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  • The Political Downside of Reid’s Retirement

    03/27/2015 7:39:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2015 | Joel Gehrke Read more at:
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) delighted Republicans across the country this morning by announcing that he will not seek reelection. “On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Ward Baker says in a statement. “Not only does Reid instantly become irrelevant and a lame duck, his retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate. With the exception of Reid, every elected statewide official in Nevada is Republican and this...
  • Senate Unanimously Welcomes Netanyahu to America

    02/27/2015 4:15:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 27, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    No Senate Democrats block measure backing Bibi’s speechThe Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to America and endorsing his speech before a joint session of Congress. Critics of the Obama administration view the unanimous approval as a rebuke to the White House and Democrats, who have vowed to boycott Netanyahu’s address and work to counter his warnings about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. No Senate Democrats sponsored the measure, which attracted 50 Republican cosponsors. However, none attempted to block its passage, signaling that support for Israel and Netanyahu’s message has outweighed a pressure...
  • Again: Senate Democrats Filibuster DHS Funding to Protect Obama's Amnesty

    02/24/2015 8:52:38 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies ^ | 2/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    For weeks, Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic minority -- with the explicit blessing of the White House -- have been blocking all debate on a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House legislation provides full appropriations for DHS, with the small exception of stripping out funds targeted for the implementation President Obama's unpopular and illegal (according to both a federal judge and Obama himself) executive amnesty fiat. Democrats in the upper chamber had already filibustered three attempts to take up, discuss, or amend the House's bill. Last night witnessed round four. Kudos to CNN for...
  • ObamaCare gives incumbent Dems the jitters

    10/26/2013 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The Affordable Care Act is casting a shadow over Democrats’ chances in Senate battleground states, putting pressure on vulnerable Senate Democrats to distance themselves from the law’s clumsy rollout. Five vulnerable Democratic incumbents who this week called for extending the law’s enrollment period and delaying penalties for not signing up on time come from states where voters hold unfavorable views of the law. Some Democratic strategists, however, argue the issue is not as potent as Republicans think and predict it could boomerang on conservatives who have pushed for a full repeal of the law without offering detailed proposals to replace...
  • Senate Dems preparing to ram immigration bill through after Easter recess?

    03/12/2013 3:10:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on March 12, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    If it’s not instantly clear to you why they might want to do this, you weren’t following the news when they tried to pass comprehensive reform in 2006 and 2007. Mickey Kaus had a post on that very subject yesterday. The tangle of interest groups in immigration reform is such that the public is almost guaranteed to dislike a proposed bill the more time it spends looking at it. Possible solution, then: Don’t let them look at it. Pass the damned thing as quickly as you can, with as little debate as you can, and then let voters make peace...
  • Obama, Biden plan debt session with Senate Dems

    06/28/2011 1:36:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/28/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least they're still talking. While President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders have publicly dug in their heels on critical debt-limit negotiations, Obama's spokesman said Tuesday the president and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell will continue discussions. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spent more time in the Oval Office on Monday with McConnell than they did with a fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The president and vice president have scheduled another meeting for Wednesday to consult with Reid -- and also invited Sens. Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer, both members of the Democratic...
  • Senate Dems seek expansion of Medicare, Medicaid (in exchange will drop public option)

    12/07/2009 5:06:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,258+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/09 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic liberals are seeking expansion of two large federal programs, Medicare and Medicaid, in exchange for dropping a government-sold insurance option from health care legislation sought by President Barack Obama, several lawmakers said Monday. Under the potential trade-off with party moderates, near-retirees beginning at age 55 or 60 who lack affordable insurance would be permitted to purchase coverage under Medicare, which generally provides medical care beginning at 65. Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, would be open to all comers under 300 percent of poverty, or slightly over $66,000 for a family of four....
  • Seniors, vets to get stimulus rebates (Senate Dems back off extended unemployment benefits, etc.)

