Democrats File Cloture on Harold Koh

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Monday, June 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

A spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tells me that the senator is filing cloture on Harold Koh, the president’s nominee for State Department Legal Adviser, “right now.” Koh has been buffetted by attacks from conservatives, and Democrats hesitated to move on the nomination until they were confident they had the votes to confirm him.

UPDATE: Just spoke a little bit with Reid’s office. There’s confidence that Koh has 60 votes—that’s why they’re going ahead—and there’s disappointment that it came to this instead of some kind of a deal. “The Republicans would not agree to an up or down vote,” said a Reid spokesman. “We had hoped they would not block his nomination and would agree to move him by a regular majority vote.” Instead, they’re looking at a debate that could last several days.

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SirWilhelm
Comment posted June 24, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

Can't have any debate, eh Harry? Afraid it might reveal problems with him? Seems like the Dems are in a hurry in everything they do these days. Could it be because they're afraid the people will see the flaws in what they're doing and raise objections? Act in haste, repent at liesure has a lot of truth in it. From TARP to the firing of the IG BHO didn't like, we've see many examples of it recently. The Dems are forceing the Repubs to be the party of “no” with their unseemly haste, which hints at questionable motives. Only in the areas of defense and security do we see the opposite; indescision, timidity, and hesitation, when decisive words and deeds might make a difference.


Jack Abramoff
Comment posted June 24, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

Republicans are truly a disgrace. The fact that each and every single item in the senate now requires 60 votes (i.e., “cloture”) is not only unprecedented in US history, but shows that they stand for nothing. The current Republican party, symbolized by liars and hypocrites like Ensign (R-NV), Sanford (R-SC), Gingrich and Limbaugh, stands for nothing except obstruction and fear-mongering.

They tried to filibuster Harold Koh, the dean of the world's best and most prestigious law school, and are now after cloture was invoked, calling for 30 hours of “debate”? Seriously? And what about Dawn Johnsen to head the OLC, filibustering her as well.

It's no wonder that the GOP is more hated by the American people than at any time in history, they are the party of the middle ages and we're living in the 21st century. Soon the green party will be a more viable party than the whigs, I mean the GOP.


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