Landrieu under attack for filibuster vote
December 2nd, 2013
10:18 AM ET
12 months ago

Landrieu under attack for filibuster vote

(CNN) - A conservative group says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run a TV commercial in Louisiana that criticizes Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu over her support of Presidential Barack Obama's judicial nominees.

"Mary Landrieu voted for every one of Obama's liberal activist judges," the narrator says in the 30-second spot by the Judicial Crisis Network.

The group also goes after Landrieu, who could face a challenging re-election next year, for supporting a measure that lowered the threshold for ending Republican-led filibusters in the Senate.

"Landrieu even helped change the rules to pack a key court with new liberal judges who will review Obamacare, the EPA, the IRS, and agencies Obama is using to push his unconstitutional job killing agenda," adds the narrator.

Under the old rules, it took 60 votes to break a filibuster of presidential nominees. The change means a simple Senate majority of 51 now suffices in the chamber that Democrats currently control with a 55-45 majority. The change affects presidential executive nominations such as ambassadors and agency heads, along with judicial nominations except for Supreme Court nominees. It does not include filibusters of legislation.

"The latest blatantly false attack ad by the Judicial Crisis Network attacks Sen. Landrieu for voting to confirm judicial nominees, whom were confirmed with bipartisan majorities, while shockingly claiming that Landrieu voted to confirm two nominees that never received a vote, and were never even confirmed," said an email by Landrieu's campaign, in response to the new commercial.

"The ad goes on to accuse Sen. Landrieu of packing the court with liberal judges, another completely false claim that has already been slammed once by Politifact as 'false.' "

This is the second recent ad by the Judicial Crisis Network to go after a vulnerable Democratic Senator up for re-election in 2014 in a Republican-leaning state. They went up with a spot last month that targeted Sen. Mark Pryor of neighboring Arkansas.

The Washington Post was first to report on the new commercial.


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Landrieu even helped change the rules to pack a key court with new liberal judges who will review Obamacare, the EPA, the IRS, and agencies Obama is using to push his unconstitutional job killing agenda,"
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    False. The President, within his power, under the Constitution is supposed to fill vacancies on the bench. The GOTP strategy is to lie and smear. Same playbook, different day.

    December 2, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. ghostwriter

    I would question whether or not this is the best strategy. Of course the judges picked by a "liberal" president will have a "liberal" slant. Same as a conservative president. If your only complaint is that the other side is doing exactly what we would have been doing if we won, then you really don't have a complaint.

    December 2, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Silence DoGood

    "Mary Landrieu voted for every one of Obama's liberal activist judges,"
    They are probably just judges. The Radical Right calls them "activist" because that is what THEY would do if they had the chance. They'd put in activist anti-choice pro-big-morality-government, pro-State -Religion pro-corporate judges.

    December 2, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. ghostwriter

    House republicans change rules to enforce their government shut down.....OK in conservatives' book.....
    Senate democrats change rules to stop republicans from filibustering judicial appoints because they don't want the liberal president to pick liberal judges.......Impeachable offense!

    December 2, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Its ironic that every time something goes wrong with government, the conservative response is that government is to blame as opposed to fixing the problem. the liberal approach is to try something and keep trying and tweaking to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible, and to constantly adapt and change. The conservative approach is to only focus on the cost and to never focus on the what the end result should be. Cost always has to be a consideration, but its always a short-term view, never a long term one, ie, a business point of view. Any successful enterprise, be it public or pirvate, always has a long range goal in mind. Conservatives combine paranoi with the worst business practices imagineable, since they cannot accept the need for government to be in their lives as an equal partner to business, to rein in its excesses and to give people the opportunbity to succeed. Its not a guarantee, but an opportunity. For all their talk about being bold entrepreneurs, they are timid when it comes to anything with government except regulating sexual behavior behind closed doors between consenting adults. They have gleefully spied on our people, reported them to committees, demanded that people reaffirm their allegiance to this country, and yet neglect regulating the excesses of our economic engine with weak excuses of socialism.

    December 2, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Oh, Gunderson of the Heidi's grandpa accent, maybe you could tell us why the conservatives just cost us 24+billion in an unnecessary govt. shutdown. And no you don't get to blame Obama. And which programs are you talking about and offer support for your so called ideas.

    December 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    Considering that the Republican platform is built on nothing but attack, attack, attack who is surprised
    that, well .... conservatives will be spending the next 3 years attacking? Look at their "hopefuls" as examples:
    Rand Paul; Chris Christie; Scott Walker; Ted Cruz. Very good at pointing fingers and "attacking".
    What do they each offer America as presidential hopefuls, though?
    Nothing but false narratives.