    02/07/2008 11:18:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 642+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/08 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats, under pressure from party colleagues in the House, agreed Thursday to an economic rescue package that would add checks for Social Security retirees and disabled veterans but leave out extended jobless benefits and additional business subsidies. The package would rush tax rebates of $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples to most taxpayers and grant business tax cuts to revive the economy. Leaders in both parties and in both chambers of Congress had agreed by Wednesday night on the idea that 20 million seniors whose sole or main income is Social Security and 250,000 veterans living...
  • Senate Dems plan floor debate on Iraq (Idiots on parade on Senate floor next week alert!)

    01/26/2007 10:13:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 640+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/07 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democrats intend to begin debate in the Senate next week on a nonbinding measure declaring President Bush's planned troop increase in Iraq is "not in the national interest," officials said Friday, with a quick test vote likely. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the measure Wednesday on a near party-line vote of 12-9, acting one day after Bush implored lawmakers in his State of the Union address to give his revised war strategy a chance to work.
  • Democrats turning on each other

    01/30/2006 9:55:41 AM PST · by yoe · 27 replies · 1,744+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2006 | Ed Lasky
    The Democrats are in such disarray that their constant scandal-mongering to no effect is starting to inflict friendly fire on their own ranks. It looks like it’s every man for himself. Nick Danger at RedState.Org noticed that Joe Biden was not exactly out in front defending Senate Minority Leader Reid, who may be implicated in the Abramoff scandals. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) failed today to address rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader. Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from...

    01/29/2006 9:39:55 AM PST · by PolishProud · 12 replies · 1,192+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | January 27, 2006 | Staff
    A poll by SurveyUSA , as of January 26, 2006, should make the GOP very nervous. For example the top ten senators with the highest job approval consist of six Democrats, two RINOS and one maverick. Republicans in the top ten are Snowe (*RINO-ME) 75%, Collins (*RINO-ME) 72% -- and senate "president," John McCain71%. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Kay Hutchison (R-TX) share the tenth spot with a 63% approval. The bottom ten senators with the lowest ratings consist of eight Republicans and two Democrats. Two senators that deserve their low scores are Voinovich (R-OH) 49-40% and DeWine (R-OH) 47-41% The...
  • Dean Implicates Harry Reid in Abramoff Scandal

    01/29/2006 8:14:03 AM PST · by Carl/NewsMax · 99 replies · 4,170+ views ^ | Jan. 29, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday that Democrats who took money from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff and who did something on behalf of those tribes have "a big problem." Dean made the statement apparently unaware that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has reportedly done exactly that. Under questioning by "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace, Dean claimed that Democrats did no favors for Abramoff's Indian tribe clients: "Nobody got anything out of the Democrats from Jack Abramoff," the top Democrat insisted. "No Democrat delivered anything and there's no accusation and no investigation that any Democrat ever delivered...
  • Democrat Ethics Breakdown: News For The Week Of January 23rd

    01/27/2006 3:24:56 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 526+ views
        NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 23, 2006PDF Version       "Abramoff Assembled A Group Of Lobbyists That Some In The Media Have Dubbed 'Team Abramoff.' ... They Included Ayoob, A Former Aide To Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Who Is Now The Senate Minority Leader." (Paul Barton, "Lincoln Aide, Others Say $2,000 Isn't Abramoff-Linked," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/6/06)   "Of The Eight Tribes Ayoob Represented When He Was With Greenberg Traurig, Reid Acted In Behalf Of Or Moved Legislation Benefiting Six." (Rebecca Adams, "The Game's The Thing: Reid Has Been A Ready Ally To Abramoff-Linked Interests," Congressional Quarterly...
  • RNC Response to DNC Chairman Howard Dean's False Assertion on the 'Today Show'

