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  •  Max Baucus has chosen wrong in ... (4.00) opinion, and I wish he would reconsider. But Armando, my brother, you've taken your critique way too far on this.

    Baucus said: "I'm inclined to vote for Roberts unless something else comes up. It's a close call."

    Instead of taking Baucus's inclination as an opportunity to make a thoughtful, persuasive case to the Senator for why he should change his mind, you have, it pains me to say, chosen the low road, writing what I ccnsider a scandalously wrongheaded diatribe, even though I have completely agreed with 95% of what you have written about Roberts, including your view that Democrats should filibuster the nominee.

    Persuasion is an important element of politics, and we gain nothing through defaming those who are with us on most issues, even when they choose to vote in a way which raises our ire. If Reid had suggested that all Democrats vote the way he plans to, you might have had a better case.

    As for that kissing of Republican rings you decry Baucus for: Well, Harry Reid, who you praised earlier today, also voted for the bankruptcy bill and the war vote.

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    by Meteor Blades on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:13:22 PM PDT

    •  MB (none)
      Baucus is not changing his mind.

      There is a purpose to this diatribe, which I will concede is over the top (but not by much.)

      Consider the undecided Senators.

      Consider the NEXT nomination.

      Baucus is not deciding on the merits MB.

      We provcide him and other Dem Senators an additional political calculus.

      Consider those points for a moment.

      Consider their persuasive power.  

      The SCOTUS is Extraordinary.

      by Armando on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:29:04 PM PDT

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    •  BTW (none)
      There is no reservation in Baucus' statement.

      I think you are mistaken there.

      The SCOTUS is Extraordinary.

      by Armando on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 10:31:32 PM PDT

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    •  How many times.... (none)
      ...must the thoughtful, persuasive case be made before we know that these guys doen't understand it or doesn't care? You're right about Reid, he's no saint. In fact, whatever his strengths, I think the reason he's got his job because he will never demand unity from the caucus and even if he did, like Daschle before him, he's certainly not powerful enough to insist on it.

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