Republicans still the party of “No.” Block 97 of 101 Federal nominees in one day.

The Republicans still haven’t come up with a better plan than to be as obstructionist as possible. Obama’s been in office for over a year now and there are still dozens of nominees he’s made in that time that have yet to come up for a vote in Congress thanks to Republicans blocking the votes for no reason other than to cause problems.

Yesterday two Democrat Senators tried to clear out a log jam of 101 Federal nominees only to have the Republicans block 97 of them:

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took aim at this tactic yesterday evening. Employing a “little-used rule adopted in 2007 that requires a Member to report his anonymous hold [on a federal nominee] in the Congressional Record [six days] after a colleague has tried to clear the name,” the two senators took to the Senate floor to try and clear the backlog and ask for unanimous consent for votes on scores of federal nominees.

As Whitehouse and McCaskill began reading the names of stalled federal nominees, the Republicans at first didn’t even appear. Whitehouse then waited patiently for a Republican Senator to arrive on the floor. Minority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) finally appeared and began objecting to the two senators’ unanimous consent requests, ultimately blocking votes on 97 nominees. The Huffington Post has assembled a video compilation of Kyl blocking Whitehouse and McCaskill’s requests.

“Hopefully by the end of the week we’ll learn who it is in the Senate that doesn’t want them to be nominated, who it is that doesn’t want them to be confirmed,” McCaskill said afterwards. Because of the rule that McCaskill and Whitehouse employed, the senators who have placed the anonymous holds now have six legislative days before they have to reveal who they are to the Congressional Record. However, as the Huffington Post’s Ryan Gram and Ben Craw note, the senators “may be able to wiggle out of going public by dropping their holds and picking them right back up, or teaming up with other Republicans and swapping the holds back and forth. It’s never been tried before.”

The Republicans have managed to drag this process out longer than any of the three previous administrations with some of the people nominated having been waiting since the day Obama took office. If there’s any truth to the Republican claim that “government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem” it’s only because they actively work to make the government the problem by leaving key positions unfilled. They don’t give a fuck about you or anyone else as is evidenced by the fact that they are doing everything they can to cripple the government so long as Obama’s in office. Newt Gingrich is even promising that if the Republicans regain a majority in either or both the Senate and House they’ll shut the government down completely. Which worked out so well for them the last time they tried it.

They have no solutions to offer. They don’t give a shit about their constituents. All they care about is not letting the other side have the smallest of victories if there’s anything they can possibly do about it and they will use every obscure rule they can dig up to accomplish that goal.

4 thoughts on “Republicans still the party of “No.” Block 97 of 101 Federal nominees in one day.

  1. Today, I’m seriously embarrassed to live in Georgia. Stop making us look like Mississippi, Gingrich!

  2. It is things like this that expose the truth about modern republicans and most others that currently identify as “conservatives.” Their political philosophy is irrelevant, and can be changed to suit the powerful whenver necessary, always at the expense of the lower and middle-class taxpayers. They repeat the mantras of “small government” and “less taxes”, but even those seemingly basic goals are ignored whenever it suits their needs.

    All they really care about, from the most influential political players down to the ignorant rubes that vote for them, is the worship of power. Not the uses of power, not the wonders that can be accomplished, not progress that power can achieve, not the possible future or security of the human race, but simply the acquisition of power over others. It is not just their means, but the end in itself. They will sacrifice any principle, undermine any institution, break any rule, tell any lie they have to, to hold on to power.

    The urge to dominate all others at any cost is the only real, unchanging, permanent part of their “philosophy”, such as it is. You can see hints of it in the way they regard the military, police powers, uses of force, and religion. They encourage our young men to be willing to fight any enemy they declare, without thought or hesitation, and will spend any amount of the people’s money that they have to, regardless of any opposition. They popularly support iron-fisted, brutal authoritarianism in our courts and police, constitution and compassion be damned. They would mingle church and state at will and subject the masses to laws of their god, which they do not even follow themselves. They encourage their flock to be uneducated, stubborn, aggressive, and proud of it. Our constitution, our ideals of freedom and protections of liberty are for them just a cover to shield their ambitions, which would ultimately undermine the liberty of all except the ones on the top of the heap. They deny Darwin’s science out of pandering and ignorance, while embracing the psuedoscientific justifications of Social Darwinism with a disturbing zeal. They enjoy “winning” so much that watching (and helping) other fail is like the most tittilating pornography imaginable to them.

    All of this should be obvious to any observer, but episodes like this just stick it in our faces and mock us for being reasonable, well-meaning, honest people. They simply will not do their jobs if they can’t be entirely in control, even when they wouldn’t actually change anything if given the chance. They will not compromise; they will not work even on common goals. Republicans under Bush started most of the policies now in place under Obama, yet they will even hamstring their own ideas, if they think it will weaken the current “enemy” and serve their lust for power. They will risk almost any catastrophe for the masses, if it plays to their advantage. They will not even offer alternative ideas when they disagree, if they have to compete with others in power. They either call every shot and make every rule, or they try to take the ball and go home…but it isn’t their god damned ball. It belongs to us all, at least until they convince enough people that any amount of democracy is evil and “socialist”.

    What do they euphemistcally call their primitive, barbaric, bloodthirsty urge towards complete militarism, tribalism, and powermongering? They call it “Freedom.” And what do they call being expected to act like responsible adults and uphold the principles of democracy and liberty for all? They call that “tyranny.”

  3. “Newt Gingrich is even promising that if the Republicans regain a majority in either or both the Senate and House they’ll shut the government down completely”
    The Party of Dumb Ass.
    Republicans are still trying to convince us that they can fix the economy with tax cuts for the rich and deregulation. They still want more wars. But if Gingrich wants to go through that again, then that would be something. Reminds me of a George Carlin quote:
    “Never give up on an idea simply because it is bad and doesn’t work. Cling to it even when it is hopeless. Anyone can cut and run, but it takes a very special person to stay with something that is stupid and harmful.”
    As for their hold up of the nominees, it is rather pathetic. Republicans cannot be rewarded for this behavior, they need another beating at the polls. It is all the more reason why Democrats cannot get complacent this November.

  4. They don’t give a fuck about you or anyone else…

    Exactly. That is the sum and total of the current republican party.

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