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  •  Come off it (none)
    Do you honestly think that an attorney as intelligent as Roberts would risk his future credibility to appease members of a 45-seat minority party?  When there is doubt they could mount a filibuster in any event?  Or that the nuclear option would not be invoked?  He is saying what he believes.  Look for gaps and weasel room, don't assume outright lies.
    •  In a word, yes. (none)
      Yes, I believe he would (as you put it) risk future credibility, because the senate gives members and justices and folks like this a LOT of leeway historically in the "credibility" department.  He knows that.

      Yes, I believe that he knows they would save any filibuster for something really big... whatever that might be.  They have always, until now, in the last few years, negotiated through any filibuster threat and worked with republicans.  I truly do not believe that there are any teeth whatsoever in any potential democratic filibuster at this point, Harry Reid's persistence and feistiness notwithstanding.

      For the same reasons I believe that the "nuclear option" would not be invoked in this case.

      I do still assume an outright lie.  The Republicans have redefined "integrity" and "honesty" in the last decade.  Actually, since 1996, they have perverted the meanings of those things for the sake of political expediency-- consistently, steadily, and without impunity.  They have done so for the sake of power-- gain of, and retention of, political and financial power.  Thus I no longer think any conservative Republican incapable of an outright lie under oath.

    •  weasel room and lies (none)
      this really just gets to be semantic doesn't it?

      The point is it's all smoke screen.
      Label it as you like. - Collective Political and Community Journalism by NYers for NYers

      by atomicBirdsong on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:35:35 AM PDT

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