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Idiot GOP Senate Set to Shaft Estrada?
rushlimbaugh ^ | 2/28/2003 | rushlimbaugh

Posted on 02/28/2003 5:57:59 PM PST by TLBSHOW

I am more frosted at the Democrats for what they're doing to the Constitution vis-à-vis Miguel Estrada's than I am over the anti-war movement. Fox News reported that the GOP planned to call for a cloture vote on Estrada next week knowing they'd lose it. That would effectively amend the Constitution - illegally - to read that you need 60 votes instead of 51 to get a judicial nomination through.

Happily, it turns out the GOP isn't going to call such a vote. The offices of Senators Santorum and Hatch rang up my office on Friday, and said that the Fox story is not accurate. There will be no cloture vote. Hooray! If these Democrats want to filibuster the first Hispanic nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court, let them do it! I know they say there are new rules making a filibuster harder, but so what? And don't tell me that it's not "practical" anymore, because people have to go to the bathroom. That's nothing new.

Force them to get out there and filibuster this eminently qualified man, as rated unanimously by the American Bar Association. Miguel Estrada is just a name to us, but his life is being destroyed here. It's not because he's unqualified; it's because Democrats don't like how he might think. Read George Will's column. Chuck Schumer didn't bother to ask Estrada a single question. He claims not to know any less qualified judge, when in fact he knows less qualified judges who went to the Supreme Court! Just this week, President Bush pledged to stand by Estrada until he was sworn in. We know no other nominee has been asked to give nor should give opinions on issues that may come before the court. Their job is to apply the law, not to make law or let their opinions get in the way of rulings.

These senators have to back Bush and Estrada up. The Democrat attitude is, "We ran Washington for 40 years up until 1994, and Bush is illegitimate despite what the Constitution says about the Electoral College, so he has no right to appoint anyone." These people are treating the Constitution like toilet paper. Calling a cloture vote would overturn more than two centuries of Senate precedent and rewrite the constitutional definition of "advise and consent." We cannot allow that to happen. You have to care about this, folks!

These people aren't Democrats or liberals. They don't believe in the Constitution. They don't believe in individual rights, as affirmed in the 9th Amendment; in sharing power with the states, as described in the 10th Amendment; in free political speech protected in the 1st Amendment and shredded in campaign finance reform. They don't support the right to bear arms provided for in the 2nd Amendment. They don't respect private property rights protected by the 5th Amendment! If there's a blade of grass in the backyard, they call it "wetlands" and take it away! This assault must stop.

Listen to Rush...

(...react to the Fox News story, and reject the notion of a cloture vote by the GOP) (...demand Democrats be made to pay a price for shredding the Constitution)

Read More of Rush's Estrada Coverage… (Rush On A Roll: Anatomy of a Smear) (Rush On A Roll: Want Estrada? Declare Linda Daschle DOA) (The Limbaugh Library: Ken Starr Tips Us Off on Estrada) (EIB A-B: Estrada Qualifications Blow Away Breyer and Ginsburg)

Read the Questionable Fox News Article...

(FoxNews: Republicans Seek to End Debate on Estrada)

Read the George Will Column on Estrada...

(Washington Post: Coup Against the Constitution - George F. Will)


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: constitution; estradafilibuster; filibuster; gop; rushlimbaugh; senatedemocrats
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To: marajade
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/854227/posts?page=

Rush gets it right.......
41 posted on 02/28/2003 7:35:40 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: PhiKapMom
I am more frosted at the Democrats for what they're doing to the Constitution vis-à-vis Miguel Estrada's than I am over the anti-war movement.

Rush Limbaugh

I think the fox story was a trail balloon myself.
TLBSHOW
42 posted on 02/28/2003 7:37:53 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
He as much as admitted that he was relieved he was wrong on his show... I heard it and my husband heard it... along with others on the other thread...

