D.C. Circuit appeals-court nominee Caitlin Halligan drops the other shoe gently
"I am confident that with Caitlin's impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served with distinction."
-- President Obama, about Ms. Halligan's withdrawal from
consideration for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Both Howie and I wrote about the infuriating roadblock thrown up by the worthless scum of the Senate Republican conference against the nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals of Caitlin Halligan, on the pretext that she might have some sympathy for gun-sales limitations. By that standard, of course, riffraff like Smirkin' John Roberts and Sammy the Hammer Alito would have been sent packing after about two minutes' research into their records, with the abundant indications that they consider the Constitution merely scratchy old toilet paper.
It seemed pretty clear after the last time the Senate Republican cabal filled its buster that the Halligan nomination was doomed, and that the neanderthals aren't likely to approve any nomination to the important D.C. Circuit unless it's someone on their level of depravity.
White House withdraws Caitlin Halligan nomination
Posted by Rachel Weiner on March 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm
The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, weeks after Republicans filibustered a vote on her nomination for the second time.
Halligan requested that President Obama withdraw her nomination.
"I am deeply grateful to you for your confidence in me, and your steadfast support of my nomination," she wrote in a letter to the president. "After much reflection, I believe that the time has come for me to respectfully ask that you withdraw my pending nomination from further consideration by the United States Senate." . . .
Back in the days when "Chimpy the Prez" Bush was flooding the Senate with judicial nominations of life forms that seemed to have turned back the tides of evolution, right-wing scumbags screeched and wailed about the right of each of these toxic dumps to "an up-or-down vote." Once it was a Democratic president making the nominations -- and nominating such inoffensive moderates that they could have been appointed by a sane Republican president, if we happened ever to have such a beast -- we learned that the screechers and wailers were, more than anything else, lying liars, to borrow Al Franken's essential phrase.
An up-or-down vote was exactly what the Senate Republican scumbags devoted all their energies to preventing, knowing that the eminently qualified Halligan would easily win confirmation. And so once again the vile right-wing pond scum made sure everyone knows that it's the slime brigade that runs the show.
For the record, President Obama had this to say:
First in line, surely, should be Alabama [not Mississippi, of course -- thanks, Phil!] moron Jeff Sessions. The notion that a creature like that even has a voice in judicial appointments -- or any other matter of serious public concern -- is creepy beyond measure.
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