    01/26/2006 10:47:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,798+ views
    U.S. Newswire on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/06 | Republican National Committee
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "Howard Dean can engage in all the Clintonian word games he wants, but the bottom line is Democrats have been on the receiving end of Abramoff affiliated money," said Tracey Schmitt, Republican National Committee press secretary. "Efforts by Abramoff Democrats to indicate otherwise only reminds Americans that their minority party is overtly hypocritical and will stop at nothing to score cheap political points. Our country expects its leaders to speak the truth, rather than engage in a partisan blame game when it behooves them politically." The DNC's Jack Abramoff Affiliated Money: DNC Has Received...
  • Why Dems can't sink Alito

    01/26/2006 5:38:47 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 22 replies · 1,125+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Jan. 26, 2006 | Dick Morris
    The reason Democrats and liberals did not get more popular traction in their opposition to the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court is that their worldview of what constitutes a good nominee is sharply at variance with that of the American public at large. To the likes of Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) et al., the Supreme Court is a kind of super-Congress — nine special Senate seats — and the criterion for confirmation is agreement with the nominee on the key issues likely to come before the court. But to the...
  • Dems Tried To Stall Alito Hearings (HILARIOUS STUFF MUST READ!)

    01/25/2006 6:47:01 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 76 replies · 1,455+ views
    WAZZADEM ^ | 1/25/06
    Apparently, C-Span has been editing its coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Alito nomination. Here's the tape they don't want you to see. At this time the Chair recognizes the senator from Delaware - Senator Biden.     I'll be with you shortly.     Senator, this committe is in session, so if you're not prepared, we'll come back to you later.     Just hold on, I think I'm almost done.     I'd like to remind my good friend that we don't have time to wait for him while he...     And I'd like to remind my good friend that the American people want...
  • Leahy, Jeffords linked to Abramoff

    01/24/2006 10:14:27 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 61 replies · 1,869+ views
    WASHINGTON — The lobbyist imbroglio consuming the nation’s capital has ensnared Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, a top Democrat, a Vermont Guardian review of campaign records has found. Two widely circulated lists place Leahy and fellow sen. Jim Jeffords on a list of senators who have received campaign contributions from clients or colleagues associated with super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Guardian has found that much of these donations came from clients or associates who were either not being represented by Abramoff at the time or working with him. However, several donations have been confirmed and implicate both senators, according to a Guardian...
  • Bush: NSA Won’t Listen In On Senate Alito Debate

    01/25/2006 2:11:05 PM PST · by NYTexan · 34 replies · 1,343+ views ^ | 2006-01-24 | Scott Ott
    President George Bush today promised Senate Democrats that the National Security Agency (NSA) would not secretly listen in to their floor speeches during debate over the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito, even though Democrats have promised to make the legality of NSA wiretaps a major issue during the debates. “We don’t want to impinge upon the Democrat’s civil rights,” said President Bush, “So I’ve received assurances from the NSA and most other government agencies that no one will listen in on their speeches.” The president said that Democrat Senators could “speak their minds without fear that anyone will...
  • Hypocrite #12: Tim Johnson (D-SD) Op-Ed: A Lobbying Scandal-Not A Tribal Scandal

    01/25/2006 12:39:20 PM PST · by flattorney · 13 replies · 593+ views
    Native American Times ^ | January 25, 2006 | Sen Tim Johnson (D-SD)
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  • Who Is Harry Reid Kidding?

    01/25/2006 2:18:30 PM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 990+ views
    Who Is Harry Kidding? In Speech Blasting Republicans For A Culture Of Corruption Harry Reid Demonstrates His Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds Reid Pointed Fingers At President Bush For "Stonewalling" About His Connections To Jack Abramoff Reid Today: “Finally, we must hear the President commit to honest leadership. In his 2000 campaign, George Bush promised to bring ‘dignity’ to the White House, but we’ve since found that he brought Jack Abramoff instead. President Bush needs to quit stonewalling about his White House’s connection to corruption, and finally tell us how he’s going to reform Washington. Honest leadership is not a partisan...
  • Pat Leahy Labeled 'Abramoff Democrat'

