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Posts by snooker

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  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 9:43:43 AM PST · 131 of 183
    snooker to Defiant
    Snooker, one who catches snook. This is a snook for the unknowing.

    I defer to you oh wise one. I just don't agree with you.

    Sometimes the path to success is not straight up the hill. You obviously want to go up the hill, I will call for the ambulance to stand by.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 9:13:06 AM PST · 125 of 183
    snooker to sandyeggo
    Agree with the heat, but be prepared to not succeed.

    Bush makes the nominations, not Spector. And Spector will have plenty of Rs to help him get the nominee to the floor, whether Spector wants it or not :)
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 9:11:09 AM PST · 122 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    No I don't think they would be dumb enough to filibuster a Hispanic. Why do you think they would be dumb enough to filibuster a black?

    I really don't care what the MSM thinks, I care what the public thinks. And right now they think judges making laws is not good. They also don't trust the MSM anymore. The more vitriolic and delusional the Democrats get the better. These are our keys to the kingdom, IMHO.

    But I can live with Justice Scalia. Estrada would be a nice choice for Justice. Very cool for Rs as well.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 9:04:49 AM PST · 119 of 183
    snooker to Redbob
    Agree ... Sometimes it is hard to convince people that the path to success is not straight up the hill. Strategery is often much easier and quicker.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:58:13 AM PST · 115 of 183
    snooker to Defiant

    see post #110 for something you missed. Comments?

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:57:07 AM PST · 113 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    I think people are overlooking the importance of this. The Massachusetts Supreme court cemented in the publics eye what judicial activism meant and what strict construction is all about. The Massachusetts Supreme court did us a huge favor. The public was watching and they didn't like it one bit. This directly works against the Democratss trying to filibuster judges that are presented to the public properly, that is they interpret the law not make it up. What Bush was saying is he saw this and is going to use it to build off of. We would be wise to follow his lead.

    It also works in favor of the appointment of a strict constructionist as the next chief justice. It's beginning to look like this battle will be sooner rather than later. How does Chief Justice Thomas sound to you?

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:50:38 AM PST · 109 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    OK, my bad.

    Did you see this http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1271713/posts.

    The media is laying in wait. They are planning on wrapping abortion around our axle even before we can get started.

    We need a new strategery. I am researching a new tactic with my NRA friends.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:37:18 AM PST · 104 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    That's what I heard as well Grassley is not interested.

    Doesn't a committee have to vote on the chair and since the Rs hold the majority can't they make the final decision? I heard somewhere that they could. Seems logical.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:34:13 AM PST · 103 of 183
    snooker to Spiff
    OK so here I come again ...

    Bush already knows and so does Frist. See my post #98 below this one. I assume you heard Bush at his presser.

    I always believe it is best to have differing opinions instead of just moving in lock step on anything. One vote does not a make a majority.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:28:17 AM PST · 98 of 183
    snooker to Defiant
    I think you are overlooking the election -- it did intervene and it changes perceptions of those serving.

    The power dynamics of the Senate has been dramatically altered with two events. Daschle losing, and the the Republicans gaining a 55 seat majority. Frist's power is greatly enhanced now. The power wielded by a single Senator is diminished, even that of a committee chair. There will be additional Rs added to Judiciary committee, that will also change a lot.

    All those red states are going to make red state dems think twice before just going along with judicial filibusters. Daschle was counting on winning back the Senate to hold the filibuster. We all know how that worked out :)

    One more point for you to consider. The Massachusetts Supreme court cemented in the publics eye what judicial activism meant and what strict construction is all about. The Massachusetts Supreme court did us a huge favor. The public was watching and they didn't like it one bit. This directly works against the dems trying to filibuster judges that are presented to the public properly, that is they interpret the law not make it up. What Bush was saying is he saw this and is going to use it to build off of. We would be wise to follow his lead.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:13:03 AM PST · 93 of 183
    snooker to mwl1

    I agree, Frist will do what it takes now to keep the new Judiciary Chair in line, no matter who it is. Did you see Frist get all full of energy and spunk when the Republicans won those additional seats? He looked like he was going to explode with enthusiasm. Frist is a good person, he has promise.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 8:03:20 AM PST · 88 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    ... the President does not want his judicial appointments to focus on single issues. He wants strict constructionists.

