Wow, It’s Like Deja Vu

May 14th, 2009at 07:01am Posted by Eli

So Republicans successfully “filibustered” David Hayes’ appointment to the #2 post in Interior (a post he already held in the Clinton administration), and appear to have bottled up Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head OLC and Harold Koh’s nomination for State’s legal adviser, using the awesome power of their 40 votes.

This is just like 2001, when Bush couldn’t get any of his nominees confirmed, in the face of implacable Democratic opposition and feckless Republican support.

Oh wait, no it isn’t.  In fact, Bush’s nominees to the same positions were all confirmed by voice vote. This has gotten completely out of hand – I thought filibusters were supposed to be a last resort for extraordinarily unsuitable appointees, not highly-qualified ones who happen to be ideologically similar to the president who nominated them.  The deference to the President’s choices on nominees that the Republicans were so insistent on for the last eight years has completely evaporated.

Not that this is a bit surprising – I actually would have been surprised if the Republicans weren’t wankers about this.  It’s just frustrating to me to realize that if Dubya were still President with this Senate, and appointing his usual totally unqualified ideologues who are an order of magnitude worse than Obama’s selections… they would all just sail right through.

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