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Lone_Gunman
January 15, 2006, 06:37 PM
Because Feinstein doesn't want to filibuster his nomination.

http://news.yahoo.com/fc/US/Supreme_Court

I think I would have liked him better if Feinstein, Kennedy, Shumer, and Kerry had wanted to filibuster him.

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taliv
January 15, 2006, 06:55 PM
if bush nominated feinstein herself, the dems would make the same accusations

Lobotomy Boy
January 15, 2006, 07:00 PM
There's not a damned thing the Democrats can say about Alito without looking like complete hypocrites. Of course almost all politicians are complete hypocrites, but the point is to try not to look like one.

TexasRifleman
January 15, 2006, 07:01 PM
Because Feinstein doesn't want to filibuster his nomination.

http://news.yahoo.com/fc/US/Supreme_Court

I think I would have liked him better if Feinstein, Kennedy, Shumer, and Kerry had wanted to filibuster him.


She knows it wouldn't do any good in the long run. She may be a psychotic lunatic, but one that's VERY good at playing the politics game. She'll save that for something really juicy.

Jeff White
January 15, 2006, 07:03 PM
I think they are publically calling on other members not to attempt a fillibuster to make themselves look more moderate. This is all posturing, the hearings, the whole works. Kennedy, Shumer and company made a public spectacle of themselves that didn't play well with anyone but the radical left during the hearings. It was all over for them with the middle when Judge Alito's wife left the hearing in tears and Schumer went on TV defending the kind of questioning that provoked that response from her.

They know they don't have the votes to make a fillibuster work, any attempt would just make them look more impotent and like spoilt little children. So by making this statement DiFi is distancing herself from the line of questioning at the hearings. I have no doubt that if they thought they could stop the nomination, they would fillibuster.

Jeff

beerslurpy
January 15, 2006, 07:13 PM
I think they are publically calling on other members not to attempt a fillibuster to make themselves look more moderate. This is all posturing, the hearings, the whole works. Kennedy, Shumer and company made a public spectacle of themselves that didn't play well with anyone but the radical left during the hearings. It was all over for them with the middle when Judge Alito's wife left the hearing in tears and Schumer went on TV defending the kind of questioning that provoked that response from her.

They know they don't have the votes to make a fillibuster work, any attempt would just make them look more impotent and like spoilt little children. So by making this statement DiFi is distancing herself from the line of questioning at the hearings. I have no doubt that if they thought they could stop the nomination, they would fillibuster.

Jeff

Winner! Yeah, the democrats tried their best and it backfired. They recognize that the only way forward is to retreat or get more embarassed so they have chosen the less embarassing route.

Lobotomy Boy
January 15, 2006, 07:54 PM
It was all over for them with the middle when Judge Alito's wife left the hearing in tears and Schumer went on TV defending the kind of questioning that provoked that response from her.

It wasn't all over for the Dems at this point because it never began for them. Alito was an impeccible candidate for the court and the Democrats questioning of him was just political theater, as was the outbreak from Alito's wife.

Lone_Gunman
January 15, 2006, 08:18 PM
Why was his wife at the hearings?

What did they ask that made her cry?

bigbore442001
January 15, 2006, 08:27 PM
My Dad told me that the esteemed senator from the Bay State got on his high horse and was firmly put into his place by another senator in charge of things. Needless to say that wasn't on any station in the Boston or Providence area. It was on FOX.

It is a shame that such hypocrites are placed in a position of some sort of moral authority.

IndianaDean
January 15, 2006, 08:47 PM
The Bradys hate him, Feinstein hates him? I'm liking Alito more and more.

JG
January 15, 2006, 08:51 PM
The DU is po'd about this......

Good, hopefully they'll vote the b*tch out of office.

papaone
January 15, 2006, 08:51 PM
Kennedy speaking with moral authority?:cuss:

Dannyboy
January 15, 2006, 09:03 PM
What did they ask that made her cry?

They weren't asking him questions so much making statements implying that he was a racist, misogynist, totalitarian, etc. As if the "little guy" is always supposed to win in court against the government or Big Business.

RealGun
January 15, 2006, 09:46 PM
Why was his wife at the hearings?

What did they ask that made her cry?

It was right after Lindsay Graham (R-SC, my guy) asked Alito if he was a "closet bigot". If I recall correctly, Alito said "I am not any kind of bigot". Graham repsonded "Of course you aren't. I am sorry you had to be subjected to such a process" or something like that. Alito's wife bolted at that point.

Biker
January 15, 2006, 09:52 PM
From what I saw, Alito couldn't have conducted himself any better.
Biker

Lone_Gunman
January 15, 2006, 09:55 PM
I still don't understand why she cried. Nominees to high offices get asked hard questions. Why did he bring his wife to his job interview?

gamachinist
January 15, 2006, 09:57 PM
Speaking of Teddy taking the moral stance,check out this web comic:

http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/Default.aspx

Sundays comic is the one I am linking to.

Biker
January 15, 2006, 10:03 PM
I still don't understand why she cried. Nominees to high offices get asked hard questions. Why did he bring his wife to his job interview?
Part of the game, Friend, part of the game.
Biker

RealGun
January 15, 2006, 10:05 PM
I still don't understand why she cried. Nominees to high offices get asked hard questions. Why did he bring his wife to his job interview?

The whole family was there, as is customary. It is supposed to be a special occasion, with the Committee conducting the hearing as a "dignified process". Of course, that doesn't account for Kennedy's involvement, and Schumer thinking he is still a prosecutor. Biden too is an ex-prosecutor.

There may be a certain strategy to having the family there, hoping that the Senators will tone it down a notch. That didn't seem to work very well.

txgho1911
January 15, 2006, 10:07 PM
The last nominee was shot down to easily. The dems messed up letting her get out of the nomination.
Alito was strong on all sides with a writen history they could question him on. He has an answer for everything. His history over RKBA is not around the 2nd. I believe he has habitualy avoided 2nd Amendment cases or relied on 2nd on cases waiting for the right SCOTUS makeup. SCOTUS may not be ready for restoration of the Const yet.
He may still be on the other side of all this as well.

Lone_Gunman
January 15, 2006, 10:14 PM
I did not realize family members were usually at these hearings. That seems like a bad idea. I think the Senators need to scrutinize the candidate in whatever way they want to, and not have to worry about making someone's overly sensitive wife cry. This is the Senate's one chance to regulate the Supreme Court, and I don't think they need to tone anything down just to prevent the family from getting upset.

If Alito has been married to her for a while, he should have had some idea how she might react to ugly questions, and just told her to stay home, or refused to accept the nomination. These hearings are not the only time Alito will be criticized.

antsi
January 15, 2006, 10:15 PM
Because Feinstein doesn't want to filibuster his nomination.

http://news.yahoo.com/fc/US/Supreme_Court

I think I would have liked him better if Feinstein, Kennedy, Shumer, and Kerry had wanted to filibuster him.

This has nothing to do with how much she objects to Alito's judicial philosophy or his positions on issues. It has everything to do with what Feinstein thinks she can pull off, and what's best for her own political chances.

She wouldn't filibuster the Devil himself, if she thought filibustering him was a bad political move or if she thought it would hurt her agenda.

Conversely, she'd filibuster her own grandmother if she thought it was a good political move, or if she thought it would advance her agenda.

Standing Wolf
January 15, 2006, 11:22 PM
Please pause a moment to ask yourself this question: are we showing enough respect to the Hero of Chappaquiddick?

Thank you.

Art Eatman
January 15, 2006, 11:27 PM
This is the sort of subjective stuff that really works better at APS.

Art

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