    01/24/2006 9:40:05 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 49 replies · 2,075+ views ^ | 25 January 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    While national Democrats are calling the Jack Abramoff lobbying imbroglio a "Republican scandal," top Vermont Democrat, Sen. Pat Leahy, is being labeled an "Abramoff Democrat" by home state critics. The Vermont Guardian has uncovered thousands of dollars in contributions to Leahy by lawfirms linked to Abramoff - though the senator's spokesman says that any suggestion of a relationship to the disgraced Republican is ridiculous. "It’s preposterous to even think that Jack Abramoff would do anything to support a progressive Democratic leader like Patrick Leahy," Ed Pagano, Leahy’s chief of staff, told the paper. However, the Guardian says it has discovered...
  • Partisan Vote Justified? Sour Grapes! Freep this poll!

    01/24/2006 10:18:50 AM PST · by gsrinok · 83 replies · 1,745+ views
    Was the partisan vote justified, or is this "sour grapes on the part of the Democrats?
  • Democrats Don't Need Hearings

    01/24/2006 7:56:57 AM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 19 replies · 1,238+ views ^ | January 23, 2006 | Kay Daly
    Democrats don't need hearings Jan 23, 2006 by Kay Daly Judging from the microseconds between President Bush’s announcement of Samuel Alito to be the next Supreme Court Justice and the hysterical howls from the multitude of leftist organizations in the quickly formed anti-Alito chorus, it is clear that no matter how Judge Alito performed in the hearings, the Left would not be remotely interested in a fair confirmation process. It has been this way since the beginning of the Bush administration. President Bush’s hand was barely off the Bible in his first term when liberal legal activists, such as Abner...
  • Pro Lifers in DC for March for Life should visit Red State Dem Senators - Vote Yes on Sam Alito

    01/23/2006 5:50:36 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 2 replies · 549+ views
    vanity | January 23, 2006 | the eagle has landed
    Springfield, IL had a great rally for life yesterday, Deb Schultz who had an abortion in 1986 later to have 5 children, the father is now a minister and she works at a crisis pregnancy center. Attendance was 750-800 people
  • Did Democrats Seal Their Defeat in Alito Hearings?

    01/22/2006 11:19:25 AM PST · by rface · 33 replies · 2,111+ views
    Legal Times / ^ | 01-23-2006 | T.R. Goldman
    "We shot our wad. We filibustered 10 guys, and at the end of the day the worst got on anyway," says a former Judiciary Committee counsel. "If we had not used the filibuster and pissed off the Republicans over the past four years, if it was seriously being entertained for the first time [against Alito], we might have succeeded.".......There are any number of ways to fault the performance of Senate Democrats in their campaign to keep Samuel Alito Jr. -- seemingly as rock-ribbed a conservative as you'll find -- off the high court. During Alito's weeklong confirmation hearings, Senate Judiciary...
  • Filibuster Alito? (Democrats suffer broken backs; Alito hearings blamed)

    01/20/2006 11:11:53 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 51 replies · 2,516+ views ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2006 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Pressure from liberal activists to oppose confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court has been so intense that Democratic senators may be trapped into a filibuster that they do not want to wage -snip- But Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid may not want to risk causing Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist to set a precedent by using the "nuclear" option: to end a filibuster by simple majority vote. Continues... ============================================================ Democrats suffer broken backs; Alito hearings blamed "The system's kind of broken," says Sen. Joe Biden. The "system" of "kind of" confirmation hearings. But Biden says...
  • Paper Decides to Close Blog, Citing Vitrio [WA Post bloggers can't handle Abramoff's tie to Dems]

