When Judge Alito was nominated, an ordinary schedule would have seen his hearings commence and conclude in early December. In exchange for commitments from Senate Democrats that their would be no obstructions of the procedural sort, Chairman Specter agreed to hearings that begin next week. Now comes word that the Democrats on the Senate Juiciary Committee are planning on obstructing the progress of the nomination to the floor via a “hold over.”
Senators Leahy, Biden, Schumer, Kennedy, Durbin, Feinstein, etc –wonderful examples of pledge keeping.
From The NRSC yesterday:
CORNYN: I HOPE THE REPORTS OF A DELAY ARE INACCURATE
The last time a member of the Committee demanded to hold over the vote on a Supreme Court nominee was 1971
WASHINGTON'”U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Texas Supreme Court justice, made the following statement Thursday regarding reported plans to delay a committee vote on the nomination of Judge Alito:
‘There have been reports that the Committee vote will de delayed one week. This would contradict the understanding those of us on the Committee came to in December when we agreed to demands by Democrats to delay the hearings until this month so that they would have more than adequate time to examine his record. They have now had far more time to examine his record than the Committee had to examine the records of Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer.
‘I hope the reports are inaccurate. The last time a member of the Committee demanded to hold over the vote on a Supreme Court nominee was 1971. The only purpose the delay would serve would be to give those on the Committee who are already intending to vote against Judge Alito more time to find a justification for their negative vote. If the reports are true, it would represent a further coarsening of the judicial confirmation process'”not to mention another partisan, obstructionist tactic by a minority of Senators who are frustrated that their views do not prevail at the ballot box.’