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  •  Oh, you mean how do I know... (none)
    ...Miers is almost certainly a Scalia clone. She's been a devotee of Bush's for more than a decade, deeply involved in his political career, and he has to know where she stands on key issues by now. Anything's possible, but to believe she wasn't carefully screened before getting this offer requires a suspension of disbelief.

    As for Reid, he seems to like her personally and he knows that, without a paper trail, he can honestly say later that he didn't know for sure she would turn out to be so far to the right.

    If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

    Edwards/Clark 2008

    -7.00, -4.31

    by MeanBoneII on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 10:36:57 PM PDT

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    •  I want you to be clear (none)
      Are you claiming that Reid is selling out the democrats? I ask this because this is one possible inference from what you wrote even if not directly stated.
      •  Selling out? Well... (none)
        ...I wouldn't put it that way. I think Reid understands the political reality - the other side has the White House and the Senate. If you think Bush is going to nominate someone better (more left-leaning) than Miers if the Democrats actually manage to successfully filibuster her, then I guess you could be upset about Reid's apparent acceptance of this nominee.

        Reid doesn't know for SURE how Miers will vote on the court, but I think he can take a pretty good guess, just like we can. But since there's no paper trail, he can save some political face with his Democratic base by honestly saying he couldn't know what kind of justice she would be.

        The savvy thing about Reid's apparent acceptance of Miers is: 1) It adds to the right-wing rank-and-file's anger at their leaders for not nominating a 100% for sure fire-breathing ultra-conservative; 2) By Democrats not screaming and throwing a fit, they don't create a big distraction to the media, who have been nicely focused on Republican corruption and incompetence; and 3) In reality, we weren't likely to get any better choices even if we did manage to block Miers.

        If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

        Edwards/Clark 2008

        -7.00, -4.31

        by MeanBoneII on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:05:49 PM PDT

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      •  Reid is selling out the Dems and America (none)
        Yes.

        Senator Reid is participating in the dumbing down of our judiciary branch.

        He is going along to get along.

        "Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." --Joseph Goebbels

        by antifa on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:34:26 PM PDT

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