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A New Move on Estrada ('Tain't over yet!)
National Review Online ^ | 2/28/2003 | Byron York

Posted on 02/28/2003 8:19:40 AM PST by ArcLight

Edited on 02/28/2003 10:00:33 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

In perhaps its most forceful effort yet to break the stalemate over the appeals-court nomination of Miguel Estrada, the White House has now invited every member of the Senate who has doubts about Estrada's legal views to submit written questions to Estrada by the close of business Friday. In a letter delivered Thursday to all 100 senators, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales said Estrada will respond by next Tuesday.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; byronyork; democrats; estrada; estradafilibuster; gop; senate
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To: Re-electNobody
see 156.
161 posted on 02/28/2003 10:39:00 AM PST by hobbes1
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To: TLBSHOW
On more than one occasion you have stated, "I'm always right."
162 posted on 02/28/2003 10:39:20 AM PST by Carolinamom (To the brave and true, nothing is difficult.)
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To: TLBSHOW
Point is this is not about me but not allowing the rats to do this to The President

But it's fine if YOU insinuate the president is a traitor, say he's in bed with terrorits, call him a commie liberal rat, and say he's just like Clinton?

Did I get that right?

(BTW, don't even TRY to deny you said that stuff. Unlike you, I HAVE the links to back up that statement.)

163 posted on 02/28/2003 10:40:19 AM PST by Howlin (Time to pull the trigger!)
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To: Howlin

Right!

We have yet to see the strategy played out!

There are things that are going on behind the scenes,
that we, Rush, and the press know anything about.
164 posted on 02/28/2003 10:40:21 AM PST by woodyinscc
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To: Carolinamom
I didn't say I was not right on this thread I said if I am not right. Like I said i doubt it. Hold their feet to the fire, Rush just read the George Will story.

George F. Will: Will Bush defend the Constitution?

WASHINGTON -- The president, preoccupied with regime change elsewhere, will occupy a substantially diminished presidency unless he defeats the current attempt to alter the constitutional regime here. If at least 41 Senate Democrats succeed in blocking a vote on the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Constitution effectively will be amended.

snip
. And if the president does not wage a fierce, protracted and very public fight for his nominee, he will display insufficient seriousness about the oath he swore to defend the Constitution.


..........
First call says go 24/7

165 posted on 02/28/2003 10:43:50 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Carolinamom
I didn't say I was not right on this thread I said if I am not right. Like I said i doubt it. Hold their feet to the fire, Rush just read the George Will story.

George F. Will: Will Bush defend the Constitution?

WASHINGTON -- The president, preoccupied with regime change elsewhere, will occupy a substantially diminished presidency unless he defeats the current attempt to alter the constitutional regime here. If at least 41 Senate Democrats succeed in blocking a vote on the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Constitution effectively will be amended.

snip
. And if the president does not wage a fierce, protracted and very public fight for his nominee, he will display insufficient seriousness about the oath he swore to defend the Constitution.


..........
First call says go 24/7

166 posted on 02/28/2003 10:44:37 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
I am not in opposition to a real filibuster but the issue is the quorum call and having 51 senators present...
167 posted on 02/28/2003 10:45:08 AM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: marajade
What do WE know "for sure" about Estrada?

Wouldn't it be ironic if, after all this hoorah, he turned out to be another Stephen Breyer?
168 posted on 02/28/2003 10:45:12 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Howlin
If there are no issues with which to disagree, the Democrats and their enablers (with credit to MissMarple), play create-an-issue and attempt to fashion their arguments out of thin air.

Those who have no thoughts of their own are like desperate thieves....stealing even the baseless rants of the ill-informed.

169 posted on 02/28/2003 10:45:19 AM PST by justshe (FREE MIGUEL !)
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To: Howlin
It seems clear to me, if it's good enough for the Ginsberg, it's good enough for the Estrada.

ABA guidelines prohibit comment by judges on cases which may come before them.

Ginsberg refused questions saying it would not be appropriate for her to comment in a legislative forum how she would decide in a judicial one.

It is a tactic to deflate the rat condom.

In the interim rats have been exposed as mired in politics as our people are on the eve of war.

It is not flashy--but flashy burns things down in tragedy.

It is calm, reasoned, and will succeed.

170 posted on 02/28/2003 10:48:02 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Howlin
It seems clear to me, if it's good enough for the Ginsberg, it's good enough for the Estrada.

