U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham surprised conservatives by voting against the nomination of uber-liberal judge Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
In fact Graham took it a step further and actually voted to support the filibuster against Halligan – Barack Obama’s choice for the second-highest court in the land. By a vote of 51-41, Halligan’s nomination failed to receive the sixty votes it needed to overcome the GOP filibuster – meaning Obama must decide whether to pull her nomination or try and force another vote in the future.
A radical anti-Second Amendment judge from New York, Halligan is best known for trying to hold gun manufacturers’ liable for shooting violence – a doctrine of culpability which has been widely rebuked. Obviously that sort of far left perspective would be a disaster on the D.C. Court of Appeals – which hears the vast majority of cases involving the federal government and its various powers.
In fact it was this very court which rebuked Obama’s unconstitutional efforts to place a pair of far left appointees on the increasingly radical National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
Graham’s surprising vote comes hours after a pair of conservative activists in Washington, D.C. chided him for allegedly supporting Halligan … or at least refusing to pledge his support for the filibuster of her nomination.
In fact that’s been Graham’s modus operandi in the past – refusing to stand with his Republican colleagues on filibuster votes but then voting against the radical appointees once their nominations were put to a vote on the floor (a.k.a. when their nominations were already wrapped up).
Thankfully he didn’t try to have his cake and eat it, too, on this vote … for which we thank him.