October 04, 2007

Obama Derails vote on von Spakosvky; What's Next for FEC Nominees?

So reports ($) Roll Call this morning.

So what happens next? Sen. Obama might give up his opposition to please the Democratic Senate leadership (one of the nominees is close with Sen. majority leader Reid). That seems unlikely, given that Sen. Obama's decision, as a presidential candidate now, has implications in that arena, as a signal of both Obama's willingness to stand up to the Senate leadership and about his commitment to civil rights. It is also possible that Republicans will give up on von Spakovsky and allow a vote on the other nominees. That could well happen, given that Democrats currently have a 3-2 majority on the FEC (though it does take four votes to get certain things done).

If no deal is reached, the recess appointments of Von Spakovsky, Lenhard and Walther will end soon, I believe at the end of this calendar year (someone please write and correct me if I'm wrong). This would leave the FEC with two commissioners, Democrat Weintraub (who is only staying in her seat because the Senate has not voted on her replacement, Cyndi Bauerly) and Republican Mason (who is also staying beyond his term and is waiting for reappointment).

What a mess.

Posted by Rick Hasen at October 4, 2007 08:58 AM