The Ultimate Filibuster Hypocrisy

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.

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Modusoperandi

    It’s not hypocrisy. They said they’d support president Kerry’s nominations. They didn’t say anything about supporting the Kenyan Usurper’s.

  • John Pieret

    Ox. Gored. Who’s.

  • tinyal

    Modusoperandi, what the heck is a Kenyan Usurper?? You aren’t really referring to the American idiots (my co-countrymen and women, to my shame) who listen to no one but Rushbo and Fox, and simply insist our President is somehow not qualified??

    That’s a completely bat-sheet, far-beyond-reality belief to hold, based on absolutely nothing in reality except believing people who’ve repeated a lie over and over (and many of whom seem to be racists).

    Nah, you couldn’t be referring to that?

    Perhaps that post was sarcastic and I just missed the humor ? (quite possible, lots fly’s by right over my head) :)

  • uncephalized

    @tinyal #3

    Definitely satire. Modue is not actually a whacko. :-)

  • uncephalized

    Dammit, still getting used to this keyboard. “Modus”, not “Modue”…

  • Modusoperandi

    uncephalized, modue is fondue, but made with me. It’s really quite unappetizing.

  • JasonTD

    Since Ed has found the ‘ultimate’ in filibuster hypocrisy, will he switch to discussing legitimate arguments for and against the filibuster? Just wondering.

  • dingojack

    Modus – With chocolate or cheese?*

    😉 Dingo


    * or perhaps a 50-50 mix of processed loc-cal chocolate and cheeze-wizz

  • hatchetfish when it’s not at home

    Yeah, don’t worry tinyal, Modusoperandi’s posts are 10:1 (hilarious) satire:serious. Or Modus has split personalities, and the awful beyond parody wingnut has wheel most of the time.