Skip to comments.Barone: Why Democrats won't want to oppose Samuel Alito
Posted on 11/01/2005 4:23:15 PM PST by RWR8189
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He's in like Flynn!
Bush has made the Democrats an offer they can't refuse.
The high court moves one-half seat to the right. Kennedy becomes the swing vote.
They can live with that.
If Ginsburg's or Stevens's seat comes open then all hell breaks lose.
They'll have nothing to lose by filibustering because it's Custer's Last Stand as far the liberals are concerned.
"Go ahead and filibuster Dems, there is a nuke in your future!"
Or at least the trunk of someone's car. ~;^D
I wonder how much longer it's going to be until political assassination is the only tool left to the Democrats?
It would be to our advantage to use the constitutional option now to replace O'Connor, that way we are ensured that only 50+ VPOTUS are needed to confirm the next nominee.
Some wobbly RINOs might be scared to go nuclear when we are replacing Stevens or Ginsberg.
Now if we could only get the people in these states to realize that continually electing Dems to the Senate and voting strongly for Republicans for President is schizophrenic...
That's exactly why I think the Democrats will cave before we can use it on this nomination. If they are even remotely intelligent, they'll adopt the "live to fight another day" principle.
It seems like they've been hinting at that for some time.
eh...Italian Americans?...I find it too hard to buy what this author is saying. Italian is not the issue, but religion is - such as if his Catholicity is his foundation for his conservativism. Bottom line is that he is conservative, so many conservative Catholics (Italian or otherwise) like myself will support him.
You gotta love Barone.
I understand the reasoning here, and figure it is probably fairly accurate.
But, gee whiz, in reality what does having italian blood have to do with the price of tea in China? Nothing. It is an extremely sad commentary on our society when attributes such as the birthplace of one's parents are considered part of qualifications for such a [or any] position.
And the real irony here is that the people that put the most stock in sex and race as qualifications (i.e. Bush should have appointed a minority or woman for balance) are the first to claim we shouldn't single people out because of their race and/or sex. But that is all they do, all of the time. And republicans do a very poor job of challenging them on it.
I suppose someone had to actually voice that...
The problem is, that the longer they wait to run a filibuster, the worse their political problem the next time, on the next nominee.
Suppose, for example, Ginsberg or Stevens were to leave the Court, and The President were to replace that person with someone even as "moderate" as Kennedy --- that would really cook the liberal goose - yet could they filibuster such a candidate? (Suppose for purposes of this discussion, judicial philosophy of Gonzales...)
Their problem is right now... with this nomination ... the next one may be too late because even a moderate justice may well hose them.
I believe that the R philosophy of that question is that those who can be persuaded to vote Republican to begin with are smart enough to figure out the bigotry themselves, without having to be bashed over the head with it. Before talk radio and the internet, the R's had that philosophy, stuck with it and you had to be analyze it for yourself. Now, anybody who has ears will be exposed without the R politicians having to engage the question directly.
I don't think he'll do that, though. His short list was Miers, Alito, and Luttig. Miers blew her chances by failing to wow the senators in personal visits, and Bush doesn't give second chances. He never has.
I'd have to say that unless something new comes up with Luttig, he's the choice to replace Ginsburg or Stevens if neither is able to outlast the Bush Presidency.
A lot depends one whether another vacancy occurs before or after the 2006 elections and whether that changes the senatorial lineup.
100% agreement with your post - every single detail.
Re-reading your post...
I would certainly love it if he were to succumb to "political correctness" and nominate JRB for the next opening...
Apoplexy unlimited for the Demodogs then!
(SNAP *** *** time for me to wake up from this wet dream...)
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