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  •  Off Topic, But (7+ / 0-)

    I don't see Clarence being the Numero Uno lasting legacy of Bush I.

    Certain members of the Senate fought tooth and nail for CT (in spite of the fact he had the lowest ABA rating ever rgarding SCOTUS potentials).

    The POTUS can recommend Bozo the Clown for a court position if he wants to-- it's up to congress to approve/not approve. they have the power.

    So this is another example of Congress FAIL.

    Poppy Bush's legacy is more about his infamous Christmas surprise-- where he at the last minute (to protect his own ass) pardoned several people going down in flames due to the Iran-Contra scandal.

    Also, he's a rare recent example of an incumbent POTUS getting booted from office.

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 07:12:45 AM PDT

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    •  Bush I WH fought tooth and nail to confirm Thomas (9+ / 0-)

      Do you really think that  Simpson, Specter, and Hatch engaged in a coordinated smear campaign against Prof. Hill totally on their own accord?*   Specter, in particular, was worried about a primary challenge on his right flank b/c he voted against Bork's nomination, and he gladly toed the party line.

      According to the book Strange Justice, Bush personally witnessed a Thomas pre-confirmation hearing briefing session.  The book further notes that the 2 FBI agents in OK who initially interviewed Prof. Hill executed affidavits suggesting that she embellished her testimony before Judiciary--these affidavits were promptly released to the media.

      Quayle was sent to preside over the Senate on the day of the vote in case a tiebreaker was needed (final tally was 52-48).  Given the high confirmation % of SCOTUS nominees in the 20th century,  Bush I nominated CT w/ every expectation that he would be confirmed.  In fact, until Prof. Hill's story emerged near the end of the confirmation process, CT's confirmation was a sure thing.

      I agree that the Senate Dems totally blew this confirmation process.  In particular, Judiciary Chairman Biden, who distinguished himself in the Bork confirmation process, did not distinguish himself here.  Ted K, 6 mos after the Au Bar controversy in Palm Beach,  was compelled to stay silent during these hearings.   It took a group of women MOC's to shame the Judiciary Dems into finally taking Hill's accusations seriously.   At the end of this sordid process, 10 Senate Dems voted aye.

      It took the efforts of many to put a marginally qualified right-wing hack w/ numerous credibility issues on the Supremes for 21 years now (and probably at least another 10 years).  While the Dems erred badly, this disgrace started w/ the Bush I WH.  That gift that keeps on giving was the worst thing Poppy did as POTUS.

      As to the subject of the diary, I think that there's a 99.9% chance that the mandate will be thrown out 5-4.  I'm not that optimistic about the rest of the bill, largely b/c it contains no severability clause and b/c the WH consciously chose to stake its chips on affirming the mandate.

      *It's fascinating to note that the GOP focus during the supplemental hearings on Hill's accusations was on tearing down her rather than building up CT.  Their politics of personal destruction has a long and a proud history.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 07:46:59 AM PDT

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      •  Simpson, Specter, and Hatch (0+ / 0-)

        these are senators, correct?

        Thank you for reinforcing my point: they decide who gets appointed to the SCOTUS. not the POTUS, thus this is not a huge legacy of poppy bush.

        I'm not going to waste my time looking it up; I already know enough "democratic" congresspeople stupidly supported Clarence.

        I realize that's a problem most here want to ignore.

        "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 08:26:38 AM PDT

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        •  You're turning a both/and question into either/or (3+ / 0-)
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          question.  As I explained in detail above, there's ample blame to pass around in this fiasco.  For some reason, you want to downplay the role of the guy who actually nominated CT.

          It is naive in the extreme to think that Simpson, Specter, and Hatch acted solely on their own accord.

          Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

          by RFK Lives on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 09:15:06 AM PDT

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