    December 2, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. A True Conservative

    @ghost – how did Republicans change the rules to force a government shutdown? When will the Democrat led Senate and administration pass and sign a budget? How many years does it take them?

    December 2, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. jboh

    TEA/GOP definition of "liberal activist judge", anyone not hand picked by ALEX, the Koch roach bros. front group for the john birch cross-burners.

    December 2, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. ARMYCSM

    C'mon republicants, all you ever do is attack, attack, attack! Enough! The real Americans, (the ones that can get you elected or rejected,) are tired of this game and it's going to backfire on you. Either you people lead, follow or get the devil out of our way! You can't stop the sun from shinning through. Landrieu appears to be smarter than your average republicant thank you.

    December 2, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. just saying

    democrats used the filibuster to block judges from being appointed by george bush. then they turn arounbd and get rid of the filibuster when the republicans give them a taste of their own treatment. that is how the lawless leftists operate. it is how they jammed obamacare down our throats. it is how they ignore the enforcement of our current laws and then demand new ones.

    lawless liberal criminals must all be driven from office if our nation of laws is to survive. otherwise we'll all end up being targetted by the leftists using the irs as they have done in the passed. and now with obmacare, the irs and their gestapo tactics is the enforcer.

    December 2, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Pam from Iowa

    and the Tea Party would vote for Hitler if he were alive.........
    the true face of conservatism = Adolf Hitler !!!!

    December 2, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @A True Conservative
    @ghost – how did Republicans change the rules to force a government shutdown? When will the Democrat led Senate and administration pass and sign a budget? How many years does it take them?

    As my 9 year old learned in Civics, the House and Senate have to agree on a budget and the President signs it. The President and quite a few Dem Senators have been willing in the past to include cuts to "entitlement" programs. The Republicans won't agree to moderate cuts to these programs and they want to keep tax cuts to the rich. Don't blame the Democrats for not producing a budget.

    December 2, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "democrats used the filibuster to block judges from being appointed by george bush. then they turn arounbd and get rid of the filibuster when the republicans give them a taste of their own treatment"

    It's a matter of degree and nothing the Dems ever did came anywhere close to what the GOP/Teatrolls are doing. Not only is it a matter of the numbers, but it's also a matter of substance: when the Dems blocked nominees during Dubya's presidency, they cited reasons for it that went directly to the person's qualifications and fitness for the position. The GOP/Teatrolls have gone so far as to abandon any semblance of making arguments about Obama's nominees' qualification and fitness for the position, instead relying on ridiculous claims that the number of seats on the court should just be changed to do away with any seats that are vacant and that Obama has a right to fill. If you want to ignore that fact and ignore that Roberts and Alito are sitting on the bench and that Bush was able to get 3 people onto the DC court, that's fine. If you want to ignore that the GOP/Teatrolls have blocked a record number of judicial appointments, caused record delays in even bothering to give them their confirmation hearings and that we now have record numbers of judicial seats vacant, that's fine too. And hey, if you want to ignore that Obama's cabinet appointments were treated in a similarly record bad manner, that's even ok. BUT, everyone else knows you're just pretending the issue is something other than it really is because the bullies you support finally got called to account.

    December 2, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    Ah yes.... the old 'activist judges' nonsensical argument.
    scalia- a 'srtict constructionist' completely ignores the language in the 2nd Amendment (that ALL RWNJ's ignore) which clearly states (and I quote) "well regulated militia". As the term "srtict constructionist' implies. scalia would ONLY rule on the 'construction'- the language, the writing, the words used- you get it, right? To do otherwise would be 'activism' to act on your feelings about what you think they might have meant. But no, in his entire opinion he chooses to completely ignore anything about 'well regulated' (Wonder what they meant by this.... I mean, they wrote it in there, right?) The forefathers were not known for long rambling ambiguous writings in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights (one sheet, albeit large, folks) they were succinct, but at the same time left it open for change. The fact is, is that the words 'well regulated' are in there for a reason and no 'strict constructionist' would ignore them. Therefore, one can surmise scalia and the other righties are NOT 'strict constructionist’s ' as they so claim, rather they are indeed activists.
    scalia won nomination to the SCOTUS by a vote of 98-0 (that means he possibly got a Dem vote or two).
    What didn't happen was a bunch of Dems running around gnashing their teeth and whining at decibels only dogs can hear... complaining that the the right wing nominated someone from the right.

