Republicans are back to filibustering:
In a setback for the president, Republicans derailed his picks of Patricia Millett to become a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Representative Melvin Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Senate voted 55-38 to end the delays against Millett and 56-42 to end the blockade against Watt — falling shy each time of the 60 votes Democrats needed to prevail.
Here’s a Republican response to the threat of the elimination of the filibuster:
No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said he doubted Democrats would act on their threats, which they had been hinting at for days. He said if Democrats change the rules and Republicans win the White House and Senate, ‘‘Then we could confirm another Scalia, another Thomas with 51 votes,’’ a reference to conservative Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. ‘‘So I think they need to think twice, and I think they understand that.’’
Umm, Scalia was voted in 98-0 (talk about a terrible vote) and Thomas was voted in 52-48, so neither was filibustered. They both should have been, perhaps that’s what Cornyn means.