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  •  I hate the "he's qualified" meme.. (none)
    by their standards ANY federal judge would be qualified.  But this isn't just ANY federal court, this is THE Supreme Court.  It is the most important and needs the best of the best.  Not just in qualificaitons but in judicial temperment.

    Alito is very qualified...for the job he has.  That doesn't mean he's qualified for the job he's asking for becuase that job requires far greater qualifications.

    I can't wait til they start making us wear armbands.

    by DawnG on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 10:52:29 AM PST

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    •  So was Harriet Myers! (none)
    •  That should be a given (none)
      ... and judicial temperament something scAlito has to prove, affirmatively, by being open and forthcoming in his answers. We should expect outstanding nominees, the best available, not people who merely won't fuck up as badly as the Chimperor's cavalcade of cronies.
      This lowering of the bar is ridiculous: Bush is nominating someone QUALIFIED for a change. Let's give him and Barney a fucking dog treat.

      If the wingnut cause is just, why all the weaseling? Anyone? Bueller? scAlito?

      by Peanut on Mon Jan 09, 2006 at 02:06:50 PM PST

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    •  Democrats MUST Filibuster Alito (none)
      Senators Reid, Durbin, Dorgan, Leahy, Schumer, Nelson, Pryor, and Landrieu,

      The decisions that are made in the next five to seven days will determine the future of this country for the next 30 years. Do not let Bush, Boyden Gray, Ed Meese, Rove, Jon Kyl, and John Cornyn tactically out maneuver you. The progressive/moderate 65% of this country and the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus must not allow a president who was installed into office by a 5 to 4 party line Supreme Court vote, to pack the U.S. Supreme Court for the next 30 years with an extreme right wing ideologue like Alito.

      Every major opinion poll that has been released in the last six months shows that 70% of Americans think that the Democratic Party should fight Bush much more than they currently are. Bush and the GOP have been majorly bloodied by Abramoff, DeLay's resignation, Libby's indictment, fuel prices, and the unpopularity of Iraq. This key nomination of Alito is what all of the political maneuvering of the past five years has been leading to. As Mark Tushnet, Jeffrey Rosen, and other leading progressive legal scholars have made clear on TV and on the internet over the past several months, Alito is to the right of Scalia and Thomas: THIS NOMINATION IS THE NOMINATION that will decide the future of the Supreme Court for 20 to 30 years into the future, not some future nomination. Bush was never even legally elected to office in 2000. Al Gore should be president right now. The only reason Bush is president is because of ideological right-wing justices like Scalia, Rehnquist, and Thomas. And Alito is to the right of Scalia, Rehnquist, and Thomas. Why allow the right-wing 30% in this country to steal and dominate the Supreme Court for the next 30 years because of Katherine Harris' illegal actions in 2000? Roe v. Wade should not be overturned because of Katherine Harris' illegal actions.

      If Bush, Boyden Gray, Ed Meese, and other right-wing thinkers succeed in packing the Supreme Court right now with a clear Constitution-in-Exile adherent, at the very moment of Hurricane Katrina, when no holds barred classist and racist extreme-capitalism has been shown to be an ideology that works to forsake the least among us, then something about America and what is good in humanity will indeed have been forsaken forever. This country is still mourning (from Katrina) the death and maiming of the very disadvantaged people who have been thrown away and abandoned by radical right-wing, government-is-always-the-problem economic policies. Hurricane Katrina happened just a few months ago, and conservatives completely dismissed the whole thing several months ago, and moved on within a week, to their ideological dream of taking over the Supreme Court.  Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks (and the small handful of other inside the Beltway rightist ideologues who sunk the Miers nomination) do not own this entire country's legal system.

      All of the filibusters for the Appeals courts seats that took place earlier this year will mean nothing if Alito gets on the court. The O'Connor seat means much, much more than all the Appeals court seats that were fought for combined. Dems must wage this fight by filibustering. Even if the GOP pulls the nuclear trigger option, Dems will still win the fight, because Alito's authenticity as a validly seated judge will always be questioned because it was done via the nuclear option. A counterfeit nuclear option justice will undermine the extreme right wing's never abating thirst to undo critically important Warren Court precedents that deserve to actually remain part of the American legal system. Dems MUST FILIBUSTER. If Democrats don't filibuster a Constitution-in-Exile and anti-Roe nominee like Alito after the constitutional crisis of the year 2000, what Supreme Court nominee would they ever filibuster? There is no point in saving the filibuster for a rainy day, especially when the nuclear option is always on the table at any time.  The GOP could pull the nuclear trigger at anytime. And if the GOP pulls the nuclear trigger, all the better for Democrats in 2009 and beyond. If there is no filibustering of Supreme Court nominations allowed in the future, that would only help a Democratic president in 2009 or beyond to install the judges he or she wants. If not a filibuster now, when? If not a filibuster for this, what?

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