Showing the Left Hand What the Right Hand is Up To
We still get those crazy Conservative Alerts: emphasis is mine
This CONSERVATIVE ALERT prepared for The Funny Farm:
ISSUE: As you probably know by now, everyone is buzzing about the possibility that at least one -- and maybe two or three -- Supreme Court justices are likely to retire in the next month, giving President Bush the opportunity to finally establish a solid conservative majority in that long-liberal institution. But what many are NOT discussing is the fact that, as things stand now, the President won't stand a chance of actually getting ANY Supreme Court nominee through the radical Left's Senate gauntlet. That's because (1) the liberal Senators have so far successfully implemented filibusters against several of President Bush's lower court nominees and haven't been stopped, and (2) the leaders of these Senate liberals are now even boldly demanding that President Bush nominate ONLY the people THEY suggest to him! Do you get it?
As things stand right now, there is NO WAY our President could get a new conservative Supreme Court justice approved. Under current Senate filibuster rules, obstructionist Democrats can continue to block his nominees. Well, now we have a chance to change all that. Senate Republican leaders are considering a bold, new approach to get the President's judicial nominees confirmed. Pundits are calling it one of the "nuclear options" for the nominating process. Recently, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) introduced a resolution amending Rule 22, which governs the filibuster. Sen. Frist's resolution seeks to gradually lower the threshold required to break a filibuster on executive nominations, starting at the current 3/5th supermajority of 60 votes on the first cloture motion, then 57 votes on the second, 54 votes on the third, and finally just 51 votes on the fourth cloture motion to end debate and force a vote on confirmation. If this change had been in effect at the beginning of the year, Miguel Estrada would have been confirmed in March, when a third cloture motion received 55 votes.
As it currently stands, we've now lost at least six cloture vote on Estrada as well as at least two vote on Priscilla Owen. As noted by Gary Bauer [address not accessible from the Funny Farm], "this is a bold step for Senator Frist and the GOP leadership. Senate Democrats will no doubt scream and holler about how Republicans are trashing the 'rights of the minority,' and Robert Byrd will pontificate endlessly about the prestige and traditions of the Senate being torn asunder." Sen. Frist deserves tremendous credit for advancing this proposal. There is no way -- after committee hearings and four subsequent cloture votes and all the debate in between -- that anyone can claim a nominee had not been sufficiently debated. This is a balanced approach that preserves the traditions of the Senate, while protecting the right of the President to make appointments and the obligation of the majority to govern.
Ironically, Frist's rules change is modeled after a plan originally proposed by leading Senate liberals, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut! The difference is that Frist's plan only applies to executive appointments, whereas the Harkin/Lieberman proposal was sweeping and would have also applied to regular legislation. Nine currently serving Senate Democrats supported the Harkin/Lieberman change to the filibuster. They, as well as all of their colleagues, need to be overwhelmingly encouraged to support Frist's more narrowly crafted measure. And that's where YOU come in.
Together, we can make a difference NOW in the nomination process, to ensure easier approval of Pres. Bush's upcoming Supreme Court nominations. ACTION ITEM: Every single Senator -- Republican, Democrat, Independent -- needs to be *inundated* with messages from Americans across the nation, demanding that they support this bipartisan rule change so that the Senate's Constitutional duty to "advise and consent" in the judicial nomination process can finally be carried out. The radical minority of leftist Senators that have so far successfully obstructed President Bush's highly-
Americans need to make their voices heard... LOUDLY. And Conservatives have set up just the way for you to do that. Now you can send "Blast Faxes" to ALL 100 SENATORS -- every single one of them! -- telling them to support Sen. Frist's resolution amending Rule 22, which governs the filibuster. The cost is only $21 -- about what it would cost you in time & long distance fees to do it yourself. Go to our site below to send your 100 faxes NOW: [address not accessible from the Funny Farm]
NOTE: If all of the Senators find their offices buried under a sea of faxes in the next 2 weeks before heading home for their July 4th recess, demanding that they support Sen. Frist's resolution amending Rule 22, then we could finally see an end to the "judicial armageddon" imposed by the Daschle Democrats for the last two years, and set the stage for President Bush to see future conservative Supreme Court nominees actually pass through the Senate. WE CAN FINALLY WIN THIS!
We'll need a concerted demonstration of solidarity to force the Senate to act, though. Send your "Blast Faxes" to EVERY SINGLE U.S. SENATOR *TODAY* -- and be sure to forward this e-mail to everyone you know that wants to help make sure President Bush's judicial nominees finally receive the up-or-down vote they deserve. And as always, you can contact your Senators for FREE at [address not accessible from the Funny Farm]. Thank you!
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