    ... and the public agrees. Those Massachusetts judges did us a huge favor in driving this point home -- big time. We need to build on that momentum.

    There is nothing wrong with putting Spector in the hot seat, but a messy public fight over Spector and abortion is exactly what the MSM is angling for. We need to go around, take a pass on this fight and move forward. Bush and Frist have other options with the Judiciary chair. I bet they are hard at work on them.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 7:51:08 AM PST · 82 of 183
    snooker to mrsmith
    Spector speaks the truth. To ignore him is folly. What we need is strategery first, action second.

    I haven't forgiven Spector for Bork, but life moves on.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 7:48:54 AM PST · 80 of 183
    snooker to mwl1
    The power dynamics of the Senate have been dramatically altered with two events. Daschle losing, and the the Republicans gaining a 55 seat majority. Frist's power is greatly enhanced now. The power wielded by a single Senator is diminished, even that of a committee chair.

    All those red states are going to make red state dems think twice before just going along with judicial filibusters. Daschle was counting on winning back the Senate to hold the filibuster. We all know how that worked out :)
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 7:42:50 AM PST · 77 of 183
    snooker to David
    You are so right -- The issue as framed by the President is getting judges appointed to the bench that will strictly interpret the Constitution and laws and not make it up. If we don't do this, nothing else is possible. Abortion should not be the central issue here. You did not hear Bush speak of abortion.

    Wrapping abortion around our axle will defeat us on both counts.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 3)

    11/05/2004 7:35:03 AM PST · 70 of 183
    snooker to RAY
    Shoulda - coulda - woulda that is so much of a 1970s fight, that we lost BTW. RvW is decided law, as the President stated, and the public is not prepared to change that. No matter how much we try, it ain't gonna happen.

    So when you encounter an obstacle --- go around it.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/05/2004 6:15:02 AM PST · 113 of 122
    snooker to WillRain

    A few hundred thousand votes switch sides and we lose again.

    It's political naivete to think that everyone who voted for Bush, or those that voted for a Senator, or Representative all agree with you on every issue. It's up to the sponsors of an issue to build a majority coalition on each issue and get their issue successfully voted on. It's not easy to do, and to think it is - that's pure folly. The quickest way to lose your majority is to take it for granted. The second quickest way to lose your majority is to get it wrapped around the axle of some issue you ultimately lose. We must nurture and expand our majority while at the same time advancing our issues.

    Winning the election isn't everything, it's just the beginning.

  • I've never heard Bush handle a press conference so well as today

    11/04/2004 1:42:33 PM PST · 14 of 40
    snooker to Uncledave

    Makes you proud to have worked for and voted for him.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:39:58 PM PST · 246 of 285
    snooker to onyx

    Maybe Bush said something like 'Arlene, I will campaign for you but you have to push my nominees to the floor for a vote. Deal?'

    I would have, wouldn't you?

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:31:34 PM PST · 241 of 285
    snooker to onyx

    We the floor vote comes one is enough.

  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 1:30:05 PM PST · 93 of 122
    snooker to Syco
    The MSM -- they're trying to drive a wedge between the moderates and the conservatives in the party

    Ding ding ding we have a winner ...

    You are being too modest in your goals. Now is the time to increase our majority, not spend all our capital wastefully. Remember the dems sat atop the levers of power for 50 years to get us where we are today.

    Gun control is my litmus test. How a person feels about a citizen owning a gun is how they feel about the US Constitution.

    snooker is my name. Winning is the game. :-}

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:22:53 PM PST · 236 of 285
    snooker to onyx
    Maybe we don't stop Spector from becoming the chair but we trade that chair for what we really want -- Floor votes on nominees. Pack the Judiciary committee with pubbies.

    I can't stand Spector either, Toomey was my guy, but Bush is a man of his word. He would not have campaigned for Spector if Bush didn't have some sway with him. Spector now owes Bush.

    With a good solid working majority in the Senate, each individual Senator is greatly diminished in power -- even chairs. Frist is now greatly enhanced in his power.

    I am sticking with the CIC, he has done me proud so far.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:14:28 PM PST · 232 of 285
    snooker to Spiff
    One more time -- I am against all forms of abortion -- period.

