June 10, 2005

Ugh, Filibustering

Ugh, this filibustering is kinda getting on my nerves, if it were on legislation that would be one thing --- but judges and ambassadors? It’s just annoying to even hear about this everyday --- much less the general uselessness of it all.
Senate Democrats will not allow a vote on President Bush's choice for U.N. ambassador unless the White House hands over records of communications intercepts Bolton sought from the secretive National Security Agency, Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

"You can't ignore the Senate. We've told them what we've wanted. The ball is in his court," Reid, D-Nevada, told CNN. "If they want John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, give us this information. If they don't, there will be no Bolton."

White House Communications Director Nicole Devenish called Reid's stance "another effort to distract from the work that the people want to see done here in Washington. This request for additional information is clearly a stalling tactic, and one that I think the American people are growing weary of," she said.

Of course it’s a stalling tactic, and they have the availably to do it --- but to claim other wise, is just disingenuous. But catch this mouthful of a quote --- is Reid taking a page from Bush’s tongue twisting public speaking?
But Reid said Bush is responsible for breaking the impasse -- not Democrats.

"The president is obstructing a vote on John Bolton," he said. "We've asked for simple information that Congresses over many decades that we have been in existence have been given by the White House."

Eeek, what in the world did he just say, I tried to read that like 5 times --- but it never sounded quite right.

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