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  •  Fer Cryin' Out Loud... (4.00)

    Can we let this play out for more than a day before we decide what the Dems are or are not doing, and whether or not its the right thing? First, let's look at Reid's actual statement:

    "I like Harriet Miers. As White House Counsel, she has worked with me in a courteous and professional manner. I am also impressed with the fact that she was a trailblazer for women as managing partner of a major Dallas law firm and as the first woman president of the Texas Bar Association. In my view, the Supreme Court would benefit from the addition of a justice who has real experience as a practicing lawyer. The current justices have all been chosen from the lower federal courts. A nominee with relevant non-judicial experience would bring a different and useful perspective to the Court. I look forward to the Judiciary Committee process which will help the American people learn more about Harriet Miers, and help the Senate determine whether she deserves a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court."

    Now, everybody seems to have read the first line and then immediately blacked-out in apoplectic horror. But read that last highlighed line-- you know, the one about making the nominee prove her worthiness to sit on the Court-- what part of that seem like the Dems just caved?

    Part of politics is diplomacy, and part of diplomacy is being able to smile and say "Nice doggie" while you reach for a rock.

    Sure, I wish to Hell that the Dem leadership had made a stronger opposition to Bush and the GOP over the last 5 years but for cryin' out loud, "having a spine" doesn't mean we send out the leadership to chain themselves to the White House gate every time Bush holds a damn press conference.

    Take a deep breath, people. "Scream louder!" is just as silly as a default activist strategy from our side as "Clap louder!" is from theirs.

    As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

    by kingubu on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 05:26:52 PM PDT

    •  Why apoplexy? (3.00)
      Because Reid sounds ready to cave in (like he eventually did after Frist's ridiculous threat to nuke the filibuster on the Senate Judiciary Committee) before the process has even started.

      Caving in means corporate crony cunts like Priscilla Owen get confirmed to a high federal judgeship simply to appease people who make empty threats. Her confirmation was made purely in the spirit of compromise, which is not why you appoint lifetime tenures who have power of life and death over people.

      Frankly, I'd be embarrassed to have Reid as a Senator or any Senator who actually claims that someone with no judicial experience whatsoever would make for a great Supreme Court Justice.

      Having cronies appointed to important positions with no qualifications whatsoever gives us jerkoffs like Michael Chertoff, Michael Brown and George Bush, to name just three examples.

      Meirs was a bad choice, plain and simple. George Bush has finally alienated everyone in this country.

      JP
      http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com

      Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

      by jurassicpork on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 05:34:48 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (4.00)
        Meirs was a bad choice, plain and simple. George Bush has finally alienated everyone in this country.

        Perhaps. Frankly, deciding the fitness of a SC Judicial nominee is complex and I don't honesly feel qualified to have an opinion yet. Yet. Not until I know more about her, at least. Maybe your experince is vastly different from mine and you can say with certainty that she's a bad pick. If so, rock on.

        My point, however, is that many here seem to have cherry-picked (or, rather, sour-grape-picked) Reid's statement and dismissed the fact that he made it pretty clear in his statement that Miers isn't going to get a free pass. Nothing in Reid's statement say to me "The Dems caved", and the fact that so many are having fits over it seems to indicate to me that they are going to have fits in any case, regardless of what the facts might be.

        As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

        by kingubu on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 05:58:00 PM PDT

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        •  Well, Reid has shown us in the past (none)
          that he's a wishy-washy Senator, almost as squishy as Joe Leiberman. He showed his true colors when he caved under Frist's bad poker bluff the nuke the filibuster and he caved again after accidentally growing some backbone in calling Bush "a loser."

          There's a small chance, however, that Reid could be playing possum and deliberately baiting the GOP by seeming to endorse Harriet Miers. But I am utterly incapable of understanding how anyone not in a straitjacket would ever seriously consider her (Bush, we've already established, is crazier than a shithouse rat on fire).

          JP
          http://jurassicpork.blogspot.com

          Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

          by jurassicpork on Tue Oct 04, 2005 at 04:50:23 PM PDT

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    •  Senator Reid Tries to Say Nice Things (none)
      Senator Reid is a polite person who will say nice things about someone until he believes he has been double crossed.  The process of taking a nominee to the U. S. Senate for a formal round of introductions is one of those pleasantries of the Senate that makes it a more civilized body than the House of Representatives.

      Interestingly, one of the complaints lodged by many Supreme Court afficianados today was that the announcement of the nomination of Harriet Miers as a nominee precluded coverage of the Supreme Court investiture of Chief Justice Roberts.  Attorney General Gonzales apparently wore a morning coat to do the presentation of Chief Justice Roberts for the Supreme Court ceremony.  Tomorrow, no arguments are scheduled in the Supreme Court so President Bush could have waited one day and avoided stepping on the Supreme Court pomp and circumstances.

      •  Some of the toughest people I've known... (none)

        .. were also among the nicest people I've known. Its a fallacy that being tough automatically means that you're confrontational and that being diplomatic automatically means that you're weak.

        As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

        by kingubu on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 06:22:29 PM PDT

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    •  Very nice. (none)
      Part of politics is diplomacy, and part of diplomacy is being able to smile and say "Nice doggie" while you reach for a rock.

      Excellent.

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