ABA guidelines prohibit comment by judges on cases which may come before them.

Ginsberg refused questions saying it would not be appropriate for her to comment in a legislative forum how she would decide in a judicial one.

It is a tactic to deflate the rat condom.

In the interim rats have been exposed as mired in politics as our people are on the eve of war.

It is not flashy--but flashy burns things down in tragedy.

It is calm, reasoned, and will succeed.

171 posted on 02/28/2003 10:49:18 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: BJR
Again, novak states the obvious situation and somehow gets FReepers to think its some sort of revelation. What did you think would happen if we had less than 60 votes two weeks ago ? Did you actually think we could win without it ? did you actually think something the R's could say or do would change that ? Did you actually think a 24/7 forced fillibuster would cause the rats to change ?

Maybe what is obvious and plan to me is some sort of revelation to other freepers. The minute the rats said they were not going to allow cloture the battle for Estrada was lost, over, dead, nada, zilch, zapped .

Thats old news.

The issue today is how to get him appointed in spite of the filibuster ability of the rats.

172 posted on 02/28/2003 10:53:33 AM PST by VRWC_minion ( Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and most are right)
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To: woodyinscc
I just called my Senators offices, one understood my outrage, the other one was like I interrupted her day and
wanted my name and phone number.
173 posted on 02/28/2003 10:54:55 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: All
Instead of whining, call the Senate people.
174 posted on 02/28/2003 10:54:57 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.")
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To: hobbes1
along with did you remember to take your medication today ?

LOL.

175 posted on 02/28/2003 10:59:13 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Rally for America, March 2, Nautica in the Flats, Cleveland Ohio)
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To: Howlin
Am I right in understanding when Frist proposes cloture and it is defeated....Reid is on automatic pilot to object, then the talking continues? If this happens, and I see it most likely to happen, THEN Frist can keep the Senate open 24/7. Please correct me if I'm reading this wrong.
176 posted on 02/28/2003 10:59:35 AM PST by Carolinamom (To the brave and true, nothing is difficult.)
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To: AFPhys
One indication is that they haven't made the RATs do a real filibuster.
177 posted on 02/28/2003 11:02:19 AM PST by clintonh8r (It is better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: TLBSHOW; Howlin; Miss Marple
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/853356/posts

Frist told Fox News that he had no choice but to call the Democrats' bluff on the filibuster. A vote is scheduled for next Tuesday.

"I would think the battle is just beginning. At that juncture, we would know who we need to talk to. I've got a feeling, I've got a sense that Democrats are entrenched, and our goal is to pull them out of those trenches. It may take a few days. It may take a few weeks — it may take months —but it's my goal to pull them out of those trenches."


What of the above do you not understand?

"gifter" I've asked you several times on various threads just how you make the democrats talk/debate if they don't want to when they have 41+ votes at this time? You've evaded that question like you've never read it but you have because you answered the post with some inane answer or cut/paste.

Are you incapable of answering simple questions? You claim the democrats can be made to talk. All I'm asking you is how? Please explain that to the forum if you can. So far you've not been able to.

All the democrats have to do is keep someone in the chamber to object to unanimous request that maybe posed by the Republicans to schedule a vote. A vote can't be taken until the democrats agree or there are 60 votes to invoke cloture... Can you understand that simple thing? Or are simple things to complicated for you to understand?

178 posted on 02/28/2003 11:04:29 AM PST by deport (Where fools rush in..........)
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To: TLBSHOW
If I am wrong I will admit it and say so on the forum. I doubt I am but will say so if I am.

You're wrong.

Rush just announced that he received calls from the offices of Hatch and Santorum that there will not be a cloture vote. Rush is renewed and invigorated.

I'll refrain from saying "I told you so".

(oops, guess I just did. Sorry! Couldn't resist)

179 posted on 02/28/2003 11:09:51 AM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: woodyinscc
Haven't had time to catch up with all of this thread yet, but Santorum's office just called Rush's office and said the Fox story was wrong -- no cloture vote Tuesday (Rush is glad) -- they did say some members are getting nervous about other business not being done. (Which members, Democrat or Republican?) And that they are trying to get as close to a "real" filibuster as possible although it may not be 24/7. Rush seems to be feeling a little better based on these representations. He's come down hard on the Republicans today which I hope will help encourage them to stay the course on Estrada. It's crucial.
180 posted on 02/28/2003 11:10:56 AM PST by GOPrincess
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