Without in any way using this space to venture an opinion on the merits of today’s filibuster rules change, it might be worth noting that the long term effect of recent filibuster practce and the changed rule is that we are likely to see even greater divergence in the views of judges confirmed in Republican and Democratic eras. Now it takes only a president and 51 senators.
This may accelerate the process of de-legitimation of judicial neutrality.
Lets hope some countervailing force comes into play — like the public holding parties responsible for the more extreme decisions of the nominees they have supported.
Thanks, Richard, your blogs bring new and exciting information to those of us concerned about justice but are ignorant. All of this is very encouraging. It is heartening to those of s who watching with dismay as we send fighters to challenge the Chinese over a few rocky islands. How good that those of you who have knowledge are fighting a good fight for justice in our courts, With admiration, Ainslie
On 11/21/13, Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice Blog