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Friday, January 27, 2006

Duty to Filibuster?

Because I would never subject my readers to certain things, I occasionally do the dirty work for you. Tonight much like the annoying "Bud Light Daredevil", I delved where no sane conservative would go. I read an article from "The Nation", and I'll probably need two showers afterwards.

I saw the headline for "Checks, Balances and the Duty to Filibuster" on Yahoo! News, and decided I would actually go to the source for the info on this new "duty" of Senators.

So I read John Nichols article, and got an a pretty good laugh from it. Mr. Nichols evidently believed when he wrote this piece that no one would look up his esteemed source, George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley.

With quotes like this from Mr. Turley one would think we should all be concerned about the confirmation of Judge Alito.

"In my years as an academic and a litigator, I have rarely seen the equal of Alito's bias in favor of the government. To put it bluntly, when it comes to reviewing government abuse, Samuel Alito is an empty robe."

These woul be pretty serious words from a constitutional scholar, if he were one who didn't have an agenda of his own.

Let's look at the titles of some of the articles off of Mr. Turley's website:

11/24/04 Hook or Crook in Washington; GOP's gutting of ethics rule should be no surprise.

11/15/04 Ashcroft kicks screen door

10/20/04 6 degrees of Karl Rove;Look close and you will find a Rove connection to everything from the rise of rickets in Arkansas to distemper among Labradors .

Maybe next time John Nichol's writes an article claiming that esteemed scholars are complaining, he'll find one without a 5 year record of being against "anything Bush". He honestly could have been just as objective by quoting Dick Durbin (D-Il), who before becoming a senator was a very good law professor in his own right.

Of course, Turley wasn't the only laugh in article. Nichol's provides a few with his own quotes.
Samuel Alito has established himself, through his record as an appellate court judge and his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the consumate judicial activist. He seeks a place on the Supreme Court in order to advance his vision of an imperial presidency that does not obey the laws of the land or answer to the Congress
Evidently we watched different confirmation hearings. The hearing I saw Alito said, on numerous occasions, that no one is above the law, even the president. He also reiterated that congress needs to exert itself if they feel the president is acting out of order.

I would suggest Mr. Nichols go seek the advice of Ed Rendell, former head of the Democratic National Committee. Ed, who's wife sits on the 3rd circuit court with Justice Alito, had a lot to say about this issue. The bottom line was that Alito should be confirmed. (NRO has the transcript here).

In fact, I think that Ted Kennedy and John Kerry should probably go talk to their old party boss, too.

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7Comments:

Blogger shoprat said...

I have read many articles and oppinion columns in The Nation and of the several dozen I have read, I have found one, count them ONE!, that I could agree with and that fits the broken clock theory.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Steven Tucker said...

:) I love democrats. Can anyone say self destruct?

9:17 PM  
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9:50 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Bob...thanks for putting in the effort and taking the time to look up these sources. Good job. Also, thanks for your point of view as one that is up to date on current events.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Thanks for revealing where I would need to go to feel like I need multiple showers. (LOL)

I guess the American people are once reminded about how Kerry and Kennedy are a disgrace to our coutry. I praise God for not allowing Kerry to be elected...OMG, where would we be now. Ten Democrats have already indicated they would not support a fillibuter. Assuming the Gang of 14 will make this final confirmation a breeze. (smiling)

Appreciate your research....excellent post.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat - I like the analogy, and it is pretty true about them. There is seldom anything there I agree with, but always plenty of stuff to read :)

Steven- They don't see it that way. I guess Daschle being beaten over the head and shoulders with his judicial voting record of obstructionism, and losing, didn't sink in.


Mike, you are welcome. It's fun to find the hypocrisy and silliness in some of these folks writings.

Suzie- If you do go there, and need help washing your back afterwards just let me know :)

There are enough Dem's out there who don't support a filibuster to make it a non-starter. All of Kerry and Kennedy's bluster on this is going to be wasted.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Steven Tucker said...

Well, you are right, they see themselves as demonstrating principle and character. This simply looks like their last stand.

7:23 AM  

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