    You need to realize that a majority vote does not mean a majority of all people agree with you on ALL issues. It is also a fact that we need to form majority coalitions by going outside our normal support groups.

    A successful majority coalition on any issue takes all comers, regardless their stripes. For the longest while, Conservatives have not done this. When Auhnold ran for Governator, Conservatives held their noses and voted for him. A good plan. Much better than CA Conservatives meeting in a phone booth at Joe's bar. Now look what it has done for us overall. We have to open up and allow others to join us without compromising our core values -- Else we will surely lose.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:04:38 PM PST · 221 of 285
    snooker to onyx
    Not denying your fact.

    Now answer my question -- why did Bush choose Spector. Bush had to know all the facts. He campaigned for very few Senators but he did campaign FOR Spector.

    I am sticking with the CIC on this one.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 1:00:05 PM PST · 215 of 285
    snooker to onyx
    Bush campaigned for Spector. What's that all about?
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:59:08 PM PST · 214 of 285
    snooker to Spiff
    Didn't say the MSM has just invented the issue -- it's their staple issue to use against Conservatives.

    Bush campaigned for Spector -- remember that. What's that all about. All I said is the middle cheese said there is a lot of resistance amongst Senate Conservatives -- Spector as chair is not a foregone conclusion.

    There is now a working majority for the pubbies in the Senate. Each Senator is now dramatically less important.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:53:30 PM PST · 209 of 285
    snooker to Kryptonite

    See post #206

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:52:22 PM PST · 206 of 285
    snooker to editor-surveyor
    Bush campaigned for Spector -- remember that? Must be a reason. Best to follow the CIC than to second guess him. Bush said today 'judges that strictly interpret the law'. But sadly that also means RvW. But Bush was clearly signaling his judicial plan of attack.

    Strategy and tactics defeat the enemy. I am sticking with Bush on this one.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:48:58 PM PST · 204 of 285
    snooker to SolomoninSouthDakota
    I think there is two things wrong here.

    Revolution or not, the public isn't with you on the overturn RvW argument. We do not have a coalition majority on overturning RvW. The MSM knows this and that is the trap. Spector is the MSM bait.

    Also never forget -- Bush campaigned for Spector, remember?

    My approach is to forget overturning RvW and achieve the goal another way. RvW will then wilt on the vine and die. In the end, we win. Just like Gingrich once stated about the Healthcare Financing Administration -- remember that? Tactics.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 12:34:14 PM PST · 86 of 122
    snooker to Syco
    Let me be blunt -- we won but not all Bush voters agree with us on all issues. We need to deal with that fact on every issue.

    It's the MSM that is still dangerous. They are wounded and weakened but not dead yet. We need to recognize that. The MSM is trolling for a win -- my guess they are trying to build a case that the Conservatives want to repeal RvW. This frontal attack on RvW is a proven loser and could serve to get the MSM back in the game. We don't want to do that at any cost. Spector is the bait on the MSM's hook.

    My point is this, don't enter the field of battle for the hearts and minds of the country without knowing you can win. If you do you fail.

    Now is the time to build the majority coalition, You cannot assume all Bush voters are on your side on every issue. I have secret plan for the majority coalition and if you think about it -- long hard, you will find it is working. What is it? Think.

    BTW -- Read my tag line.

  • NRA: Freedom Prevails Across the Country, Bush Re-Elected, Tom Daschle Defeated

    11/04/2004 12:23:21 PM PST · 18 of 28
    snooker to areafiftyone
    It's a good thing :-}
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:21:22 PM PST · 193 of 285
    snooker to Spiff
    What is your first clue the MSM is setting us up for the bomb? It's the fact the SF Chronicle and other liberal outlets are pedaling the story the day after the election. Trying to get Bush voters upset and to stir up trouble where there is none. By now we should be aware of the tactics of the MSM. Now that they have lost big, the MSM is going to use every trick they have to get back in the game.

    I just talked to a middle cheese friend and he said don't make the assumption that Spector is the next Judiciary chairman. He also said don't feed the MSM monster.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 12:10:52 PM PST · 191 of 285
    snooker to SolomoninSouthDakota
    I agree, it's a truly amazing thing. They threw everything they had at us -- and lost.

