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Stephanopoulos: Possible Souter Replacement Sotomayor ‘Strong Centrist’
FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/01/2009 4:49:57 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

It never fails. Let someone’s name be put forward as a possible Dem presidential candidate or judicial nominee, and the MSM will find a way to characterize him as a “centrist.”

We didn’t have to wait long for the tradition to be honored regarding Sonia Sotomayor, who conventional wisdom pegs as the frontrunner to replace David Souter.

On today’s Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos declared Sotomayor not just a centrist, but a . . . “strong centrist.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhoscotus; davidsouter; georgestephanopoulos; judicialnominees; msm; soniasotomayor; sotomayor

1 posted on 05/01/2009 4:50:02 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Steph calls Sotomayor “strong centrist” ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 05/01/2009 4:50:54 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Stephie says “centrist” so that means this filthbag is is an unapologetic Maoist.A very fitting replacement for that “confirmed bachelor”.
3 posted on 05/01/2009 4:52:22 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ok stumpy...evidence to back up your claim please...but reporters don’t ask tough questions anymore i guess...or easy ones either...


4 posted on 05/01/2009 4:52:26 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Do you want a President or a King?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Just a little digging reveals she is, and has been, always a liberal.

I guess when you are a liberal, the necessity to believe you run in the center is the only way you can console your conscious.


5 posted on 05/01/2009 4:53:48 AM PDT by rudman
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey, they called Obammie the Commie a centrist, too. Let’s pray for good health, long lives, and long careers for the 4 on the USSC that are actually defending the US Constitution, protector of our liberties against tyrants.


6 posted on 05/01/2009 4:54:03 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (The most dangerous fascists are those with a warm smile and soothing voice.)
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To: stefanbatory
ok stumpy...evidence to back up your claim please...

I've seen all the proof I need.This Sotomeyer,I understand,has recently ruled that gays,lesbians and transgenders can't have their property taken from them through eminent domain.Sounds like a centrist to me!

7 posted on 05/01/2009 4:59:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Off topic but Judge Napolitano just blasted Barry for declaring Chrysler guilty during an ongoing trial—it is irresponsible for a president to take sides and try to influence the outcome of a federal trial!


8 posted on 05/01/2009 4:59:54 AM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Of course I lied to America about Obama's religion. It is my job to lie.
Just as it is the job of ABC News to lie and destroy America, American security, and ultimately, the Pentagon."


9 posted on 05/01/2009 5:03:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Obama is not going to appoint a centrist, unless by “centrist” you mean “left winger.”


10 posted on 05/01/2009 5:03:38 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The fact that they are discussing her in terms of her policy preferences and not her judicial philosophy is just more proof that we no longer even pretend that the job of a judge is not to “make law or policy”.


11 posted on 05/01/2009 5:04:32 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I think Hugo Chavez would make a perfect Democratic choice for the Supreme Court. He shares all the same views with the libs including the sulfur smell left behind by GWB.
12 posted on 05/01/2009 5:05:58 AM PDT by Plumres
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sounds like Obama wants to reward his Hispanic base with a Supreme Court justice and Setphanopoulos is floating a trial balloon to flush out the objections to the proposed judge. The must have been the strategy discussed at the morning conference call between Emanuel, Begala, Carville, and Stephie.


13 posted on 05/01/2009 5:08:09 AM PDT by kabar
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And FYI,boys and girls....a local Boston TV station reported this morning that our beloved governor,”Coupe” Deval Patrick is being considered to replace the confirmed bachelor.Also,a name that’s always been mention as a potential RAT nominee for the SCOTUS is a Harvard professor named Lawrence Tribe.Anyone curious about him should google “Commonwealth Day School” to learn how he and other fellow residents of one of the most enlightened,richest and most “progressive” streets in Massachusetts conspired to shut down a black school that had opened in their midst a few years back.


14 posted on 05/01/2009 5:08:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Plumres

Great suggestion. And in addition, Chavez is a well-respected centrist moderate with bi-partisan support ;-)


15 posted on 05/01/2009 5:08:35 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If Steffie calls this guy a “strong centrist”, it means he’s probably to the left of Zero.

