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  •  No offense, but ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... I saw parts of Rep. Solis's confirmation.  I was rather appalled at her (non-)answers.  She couldn't even answer if she thought the Employee Free Choice Act was a good thing for Americans.  We'd never let a Republican get away with some of the responses she gave.

    That's not to say I'm not a fan of hers.  I am.  I just fear she could be about as useful as Don Rumsfeld or Alberto Gonzales when testifying on Capitol Hill.  That's not a good thing when the Obama administration is trying to sell controversial labor measures, i.e., EFCA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and indexing the federal minimum wage.

    •  couldn't or wouldn't? (0+ / 0-)


      by decafdyke on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:52:35 PM PST

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    •  Actually, that's exactly how Alito and Roberts (13+ / 0-)

      managed to get through their confirmations -- non-answers and not answering, pretty much.

      A corrupted government. Patriots branded as renegades. This is how we roll.

      by GreyHawk on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 08:26:07 PM PST

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    •  "Never let a Republican get away with"??? (9+ / 0-)

      Oh but "we" did, and worse....

      Non-answers on torture, warrantless wiretaps, things like that. Things that weren't pending legislation. Existing lawss that the nominee would actually have to enforce and interpret. Issues of whether the loaw would be enforced or ignored.

      Solis can answer questions about legislation as a member of the House of Repesentatives. Rep. Solis is entitled to her personal opinion, and it isn't hard to guess, since her voting record is public. But if they confirm her, she wouldn't be voting on it!

      But in my experience of confirmation hearings, the nominees are instructed not to commit themselves or the President to particular policies. The confirmation hearing must not be made a place for horse-trading. Solis communicated this when in answer to one question, she said she hadn't spoken to President Obama about it. The Senator(Enzi I think) said he wanted her to ask Obama and get back to him.

      Solis did, I believe, what any nominee is instructed to do. The mock outrage at her choosing to duck certain questions is purely pretextual.

      The fact is that that the business end of the right wing has had pretty much free rein to bust unions and prevent unionization (there is a whole sub-industry involved in this), ever since Reagan. On anything that could redress the balance even a little, they go bananas.

      Another topic that came up at Solis' hearing was whether she could work with all members of the political spectrum. Sen. Enzi in particular, I believe, lectured her she shouldn't be "too political."

      Hm. He should look in the mirror.  

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