    Be careful out there. The MSM is bad wounded but they are not dead yet. A few good wins and they are back in the fight. That is exactly why the MSM is trying so hard to frame the abortion issue as repealing Roe v Wade. We do not want this to happen at all costs.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:57:48 AM PST · 78 of 122
    snooker to Bryan24
    The MSM is preparing the turf for the dems -- not for us. The more dandruff the MSM can raise - the more angst they can create for conservatives, the more likely we get defeated. You enter the stadium on your terms. We are a majority, but we still have a simple problem. Not all the people that make up that majority think like we do. We must deal with that.

    The golden rule -- It is necessary to build a majority coalition on every single issue before taking to the field for battle. You must keep that majority coalition strong throughout the battle. We have not yet built the majority coalition, nor do we have a winning strategy -- To do less will ultimately defeat you.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:50:57 AM PST · 77 of 122
    snooker to Shethink13
    Who said we're making it a litmus test? It is Specter that's got the litmus test. My only requirement is exactly what the President calls for - someone who will strictly interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench. We don't need a litmus test if they'd just stick to the law.

    OK now this is where it starts to get messy. The Supremes have ruled Roe v Wade is the law. No way around this. A frontal attack on RvW is not going to work. The MSM will just cut the judicial nominees to shreds. This is exactly why the MSM put this story out at this time. To prepare the field and tilt the odds by using our reaction to this article against us. So how to counter -- What's your approach?

    I add that frontal assaults on RvW have been dismal failures in the past.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 11:43:56 AM PST · 185 of 285
    snooker to Clint N. Suhks
    Rather than attack my motives why not listen to the argument.

    The MSM is not our friend. Their weapon is to paint Conservatives with their template brush. To defeat the MSM and the dems, change your tactics, not your goals.

    One thing to remember is that not all Bush voters support us, we need to build a coalition majority to defeat the issue of abortion. All comers should be welcome.

    And yes I consider myself mainstream Conservative.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:37:56 AM PST · 69 of 122
    snooker to Shethink13
    Sigh, I actually completely agree with you about Spector.

    Winning this issue -- not arguing is my single goal. The public and the arena of ideas is the battleground. That is where we have to win.

    But we cannot deny the MSM still holds sway with the public and waving the Roe v Wade flag in the publics' face is the MSM's game. Reality, we need to deal with it, and defeat it.

    There is more at stake than just abortion, and making abortion a litmus test feeds the MSM monster and will defeat us in our quest. Strategery is required on judges.

    I don't want to blow it with any Supreme nominees.

  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:31:14 AM PST · 67 of 122
    snooker to WOSG
    Sigh, I actually agree with you about Spector.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:28:32 AM PST · 65 of 122
    snooker to Shethink13
    Nope I actually agree with most everything being said on this thread. Spector is an abomination. Surprised, I actually agree with exactly what you say about Spector and then more :). You sure Spector's phones, or anyone else's are burning up?

    But it's for sure the MSM is doing something and it's not to make Conservatives look good. The MSM is counting on us doing precisely what you advocate doing. Sometimes a less direct approach results in a win.

    I just prefer winning now, instead of losing. That includes on the issue of abortion.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 11:21:58 AM PST · 177 of 285
    snooker to editor-surveyor
    The media lie. Public opinion is heavily against 'abortion on demand.' What people want is something that they really always had: protection for the mother's life. Roe v. Wade was a strawman; the doctors always had the discretion(ed. I changed this to what I thought you meant) to save the most viable life, and only elective abortion was ever illegal.

    Whew -- finally hooked me a live one. You win -- you are exactly right.

    But the problem is still the MSM is out to help the dems. No way around it -- yet. If the MSM can plant the story, foster the lie that the conservatives are trying to get the people to do something the public is not prepared for, they got us -- again. I smell more than just a pinch of get those nasty Conservatives in these stories.

    So we need strategery.

    BTW -- I agree with most all that has been said on this thread. Might shock some, but I do. Spector has been an abomination for conservatives and conservative judges.

    But I want to win, not just charge up the hill to fall off a cliff.

  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 11:13:42 AM PST · 176 of 285
    snooker to Spiff

    Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho, it's off the cliff we go. Again.



