Tuesday, April 21, 2009

That Was Then — A Continuing Saga

In 2003 Sen. James Inhofe made an impassioned argument against the Senate filibustering a judicial nominee, going so far as to say that it was unconstitutional for the Democrats to threaten to do so against Miguel A. Estrada, one of President Bush’s nominees for the federal courts.

By sustaining this filibuster, they are asserting that 60 votes, not 50, will be required to approve Mr. Estrada. If successful, their effort will amount to a de facto amendment to the Constitution. This outrageous grab for power by the Senate minority is wrong and contrary to our oath to support and defend the Constitution.

Today, Mr. Inhofe spoke out against Judge David Hamilton of Indiana who has been nominated by President Obama for the 7th Circuit Court.

I understand that Judge Hamilton’s nomination is still pending before the Judiciary Committee, but I had to come to the floor to speak so that the American people, who are very concerned about this nomination, will know that I and my Republican colleagues on the Judiciary Committee are taking interest and are not just going to let this nomination sail through. In fact I will filibuster David Hamilton.

Steve Benen hazards a guess: “I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Inhofe doesn’t remember his own record on the issue.” I’m sure he does. But everything is different now, y’see, and….

Oh, the hell with it. Who am I trying to kid? The man’s an idiot and that’s all there is to it.