Why are you doing this?
43 posted on 02/28/2003 7:38:54 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: marajade
I wouldn't be so quick to let the GOP Senate off the hook. I am also relieved that they say they are going to fight to the end for Estrada, and I want to believe them. But the history of GOP courage is neither long nor proud, so I'm not putting my stick away just yet. Trent Lott could always be counted on to bend over for the Democrats, and and we'll soon see if Dr. Frist is made of sterner stuff. I'm still watching...
44 posted on 02/28/2003 7:45:20 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: TLBSHOW
from the article:

"Happily, it turns out the GOP isn't going to call such a vote. The offices of Senators Santorum and Hatch rang up my office on Friday, and said that the Fox story is not accurate. There will be no cloture vote. Hooray!"
45 posted on 02/28/2003 7:45:20 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: Always A Marine
That would mean that Hatch, Santorum and Frist now all lie... I don't think so...
46 posted on 02/28/2003 7:46:10 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: Howlin
Kind of makes you wonder why this article was posted, doesn't it?

Yep. Hmmmmm.

47 posted on 02/28/2003 7:46:26 PM PST by nicmarlo (** UNDER GOD **)
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To: TLBSHOW
The Fox story was wrong! And I will repeat it -- it was WRONG!

Major Garrett wrote a hit piece on Republicans and it was not a trial balloon. Senator Frist doesn't operate that way -- he is above board and filled with integrity. He doesn't play the trial balloon game.

Rush was WRONG to have followed the Fox story without checking out facts and he admitted he was wrong after Hatch/Santorum's offices called. They are not caving, were never going to cave and that is the story.

Major Garrett did a disservice to the Senate Republicans and a lot of that story is still on the Fox site although the part about being a bad night to Republicans was changed. You don't take comments out of context and print them in a story when they could have a different meaning.



48 posted on 02/28/2003 7:49:00 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: Howlin; justshe
it looks to me as if Rush was at first going with what FNC was reporting and then the font in the article changes and the story changes...

I believe whoever posted the article and posted in ( ) is misleading those who read it at FR.
49 posted on 02/28/2003 7:49:15 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: marajade
Think what you want. Rush wrote and posted it long after his show was over. He means what is here. I am sure he can clear it all up for those that can't understand it on his show Monday.


50 posted on 02/28/2003 7:54:34 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: marajade
That would mean that Hatch, Santorum and Frist now all lie... I don't think so...

Past retreats from such declarative statements have been spun away as less than "lies" -- that's such a crudely harsh, almost honest word for a politician to use. Like you, I am very encouraged by their brazen talk. But I've been around too long to bite this early, so I'll know they really mean it when Dr. Frist forces Senate Dems to filibuster around the clock.

51 posted on 02/28/2003 7:54:57 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: TLBSHOW
Reread the article...

Nearly everyone else on this thread understands that Rush is admitting he made a mistake... why can't you?

Need more schooling?
52 posted on 02/28/2003 7:57:05 PM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: TLBSHOW
Robert Novack Told Inside Democrats today that Frist is playing hardball and will keep it up until this is resloved
53 posted on 02/28/2003 7:57:17 PM PST by The Wizard (Demonrats are enemies of America)
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To: PhiKapMom
I actually agree with going 24/7 if things don't change

And I know you know that the Senate leadership says this is a possibility. Absolutely!

I only say this as if it comes to pass, it will NOT be because feet were held to the fire. I believe Sen. Frist is a man of his word, and if says they will use ALL options as necessary, then that is what he will do.

54 posted on 02/28/2003 7:58:59 PM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: PhiKapMom
You have to ask why the story is still there then?
55 posted on 02/28/2003 7:59:00 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: nicmarlo
There was no need to post this article at all. This was cleared up early today and everybody knows it.
56 posted on 02/28/2003 8:00:08 PM PST by Wait4Truth (God Bless our President!)
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To: marajade
So what does Rush mean here?

If these Democrats want to filibuster the first Hispanic nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court, let them do it! I know they say there are new rules making a filibuster harder, but so what? And don't tell me that it's not "practical" anymore, because people have to go to the bathroom. That's nothing new.

Force them to get out there and filibuster this eminently qualified man, as rated unanimously by the American Bar Association.
57 posted on 02/28/2003 8:00:22 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Wait4Truth
Rush is telling the GOP to do some work and no excusses.....
58 posted on 02/28/2003 8:01:19 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
I asked Fox in an email while they are still running a story with quotes taken out of context! Getting less impressed with Fox and Major Garrett by the minute!
59 posted on 02/28/2003 8:01:48 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: cyncooper
Great post and as PhiKapMom said I actually agree with going 24/7 if things don't change.
60 posted on 02/28/2003 8:02:18 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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