Kyl threatens to use filibuster on next Supreme Court nominee

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 4, 2010 9:20 EDT
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There not yet a vacancy on the Supreme Court but the second-ranking Republican in the Senate is already planning a strategy of opposing a potential nominee by President Barack Obama. Jon Kyl told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Republicans were prepared a nominee that was “overly ideological.”

When Republicans where in the majority Kyl had decried use of the filibuster. “It’s never been the case of until the last two years that a minority could dictate to the majority what they could do,” Kyl said in 2005.

Since Democrats were the first party in decades to use the filibuster to block a judicial nominee, Republicans are within their rights to continue to use it, according to Kyl. Democrats block George W. Bush’s nominee, Miguel Estrada in 2001.

“It is wrong and it shouldn’t be done but I think you would agree if only one side is permitted to do it — the Democrats and not the Republicans — you have a very unfair system,” Kyl said Sunday.

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast April 4, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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