Friday, March 18, 2005

Judicial Filibuster History

This Washington Post story takes down GOP claims that a filibuster of judicial nominees is unprecedented.

As is well known, the GOP filibustered the nomination of Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1968, and the story shows that contemporaneous reporting belies the current GOP line that this was not a full fledged filibuster. It seems that Bill Frist's line that a judge has never been filibustered when they had a support of the majority of the Senate is pretty weak as well.

Not surprising, but one would hope that the political media will at least stop saying that a judicial filibuster is unprecedented.