Yesterday, the Senate voted to end the first ever successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee by the so-called “constitutional,” “Reid” or “nuclear” option. In other words, democracy was restored because simple majority rule was restored.
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Michael Thielen has served as the Republican National Lawyers Association’s Executive Director since 2000. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (B.A. History, 1989) and Pepperdine School of Law (J.D., 1993) and is a member of the California Bar. Michael worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 1994 through the 1996 election. At the end of the cycle, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the RNC. In this position, he uncovered the connection between Arief Wiriadinata and the Clinton administration, which became the Chinese Campaign Finance scandal or the John Huang scandal. He also helped to uncover information linking the Clintons to alleged Mafia Union Boss Arthur Coia. After leaving the RNC, Michael worked for candidates for elected office in Virginia including candidates for Congress, Attorney General and the Virginia House of Delegates. In the latter, he worked for a candidate who unseated a 22-year incumbent. In addition, Michael has executed independent research projects for candidates for Federal and State office. Michael has also worked for conservative advocacy organizations.
Today, Senators will begin to question Judge Gorsuch at his Supreme Court hearing. We wonder if they will remember their own standards and the standards of those they profess to admire. There are, at least, four standards that Democrats have previously applied to Supreme Court nominees.
A lot of attention has been paid to the Republican National Lawyers Association’s agreement with Mr. Trump’s statement that Democrats have tried to “rig” elections. One of the examples that has generated the most controversy is the listing of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order earlier this year overturning 186 years of precedent in Virginia to allow 206,000 convicted felons to vote – attempted election rigging that was recently struck down by the Virginia Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, in speech at a fundraiser at a posh residence in Texas, President Obama accused the GOP of being un-American for “active efforts to prevent people from voting.” Ironically one of those so-called efforts to prevent people from voting -- maintaining accurate voter registration lists -- is backed by the president’s campaign counsel and former White House Counsel Bob Bauer, and was endorsed by the president’s own Commission on Election Administration.
The left is apoplectic about the Supreme Court’s latest effort to support our First Amendment free speech rights because it does not see its speech being protected. The Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC yesterday affirmed free speech and struck down aggregate campaign contributions. According to liberal Public Citizen: “Even after Citizens United, this case is absolutely stunning. It is sure to go down as one of the worst decisions in the history of American jurisprudence.” Yes, that’s right. According to the far left, the McCutcheon decision is as bad as Dred Scott (African Americans are not citizens) and Plessy v. Ferguson (upholding segregation).