There’s plenty of hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide over judicial filibusters, but none so shameless and blatant as the Judicial Confirmation Network, now known as the Judicial Crisis Network. As the original name suggests, JCN was created specifically to get judges confirmed — but that was when Bush was the president. Once Obama was nominated, they changed their name and their focus.
If you fire up the internet wayback machine, you can see that from their founding in 2005 until 2008, JCN demanded filibuster reform. In fact, part of their self-description on their website then was this:
“JCN works to ensure that the confirmation process for all judicial nominees is fair and that every nominee sent to the full Senate receives an up or down vote.”
Their founder, Wendy Long, even said that it wouldn’t matter whether it was a Republican or Democrat in office, this principle would remain the same:
WENDY LONG: One other thing, and that is that if at some point in the future there is a Democratic president and a Democratic majority in the Senate, they, under Article II of the Constitution, will have the same imperative and the same obligation and the same duty. The president selects the judges. So if it were President Kerry, under Article II of the Constitution, President Kerry would be the one who would nominate the judges, and a majority of the Senate would then be able to say yes or not to President Kerry’s nominations. It’s the same situation regardless of what party’s in power.
But then Obama was elected and they certainly didn’t want his nominees to get an up or down vote. So they suddenly changed their name to the Judicial Crisis Network and now they’re screaming about how unjust it is to adopt the very policy they were created to push for 8 years ago.
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