The Republicans have
finally filibustered the filibuster. In a lengthy jabber fest that ran several
days, the GOP put action behind its words and physically protested the Democrat’s
blockade of President Bush’s judicial nominees. All I can say is, it’s about
The Democrats have successfully blocked four Bush appointments to the U.S.
Appeals Court: Bill Pryor, Miguel Estrada, Priscilla Owen, and Charles Pickering.
Two others, Carolyn Kuhl and Janice Rogers Brown, are expected to receive
the same treatment.
Needless to say, Democrats poetically sounded off against this filibuster,
and their rhetoric was remarkably similar to that of Jim Taylor’s cronies
in the classic movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)
was quoted by CNN as saying, “I’m not participating in this…marathon, talkathon,
blame-athon, whatever you want to call this. I’m not interested in that right
now. I’m interested in the appropriations bill.” Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
claimed Republicans are ignoring “13 million hungry children in America”
by filibustering, according to CNN.
That sounds nice and dandy. But unfortunately for Democrats, it flies right
in the face of reason on several fronts and displays yet again the blatant
hypocrisy that’s permanently woven into the Democrat party.
First, this new GOP filibuster was a direct result of the Democrats’ own
filibuster. If Democrats would simply step aside and give President Bush’s
nominees an honest up or down vote on the Senate floor, the GOP filibuster
wouldn’t have been necessary. The Republican controlled Congress under former
President Clinton did this. The Judicial Selection Monitoring Project reports
that only one Clinton nominee out of 373 was rejected by the Senate in all
eight years of Clinton’s presidency. Those 373 confirmed nominees are the
second all-time record, topped only by President Ronald Reagan.
The Democrats would do well to learn from those numbers. Republicans have
consistently maintained that all they want is an honest up or down vote–the
same they gave Democrats during the last administration. Simple. But Democrats,
true to form, have refused to budge.
Second, Democrats have historically been opposed to the methods they’re routinely
employing today. According to the Congressional Record, in 1998 Ted Kennedy
said in reference to Clinton nominees: “We owe to Americans across the country
to give these nominees a vote. If our Republican colleagues don’t like them,
vote against them. But give them a vote.” Strange considering his rabid quest
to deny nominees just that -- the dignity of an up or down vote.
The hypocrisy isn’t exclusive to Ted Kennedy, either. Again in reference
to Clinton nominees, Tom Daschle was recorded in the Congressional Record
in 1999 as saying: “I find it simply baffling that a Senator would vote against
even voting on a judicial nomination.” Tom Harkin (D-IA) said on the Senate
floor in 1999, “I urge the Republican leadership to take the steps necessary
to allow the full Senate to vote up or down on these important nominations.”
Why aren’t these past opinions ever brought to light, I wonder? Could it
be the Democrats wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if they were? Could it be
yet another Democrat double standard exposed?
Third, Democrats are continually tromping on their own party line by refusing
to confirm these candidates who largely hail from minority groups. If Democrats
truly cared about catapulting women and racial minorities into high positions,
they wouldn’t be filibustering. This situation proves yet again that the
Left will support women if and only if they’re feminists, and minorities
if and only if they’re radically liberal. Anything else is useless to them.
I must admit it was nice to see the GOP stand up and make some noise. They’ve
been so mousy lately that hearing them holler was refreshing. But if more
serious action isn’t taken, I fear the GOP filibuster will accomplish little
in the end. If the nation would wake up, call a spade a spade and vote the
Democrats out in 2004 for their obstructionist tactics, we’d definitely see
a change. But that’s difficult while mainstream media outlets refuse to report
the nitty gritty about the Democrats and their hypocritical ways.
David N. Bass writes for World Newspaper Publishing and has a regular column at AmericanDaily.com, ARationalAdvocate.com, and RenewAmerica.us.