Skip to comments.Senators in Need of a Spine (NY Times Editorial Board Urges Filibuster Alert)
Posted on 01/25/2006 9:18:51 PM PST by RWR8189
Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation's basic philosophy of government and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.
It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the public's attention to the import of this nomination.
At the Judiciary Committee hearings, the judge followed the well-worn path to confirmation, which has the nominee offer up only the most boring statements and unarguable truisms: the president is not above the law; diversity in college student bodies is a good thing. But in what he has said in the past, and what he refused to say in the hearings, Judge Alito raised warning flags that, in the current political context, cannot simply be shrugged away with a promise to fight again another day.
Senate Democrats, who presented a united front against the nomination of Judge Alito in the Judiciary Committee, seem unwilling to risk the public criticism that might come with a filibuster particularly since there is very little chance it would work. Judge Alito's supporters would almost certainly be able to muster the 60 senators necessary to put the nomination to a final vote.
A filibuster is a radical tool. It's easy to see why Democrats are frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.
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Ny Slimes "Stuck on Stupid" alert!
Guess the editors are thinking Justice Alito won't be particularly receptive when they appeal their treason convictions.
the opening salvo of the left's final move?
The 'slimes drives the dems. Not the other way around. Look for talk of a filibuster to heat up.
Here's where you find that particular version:
That article reads like a DUFU post. Unbelievable. But not really.
Editors? More like bathhouse boys and the NOW gang.
These commie-vampires have been running this country and our pols for 40 years.
What the hell happened to "comity"?
Check this load out
PRESIDENT George W. Bush!!!
You know a person is an arrogant prick when they use the phrase "the import of..."
And hammering the final nail in their cofffin
The NYT sure is brazen
That silly newspaper, The New York Times, has gone from being simply a shill for the Democrat Party to being the official publication of MoveOn.org! Too funny!
58 votes so far to break cloture. The Dakota and Arkansas senators are pacing.
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