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  •  One reason that the Administration is (12+ / 0-)

    loath to put up nominees is that the candidates get so thoroughly abused and still don't get a seat, meanwhile, the job they already have suffers.
    Look at the number of nominees that have either withdrawn or been withdrawn. Some of them spent a couple years going through the process, only to be filibustered.
    There's no point in taking that first step when you KNOW that you will never make the next one. Specially when it means a disruption in your current career.
    This applies to much more than the judiciary noms and they don't even need to be actually put up, look at Susan Rice, right? The GOP has made it a key goal to prevent Obama from staffing, we're still stuck with lots of Bush-era moles which explains a lot of the bad decision at Justice.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 10:42:04 AM PDT

    •  The end game for the Repugs is the Supreme (2+ / 0-)
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      Court and the possibilities of two or more Justices retiring during Obama's seconf term. The Republican plan is to block all Judicial appointments so when it comes time for appointment of replacements for the Supreme Court the Republicans will just say "this is what we have been doing all along against this president". When the failure for the Senate to act on a Supreme Court Justice, they expect that Obama will be so frustrated that when the Republicans put forward the most right wing conservative person that they can find the president will cave-in and accept this person using the argument that the American people are suffering through the inability of Washington's inability to fill this Supreme Court position. So we will witness the engineered spectacle of a supposed liberal Democrat president being pressured by the Republicans into appointing a strong conservative person to the Supreme Court.

      The thing that really pisses me off is that Barack Obama is actually a center conservative Democrat, which makes him weak and ineffective when it comes to dealing with all of the "yellow dog" conservatives in Congress who sit on both sides of the aisle. If Obama was a truly progressive politician he would have long ago formulated a strategic plan to find the pressure points needed to be able bring the Congressional conservatives in line to support his legislative agenda. His basic conservatism explains why throughout his first term he was always holding out hope that the Republicans would eventually "do the right thing" and start to do their jobs in Congress. Obama continued to cling to this "audacity of Hope" even though the Republicans were beating Obama over the head with everything that they could get their hands on.  

    •  This is of course the real problem (1+ / 0-)
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      Sure, Republicans aren't putting up nominations - but why should they? They're not going to approve a vote on them anyway, and at least some of their nominees might be friendly to them (until the nomination process stalls out or gets ugly).

      I'm not sure I'd want to have my name in nomination for 3 years, up for some random Republican pot shot while my career is otherwise stalled pending my passing the nomination process.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 02:56:59 PM PDT

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