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  •  We need to reach across the aisle (4.00)
    and make Republicans nervous.

    Underneath the surface the Capital is not to thrilled.

    On the surface the Pres and Rove has put on a false front of unity.

    This is not so.

    The best option for the country is to get Republicans to vote against him.

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:26:51 AM PST

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    •  Precisely (none)
      Let us hope some Republican Senators become uncomfortable with Scalito  and  that they do not bow to the Wingnut Republicans. Specter seems uncomfortable..let us hope others join him and that we can trust Specter not to cave when the time comes.

      America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand-Harry S. Truman

      by wishingwell on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:37:42 AM PST

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      •  What this would require........ (none)
        is for several Republicans to put the health and identity of the country ahead of party affiliation, political pressure and their own careers. How likely is that in the present environment? Armando was on with Sam Seder last night and he touched on the support of the concept of unitary executive by several members of Congress. At what have we arrived when we are seriously discussing the possibility of the Congress ratifying its own irrelevancy?
        And there are those who support Alito because he might be willing to disregard stare decisis and overturn Roe? You don't like abortion? THEN WHY IN FUCK'S NAME ARE YOU WILLING TO ABORT THE REPUBLIC?

        Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

        by kestrel9000 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:55:12 AM PST

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        •  Yes , so true... (none)
          It is odd when Republicans want extended Executive Power and thus subscribe to their own irrelevancy, makes no sense at all. They must feel pretty darn confident that No Democrat will be President during their time in office.
          They are gambling with their future and the future of the country. It is frightening.

          Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything. - Harry S. Truman

          by wishingwell on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:06:34 AM PST

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          •  It's that confidence (none)
            that frightens me. Add all this up in the same column with redistricting and electronic voting and a truly terrifying picture emerges. What all else does the VRWC have in the toolbox? Or should I say, ARSENAL?
            Someone here has a sig line that's Padme from Star Wars: "So this is how liberty dies.....with thunderous applause....."
            Or something like that.

            Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

            by kestrel9000 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:26:47 AM PST

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          •  Yesterday (none)
            I was hoping for a quick miracle, that Alito would nod off to sleep for just a couple of moments while all the Senators talked for three hours, but I think he had his wife primed to kick him, just in case.

            No miracles--back to political action. I'm going to catch up on the hearings through transcripts. I can't stand watching Alito's mouth, just like I can't stand watching Bush's smirk.

            Thanks, Armando, for keeping us on the message. I picked up a reference to Christopher Kelley's statement on  the Unitary Executive and the Bush Presidency from a fellow diarist, here, in case anyone missed it:

            http://72.14.203.104/...

            "Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read"--Groucho Marx

            by martyc35 on Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 10:35:59 AM PST

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    •  unitary executive Democrat... (none)

      One way to make Republicans nervous:  "Do you really want a unitary executive with unlimited power when a Democrat gets elected President?"

      And then roll out a few scenarios.  

      Unless they are secretly counting on a scenario of their own, whereby the next two elections are either rigged or otherwise compromised.  Or '06 is rigged and '08 never occurs at all....

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