Finally some sense

 Posted by at 21:01  Politics, Republicans
Jun 042013

Finally, somebody in Washington, D.C. talks sense and asks the questions I have been asking since this whole IRS “scandal” broke…

“Each of your groups is highly political. From opposing the President’s healthcare reform, to abortion restrictions, to gay marriage, you’re all entrenched in some of the most controversial political issues in this country – and with your applications you are asking the American public to pay for that work. Many of you host and endorse candidates. The line between permitted political activity and non-permitted political activity can be very fine, and it’s important that tax payers know which side you fall on.”

The gentleman from the great state of Washington is definitely today’s hero.

This whole thing is not about misdeeds at the IRS. It’s about a bunch of whiny babies on the right not getting their way. It’s about a federal agency that didn’t cow-tow to the fanatics in the Tea Party in the manner to which those fanatics feel they were entitled.

And that is all it is.

Jun 042013

President Obama announced his nominations to fill the three vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this morning…

Can you tell he’s just a bit ticked off?

So one of the most important responsibilities of a President is to nominate qualified men and women to serve as judges on the federal bench.

And Congress has a responsibility, as well. The Senate is tasked with providing advice and consent. They can approve a President’s nominee or they can reject a President’s nominee. But they have a constitutional duty to promptly consider judicial nominees for confirmation.

Now, throughout my first term as President, the Senate too often failed to do that. Time and again, congressional Republicans cynically used Senate rules and procedures to delay and even block qualified nominees from coming to a full vote.

As a result, my judicial nominees have waited three times longer to receive confirmation votes than those of my Republican predecessor. Let me repeat that: My nominees have taken three times longer to receive confirmation votes than those of my Republican predecessor. These individuals that I nominate are qualified. When they were given an up or down vote in the Senate — when they were finally given an up or down vote in the Senate, every one of them was confirmed. So this is not about principled opposition. This is about political obstruction.

Complete transcript follows the break.

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