SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, May 02, 2005

CALABRESI ON CONSTITUTIONAL OPTION & JUDICIAL NOMINEES. The most recent edition of The Weekly Standard has an article by Northwestern University Law Professor Steven Calabresi (entitled "Minority Rule?"), discussing the fillibustering of President Bush's nominees to the federal courts of appeals and prospective attempts to end the fillibustering.

Prof. Calabresi says it all:

It is impossible to exaggerate just how important the upcoming vote on abolishing the filibuster of judges really is. For 214 years of our history, there was not a single filibuster of a judicial nominee who had the support of a majority of the Senate. Before 2003, there was never once a filibuster of a lower court judicial nomination. Today such filibusters have become commonplace, and they will become positively routine if filibuster reform fails to go through. The stakes for conservatives could not be higher.


Will the "nuclear option" aka the constitutional option aka majority rule be pursued in the Seante? The Senate Democrats have dug in, and the ball is in the Senate Republicans' court. This is now a test of the Republicans' moral courage.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

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