Re: Filibusters

by Shannen W. Coffin

Ramesh, I hope that you are right, but think that the Democrats will be playing to their base in any Supreme Court nomination fight. Thus, the most qualified of candidates — whether it’s someone like former Solicitor General Ted Olson, or a sitting and distinguished judge like Michael Luttig, John Roberts, or Michael McConnell, to name a few — will meet with howls and obstruction. If Dems are willing to pull out all the stops to shut down the appellate court pipeline, I have very little doubt that they’ll raise the stakes with a Supreme Court vacancy. I don’t think the Republican leadership should remove any countermeasure from its arsenal, be it filibuster reform or even — gasp — the threat of a recess appointment to the high Court. Maybe Bill Pryor should get another recess appointment, just to a different court. The point is that we have to be willing to do what it takes to break the logjam.

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