It should come as no surprise by now that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is one of the ‘good guys’ in congress. Today, she strongly suggested a Senate rules change, calling GOP shutouts of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees “naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election.” Enraged over another filibuster of another top Obama nominee, Warren lashed out at Republicans, claiming their only reasoning behind this action was to nullify the President’s constitutional authority.
“If Republicans continue to filibuster these highly qualified nominees for no reason other than to nullify the President’s constitutional authority, then senators not only have the right to change the filibuster rules, senators have a duty to change the filibuster rules.”
Warren also raised an issue of the GOP attempting to “rig” the lower court in favor of big business.
“In the next five years, the D.C. Circuit will decide some of the most important cases of our time,” she said, “including cases that will decide whether Wall Street reform will have real bite or whether it will just be toothless … These big industry players want business-friendly judges to help them out.”
And as Norm Ornstein, a congressional expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, stated,
“In previous cases it was the minority party filibustering nominees they judged were not mainstream. There’s no case even being made that these nominees aren’t qualified. We’ve never seen that before. … I just think it’s ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.”
This is absolutely ridiculous, to say the least. As Warren said, senators have the right to change the filibuster rules. Well, Senator Warren, there has never been a better time for filibuster reform. Going ‘nuclear’ on this GOP tyranny and reforming filibuster rules will prove to the American people that someone in congress is really on our side.
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h/t: Freak Out Nation