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Under the Constitution, the Senate is obligated to vote on the President's nominees, but Democratic leaders are rejecting their Constitutional duty and threatening to shut down the Senate if we grant these qualified nominees an up-or-down vote. For over 200 years, a majority vote is all that has been required to confirm judicial nominations. Now the Democrats are changing the rules and preventing the majority from confirming these nominees. The Senate majority should not be forced to choose between fulfilling their Constitutional obligation and conducting the people's business.

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Guest Ken Mehlman

Hypocrite - noun, one who pretends to be what he is not or to have principles or beliefs that he does not have.


The Democrats' efforts to block President Bush's qualified judicial nominees are not only hypocritical but are examples of partisan politicking at its worst.


Republicans in the Senate are working to ensure that all of President Bush's judicial nominees receive a fair and final up-or-down vote. Despite Senate history and tradition, Democrats are aggressively trying to prevent qualified judges from receiving what's been afforded every judicial nominee for over 200 years.


During the Clinton Administration, Democrats demanded up-or-down majority votes on judicial nominations, but, now that they are in the minority, they have become the party of obstructionism and double standards.


The Constitution guarantees an up or down vote, but the Democrats don't want to perform their duty. You can make a difference! Call Senator Paul S. Sarbanes at 202-224-4524 and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski at 202-224-4654 and tell them to do their job - give these judges an up or down vote.


On July 25, 2003, President Bush made history by nominating Janice Rogers Brown to the federal bench. Brown is the first African American elected to the California Supreme Court and was reelected by California voters with 76% of the vote.



The daughter of Alabama sharecroppers who grew up in segregated schools in the midst of Jim Crow policies in the South, Brown is a single mother who worked her way through college and law school.


Despite her sterling personal and legal credentials, during the 108th Congress, Senate Democrats used a hypocritical double standard to block her nomination. Judge Brown is not alone. Senate Democrats obstructed an up-or-down vote on 9 other well-qualified judges. Some of these judges have been waiting for a vote for four years.


It seems Democrats have changed their tune on giving all judicial nominees a fair up-or-down vote. They now claim the filibuster is a sacred tool of the Senate. But in 1995, Democrats, including nine who still serve, voted to rid the Senate of this tool.


That's right, nine current Democratic Senators voted to get rid of the filibuster. Now that it suits their needs, they praise it. What's worse than this hypocrisy is these same Senators now lead the obstruction and threaten to shut down the Senate. Their claims of loyalty to, and reverence for, Senate traditions are just another sham designed to hide their hypocrisy.


To learn more about how the Party of Nine has become the obstructionist party of no, click here! See how these members used to demand fair up-or-down votes on judicial nominees, but now want to block nominees and hold the Senate hostage.


Call Senator Paul S. Sarbanes and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski today and tell them you're tired of the hypocrisy and double standards. Call and tell them these judges deserve and up-or-down vote.

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