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  •  If you assume we can't filibuster when we want (none)
    then we have, in fact, lost the nuclear option fight.  In fact, if we were to filibuster, this is the nominee to do it with.  Why?  Because not only is he extreme right-wing, but he has little experience as a judge.  Oh yeah, and also there's that little thing called the mid-term elections.  Last I saw, the nation was pretty firmly against the nuclear option; filibuster now and make the Republicans either push the button before the midterm elections (and, therefore, suffer the consequences), or let it go.  After the midterm elections, there will be less pressure for the Republicans to do the somewhat right thing (or at least, not do so much of the wrong thing right there where everyone can see them).

    "Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." George Bernard Shaw

    by Shygetz on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:34:15 AM PDT

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    •  but to filibuster (none)
      We need 41 votes, and I don't think Roberts's views -- so long as they remain relatively unexpressed -- will peel off enough Dems from the Gang of 14.

      Lots of SCT judges have minimal federal experience before being confirmed -- O'Connor and Rehnquist had none, Souter had about a minute's worth.  Whizzer White had none.  Etc.

      "Any content-based regulation of the Internet, no matter how benign the purpose, could burn the global village to roast the pig." -- ACLU v Reno (E.D. Pa. 1996)

      by Adam B on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:39:33 AM PDT

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