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    Frist complains about Bush judicial nominees, demands up or down vote and complains about Dems despite the historically high use of filibusters by repugs.

    "All 100 members of the U.S. Senate will soon decide a basic question of fairness. Will we permit a fair, up-or-down vote on every judicial nominee? Or, will we create an unprecedented 60-vote requirement for the confirmation of President Bush's judges? I sincerely hope that it is the former."

    http://www.usatoday.com/...

    The up or down vote was basically coined and used almost exclusively by republicans, there is no obligation to give an up or down vote.

    Prior to 2005, the phrase was heard most often from Republicans in the United States, who occupied 55 seats in the United States Senate, and thus lack the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster maneuver by the Democratic Senators. Because of this, a united Democratic bloc was able to filibuster any objectionable bill, Presidential appointment, or other matter before the Senate, and prevent passage. If the Republicans were able to bring any particular matter to an "up or down vote", they would be able to approve that measure if voting as a bloc.

    To this end, many Republican-affiliated websites and political action committees had urged voters to demand of their Senators and Representatives an "up or down vote" on various issues. Constitutionally, however, the Senate is not obliged to give any matter an up or down vote.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Repugs demanded an up or down vote on Bush judicial nominees. video at you tube is available on Boner and one other obnoxious repug talking about it at the lecturn.

    15,000 CA diabetic school kids in danger due to recent court decision.Shame on the ANA,CNA,CSNO. Info http://tiny.cc/uVmZF

    by foggycity on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 10:03:35 AM PST

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