    01/20/2006 6:05:05 AM PST · by summer · 22 replies · 1,182+ views
    NYT ^ | Jan. 20, 2006 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    The Washington Post shut one of its blogs yesterday, saying it had drawn too many personal attacks, profanity and hate mail directed at the paper's ombudsman. The closing was the second by a major newspaper in recent months. An experiment in allowing the public to edit editorials in The Los Angeles Times lasted just two days in June before it was shut because pornographic material was being posted on the site. The Post's blog, open to the public since Nov. 21, was shut indefinitely yesterday afternoon with a notice from Jim Brady, executive editor of Mr. Brady wrote that...
  • Alito Ads Target Dems: 'Stand With Mainstream, Not Ted Kennedy'

    01/20/2006 2:27:26 PM PST · by boryeulb · 15 replies · 773+ views ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    A conservative group supporting Samuel Alito’s confirmation will launch TV ads in North and South Dakota this weekend that ask moderate Senate Democrats to “stand with mainstream America, not Ted Kennedy.” The Coalition for a Fair Judiciary is spending $100,000 on the TV ads. Two Democratic senators, Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Tim Johnson (S.D.), are targeted in the 30-second commercials. Both remain undecided about Alito's confirmation. Conrad has the most to lose if he chooses to cast a "no" vote. He is up for re-election in November and hails from a conservative state that President Bush easily carried in 2000...
  • ‘Washington Post’ Suspends Comments on One of its Blog

    01/19/2006 4:43:16 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 36 replies · 1,653+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | January 19, 2006 | By E&P Staff
    NEW YORK Jim Brady, the executive editor at, notified users of the that the public comment feature had been suspended “indefinitely” after “a significant number of folks” posted personal attacks, profanity, and hate speech. Attempts by E&P to reach Brady have been unsuccessful so far. It seems likely the move is related to controversy in recent days over Sunday’s Post column by ombudsman Deobrah Howell. She has been heavily criticized by some political Web sites and bloggers for writing that indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to both political parties, when most research shows he only gave directly...
  • WHAT IS AN "ABRAMOFF DEMOCRAT"? (One Hypocritical Enough To Think Abramoff Isn't A Democrat Problem)

    01/18/2006 3:03:59 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 674+ views
    Dems Unveil Their Ethics Plan One Day After GOP:"The Honest Leadership And Open Government Act Would End Republican Culture Of Corruption By: Closing The Revolving Door Between Lawmakers And Lobbyists By Doubling The Amount Of Time Lawmakers And Staffers Must Wait Before Lobbying Congress; Prohibiting The Receipt Of Gifts, Including Meals, Entertainment And Travel, From Lobbyists;Clamping Down On 'Pay-To-Play' Systems Like The One Set Up By Lobbyists Like Jack Abramoff; AndEnding Efforts Like The 'K Street Project,' Which Republicans Created To Force Corporations And Lobbying Firms To Hire Republicans In Exchange For Political Access." (Democratic National Committee, "Dean Kicks Off...
  • HYPOCRISY: Top Ten Things The Dems Don't Want You To Know About Their Ties To Jack Abramoff

    01/17/2006 4:38:30 PM PST · by CyberAnt · 26 replies · 2,364+ views
    RNC Research ^ | 1-17-06 | RNC Research
    HYPOCRISY n.: AN ACT OR INSTANCE OF SUCH FALSENESS Top Ten Things The Dems Don’t Want You To Know About Their Ties To Jack Abramoff 10. Larry Noble, Executive Director Of The Center For Responsive Politics, A Non-Partisan Government Watchdog Group, Says Democrats Are Just As Caught Up In The Abramoff Scandal. Noble: “I Would Say, Broadly Defined As A Question Of The Tribes’ Buying Influence In Washington, It Includes Democrats.” (Donald Lambro, “Dean Denies Party Ties To Abramoff,” The Washington Times, 1/11/06) 9. 39 Of 44 Senate Democrats, And 1 Of 1 Senate Independents, Have Accepted Contributions From Abramoff...
  • Will Democrats Take the Senate? In a Word, No.

