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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls Majority Leader Bill Frist out on his own history of filibustering judicial nominees.

From Think Progress:

SEN. SCHUMER: Isn't it correct that on March 8, 2000, my colleague [Sen. Frist] voted to uphold the filibuster of Judge Richard Paez?

Here was Frist's response:

The president, the um, in response, uh, the Paez nomination - we'll come back and discuss this further. ... Actually I'd like to, and it really brings to what I believe - a point - and it really brings to, oddly, a point, what is the issue. The issue is we have leadership-led partisan filibusters that have, um, obstructed, not one nominee, but two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, in a routine way.

Frist's argument throughout the "nuclear option" drama has been that a filibuster of a judicial nominee is unconstitutional and that all nominees deserve a vote. I guess when you're whoring yourself out to the religious right to run for president, principles and obvious hypocrisy are of little importance.


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