Hugh Hewitt: Minutes of writing. Seconds of research.
I haven’t read Blog (as if Hugh Hewitt could tell me anything about blogging that I couldn’t murmer as I dose off to sleep) but it looks like Hugh never got around to writing that chapter: “Google: Finding Stuff Out“:
Here’s Hugh (and wouldn’t you think someone who wrote a book about blogs would have one with direct links?):
Senate Democrats signaled yesterday that they would continue their extra-Constitutional practice of filibustering judicial nominees to the federal circuit whom they judged to be unacceptable for ay reason. To remind you, this practice has no precedent whatsoever, and is distinctly different from home-state prerogatives or majority party prerogatives that have bottled up circuit nominees under both Democrats and Republicans.(my emphasis).
In fact, while Democratic senators used the filibuster to block 10 of Bush’s 229 first-term judicial nominees, it was Republicans who first initiated a filibuster against a judicial nominee in 1968, forcing Democratic president Lyndon Johnson to withdraw the nomination of Associate Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas to be chief justice. It was, according to a “Historical Minute Essay” on the U.S. Senate website, “the first filibuster in Senate history on a Supreme Court nomination.” While conservatives have recently insisted that no filibuster actually occurred during the Fortas nomination process in order to claim that Democrats’ filibustering is “unprecedented,” a June 5, 2003, Congressional Research Service report pdf described it as “[t]he first clear-cut example of the use of a filibuster against a nomination” and noted that a cloture vote took place:
The first clear-cut example of the use of a filibuster against a nomination, including taking a cloture vote, occurred in 1968 over President Lyndon B. Johnson’s decision to elevate Associate Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas to be Chief Justice. Senators spoke for several days on the motion to proceed to the nomination. The vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed failed, 45-43, on October 1, and, at Fortas’s request, President Johnson withdrew the nomination on October 4.
In Hewitt’s world, “no precedent whatsoever” means, “okay, maybe once”. I’ll be covering that in my book on Hewitt that I’m calling: “Wanker“.