The claims from the far right in Congress are becoming stranger by the moment, and Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), did not want to be left out of the party. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Friday he compared the filibuster of all of the President’s nominees to the fight to abolish slavery.
Claiming that the rule change recently adopted by the Senate allowing a simple majority to end debate on Presidential nominees other than Supreme Court Justices would enable the President to take over the entire judicial system with like-minded judges, he likened the current Senate Republicans to the first Senator to ever oppose slavery, calling him “a very lonely United States Senator.”
Of course nothing like the events he described ever occurred in the Senate, the abolition of slavery was never proposed by one lone Senator and the process was an evolution of thinking by the entire population over time. None of that prevented Johanns from saying:
” I wonder who was the first United States Senator in our history who came to the floor and said, “My fellow Senators, I have thought about this, I have contemplated it, maybe I have even prayed about it. And I believe the day has arrived to end slavery in the United States. And I will be attaching an amendment to every bill to end that horrific practice.” I’ll bet they were a very lonely United States Senator at that point in time. But I’m also guessing that that Senator and tenacious other Senators along the way exercised their rights as a minority and as an individual United States Senator to continue to force that issue. What a courageous, remarkable thing to do.”
The truth is he will not be attaching an amendment to every confirmation vote to change the rules, there are no amendments in confirmation procedures. Nor will the President in any way, shape or form take over the judiciary by appointing judges to the bench, all other Presidents have appointed judges without being accused of nefarious plots to take over the courts.
In fact, Senator Johanns was himself confirmed by the Senate when he was appointed by George W. Bush to be Secretary of Agriculture, there was no obstruction in protest of Bush policies as we have seen from the right with this President.
Watch the Senator’s comments in the video below.
h/t: Think Progress