Top Dems Change Tune — And History — on SCOTUS Filibusters


By Doug Heye, the Hill


Patrick Leahy SCWith Democrats in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Senate Democrats are coming out against a filibuster for whomever President Obama nominates to the Supreme Court. Going one step further, key Democrats are denying their own support of the filibuster on all sorts of judges — from district to appeals courts to the highest court in the land.

On Sunday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) told ABC’s “This Week” that “we never filibuster Justices of the Supreme Court.” In fact, Leahy himself supported the filibuster.

Leahy’s historical revisionism has been echoed by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who told The Hill, “Historically, Supreme Court justices have never been filibustered.


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