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BigSteve
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Anyone catch any of the hearings? I watched Sens. Schumer and Graham and caught soundbites from a few of the other Senators. Of course the Republicans (except for Specter) gave him softballs to make him look good while the Dems wanted him to swear a loyalty oath to Roe v Wade and somehow managed to slip quite a few mentions of Katrina in there which was odd to say the least. I don't see how SCOTUS justices are responsible for curing the country's socioeconomic ills, but I'm sure I'm just missing it.

Roberts is going to be confirmed easily so that's not really an issue. The Dems would be foolish to fight this one hard, and I don't think that they will. I could see Roberts getting between 70 and 75 votes. He should get a near unanimous confirmation considering Ginsburg and Breyer (and to be fair Scalia) were all around 95+ votes I believe. I think that the O'Connor nomination is going to be a bit more contentious than this one, to say the least.

Edit: Breyer got "only" 87 votes. The other two were confirmed unanimously.

(edited by BigSteve on 13.9.05 2102)

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ShotGunShep
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Senator Kohl needs a civics lesson badly.
He asked a question that went something like this...
Due to the large disparities of wealth that exist in our society, the less fortunate people of NO could not escape Hurricane Katrina and were left to fend for themselves. If you were nominated SC Justice, what would you do to try to correct these social injustice?


And I don't know what the hell Sen. Feinstein is talking about. She jumped from backalley abortions to accusing Roberts of being against women in the workplace, but when he tried to respond she quickly said she didn't want to spend anymore time on it.

Big Bad
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Daily Show had a hilarious bit about Tom Coburn being caught on the air doing a crossword during the hearing. Then, they mocked Coburn's tearful breakdown about the "hateful partisanship" in the government contrasted to Coburn's hateful past comments about homosexuals and abortion doctors.

Not one of these senators looked like anything but a moron. Nice job, America. "But BB, aren't Canada's senators just the PM's appointed cronies?" Oh, shut up.



On the flip side, congrats to ABC for hiring Tim McGraw to tailor the lyrics to "I like it, I love it" for every halftime highlight show throughout the "Monday Night Football" season. Just last week, my buddy House and I were discussing Cosell's classic highlight narratives in the '70s, and how nobody had approached them since, and I told House, "Only one thing could ever come close, and I know it's a long shot, but what if ABC hired Tim McGraw to tailor the lyrics to 'I Like it, I Love It' for each week of NFL highlights throughout the season?" And wouldn't you know, it happened! See, dreams can come true. --- Bill Simmons, www.sportsguy.net
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Since: 17.2.03
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Does anyone else remember the Bork hearings?
The chairman was Joe Biden, fresh off having
to drop out of the Democratic Primary after
it was proved that he had stolen his speeches
from the Kennedys and Briton Neil Kinnock.

Biden spent most of his time attacking Bork
while reading from 3 by 5 cards handed to him
by staffers. Rather than quote law, Biden
would talk about the way he felt things should
be when arguing against Bork's decisions.

I don't know if Bork was a good person or if
he would have been good for the country, but
he was a hell of a lot smarter and a hell of
lot more honest than Joe Biden. It's a sad
commentary on voters that Biden still serves.

Frank

CRZ
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
    Originally posted by Boston Idol
    It's a sad commentary on voters that Biden still serves.
Just the Delaware voters, right?



CRZ
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
Unfortunately, we all have our Bidens.

Frank
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
    Originally posted by Boston Idol
    Unfortunately, we all have our Bidens.

    Frank



In both parties, right Boston?



A strict constructionist interprets the Constitution according to the language and original intent of the text at the time of its writing, in much the same way as a fundamentalist views the Bible. Fortunately, for strict constructionists, they have been endowed by God with the superhuman gift of being able to read the minds of people who died 200 years ago. Naturally, they use this power only for good -
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.35
How about Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms?



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
Yes, in both parties, hence "we."

Frank
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.86
John Roberts says that NORTH BY NORTHWEST and DR. ZHIVAGO are his two favorite movies.

He get's my vote!

(edited by Cerebus on 15.9.05 2133)
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.21
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Boston Idol
      It's a sad commentary on voters that Biden still serves.
    Just the Delaware voters, right?







Supposedly he might be running for President again though, so it could be all the voters. And, to be fair, my state in '06 will have Democratic and Republican primaries with candidates so despicable that I'd actually vote for Ted Kennedy's kid before I voted for any of the 4. And, do you think Ted Kennedy's staff stressed to him 'Don't bring up New Orleans drowning victims. For the love of God, don't mention the word drowning.'

(edited by redsoxnation on 15.9.05 2241)
Boston Idol
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Boston likes to think of itself as the true seat of
American patriotism, enlightenment, and culture. It
was, locals will quickly recall, the biggest city in
America when New York City was still an outpost.

The Kennedy family plays into that misguided sense of
importance and nostalgia by serving as the embodiment
of the American aristocracy, the patriotic, cultured,
and enlightened leaders who set Boston above the rest.

Unfortunately the most significant living Kennedy is
Ted, the embodiment of the greed, lust, and vanity
that often plague the less talented children of rich
families. But heck, he's the only royalty they've got.

Frank
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- Grimis, Free Speech fights back (2003)
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