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View Diary: On Reacting to Roberts: It's Not Just Fairness, It's Smart Politics (225 comments)

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  •  Risky? (none)
    We've already lost all the branches of the government, essentially. What risk is there? That somehow fighting for what is right will make less people vote for us?

    The only real power we have left is that the majority in the Senate is too small to defeat a filibuster (unless they do the Nuclear option, of course, but I consider that to be illegal). If Robert's is filibustered and Bush sends up another bad candidate, than filibuster him/her, too. Maybe filibusters are 'extreme' but it's the only thing we've got. Damn public opinion--polls shouldn't play any part in a Supreme Court nomination fight, it's too important.

    What I'm saying is that the time for playing nice to avoid risk is long, long past gone. Some risks have to be taken--these are ruthless, corrupt, power-hungry people we're dealing with.  If any of the Republicans had any shred of decency or fair play, then I might agree with you. But they've show over and over again that they don't.

    •  "Damn public opinion" (none)
      ...is never good strategy in a democracy. Judges are the consequence of elections, and the only long-term way to get the judges we would like is to win. It's a valid question of strategy whether a filibuster fight helps or hurts the cause of winning elections, but I happen to think it would hurt. And I do not think that stopping Roberts is worth it if it risks the Republicans gaining a filibuster-proof stranglehold on the Senate (not just for judicial nominees, but for everything).
      •  We live in... (none)
        ...a Representative Democracy, not a direct Democracy. Our elected leaders are supposed to do what's right for the nation. I'm tired of my Democratic senators basing everything they on what they think the Repubs will be able to hold against them. The Iraq War vote, for instance.  It was totally and utterly wrong to vote for that war and Democrats just did it out of cowardice. My point really wasn't that public opinion doesn't matter, but that more people will be willing to consider Democratic candidates if the Democractic candidates would show some spine.

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