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How Democrats lost the political battle
www.signonsandiego.com ^ | 2/1/06 | Steven Lubet

Posted on 02/01/2006 7:15:56 AM PST by AZRepublican

With the confirmation of Associate Justice Samuel Alito, the Bush administration has managed to win both the battle and the war over the future of the Supreme Court.

Under the leadership of new Chief Justice John Roberts, the court almost certainly will take a sharp turn to the right on issues such as women's rights, environmental protection, gun control, separation of church and state, presidential power and the relationship between the federal government and the states. It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

It did not have to be that way. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats consistently misplayed, overplayed and underplayed their strengths, until they virtually assured their own defeat.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; alito; alitovote; democrats; dummyrats; losers; scotus

1 posted on 02/01/2006 7:15:58 AM PST by AZRepublican
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To: AZRepublican

Let's hope they lose their ass in the 2006 congressional elections, too.


2 posted on 02/01/2006 7:17:48 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: AZRepublican

Waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh.

Now we need at least one more SCOTUS nominee and we can beging to roll back the socialist state being imposed on us by liberal judges and congressmen.


3 posted on 02/01/2006 7:17:50 AM PST by wvobiwan (Sheehan for Senator!)
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To: AZRepublican
Lubet is a professor and director of the Program on Advocacy and Professionalism at the Northwestern University School of Law.

That's what this guy does for a living. Wow, look how important he is. /sarcasm off

4 posted on 02/01/2006 7:18:04 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Quoting Hillary Clinton: "You know, you know, you know, you know.....")
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

[Snicker]. A bit overwrought, aren't they?

5 posted on 02/01/2006 7:19:12 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

No bias there! LOL!
Hey, I might even be IB4TZ! w00t
6 posted on 02/01/2006 7:19:30 AM PST by NonLinear (He's dead, Jim)
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

Yes, it is. It is extreme exaggeration.

Proving once again that "D" is for Demagog.

7 posted on 02/01/2006 7:20:03 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: AZRepublican

The RATS just cannot adjust to not being in control.


8 posted on 02/01/2006 7:20:32 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: AZRepublican
I fear that we will look back on these events and shudder about what might have been.

Heh.

9 posted on 02/01/2006 7:20:47 AM PST by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: AZRepublican

Once upon a time, the dims mainstream puddle stretched from horizon to horizon. Now it's down to a mere 25% -- and drying up fast.


10 posted on 02/01/2006 7:25:50 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: AZRepublican

Life is good!


11 posted on 02/01/2006 7:25:55 AM PST by maxter
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To: AZRepublican; All

Wading through the liberal sobs in this story....the author has indeed tripped over one truth..Ifd they had NOT filabustered the circuit court nominees..they could have successfully blocked the SCOTUS nominees...as usual, being Dems, they overreached..


12 posted on 02/01/2006 7:26:59 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: AZRepublican

Between that and Howard Dean running the Party into the ground in terms of Fundraising, I think that the Dims stand VERY little chance of winning much if anything in 06!

Happy day!


13 posted on 02/01/2006 7:28:28 AM PST by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: AZRepublican

The article states"
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.


Maybe a better way of saying this is that Americans will be living in a scoiety that has more respect for the constitution, less rulings against the will of the people and congress because it differs from the "supreme" views of a nine appointed individuals and more freedom on state and local levels.


14 posted on 02/01/2006 7:29:15 AM PST by NeilGus
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Proving once again that "D" is for Demagog

Naw...
"D" is for "Stupid beyond belief"

15 posted on 02/01/2006 7:33:52 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

"Let's hope they lose their ass in the 2006 congressional elections, too."

Don't take the elections for granted. Dem control of the House would be a disaster.


16 posted on 02/01/2006 7:36:05 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: AZRepublican

Less gun control and a weaker federal government = less autonomy?


17 posted on 02/01/2006 7:36:25 AM PST by oblomov (Join the FR Folding@Home Team (#36120) keyword: folding@home)
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To: AZRepublican

I love all these DemoCRAP fortune tellers...


18 posted on 02/01/2006 7:40:42 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: isthisnickcool
Lubet is a professor and director of the Program on Advocacy and Professionalism at the Northwestern University School of Law.

I've never heard of him, but he certainly thinks he has it all figured out, including just where Roberts and Alito will come down on cases that have yet to be heard by the S.C. After listening to the Judiciary hearings on both these men, I would not want to make a bet on how they would vote on any given case (unlike Lubet.) I am, however, content to think that both men are as qualified or more qualified than the justices they are replacing which I believe is what the constitution means by "advice and consent," not "gotcha" as advocated by Lubet.

