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Pryor nomination headed for final Senate vote

Jill A. Pryor is known here for a law review article she wrote 26 years ago on presidential eligibility, one in which she said that persons like Barack Obama are eligible. President Obama nominated her for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2012, and her nomination has been delayed along with many judicial appointments in the Senate. Birthers have advocated blocking Pryor’s nomination.

The Senate voted yesterday to invoke cloture on debate over her nomination and to proceed to a vote on September 8. Confirmation is all but certain.

H/t to Joseph Robidoux III at The Fogbow.


The whole notion that the Senate is blocking Obama’s judicial appointments more so than Democrats did to Bush appointments is one where different sides of the issue tell different stories. It depends on how you count.

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7 Responses to Pryor nomination headed for final Senate vote

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    JPotter August 1, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Clearly she is delayed by oppressed birfers in Congress, doing not-quite-all they can to keep this member of the Obama-for-president conspiracy out of high-ish office. Dirty article-writer.

    All those other people being held-up is merely coincidence.

    Right.

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    Rickey August 1, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    The difference is that Republicans have attempted to block the nominations of judges they actually support, and in fact thirteen of the judges they blocked eventually were confirmed unanimously.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/senate-filibuster-reform-obama-nominees_n_5358863.html

    And of course Pryor’s nomination would still be languishing if the Democrats had not pushed through filibuster reform last December.

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    Dave B. August 1, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Pryor’s nomination was held up by Georgia’s Senators refusing to return the “blue slips” approving her nomination. Filibuster reform didn’t change that.

    Rickey: And of course Pryor’s nomination would still be languishing if the Democrats had not pushed through filibuster reform last December.

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    Rickey August 1, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Dave B.:
    Pryor’s nomination was held up by Georgia’s Senators refusing to return the “blue slips” approving her nomination.Filibuster reform didn’t change that.

    That’s true, but even after they dropped their objections the cloture vote got only 58 ayes, so the Republicans could have and probably would have filibustered if the old rules were in effect.

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    Dave B. August 1, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Good point.

    Rickey: That’s true, but even after they dropped their objections the cloture vote got only 58 ayes, so the Republicans could have and probably would have filibustered if the old rules were in effect.

  6. avatar
    Thinker August 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m shocked that an effort spearheaded by Tracy Fair failed.

    Shocked.

  7. avatar
    Northland10 August 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Thinker:
    I’m shocked that an effort spearheaded by Tracy Fair failed.

    Shocked.

    I recall an intensely eloquent expression that befits such an occasion.

    Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!