The big news today is that Senate Democrats voted to remove the filibuster for judicial and executive branch nominees. Supreme Court nominees and laws are still subject to filibuster rules.
Good riddance, I say. Ideally, the filibuster would be used sparingly and would require a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” level oratory to prevent a nominee from coming up for a vote, but that has long not been the case. So be done with it. In its present form, it only serves to prevent the party in power from ruling effectively. You may think the nominees are spawn from the pit of hell, but that’s the consequences of elections. The nominees reflect the priorities of the ruling party to enforce the laws. Your opportunity to do something about it was lost at the voting booth. Now you can just write blog posts to complain about it.
In response, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY jelly) threatened to do away with the filibuster completely if he ever became Majority Leader again. It is amazing to me how people ignore Mitch McConnell. You want to know what Republicans are up to, just listen to Mitch. Trust him when he says that’s what he’s going to do. If you think the filibuster should stay for Supreme Court nominees or laws, do not vote Republican.
But now that judicial nominees are filibuster-proof, it’s time to change some other things. There should be a law that limits the terms of judges. This includes Supreme Court justices. I would be perfectly fine with removing the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees if there were term limits imposed on them. Maybe 10 years? I’d even be ok with multiple terms. It baffles me that one of the co-equal branches of government has no term limits. Giving someone that much power for life is not good for democracy. Filibusters are stupid, lifetime appointments are stupider. Maybe removing the filibuster will get both parties to realize the real evil of lifetime judicial appointments and give impetus to act.