19 posted on 02/01/2006 7:40:48 AM PST by penowa
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To: AZRepublican

What the heck is meant by "less privacy?" And does "privacy" really mean?

Does he mean liberal Mayor 'Dumbass' Daley installing video cameras everywhere in Chicago?


20 posted on 02/01/2006 7:44:37 AM PST by GianniV
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To: popdonnelly
" ... Don't take the elections for granted. ...

Exactly - very well said. Thank you.

21 posted on 02/01/2006 7:47:19 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

I think he forgot to take his medication.

22 posted on 02/01/2006 7:54:29 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: SoFloFreeper
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

Wow. This guy is really smart to know what our life will be like in 10 years.

And that brought us Alito, a nominee who, though modest and affable, is a literal avatar of right-wing jurisprudence.

OK. Let's just give up now and say that a supreme court justice who believes in a strict interpretation of the consititution really doesn't believe in individual liberty, and the Founding Fathers were a bunch of freedom-hating right-wingers.

23 posted on 02/01/2006 7:56:50 AM PST by floozy22
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.

Overwrought much? Let me parse this sentence, as much as I can.

less privacy Abortion has been misconstrued as a privacy issue. It is not. It is a medical ethics issue, which the state can regulate like any drug or other medical procedure.

less autonomy Not sure about that one, possibly "right to die", if so see abortion.

less democracy Since the "Warren Court" of the 50's, the Supreme Court has become more and more something which it was never meant to be, an oligarchy. Alito will bring more democracy, not less. The "Alito Court" will likely force issues like abortion into the legislature, not the courts.

less respect for science Maybe. However, the left's hatred of science is probably greater than the religious right's hatred of The Theory of Evolution, which is only one theory. The left's rejection of the idea of "Truth" itself is much worse.

24 posted on 02/01/2006 8:04:47 AM PST by NathanR (Après moi, le deluge.)
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To: floozy22
OK some translation required from PC to English:
'privacy' = abortion
'less autonomy' = activist judges
'less democracy' (at least at the federal level) =
fewer federal mandates
'respect for science' = stem cell/human cloning
25 posted on 02/01/2006 8:05:16 AM PST by blue_nova
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To: GianniV

"Less Privacy" is a codeword for "Less Abortion".


26 posted on 02/01/2006 8:05:50 AM PST by NathanR (Après moi, le deluge.)
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To: floozy22
"And that brought us Alito, a nominee who, though modest and affable, is a literal avatar of right-wing jurisprudence."

Imagine that. A Republican president elected because of his Republican ideals would seek to place a Republican minded judicial candidate. Those revelations are earth shattering. Perhaps we should convene scientific studies at our universities to study the phenomenon. I can't help but think that perhaps President Bush had an agenda in his pick. The arrogance.

27 posted on 02/01/2006 8:13:40 AM PST by buckeye27
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To: AZRepublican
Thank you for posting this article. It's full of liberal regrets of 'what could have been.'

For instance:

Almost miraculously, the nomination of Harriet Miers presented the Democrats with one last chance to keep a centrist on the Supreme Court. [...]

Miers' fate was sealed when it became clear that neither Patrick Leahy nor Charles Schumer would vote for her in the Judiciary Committee, thus ending the possibility of a bipartisan defense against the fundamentalist barrage.

I thank Schumer and Leahy for doing the dirty work and ditching Miers. Alito is a godsend.
28 posted on 02/01/2006 8:25:59 AM PST by george wythe
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To: NathanR

When liberals say "democracy", they mean "taking money from some people and giving it to others". So I certainly hope for less "democracy".


29 posted on 02/01/2006 8:55:48 AM PST by oblomov (Join the FR Folding@Home Team (#36120) keyword: folding@home)
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To: AZRepublican

"Under the leadership of new Chief Justice John Roberts, the court almost certainly will take a sharp turn to the right "

I could never understand how upholding the Constitution is a 'sharp turn to the right'.

Unless, of course, they mean upholding the Constitution is the 'RIGHT' thing to do?

Ya think that's what they mean?

Nahhhh!



30 posted on 02/01/2006 8:58:30 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: AZRepublican
It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less democracy (at least at the federal level) and less respect for science.
31 posted on 02/01/2006 9:03:42 AM PST by Eva
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To: AZRepublican

Bush's nominations increasingly came from the far right, and the filibuster was the only way to defeat the most extreme among them.

Definition --
"far right" - less radical than Cindy Sh--han


32 posted on 02/01/2006 10:27:00 AM PST by PotentialCore
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