It is becoming more true every single day - elections DO have consequences.


16 posted on 05/01/2009 5:09:15 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If she really were a “strong centrist”, Steppy would be tearing her apart. As such, I’m sure she has no respect for our Constitution, just like her former pupil.


17 posted on 05/01/2009 5:09:15 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: stefanbatory

but reporters don’t ask tough questions anymore i guess...or easy ones either...


Only if you’re a beauty queen.


18 posted on 05/01/2009 5:10:26 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Redneck Radicalized Right-Wing Extremist NOW RECRUITING - see Constitution for details!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Holy Crap!

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n25_v41/ai_8251987/

Why is it that the normal people are said to be racists, while the elite always are?


19 posted on 05/01/2009 5:14:48 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: All

“strong centrist” is an oxymoron.


20 posted on 05/01/2009 5:17:30 AM PDT by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation !)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Translation of Liberal Speak:
Centrist - ultra liberal
Strong Centrist - ultra liberal liar
21 posted on 05/01/2009 5:20:59 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Today’s “Strong Centrist” was yesterday’s wild eyed leftard radical.

The system has been so pulled out of shape that the middle only extends from hard left to irrational left now.


22 posted on 05/01/2009 5:26:51 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Can't be much worse then Souter was.

At least the Conservatives on the Court are young.

The Liberals are the ones that the Democrats will be replacing.

It would have been nice to have a crack at replacing GWB's pick with a true conservative, but at least it is a ideological 'wash'.

23 posted on 05/01/2009 5:29:15 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: Reagan69
“strong centrist” is an oxymoron.

Sure enough.

Anyone who has built a wire fence knows that the corners get pulled in two different directions at all times. The posts in the center hold the wire, but the corners are what give the fence its strength. Corners are anchors, they define and stand for something far greater than themselves. Take away those strong corners and all you have is one really big gate.

24 posted on 05/01/2009 5:29:15 AM PDT by shoutingandpointing
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

In other words, this guy is a devoted Marxists and Communist.


25 posted on 05/01/2009 5:36:56 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Right wing military retiree. Proudly on DHLS hit list!!!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Based on how our people just voted I am sure a centrist is someone who would be as far left as we have seen in a long time.


26 posted on 05/01/2009 5:45:00 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: norwaypinesavage

So how would they define an uber liberal?


27 posted on 05/01/2009 5:53:02 AM PDT by Texas resident (Older but smarter)
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To: rudman
I guess when you are a liberal, the necessity to believe you run in the center is the only way you can console your conscious.

Nah, they're unapologetic. It's to give their sheeple a way to console theirs. It's the spoonful of sugar.

Daddy's picked a "strong centrist." Everything's gonna be alright.

28 posted on 05/01/2009 5:56:13 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
George Stephanopoulos declared Sotomayor not just a centrist, but a . . . “strong centrist.”

To the left, Stalin was too Conservative.

29 posted on 05/01/2009 6:00:07 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
My local ABC affiliate this morning, labeled Souter as a "Moderate, that tended to side with the more liberal Justices."

One word I would use to describe Souter is MODERATE.

They also took pains to point out that he was nominated by the first President Bush.

This local news station tends to play things pretty straight (never to liberal, or too conservative) so I imagine they got their story straight from ABC.

30 posted on 05/01/2009 6:04:25 AM PDT by codercpc
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To: codercpc

The litmus test:
Do you favor abortion on demand?
Do you think firearms should be confiscated?
Do you believe that all good eminates from the Federal Government?
Is your first name Michelle or Hillary?

Confirmed.

Vince


31 posted on 05/01/2009 6:51:39 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: DustyMoment

Yes they do have consequences, don’t they?

Regretting not voting for McCain now, FR?


32 posted on 05/01/2009 7:26:45 AM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Expect any judicial appointments from 0bama to follow the path and ideology of Ruth Buzzie Ginzberg, the former ACLU lawyer who is likely to be the next Supreme Court Justice to resign or die. All will be as far left or further to the left of Ruthie. Luckily Souter is one of the leftists anyways so he will be replaced by a reliably strong leftist. Elections have consequences and this is one of those important consequences.