    December 2, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. just saying

    Sniffit
    --
    "democrats used the filibuster to block judges from being appointed by george bush. then they turn arounbd and get rid of the filibuster when the republicans give them a taste of their own treatment"
    ---
    It's a matter of degree and nothing the Dems ever did came anywhere close to what the GOP/Teatrolls are doing. Not only is it a matter of the numbers, but it's also a matter of substance:
    --–

    yes, yes, yes, we know. the liberals are always as clean as the driven snow, above all reproach, never doing anything for purely political reasons.

    if you like your healthcar eplan, you can keep your helthacre plan, period. if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period. if you like your hospital, you can keep your hospital. all lies told by the left and they knew they were lies. but without them, obamacare would have never gotten passed.

    i rest my case. your side has zero credibility when it comes to integrity. none, zero, zilch.

    December 2, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just saying
    lawless liberal criminals must all be driven from office if our nation of laws is to survive. otherwise we'll all end up being targetted by the leftists using the irs as they have done in the passed. and now with obmacare, the irs and their gestapo tactics is the enforcer.

    Now, now... turn off Faux "News", pop a Xanax, take a warm bath and sip some hot cocoa. Try to relax... That's a good boy!

    December 2, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative

    @ghost – how did Republicans change the rules to force a government shutdown?
    -------------------------------
    Boehner had refused to bring the "clean" bill passed by the Senate to the floor. The House rules allow for a way to circumvent the Speaker, and force him to bring it to the floor for a vote. If you can get a petition signed by a majority of House members, then the Speaker must bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. Instead of voting on the Senate bill, they passed legislation that said only the House Majority leader, Eric Cantor, could authorize petittions being brought up for a floor vote.

    In other words, they did the equivalent of completely removing the Senate filibuster. House Repubilcans left Democrats with no possible avenue of recourse.

    December 2, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    democrats used the filibuster to block judges from being appointed by george bush.
    ---------------------
    Geroge W. Bush had the gall to appoint his current White House Counsel to the Supreme Court! He appointed a member if the innermost circle of his administration to the SCOTUS. Of course, the Democrats filibustered it.

    December 2, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. rs

    A True Conservative

    @ghost – how did Republicans change the rules to force a government shutdown? When will the Democrat led Senate and administration pass and sign a budget? How many years does it take them?
    ________________________________
    By changing the voting rules in the House. By the way in order for the Senate to vote on a budget, the House has to pass one first. All tjhey have produced is Ryan's "thought piece" (which is why its really short and devoid of facts and figures).

    December 2, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    " When will the Democrat led Senate and administration pass and sign a budget? "

    The Dem Senate already did pass a budget. They passed it back in April. The House also passed one. The Senate has demanded that the House go to conference on their budgets NINETEEN TIMES since April, so that the conflicts in their budgets could be resolved and a budget could be passed. The GOP/Teatroll led House has refused to go to conference EVERY SINGLE TIME. Why would the GOP/Teatroll House do this? Two reasons: (1) if they allow a long-term budget to be passed, they'll lose their ability to threaten a shutdown every 3 months or so and (2) if the budgets go to conference, the ridiculous ideological wish list that the House GOP/Teatrolls passed is going to get obliterated and they'll get very very little of what they put in it because it would cause so many problems (i.e., most of what they put in it was put in there for show).

    December 2, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "how did Republicans change the rules to force a government shutdown? "

    Normally, when the Senate sends a bill to the House and the House leadership refuses to allow a vote, a majority of the House's members can file what is called a "discharge petition" that forces the bill to the floor for a vote. Prior to the shutdown, the Senate sent a clean continuing resolution to the House, which Boehner and the most ridiculous GOPers/Teatrolls did not want to come to the floor for a vote because IT WOULD HAVE PASSED, which would have avoided the shutdown. Therefore, on the night of the shutdown, the House GOP/Teatrolls voted to change the rules so that a majority of the House could NOT bring a discharge petition to force a vote on the Senate's continuing resolution. They changed it so that ONLY Boehner or "his designee" could allow a vote on the Senate's continuing resolution. This allowed them to force the shutdown to happen (as punishment for them not getting what they wanted) AND to prevent anyone but Boehner or "his designee" from bringing the shutdown to a stop. Thus, they caused the shutdown AND prolonged it.

    December 2, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    i rest my case. your side has zero credibility when it comes to integrity. none, zero, zilch.
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    And your party does? Try this one on for size: "READ MY LIPS!! NO NEW TAXES"

    December 2, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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