Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions on up-or-down votes on judicial nominees then:
“Since the founding of the Republic, we have understood that there was a two-thirds supermajority for ratification and advice and consent on treaties and a majority vote for judges. That is what we have done. That is what we have always done.” [Senate Floor Speech, 5/23/05]
“… I believe it's time for this Senate to make sure that judges get an up-or-down vote.” [CQ Transcriptions “U.S. Sen. Allen & Other Senate Republicans Hold a Media Availability on the Possibility of a Democrat Filibuster,” 3/15/05]
“I will oppose cloture on Goodwin Liu.”
That's quite a flip-flop, Senator, from the only requirement is a majority vote, to I'll vote to filibuster. But Jeff Sessions has plenty of GOP company in his hypocrisy when it comes to judicial confirmations.
Alabama's other Senator, Richard Shelby, then:
“As a U.S. Senator, I believe that the review of judicial nominations is one of the most important responsibilities of the Senate, and I firmly believe that each of the President's nominees should be afforded a straight up-or-down vote. I do not think that any of us want to operate in an environment where federal judicial nominees must receive 60 votes in order to be confirmed. … [Shelby.Senate.gov, “Issue Statements: Judiciary,” accessed 4/15/2009]
No definitive statement on the Liu confirmation from Richard Shelby yet, but he's almost certain to vote against cloture, thereby fostering and nourishing “an environment where federal judicial nominees must receive 60 votes in order to be confirmed,” something he has clearly spoken out against in the past.
What's the difference between then and now, that has forced our Senators to flip-flop on up-or-down votes for judicial nominees?
Goodwin Liu is an Obama nominee. Back then, Sessions and Shelby were talking about Bush nominees. Get it? Nominees of Republican presidents, nominees Republicans like, those nominees deserve a simple up or down vote. Anybody else deserves a filibuster. Especially Liu, who said mean things about Sam Alito.
Why does the mainstream media keep giving these guys a pass on their hypocrisy? They could easily look up their past statements on these situations and just show the public their words then and their words now — people are actually smart enough to figure out the game if they just have the information.