    I am not arguing about abortion, it's all about how you spend your political capital and how the MSM will get you to waste it.

    As an example, isn't it odd that this is one of the first stories to hit the wires after Bush wins. Is it actually true? Rush says it's not even true.

    The MSM is working to get you all worked up as quick as possible so you can give them the ammo to blow you away. Why do you think the MSM planted the story.

    I prefer winning.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:04:44 AM PST · 55 of 122
    snooker to WOSG
    What we need is strategery not reaction. Plenty of time for action later.

    The MSM is just simply trying to get us to waste political capital before we have the chance to figure out a winning strategy. Sometimes the direct approach isn't the best.

    Winning is the goal. It's a big playing field.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 11:01:43 AM PST · 53 of 122
    snooker to mrsmith
    The irony is that this is a waste of political capital by pro-life people.

    This whole exercise with Spector is a waste of hard earned political capital. The MSM is trying to get the conservatives to spend early and waste what they have earned.

    Winning is the goal, not arguing. Bush has already laid down the marker. he will appoint judges who interpret the law not rule by their opinion.

    What is needed is strategy. The old in your face one has not worked and simply feeds the MSM with the ammo they use to blast us with.

    I come to win not just waste my time playing the MSM game.

  • FR TARGET 2006: SENATORS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

    11/04/2004 10:55:22 AM PST · 3 of 161
    snooker to Josh in PA

    Good list. Suggest a further sort - red state -- blue state.

    Changing the Senate is better than losing a blue state election. Spend less, get more.

  • DID FREE REPUBLIC CONTRIBUTE TO THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W.BUSH?

    11/04/2004 10:49:44 AM PST · 37 of 172
    snooker to crushelits

    This is a joke post right?

  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 10:48:55 AM PST · 46 of 122
    snooker to Always Right

    He can be our ally in the abortion fight. How you say? Inquire within.

    Just keep in mind I am not arguing abortion with you -- I am arguing tactics and how to ultimately win on the abortion issue. Very different things.

    The MSM is not your friend.

  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 10:46:35 AM PST · 45 of 122
    snooker to Syco
    Reread what I said. I did not say abortion was anything. I just said the MSM is leading you into a trap on abortion that they have set for you. The intent is to sow as much dissension as soon as possible to foster divides in the Rs and pit one against the other.

    I am not taking issue with what you are saying, in your letter or otherwise. I am not arguing religion or anything but winning. It's all about winning.

    We should have learned by now the MSM will do what they have to, including lying, to defeat conservatives.

    I abhor abortion as much as the anyone. I just am tired of arguing and am interested in winning.
  • Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)

    11/04/2004 10:41:06 AM PST · 173 of 285
    snooker to editor-surveyor
    Laughing so much my sides hurt, let me collect myself. Kerry man ? You sure know me well. Check my posting history and you won't ask the question.

    Let me state this as plainly as I can. I abhor abortion as much as the next.

    I just want to win -- I am tired of arguing.

    What do you want to accomplish? Getting rid of Roe v Wade or getting rid of abortions? Progress is made by changing minds, not auguring endlessly.
  • FREEPERS UNITE - Contact Senate GOP Leaders About Senator Specter

    11/04/2004 10:36:42 AM PST · 35 of 122
    snooker to Always Right
    Yes you are, the MSM is playing you like a fiddle -- repeating myself. Why do you think this MSM story is out the first day after the election? Do we even know it's true?

    Bush has a better way -- I know a better way.

    Anything is better than what is now going on. The MSM is sowing discontent before Bush has even had a chance to get some sleep.

    All politicians lie, tell me something I don't know. I am tired of the abortion wars, just like I got tired of the gun control wars. We won the gun control war, CCW is spreading like wildfire, why not win the abortion war.

    There is a better way than the one the MSM is laying out for us. Why let the MSM choose the battles, choose the turf and set us up to the bomb.

    Again -- you want to win or do you want to argue. The current path has not resulted in success -- just doing more of the same will not work either. Up to you.

    My choice, I want to win not argue.

  • Press: Specter claims press lied about judges

    11/04/2004 10:27:59 AM PST · 61 of 86
    snooker to Bungarian

    MSM abortion trap ahead