So Harry Reid finally got up the gumption to at least partly do away with the lazy filibuster when it comes to presidential nominees (but not for legislation), so now we get to witness Republicans screaming bloody murder over a policy they backed just 8 years ago. Here’s David “Diaper Man” Vitter on Twitter (hey, that rhymes):
It’s scary and dictatorial! And here he was 8 years ago when Republicans controlled the Senate and were considering the same thing. Back then, it was all about fairness.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter joined six of his freshmen colleagues today for a press conference announcing their support of judicial nominees receiving an up or down vote in the U.S. Senate.
“On the campaign trail last year, the people of Louisiana told me time and again that they wanted me to help the Senate get past the partisanship and do the people’s business. We are at a critical juncture; we need to give these judicial nominees a fair up or down vote and let the chips fall where they may. Then we can move on to the business of the American people, such as energy, highways and other job creation efforts,” said Vitter.On the Senate floor this morning, Vitter spoke in support of giving highly qualified individuals whom the president has nominated for federal courts the opportunity to have an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.
“This issue is primarily one of fairness to these individual nominees. As stated by our Majority Leader on numerous occasions, this chamber can confirm or reject nominees, and we will accept the outcome. We insist, however, on a yes or no vote on judicial nominees,” Vitter said.
Yes, they insist on it. Unless they’re in the minority, then it’s scary and dictatorial to do the same thing. The Democrats have their own hypocrisies on this, of course. The two parties exchange scripts every few years on this one depending on which one has control of the Senate. But this is still the right thing to do and it should have been done long ago. Allowing a minority of the chamber to bring Senate business to a halt with no effort at all is absurd no matter which party is doing it.