From the founding of the Republic until the beginning of the current Congress, the Senate voted to break a filibuster on a president’s nominee only 89 times. Nearly one quarter of all of these were Senate Republican filibusters of President Obama’s nominees. No senate minority in American history was as aggressive in filibustering presidential nominees as the minority led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Lest there be any doubt, this kind of obstructionism does far more than simply frustrate President Obama — it denies the American people a fully functioning government and discourages the most talented potential nominees from seeking government jobs in the first place. Here are just a few of the most exceptional nominees blocked by the Senate’s nonsensical filibuster rules: