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Remember When Republicans Thought It “Wrong for a Partisan Minority” to Stop a Judicial Nominee?

Even though judicial nominee Goodwin Liu received the support of a majority of senators today, he will not yet be confirmed to the bench because over 40 Republicans joined in a filibuster to stop his confirmation.

This is a good time to remember that a mere six years ago, most Senate Republicans thought it unacceptable for senators to filibuster a president’s judicial nominees. For example, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) thought:

“We have to reinstate majority rule in the Senate. The Myers nomination is the test,” says Sen. John Cornyn (R) of Texas. “It is wrong for a partisan minority to argue that a president’s judicial nominees must receive a 60 percent vote of the Senate to be confirmed – when throughout history only a 51 percent vote has been required,” he said in remarks prepared for an address to conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation Tuesday. When the Senate refuses to act on nominations within a reasonable time, it violates the Senate’s constitutional obligation to advise and consent, he adds.

This is the same John Cornyn who voted with his partisan minority to uphold the filibuster against Goodwin Liu.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at