Sen. Jon Kyl (R.-AZ) on the judicial filibuster, circa 2005 [.pdf]:
Republicans seek to right a wrong that has undermined 214 years of tradition – wise, carefully thought‐out tradition. The fact that the Senate rules theoretically allowed the filibuster of judicial nominations but were never used to that end is an important indicator of what is right, and why the precedent of allowing up‐or‐down votes is so well established. It is that precedent that has been attacked and which we seek to restore.…
My friends argue that Republicans may want to filibuster a future Democratic President’s
nominees. To that I say, I don’t think so, and even if true, I’m willing to give up that tool. It was never a power we thought we had in the past, and it is not one likely to be used in the future. I know some insist that we will someday want to block Democrat judges by filibuster. But I know my colleagues. I have heard them speak passionately, publicly and privately, about the injustice done to filibustered nominees. I think it highly unlikely that they will shift their views simply because the political worm has turned.
Uh, never mind:
Jon Kyl, the second‐ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, warned president‐elect Barack Obama that he would filibuster U.S. Supreme Court appointments if those nominees were too liberal