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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; byronyork; democrats; estrada; estradafilibuster; gop; senate
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To: Puppage
The trouble is that Mr. & Mrs. John Q. Public are more concerned about Iraq, terrorism and the economy. The Republicans are playing this exactly right, if you ask me. When they take that vote and the Dems vote no they are on the record. When they match up those no votes with the complete failure of those individuals to request available information, the Dems will be revealed for what they are. Some of you think courage would be to go 24/7, right now I think calling those moderate Dems bluff is pretty astute.
21 posted on 02/28/2003 8:40:54 AM PST by Dolphy
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To: Puppage
The trouble is that Mr. & Mrs. John Q. Public are more concerned about Iraq, terrorism and the economy. The Republicans are playing this exactly right, if you ask me. When they take that vote and the Dems vote no they are on the record. When they match up those no votes with the complete failure of those individuals to request available information, the Dems will be revealed for what they are. Some of you think courage would be to go 24/7, right now I think calling those moderate Dems bluff is pretty astute.
22 posted on 02/28/2003 8:42:16 AM PST by Dolphy
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To: mike_9958
I think there are many in the GOP who believe that it sets a bad precedent to have a cloture vote on a judicial nomination...it in effect amends the Constitution, as George Will points out in his column today in the WP...they want to try and pressure the Dems, corrall the needed votes..and I still maintain it's working....you've only seen a few Dems babbling on the floor..I think the GOP has a few more committments lined up.....we may be closer....
23 posted on 02/28/2003 8:42:43 AM PST by ken5050
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To: RushingWater
"Incredulous - the Democratic party's test question for a political assignment is whether you are OK with killing the preborn!"

Very likely. Another thing that has come to light is that the court that Estrada is beeing nominated for is the one that sits in judgement on members of congress in their actions. The democRATs can't stand having a judge there that holds them to the Constitution!

They are shaking in their boots over that prospect and they don't dare come right out and say so. They are caught in a precarious spot and are grasping at any straw that will trash the nomination.

24 posted on 02/28/2003 8:42:47 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: RushingWater
"Incredulous - the Democratic party's test question for a political assignment is whether you are OK with killing the preborn!"

Very likely. Another thing that has come to light is that the court that Estrada is beeing nominated for is the one that sits in judgement on members of congress in their actions. The democRATs can't stand having a judge there that holds them to the Constitution!

They are shaking in their boots over that prospect and they don't dare come right out and say so. They are caught in a precarious spot and are grasping at any straw that will trash the nomination.

25 posted on 02/28/2003 8:44:46 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: cyncooper
I got the perception from reading the following article on Fox's website.... take a look:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,79845,00.html

26 posted on 02/28/2003 8:45:06 AM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958
Frist was on Hannity yesterday... they aren't caving.
27 posted on 02/28/2003 8:45:34 AM PST by carton253
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To: cyncooper
Dat old debbil STRATEGERY done struck again!!

This is great! Once again, the dems jammed into a box of Bush's design. Don't mess with TexisDyslexis!

28 posted on 02/28/2003 8:45:48 AM PST by cookcounty
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To: mabelkitty
Mr. Bush, calling their bluff.

Right on.

29 posted on 02/28/2003 8:45:56 AM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: mike_9958
What would you do ? Attack now by forcing a fillibuster and surely lose or attempt to gather enough votes to block the fillibuster while still maintaining the option to go 24/7 ?

If it were me, I would take the course they are using now and when I was certain that nothing else could change the situation, (no amout of public pressure, no amount of back room deals, no amount of threats for current legislation and pork, no amount of special favors to senators and their friends, no amount of pressure from a popular president who has just won a war with Iraq, ) I would then end the battle with forcing the fillibuster and taking a cloture vote. Then I would resurect the entire matter in time for the next elections.

30 posted on 02/28/2003 8:46:24 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: All
PLEASE EVERYONE CONTACT THE RNC and tell them NOT TO CAVE AGAIN!!! Unless you want Hillary Clinton becoming the president one day you will do your part. This is just the beginning if the RATS win this one.


http://www.rnc.org/contact/contact.htm

Phone Numbers:
Phone: 202.863.8500
Fax: 202.863.8820

info@rnc.org

I am NOT giving up on this one! STOP THEM NOW!!!
31 posted on 02/28/2003 8:47:35 AM PST by kcvl
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To: cyncooper
Dat old debbil STRATEGERY done struck again!!

This is great! Once again, the dems jammed into a box of Bush's design. Don't mess with TexisDyslexis!

32 posted on 02/28/2003 8:48:04 AM PST by cookcounty
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To: ArcLight
We can do all the screaming we want about the fillibuster being anti-constitutional but that horse ain't going nowhere.

This is a political question and the only way to win is on the politcal battle field. Frist should keep them there 24/7 so that the issue moves into the minds of as many Americans as possible.

At that point there will either be enough pressure to force the dims to vote or their won't be. The only way to win is to play tough and play politics.

33 posted on 02/28/2003 8:48:53 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: TLBSHOW
its all a constitution issue my friends and the rats are trying to take all power from the President.

You assert that as if President Bush and Sen. Frist don't know that. They do and they are NOT backing down. Their strategy is not your strategy, but be assured they aim for the result we all want.

34 posted on 02/28/2003 8:49:02 AM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: TLBSHOW
Today is a day for strategy... did you read the article?
35 posted on 02/28/2003 8:50:47 AM PST by sabe@q.com
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To: ArcLight
I say recess appointment,and when the dems howl point out how they refused to allow the man a vote on the senate floor.
36 posted on 02/28/2003 8:51:11 AM PST by linn37 (work my fingers to the bone and what do I get?)
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To: mike_9958
Got the idea off this story on Fox's website.

Good. Re-read the story. Then be of good cheer.

37 posted on 02/28/2003 8:52:07 AM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: ArcLight
The RATS know if they confirm him now, and in short order he's nominated for the SCOTUS, it'll be impossible to stop him.
38 posted on 02/28/2003 8:54:17 AM PST by HumanaeVitae
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To: mike_9958
I don't understand

Apparently.

39 posted on 02/28/2003 8:55:07 AM PST by hobbes1
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To: RushingWater
You are right. The next litmus test is "Are you now or have you ever been a practicing Catholic?"
40 posted on 02/28/2003 8:56:58 AM PST by Natural Law
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