    01/17/2006 4:22:48 AM PST · by billorites · 56 replies · 1,996+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 17, 2006 | Richard Baehr
    Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is talking of retaking control of the Senate in the 2006 elections. With Republicans holding 55 seats, and having to defend only 15 of the 33 seats that are up this year, that would be a tall order for the Democrats. With Vice President Cheney able to cast a tie-breaker in a 50-50 Senate, the Democrats would have to pick up a net of six seats to wrest control of the chamber.At the moment, there are six Republican-held seats in some degree of jeopardy. Those are the seats held by Conrad Burns in Montana, Lincoln...
  • Democrats Delay Vote on Alito Nomination

    01/17/2006 10:00:21 AM PST · by Cindy_Cin · 32 replies · 1,264+ views
    CNS News ^ | January 17, 2006 | Susan Jones
    ( - As announced last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to meet today -- Tuesday -- to vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. But it's not going to happen as planned. Despite protests from Republicans, Democrats on the committee have pushed back the Judiciary Committee vote by one week, to Tuesday, Jan. 24, invoking their right to do so under Senate rules
  • Democrats Have No Shame

    01/16/2006 7:16:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 1,179+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 17 January 2006
    Old blowhards don’t fade away, we learned again last week, they just serve as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was almost two decades ago that Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Del.) chaired the confirmation hearings that gave America a new verb: to Bork. When President Reagan nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, it was Biden who led his Democratic committee colleagues Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Patrick Leahy of Vermont in what was then the unprecedented trashing of a nominee of unquestioned professional qualifications and unblemished character. In 1991, in a committee still chaired by...
  • Chuck’s Chance (Schumer's Secret Plan For Senatorial Domination)

    01/16/2006 3:38:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 998+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | January 16, 2006 | John Heilemann
    Chuck Schumer reclines on the couch in his office on Capitol Hill, his stockinged feet propped up on the coffee table, a carton of takeout Chinese food perched precariously on his belly. It’s late one night a few days before the start of the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito, and Schumer is laying out the objectives of each side in the high-stakes game. For the Democrats, Schumer says, the goal of the hearings “is almost metaphysical, or epistemological: It’s to bring out the true Samuel Alito. And his job is to say as little as possible, but enough so...
  • Schumer Angles for Senate Democratic Leadership

    01/16/2006 10:59:30 AM PST · by kddid · 58 replies · 1,207+ views ^ | Jan. 16, 2006 |
    Ted Kennedy told fellow Democrat Charles Schumer to "take the lead” in the grilling of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And the congressman from New York could parlay his prominent position on the committee into what Washington insiders say is his ultimate goal: The Senate Democratic leadership position. On the Thursday before the confirmation hearings began, Schumer gave a speech outlining the Democrats’ plan for questioning Alito. A few hours earlier, Kennedy had done the same. But Kennedy’s briefing "had not gone well,” a report in New York Magazine reveals. "Kennedy, looking tired and haggard,...
  • Chuck's Chance (Dem drug flash-back alert)

    01/16/2006 7:35:27 AM PST · by pabianice · 24 replies · 1,179+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/15/06 | Heilemann
    Whatever happens with Judge Alito, Schumer is likely the Democratic winner. It’s all part of his secret plan for senatorial domination. Chuck Schumer reclines on the couch in his office on Capitol Hill, his stockinged feet propped up on the coffee table, a carton of takeout Chinese food perched precariously on his belly. It’s late one night a few days before the start of the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito, and Schumer is laying out the objectives of each side in the high-stakes game. For the Democrats, Schumer says, the goal of the hearings “is almost metaphysical, or epistemological: It’s...
  • What planet are Democrats from?

