Earlier this month, all 41 Senate Republicans sent a letter to the White House, threatening to filibuster if President Obama didn’t consult with them on judicial nominees. As ThinkProgress noted, the filibuster threat was a stunning reversal from the GOP’s claims during the Bush administration that filibustering judicial nominees was unfair and unconstitutional. The Washington Times reports today that the Senate GOP believes it’s “more important that Democrats, not Republicans, be consistent” on the issue:
It also required that some senators go back on their previous positions, but Republicans said it’s more important that Democrats, not Republicans, be consistent.
“We’re not asking Leahy to follow the Hatch position; we’re asking Leahy to follow the Leahy rule,” said a senior Republican Senate official involved with judicial nominations. “Senator Hatch isn’t chairman now, and he wasn’t chairman for the last couple Congresses.”
Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), tells the Times that unlike Senate Republicans, Reid plans to be consistent in his position. “I can’t imagine Senator Reid would ever resort to the illegitimate tactic called the ‘nuclear option’ that the GOP turned to four years ago,” said Manley.