33 posted on 05/01/2009 7:37:07 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Miss Didi
He thinks he is Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, unconstitutionally, tried to railroad Aaron Burr and others for treason. Maybe he thinks his father is a direct descendant of Sally Hemings.
34 posted on 05/01/2009 3:00:56 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: Brilliant
Now, now. I heard the 0 Man say he would appoint “someone who has the same regard for the Constitution as I do”. We can all relax./s
35 posted on 05/01/2009 3:04:46 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I don't think Obama will appoint her, she a diabetic.
36 posted on 05/01/2009 4:00:49 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: MDspinboyredux

Regretting McCain’s nomination in the first place now???


37 posted on 05/02/2009 6:13:44 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: MDspinboyredux

I voted for McCain but I knew he would not win. I also voted for my last RINO. Never again!


38 posted on 05/02/2009 6:45:37 PM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: MDspinboyredux
I drank the McCain Koolaid, and I will regret it to my dying day. The only reason I did not stay home was Palin. Palin was way too good for the likes of McCain.

I will never, never, never vote for another RINO, alleged “Republican”, or anyone that does not stand up for conservative values.

The left (who picked McCain), the idiotic RNC and the “sky is falling” Republicans got Bambi elected.

39 posted on 05/02/2009 6:54:03 PM PDT by alarm rider (Any country that tells you what light bulb to use is not a free country.)
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To: TheFourthMagi
I always regretted the McCain nomination, but he WAS THE NOMINEE.

IMO, those alleged Republicans who didn't vote for our nominee are just as responsible as any left-wing birkenstock-wearing Democrat in getting the current President elected.

And talk of leaving the GOP if our next nominee doesn't fill the bill 100% only guarentees future losses. There is NO PERFECT CANDIDATE, so get your head out of your collective arses and grow up.

Enjoy the likes of Jeanne Garafalo for the next eight years, because you've earned it.

/rant off
40 posted on 05/02/2009 7:28:17 PM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

To an unbiased journalist [COUGH,COUGH, SPUTTER] like Snupholopogous, anyone slightly to the right of Joe Stalin is a “Centrist”.


41 posted on 05/02/2009 7:34:38 PM PDT by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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To: MDspinboyredux
"IMO, those alleged Republicans who didn't vote for our nominee are just as responsible as any left-wing birkenstock-wearing Democrat in getting the current President elected."

If the results of the McCain beating by Obama does not rouse the "Republicans" to come up with REAL CONSERVATIVE nominees then nothing will.

I voted for someone other than McCain and I am proud of it.


42 posted on 05/02/2009 7:35:41 PM PDT by Radix (We seek Liberty......They give us Debt.)
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To: Radix
Radix
I voted for someone other than McCain and I am proud of it.

Then you're to blame for every Socialist, anti-family, tax hiking piece of crap legislation that comes out of the White House over the next eight years.

Kudos on that. You done real good there champ.
43 posted on 05/02/2009 7:46:35 PM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: MDspinboyredux

The only thing the McCain ticket had going for it was Palin. When was the last time a ticket won based on the VP pick. A major defeat for the moderated GOP was coming, it was just a matter of when, not if. Blaming folks that voted third party may help you vent, but will do nothing to address the problem at the root which is a bunch of career inside-the-beltway Republicans that have sacrificed their principals and those of us who have been their enablers for far too long.


44 posted on 05/02/2009 8:31:07 PM PDT by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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To: MDspinboyredux

Would you have voted for Ron Paul if he had been the nominee?

Will you vote for anyone who secures a Republican nomination regardless of what they actually stand for?

How about if they oppose your positions on the ten issues that you would call the most important?

If you will vote for anyone whop gets a Republican nomination, exactly why, what exactly do you expect to get from that?


45 posted on 05/02/2009 10:10:49 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: ThomasSawyer
So what's your solution? A third party and a permanent minority?