    01/15/2006 4:02:46 PM PST · by KCRW · 46 replies · 1,989+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 01/15/2006 | Mark Davis
    As if attacking Alito weren't enough, they also lied about Roe vs. Wade So, this is how far we have come. In 2006, a good man like Samuel Alito can be lectured on human behavior by the likes of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Mr. Kennedy and his colleagues can gang up on a man who seems to have made almost no enemies and paint him as some pernicious closet misogynist bigot. Meanwhile, their fellow Democrat senator who was an admitted member of the Ku Klux Klan is toasted as a pillar of virtue. Robert Byrd can hang with...
  • Alito Hearings: Democrats Exposed

    01/13/2006 10:45:41 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 21 replies · 1,389+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 01-13-06 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    Alito Hearings: Democrats ExposedBy Vasko Kohlmayer January 13th, 2006 The interrogation portion of the Alito hearings treated America to a dismal spectacle of a group of liberal senators attempting to demonize an accomplished jurist and a decent man. Replete with ominous insinuations, the stratagem predictably featured dark hints of closeted bigotry and racism. Closeted is the key word here since nothing in Alito's extensive writings or personal life has indicated that this actually may be the case. Apart from being a disgust-provoking sight, the hearings had a tremendous educational value presenting a textbook illustration of the liberal modus operandi. By...
  • Who Caused Alito's Wife to Cry?

    01/11/2006 7:24:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 188 replies · 5,264+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 1/11/6 | Robert B. Bluey
    A group cleverly called People for the Alito Way says the Associated Press wrongly characterized its an episode at Samuel Alito's hearing today that left his wife in tears. The AP story, which followed an exclusive from the Drudge Report, placed the blame on a Republican senator rather than committee Democrats -- a fact the conservative group says is just plain wrong. After taking a steady beating from Senate Democrats today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) offered an apology to Alito. (Read the full transcript.) "Judge Alito, I am sorry that you've had to go through this," Graham said. "I am...
  • Bloviating Senators-Statistical Proof Senators In Love With Their Own Voices

    01/11/2006 6:15:12 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Ankle Biting Pundits ^ | 1/11/06 | BullDogPundit
    During the John Roberts confirmation hearing it became clear that the Senators from both parties were not interested in the nominees views on matters as much as they were in love with the sound of their own voice. So we did something that was highly popular. We did a statistical analysis of the percentage of words spoken by each Senator compared with the number of words spoken by the nominee. We found that in nearly every case the Senators spoke far more than the nominees. So, by popular demand we have done the same thing for the Alito hearings. And...
  • Alito Turns Aside Democrats' Criticism .. "If I'm confirmed I'll be myself."

    01/11/2006 4:05:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,478+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/06 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito calmly turned aside Democratic attacks on his judicial record at confirmation hearings Wednesday, declaring his impartiality and saying, "If I'm confirmed I'll be myself." He joined Senate Democrats in denouncing the positions of a controversial Princeton alumni group he once highlighted. "I am who I am and I am my own person" said the 55-year-old appeals court judge, who would replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in what has been a swing seat on the Supreme Court. Under persistent questioning, Alito declined for a second straight day to say whether believes, as he did...

    01/11/2006 5:39:15 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 25 replies · 1,731+ views
    Neal Boortz ^ | Jan. 11, 2006 | Neal Boortz
    Ever since the plea bargain with corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff was announced, the media and the Democrats have done their best to portray this as a Republican controversy. Abramoff bribed Republican lawmakers like Tom DeLay we're told. This is being used to paint the current House and Senate leadership as corrupt. That may be true, but what's getting swept under the rug is the two big fish in the Democratic party that Abramoff had on his payroll. Who are they? None other than Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan. What are they accused of doing?...
  • Alito Will ‘Keep an Open Mind’ About Schumer

