Obama proposes up or down vote on judges

by Walter Olson on January 25, 2012

Ted Frank: “It is ironic that Obama is calling for a 90-day ‘simple up or down’ vote on judicial nominees when he is the only sitting president in American history who has voted to filibuster a judicial nomination — and that was for someone well within the mainstream like Justice Alito.”


1 shg 01.25.12 at 9:16 am

Comparing a Supreme nominee to district and even circuit nominees is, well, a bit disingenuous. As to whether Alito is “well within the mainstream,” everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how outlier it may be.

2 Nicholas 01.25.12 at 10:32 am

You have lost all credibility for saying that Alito is “well within the mainstream”. The only stream he’s in the middle of is a stream of bad reasoning and extremism. That’s not the kind of stream which makes for good judging.

3 mjs 01.25.12 at 11:00 am

Only “those who think they are superior” would position Alito as outside the mainstream of middle America.

4 Hugo S. Cunningham 01.25.12 at 11:42 am

[Obama is]
>the only sitting president in American history who has voted to filibuster a judicial nomination

A little bit misleading. Before Obama, the last ex-Senator to become President was Richard Nixon in 1969. The modern era of Senatorial disputes on USSC nominations did not start until 1969.

5 RRA 01.25.12 at 11:55 am

Wouldn’t Sen. Obama’s “no” vote fall into the “down” category of “simple up-or-down vote”?

6 Ron Miller 01.25.12 at 11:55 am

MJS, what does “think they are superior” have to do with the price of tea in China?

7 mjs 01.25.12 at 3:45 pm

I’m surprised I would have to explain…..

This phrase refers to the elites, the progressives, the cognoscente–all of whom believe they know more than the folks of middle America.

8 Yeaah 01.25.12 at 4:30 pm

@mjs You mean anyone who does not follow right wing ideology to the letter?

9 DensityDuck 01.25.12 at 4:52 pm

Hugo, it might be an uncommon case, but that doesn’t make it any less meaningful that someone who filibustered an appointment is now claiming that filibustering is bad.

10 Ron Miller 01.25.12 at 5:07 pm

No, MJS, it still makes no sense.

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