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View Diary: The 'Up or Down Vote' talking point is dead (73 comments)

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  •  i wish (none)
    they'd have called their bluff on the "nuclear option". do they honestly want to establish a tradition of not being able to stop a flawed nominee? i wish one damn dem had the backbone to just stand up in that chamber and fillibuster them into submission. like "I dare you."
    •  stopping the nominee (none)
      There was no nuclear bluff here whatsoever.

      The tradition to stop a flawed nominee is NOT the fillibuster of SCOTUS candidates, but rather a NO vote in committee or on the floor. What you saw here was principled conservatives & some few Democrats (the rare # willing to actually take a position on anything these days)) holding the line for judicial competence & causing enough of a debate within the party to cause a potentially embaresing defeat on the floor by upset republicans. Miers was clearly likely to vote the way many conservatives would have liked, but was rejected by many anyway as not being heavyweight enough in an intellectual sense.

      whether you're of either party, it's nice to see that the political machine doesn't always walk in partisan lock-step.  

      •  "principled" conservatives? (none)
        Like yourself, I suppose.

        Conservative principles: racism, sexism, homophobia, blame the victim, the end justifies the means, whatever is in it for me.

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