"Make" the GOP listen? How? Everything you say indicates they don't anyway?

As I said, NO CANDIDATE IS PERFECT on ALL ISSUES, but at least on the ones we don't agree on we'll have a seat at the discussion table as opposed to having a Democratic President and sitting out in the weeds letting the likes of Harry "We're going to lose" Ried and Nancy "Husband makes a lot of cash off me" Pelosi make decisions for us.
46 posted on 05/03/2009 7:20:44 AM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: TheFourthMagi
Ron Paul didn't get the nomination, so that is an irrelevant question.

You find a candidate that wins the majority of Republican primary votes and we'll talk.

I personally didn't like McCain but he WAS the nominee. And he'd be a lot better than what we have now, IMO.

"what exactly do you expect to get from that?

ACCESS
47 posted on 05/03/2009 7:27:34 AM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: MDspinboyredux

The GOP won’t listen as long as conservatives allow themselves to be led around by the nose with the threat that if we don’t vote for any old RINO the GOP puts before us, we’ll get stuck with a dem. I and many conservatives like me voted for the McCain ticket and we still ended up losing the White House and the remaining chamber of Congress. I don’t expect to agree with a candidate on everything. However, I do have core principles that I won’t compromise just because someone has an ‘R’ by their name. Republicans are not going to win elections trying to be like Democrats. Democrats have had too much practice at it. Besides, winning elections by tossing out ones principles is not really winning at all. As far as talk of a “permanent minority” that’s up to the GOP.


48 posted on 05/03/2009 5:52:13 PM PDT by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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To: ThomasSawyer
WE are the "GOP", my friend. And the reason McCain was the nominee was because he got more Republican votes than any other Republican candidate (Dem crossovers notwithstanding).

For the record I didn't like McCain either and didn't vote for him in the Primary, but I did vote for him in the General because he was better than the alternative (and I think circumstances are bearing that out, don't you think?)

Talk of "the monolithic GOP" did this-or-that only provides people with an excuse not to take responsibility for their votes.

It's like a child who doesn't get to be the pitcher in a sandlot game and takes the ball home, only to find some other kid has a ball. He's not only not the pitcher, but now he isn't even playing.

I'm talking to the "Republicans" who voted third-party in the last election. IMO, they're just as bad as any Dem because they're just as responsible for our current President.
49 posted on 05/04/2009 3:09:55 AM PDT by MDspinboyredux
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To: MDspinboyredux
"WE are the "GOP", my friend. And the reason McCain was the nominee was because he got more Republican votes than any other Republican candidate (Dem crossovers notwithstanding)."

I'm not a Republican, I'm a conservative. There's a big difference these days. Regarding McCain's nomination; you can't simply dismiss the Dem crossovers nor can you dismiss the influence the inside-the-Beltway GOP and the MSM had on the Republican nomination process.

For the record I didn't like McCain either and didn't vote for him in the Primary, but I did vote for him in the General because he was better than the alternative (and I think circumstances are bearing that out, don't you think?)

Of course McCain would have been a better alternative than the marxist that's in there now (that and Palin are why I voted for him) But, I believe his election would have only postponed the inevitable and lead to a much more "moderate"(liberal) influence over the GOP unless Palin were allowed by McCain's staff to have a freer hand than she did in the campaign.

It's like a child who doesn't get to be the pitcher in a sandlot game and takes the ball home, only to find some other kid has a ball. He's not only not the pitcher, but now he isn't even playing.

If you want to win the game, you let the kid that's the best pitcher pitch. Besides, not only is there a segment of the GOP that doesn't want conservatives to be allowed to pitch, they want to bench us indefinitely. I have always thought that the primaries were where these kinds of fights should take place, but given the undue influence of crossover democrats and various inside-the-beltway GOP folks (Orin hatch's recent comments regarding Toomey being a great illustration)just what are conservatives supposed to do; hang around the GOP bench election after election to see if we get to be the bat boy?
50 posted on 05/04/2009 9:37:10 PM PDT by ThomasSawyer (Democratic Underground: Proof that anyone can figure out how to use a computer.)
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