A few more thoughts on Richard, Kay and THAT judge …

burr kayFrom my time in the drive-by media — and a brief stint on Capitol Hill — I got an up close and personal look at the confirmation process.  A nominee is presented to the respective committee.  (In the case of judges, US attorneys, and other senior federal law enforcement officials, the Senate Judiciary Committee is the appropriate venue.)

At the committee level is supposedly where the due diligence takes place. A very significant factor in these matters is the feelings of the senators from any state directly affected by said appointment.  If either senator objects, legislative courtesy calls for the nomination to be held up until that senator’s objections are addressed and satisfied.

In the case of Max Cogburn — the, um, :”father” of legal gay marriage in North Carolina — the lefties are pointing out that Cogburn was praised before the committee by both Kay Hagan AND Richard Burr.  THAT is usually a good indicator — barring any major controversies that may arise — that the nomination will make it to the Senate floor.  Usually the full Senate is presented with a slate of nominees to vote on.  A positive report from the committee — coupled with the approval of BOTH senators from the affected state — usually means smooth sailing on the Senate floor.  In Cogburn’s case, he sailed through by a 96-0 margin on the Senate floor.  I am sure Burr’s endorsement played a huge pcapitolart in deflating any potential GOP objections.

As a senator, it is awfully hard to oppose a nominee by a president of the opposing party  when said nominee is being praised by members of YOUR party.  Especially a member of your own party from the state most directly affected by the nomination. 

In DC, most of the verbal combat you see on the news is pure show.  Most of them are buddies.  They attend the same cocktail parties.  Their kids go to the same private schools.  They scratch each other’s backs.  The whole partisan thing is a show for the rubes back home.

I know many a “good guy’ — as Burr described Cogburn — who I definitely would not want in a position of influence.  Wouldn’t it be nice if governmental appointments were made with the same considerations given hirings in the private sector?  

You’re kidding yourself if you think Tillis would be immune to this kind of thing.  It came out via the drive-bys that Tillis  based his decisions on who to have run the UNC system on how much money the candidates contributed to him. 


5 thoughts on “A few more thoughts on Richard, Kay and THAT judge …

  1. Thanks for the insight, may I ask how much influence a lowly Senate Staffer for said Republican (the staffer being an actual conservative) would potentially have on this nomination process??

  2. Staffers do nearly all the legwork. The level of influence is different depending on the senator himself or herself. In most cases, a trusted aide reporting back that this nominee is A-OK (and all the right lobbyists / people think they are OK) is enough.

    1. I am currently looking into (Lord willing, because you never really know in politics) working as an aid in either Raleigh or D.C. after the elections, thanks for the reply.

      I guess what you are getting at is that WE the people need to clean house not only of our Representation in D.C, but of their staffs as well (because some of these people recycle) Am I right? I also have a hunch that much of the staff on “our side (aka Republicans)” aren’t really that conservative, I hope that I’m wrong.

      I also know that a conservative shouldn’t get too comfortable in D.C. so as to not become part of the bubble and give up our principles..

  3. One city out west is already threatening Christian pastors with a $1,000 / day plus 180 day jail sentence for every DAY they refuse to marry homosexuals.


    The Homo-fascists are trying to goosestep all over religious liberties. They need to be crushed. And their useful idiots like Richard ”Tricky Dick” Burr need to be tossed out of office.
    We need to recruit a primary opponent who will eviscerate Burr in his primary if he dares run again.

  4. Just add this to Burr’s ever growing list of progressive liberal accomplishments for which he should be thrown out of the GOP AND the U.S. Senate. I’m done with this whole hold your nose and vote for the establishment’s chosen puppet. No more!! Let the revolution begin, even if it means handing a loss to the elitist statists. Done!!!

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