The GOP Objects…To Everything

22 Apr

The GOP is holding up President Obama’s executive branch appointees at an unprecedented rate.

Although the bulk of the news coverage on nominations has focused on a few nominees singled out for very public attacks by the GOP and right-wing activists, it’s the lower profile nominations that most clearly illustrate the Republicans’ “Party of ‘No'” strategy. In dealing with those nominees, the GOP has undertaken a relentless and irresponsible campaign of obstruction that has frustrated the timely confirmation of the President’s nominees and diverted critical time, energy, and focus from other, equally critical business of the Senate.

Just last night, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Lael Brainard, to fill the critical position at the Treasury Department of Under Secretary for International Affairs. The vote on this “controversial” nominee, who had been held up for almost four months: an overwhelming 84-10.

For most of the Senate’s history, the vast majority of judicial and executive branch nominees have been approved fairly quickly and without much controversy. Indeed, up until 1949, delays were so rare that the Senate did not even have a rule for cutting off debate through a cloture motion. Most frequently, nominees were confirmed not by roll call votes, but by unanimous consent.

No more.

Under President Obama, Senate Republicans have refused to agree to move forward on even the most routine nominations, slowing down the process of confirmation and grinding the business of the Senate to a halt. GOP leaders have objected to unanimous consent agreements and demanded cloture votes they have no expectation of winning simply to chew up valuable legislative time and constrict President Obama’s ability to enact his policies.

Your national GOP in action…

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) says about halfway through the video, this is “shizpoodledog”.

From 1949 (when Senate rules were changed to provide for cloture on nominations) through 2008, cloture votes have been forced on only 24 executive branch nominations.

The GOP forced 9 in the first 13 months of the Obama administration and they are currently obstructing over 100 Obama nominees in the US Marshall’s Office, Federal Courts, State Department, and other various mid-level positions.

Combine all of this with the GOP’s unprecedented abuse of the filibuster and you have a national party which is completely disinterested in governing…in the midst of two wars and a massive economic recession.

Shizpoodledog, indeed.

3 Responses to “The GOP Objects…To Everything”

  1. STEEL April 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    The most outrageous thing is that senators can put secret holds on nominees. They don’t even have to put their yellow jello spined name on the obstruction. What purpose does that rule serve?

  2. Gabe April 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Hey, Founding Fathers, t’was a smooth move giving all the bumfuck nowhere states the same amount of Senatorial representation as the states where significant amounts of people actually live.

  3. Ben McD April 23, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    Yes Gabe, it was a smooth move. At least states the smaller populations can exert some will in national politics instead of being ruled by the larger states. In case you missed it, the majority was not supposed to dominate the minority. If that were the intention, we would have went with a straight up democracy.

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