    01/11/2006 5:18:28 AM PST · by pookie18 · 19 replies · 865+ views
    Scrapple Face ^ | 1/11/06 | Scott Ott
    Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito told reporters today that despite Sen. Charles Schumer’s hostile questioning in yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, the federal appeals court judge would “keep an open mind” about the New York lawmaker. The remark reflected the same approach that Judge Alito told the committee he would take toward any abortion cases that might come before him as a Supreme Court justice. “Despite the precedent of Sen. Schumer’s disparaging questions yesterday, and his implication that my testimony is dishonest,” Judge Alito said, “I will treat him as if the slate is clean and evaluate his performance today...
  • Why do the Democrats always place jerks on the Judiciary Committee (VANITY - kind of like)

    01/11/2006 7:11:37 AM PST · by Tarkin · 25 replies · 849+ views
    I guess we all know that the Democrats, and especially the Democrats from the Judiciary Committee are a bunch of %#&*@!, I mean really, the Democrats that sit there are the essence of crazy lunacy. But that's not the point of this post. Recently I was doing a little research on the history of judicial nominations and I found a little information about senator James O. Eastland from Mississippi (of course a Democrat). Of course you could easily suspect that a Southern Democratic senator in the 50s, 60s and 70s would be a racist, but HE was really something: (from...
  • Kennedy Voted 'Biggest Windbag' at Alito Hearings

    01/10/2006 7:21:48 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 76 replies · 2,150+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 11 January 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D.-Mass.) was voted overwhelmingly the "biggest windbag" on the Judiciary Committee in yesterday's poll. With 500 votes cast, Kennedy received 69.6% of the vote -- far outpacing his nearest rival, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.), who finished with 18%. Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Del.), a likely presidential candidate in 2008, had 6.4% to finish third. The committee's ranking Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), despite his prominent role during the hearings, placed fourth with 2.4%. Sen. Dianne Feinstein had 1.9% for a fifth-place finish. The other two Democrats, Senators Herb Kohl (Wis.) and Russ Feingold (Wis.), received no votes....
  • Which Liberal Asked the Dumbest Question?

    01/10/2006 6:23:39 PM PST · by boryeulb · 38 replies · 1,821+ views ^ | Jan 10, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    Senate Judiciary Committee members had their first crack at questioning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito today. Now you can vote for the worst question posed by a liberal at Tuesday's session. Check back tomorrow at for the results.
  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller a Target?

    01/10/2006 5:21:52 AM PST · by jackv · 80 replies · 2,435+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Clarice Feldman
    Macsmind is reporting that Sen. Rockefeller may be the target of investigators examining the leak of classified information on the NSA surveillance program. I’m trying to confirm this information, but several sources are telling me today that some investigators working on the NSA leak probe believe that Senator Jay Rockefeller may have been a little more than “concerned” about NSA. In fact, he may just be the leaker of the program to the NY Times, and is now being considered a “significant person of interest” in the probe.
  • Dems off to bad start at Alito hearings

    01/10/2006 7:28:00 AM PST · by sr4402 · 19 replies · 1,741+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | John O'Sullivan
    Several Democrats Monday, including the reliable Sen. Edward Kennedy, seemed on the verge of making an even worse tactical error. They suggested that Alito's respect for executive branch prerogatives would make him too ready to approve wiretapping and other surveillance of terrorists. That shows a deep misreading of U.S. opinion. Not only do most polls show that a small plurality of Americans favors wiretapping as a tool against terrorism, but even those against do not consider it a wildly extreme position. When the Democrats campaign against Alito on those grounds, they reinforce the public view of themselves as weak on...
  • Burns says Democrats behind Abramoff scandal

    01/10/2006 11:48:16 AM PST · by balch3 · 32 replies · 1,923+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Jan 10, 2006 | Jennifer McKee
    HELENA - Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., said Monday his political enemies are behind newspaper reports linking him to confessed felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Burns, who is on a media tour of Montana this week, also said he has no intentions of dropping out of the 2006 U.S. Senate race, quashing a rumor that has floated around both Helena and Washington, D.C. “Write it down, real quick: I've never had more enthusiasm or higher energy for a campaign in my life than I got right now, OK? End of story,” Burns told the Lee Newspapers State Bureau reporters in...