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Kennedy and Leahy Get Taken to the Wood Shedd

What happens when you throw a filibuster and nobody shows? Just ask Senator Leahy, who had intended to to filibuster Judge Shedd’s appointment to the Fourth Circuit on Friday. The only problem is that none of his obstructionist pals showed. No Dick Durbin, who was the only Senator to vote against Judge McConnell’s confirmation to the Tenth Circuit. No Chuck Schumer. No Dianne Feinstein. Byron York offers some insight as to why the filibuster didn’t happen, including fears that it would hurt Landrieu’s campaign. But for the real answer we need look no further than the leader of the charge--Ted Kennedy. Even he realized that successfully filibustering Shedd was a bridge too far, and this is coming from a man who knows a thing or two about bridges--political and otherwise.

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