"Again and again in recent years, the filibuster has been the shame of the Senate and the last resort of special-interest groups. Too often, it has enabled a small minority of the Senate to prevent a strong majority from working its will and serving the public interest."
"I have stated over and over again on this [Senate] floor that I would...object and fight against any filibuster on a judge."
"[E]veryone who is nominated is entitled...to have a hearing and to...have a vote on the floor. It is not...appropriate...not to bring them to the floor and not to allow a vote."
In all of the hubbub over judicial filibustering, I've forgotten to ask the all-important question, "what is it about these nominees that has Democrats' panties in a big collective knot?" Are they all just a bunch of bible-thumpin', pistol-totin', abortion-hatin' religious zealots out to destroy apple pie, motherhood and the American way of life? Isn't that what all Republicans are?
Today's Chicago Tribune has the only rundown I've seen on who the nominees are and why Democrats might oppose them.