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  •  If DuMont's orientation were the issue ... (2+ / 0-)
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    craigkg, sleipner

    ... wouldn't someone in the Senate be raising a stink in his favor?

    •  No. (3+ / 0-)
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      kyril, Clarknt67, craigkg

      Do you really believe that there are senators who are going to go to the mat to help one gay man get an appointment to the Federal Circuit?  They can barely bestir themselves to force votes on major pieces of legislation.

      Besides, have you ever seen senators raise other "isms" in the context of other nominations?  When have you heard a Democratic senator accuse his or her Republican colleagues of blocking a nomination based on, say, racism?  

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 03:33:16 PM PST

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      •  there's something to be said for that (1+ / 0-)
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        kyril

        Steve Benen, re Goodwin Liu:

        [A]s best as I can tell, the fact that Liu is an Asian-American played absolutely no role in the confirmation fight. Republicans went after him for partisan and ideological reasons, not racist ones.

        But let’s not forget how the Senate GOP dealt with controversial judicial nominees in the Bush era.

        When Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination came under fire, Republicans suggested her liberal critics were misogynists.

        When Bill Pryor’s 11th Circuit nomination came under fire, Republicans suggested his liberal critics were anti-Catholic.

        When Miguel Estrada’s D.C. Circuit nomination came under fire, Republicans suggested his liberal critics were anti- Hispanic.

        When Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination came under fire, Republicans suggested his liberal critics don’t like Italian-Americans.

        When Janice Rogers Brown D.C. Circuit nomination came under fire, Republicans suggested her liberal critics were racists.

        Still, it's not just that they're calling out Republicans for being racist ... they're not calling them out at all on this nomination.  And Leahy has been pretty diligent otherwise about highlighting the judicial vacancies crisis up and down the board.

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