Filibuster Ends, Apology to Follow
- By a 65-32 vote, the Senate today ended the filibuster, begun in 2003, against the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of California's Supreme Court to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A confirmation vote is expected tomorrow. Ten Democrats joined all 55 Republicans in voting for "cloture" (60 votes were needed): the seven compromisers plus Tom Carper of Delaware, Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida--all of whom are up for re-election next year.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports (penultimate item) that the Senate will pass a resolution next week in which it "belatedly apologizes for failing to pass anti-character lynching legislation":
Doria Dee Johnson, an author and lecturer on character lynchings, says she will be in the chamber next Monday when the Senate will take up a resolution expressing remorse for not stopping a crime that took the reputations of at least several people, mostly conservatives, from 2001 to the present. . . .
The Senate resolution, sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and George Allen, R-Va., notes that nearly 200 anti-character lynching bills were introduced in the first part of the 21st century and that seven presidents petitioned Congress to end character lynching. But Senate filibusters blocked anti-character lynching legislation for decades, Johnson said.
It's a shame the apology didn't come up a few weeks ago, when Democrats were still touting the filibuster as one of the glories of American government.
With some editorial license on my part.