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  •  Where on Earth did you get the idea that (6+ / 0-)

    representing a client is an endorsement of their politics?

    By that logic, a Republican attorney is absolved from doing pro bono work on behalf of the under-represented lest the client's party registration rub off on the attorney.  Is that what you want?  Really?  Should I refuse to represent a veteran in crisis because they voted for McCain, lest my name be sullied as one who - gasp - represented a Republican?

    I think we're better than judging attorneys based on who they represent.  If they attorneys make the underlying goal of the representation their personal crusade, that's a different story and I think we can differentiate that easily.  We all know what to make of the Nancy Graces of the world.  But thus far nobody has presented a single shred of evidence against the appointee except for the fact that he was counsel for a Republican senator.  Not a political advisor, but counsel.  It's a witch hunt.

    "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

    by auron renouille on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 12:35:28 AM PDT

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    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
      Where on Earth did you get the idea that
      representing a client is an endorsement of their politics?

      Oh, I dunno - decades and decades of politicians who choose or reject  their court appointees using that criteria?

      :D :D

      The Democratic Party. Never has so much been squandered so quickly for so little.

      by GayIthacan on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 02:15:22 AM PDT

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      •  Wow. (4+ / 0-)

        You have a really twisted view of things.  Every confirmation hearing that I've observed has been based primarily around their writings, which is why there's always a massive scramble to read every single judicial opinion or, if they haven't been a judge yet, the most banal items from law school.  I have not, thank G-d, seen an organized witch hunt around an attorney's clients, and I can't seriously believe that you think such a thing would be a good idea.

        I sincerely hope that the world that you envision never comes to pass.  McCarthyism was bad enough the first time.

        "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

        by auron renouille on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 02:58:14 AM PDT

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    •  rec'd for the general sentiment ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... though I think there's a difference between "I work at a law firm and advise a lot of clients" and "I've gone in house to work for a Senator with these particular views."

      •  maybe he saw (0+ / 0-)

        working for Lee as a way to worm his way into the US Attorney gig?  Bobby Kennedy went "in-house" for Joe McCarthy, and he turned out ok.  (Bobby, not McCarthy.)

        There's still an element of guilt by association here, and I'm not prepared to praise or condemn the nomination without at least hearing from Barlow, himself.  Just getting the damn thing filled is already a good step.  

        "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by Loge on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 08:32:13 AM PDT

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