BECAUSE WE ARE BROKE WE GO TO JAIL. AS YOU READ THIS YOU CAN SEE I AM NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE BUT I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKING FOR A LIVING AND STEALING. WE HAVE FILLED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CROOKS. I SEE NO REASON TO ADD ONE MORE. (THEY NEED A SPELL CHECK IN HERE)

  • Angela

    It just seems like this Government in trying very hard to change peoples views regarding Christianity, for that matter any Religion. Why would they vote in Hamilton who is against Prayers of any denomination, this is what our Constitution was based on. He also wants to add footnotes to the Constitution. Something is very wrong here. Our Country is going down hill very quickly with this Administration. WE NEED TO STAND AGAINST THEM. IF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CANNOT DUE IT THEN WE HAVE TO VOTE THEM OUT AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    • Joe H.

      Angela,
      There are those of us that will never betray our Christian beliefs no matter what they do. NEVER!!
      A Great Big AMEN to ONTIME’S post below also!!!

    • DaveH

      Angela,
      There is no secret here. Liberals do not like religion because it stands in the way of their quest for takeover of our lives. Things like that pesky commandment “Thou shalt not Steal”. The first thing Russians did after the Revolution of 1917 was to suppress religion.

  • ONTIME

    I can see now that at least 70 Jackass party members will deservedly be leaving the congress for other pastures to plunder…Then we will concentrate on getting rid of the useless RINO’s.

  • DaveH
    • DaveH
      • DaveH

        More gamesmanship. Some Senators vote to end debate knowing full well that the judge will be nominated without their vote. This way they can tell their (probably conservative) constituents that they voted “NO” on the nomination. Here are the one’s who voted “YEA” to end debate and “NO” for the nomination (I’m missing one):
        Alexander (R-TN) Collins (R-ME) Cornyn (R-TX) Gregg (R-NH) Hatch (R-UT) Murkowski (R-AK) Snowe (R-ME) Thune (R-SD) Baucus (D-MT) Byrd (D-WV)
        Don’t let your Senators get away with this kind of sneaky crap.

        • Claire

          What can we expect? This sneaky crap has been going on for years. And thanks for sending the roll call vote and nomination vote. It is virtually hopeless to send letters to the Senators here, let alone trying to call. It all falls on deaf ears. Illinois Senators do as they please without a thought for the people here.

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