In 2011, President Obama nominated an anti-gun activist lawyer for a federal judge position.
This woman believes that the courts should hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed with guns they made. This is judicial activism on a scale rarely seen.
It take 60 votes to stop a filibuster. Democrats could muster only 51 votes yesterday.
This is the second time she has had her appointment blocked. The first time was in December 2011. The Democrats could muster only 55 votes then.
She is falling behind.
This nomination was DOA in 2011.
People For the American Way is outraged, as we can see here. That’s politics, boys. Win some, lose some. They lost.
This defeat has so outraged Obama that he threw a public tantrum. We read this on the White House website.
Statement by the President on Republican Filibuster of Caitlin Halligan
I am deeply disappointed that despite support from a majority of the United States Senate, a minority of Senators continues to block the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Nearly two and a half years after being nominated, Ms. Halligan continues to wait for a simple up-or-down vote. In the past, filibusters of judicial nominations required “extraordinary circumstances,” and a Republican Senator who was part of this agreement articulated that only an ethics or qualification issue – not ideology – would qualify. Ms. Halligan has always practiced law with the highest ethical ideals, and her qualifications are beyond question. Furthermore, her career in public service and as a law enforcement lawyer, serving the citizens of New York, is well within the mainstream.
Today’s vote continues the Republican pattern of obstruction. My judicial nominees wait more than three times as long on the Senate floor to receive a vote than my predecessor’s nominees. The effects of this obstruction take the heaviest toll on the D.C. Circuit, considered the Nation’s second-highest court, which now has only seven active judges and four vacancies. Until last month, for more than forty years, the court has always had at least eight active judges and as many as twelve. A majority of the Senate agrees that Ms. Halligan is exactly the kind of person who should serve on this court, and I urge Senate Republicans to allow the Senate to express its will and to confirm Ms. Halligan without further delay.
Sorry, Mr. President, but it’s all over for this nominee. Her supporters cannot muster the votes. This means that you cannot muster the votes.
Lesson: “If at first you don’t succeed, quit while you’re ahead.” When you go from 55 votes (failure) to 51 votes (bigger failure), it’s time to Move On.