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Response to StevieM (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 14, 2016, 01:36 PM

23. Actually, when it came to cabinet appointments, the repubs were not filibustering everyone

Quite the opposite.

Obama made eleven "replacement" cabinet nominations between 2011 and 2013 (when the filibuster rule was changed). Most of those nominees had hearings and were confirmed between 1 and 3 months after the nomination was made. Three were unopposed, and two others received more than 90 votes. In fact, only two received fewer than 60 votes.

The problems that led to the change in the filibuster rule were primarily arising with respect to sub-cabinet positions and judicial nominees.

This is significant because cabinet appointments have always been viewed differently than other presidential appointments and presidents are generally given considerable leeway in making cabinet appointments.

That doesn't mean we roll over for Trump's nominations -- just that we develop, through vetting and hearings, a solid ground for opposing the appointee that has more to do with whether there are the kinds of disqualifying conflicts of interests or other failures to follow the law that caused a couple of Obama's nominees to withdraw their names from consideration, than with policy positions.

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