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  •  Check out Sen. Joseph Biden. (none)
    Now this is more the line of questioning I wish to see.
      •  I do too (none)
        Stop asking about Ginsburg, and go after the right to privacy in the ninth amendment.

        What's madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance?

        by slinkerwink on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:29:33 AM PDT

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        •  You people have no respect (none)
          Seriously. Biden may not be perfect but he is looking out for your best interests even though you think he is an asshole.

          I hate when folks like you guys slam the door on reason.

          inspire change...don't back down

          by missliberties on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:32:11 AM PDT

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          •  I want effective representation. (none)
            And when a Senator engages in a pointless five minute ramble without asking questions, and then complains he's running out of time, I don't see him as effective.

            His questions aren't pinning Roberts down.  At best Biden is preaching to the choir, but he's not persuasive.  And really, he's not scoring any points.

            •  Respectfully disagree (none)

              inspire change...don't back down

              by missliberties on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:41:09 AM PDT

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            •  has anyone done this before? (none)
              has anyone here argued a debate or been to law school????

              it's ROUND 1!!! he's building a case.  you don't bring it all out at first. he's gotten him on the defensive...and he's building a case to be able to catch him being inconsistent.

              if he flat out asked...does the ninth amendment support marriage...he would flat out say i can't answer that. the dems have to build up a base of answers to work from.

      •  Biden's questioning based on the Ginsberg Rule (none)
        That did not suck and he got Roberts into being evasive.

        Nice to cite a case Ginsberg commented on and Roberts refused to.

        Biden just got his reason not to vote to confirm.

        Ein Land ist nicht nur das, was es tut -- es ist auch das, was es verträgt, was es duldet.

        by MoDem on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 09:33:46 AM PDT

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        •  Hmmmm. (none)
          Biden was always going to vote against Roberts.

          The problem is that he's not giving any potential fence sitters a reason to vote against Roberts.

          His attack on the "Ginsburg Precedent" was weak.  He's not attacking the rational for not providing "forecasts," he's just saying that Ginsburg only selectively applied her own rule.  And Roberts rightly pointed out that Ginsburg deemed her rule not to apply where she had previously written or given speeches on the topic.  I don't think he's getting anywhere.

      •  OK. Only in America ;) (none)
        Sen. Biden has called Judge Roberts on several of his previous responses to questions. I'll concede there was a small speech in there, but many of the responses we are receiving have no meat on the bone.  I want to know how Judge Roberts defines his terms and how he arrives at his decisions.  We would not need nine SCOTUS justices if they all thought exactly the same; consensus would be the rule of the day.  Clearly that Is not the case.  
    •  'Ginsburg answered the question' (none)
      To Roberts' 'no hints' dodge.

      Hah ... 'he's filibustering.'

    •  exactly (none)
      and of course Roberts wouldn't answer this, even though Ginsburg did: if a state bans abortion, would you rule this unconstitutional?

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