Czar Cass Sunstein Receives Senate Confirmation

Final Final Final conclusion to a sad day,

Ok- Here is a link to the vote for confirmation:

The Senate vote was 57-40, with only five Republicans backing the nomination. Four Democrats also voted against Sunstein.

But Sunstein also faced resistance from a handful of conservative Democrats who voted against his nomination Thursday, including Sens. Mark Begich, Blanche Lincoln, Mark Pryor and Jim Webb.

As was the case  during yesterday’s cloture vote, Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and James Webb (D-Va.) voted against Sunstein. Though he supported cloture  Sunstein, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted “no” on Sunstein’s confirmation. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) presided over the vote.

–How ironic– Franken presides over a 57 to 40, yet the Republicans could have succeeded in  the Cloture vote had they stuck together. Where in the world will the next leader of the conservatives come from? He is now the nation’s “regulatory czar,” Director of the White House OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

As soon as I have the official vote I will post.  Don’t ask me for any contributions, Republicans. Don’t complain when you get booted off the radio,conservatives, because of the implementation of the Fairness Doctrine. The Alamo was here and you were no where to be found.

So Latest Update!  Cloture Vote succeeded: 63-35.
Once again, Republicans and Conservatives as well as the N.R.A. are caught flat footed.This should have been an easy stop! The confirmation had been stalled a number of times.

  We fiddled while we basked in the success of dispatching Van Jones last week. Of course, Reid took no chances. Having witnessed Van Jones fry, he rushed this through while everyone was talking about the Messiah making his grand entrance into the halls of congress regarding Health Care. The only thing missing were the Greek columns. That will come later. Don’t give up! Call your senators. They now only need 51 votes, but… we must fight on. This position is one of the most powerful. We cannot continue to complain about not being able to vet his wacko’s when we allow this one.  Check out this site:

A legislative effort to regulate broadcasting in the interest of democratic principles should
not be seen as an abridgment of the free speech guarantee.
–Cass R. Sunstein, Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech, The Free Press,
1995, p. 92

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry

Latest latest update:

Cloture Vote succeeded: 63-35.
Looks like 4 Republicans voted for Mr. Sunstein. Roll Call to be added once it is available.

Partial ROLL CALL **UNOFFICIAL** (Official Roll Call will be here once posted and below the fold in this article.)
Republicans voting FOR Cloture:
Bennett, Collins, Gregg, Hatch, Lugar, Snowe, Voinovich, Hatch

Democrats voting AGAINST Cloture:
Webb, Lincoln

Urgent update:

Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) office sends word that the Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination after a debate this hour. 

At 4:45pm, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the following:

– Final passage of the Travel Promotion Act (S. 1023, as amended)

– The motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cass Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

For more of his bizarre views:

Little noted, is the fact that  the Nominee favors bringing an end to hunting. Cass Sunstein will come up for Senate Confirmation very shortly.
Nine months later after first hearings, Sunstein is still not working at the regulatory office. In May, he went through confirmation hearings before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In June, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) placed a hold on his nomination, citing concerns about Sunstein’s opposition to hunting.

In Sunstein’s world, animals should have just as many rights as people … and they should be able to sue humans in court!

“We could even grant animals a right to bring suit without insisting that animals are persons, or that they are not property,” Sunstein said on page 11 of Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (2004).

In July, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) placed another hold on Sunstein, for the same reason. On August 7, before leaving for recess, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture on the nomination. But another senator, who has not made his or her name public, has placed a hold on Sunstein, making it unclear when the Senate might take up his nomination.
Just when you thought the news about the Obama administration couldn’t get any worse, gun owners find themselves needing to rally the troops once again.

This time it’s the proposed “Regulatory Czar” who will be coming to a vote this week in the U.S. Senate.

His name is Cass Sunstein, and he holds some of the kookiest views you will ever hear.

The story continues …..

One Response to “Czar Cass Sunstein Receives Senate Confirmation”

  1. Lockandload Says:

    Where is everyone on this? Looked at many of the right wing blogs– nothin.. we deserve what we get. Shoulda, woulda coulda…


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