Harry "Chutzpah" Reid
The classic definition of "chutzpah" would be the child who killed his parents throwing himself on the mercy of the court on grounds of being an orphan. Well, I've now seen an even better example.
What have the Democrats spent the last four years doing? Preserving and extending debate on judges. That's what a filibuster is, a refusal to invoke cloture and end debate so you can vote. So what is Harry Reid complaining about now?
They’ve put radical judicial nominees back on the agenda...Radical judges don’t deserve our attention. The American people do. Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor have jobs. They have health care. They’re doing just fine....We’ve spent weeks and weeks debating radical judges. But we haven’t spent a single day debating a health care plan, or a jobs plan, or an education plan that will help hardworking Americans....Instead of debating radical judges, the Senate could be looking into these changes and finding ways to help these families pay for school.
Over the last four years, the Republicans have repeatedly tried to end debate on Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor and Charles Pickering and Miguel Estrada, and this is the same Harry Reid who has said "no", each and every time. Why are you still debating these judges Senator Reid? Because every time they try to stop debating them YOU SAY "NO"! Want these judges off the agenda, Senator Reid? Vote for cloture, and the debate ends.
Update: Welcome to everyone from Bench Memos. If you have a look around, you'll see that I'm a big fan of, and published author on, the Boston Red Sox. There are other comments on the judicial situation here, here, here, here and here (and a few more scattered about.)