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  •  Of course there will be debate (none)
    There was on Roberts who was relatively speaking non-controversial.  There was on Ginsburg, and there will be on Alito.  The question is how many hours do Dems want.  If its reasonable, I am sure there will be an accomodation.  If not, expect nuclear winter.
    •  See this is what I'm talking about (none)


      expect nuclear winter

      Why do you repubs always threaten? Nuclear winter what a grim image! And you propose the nuclear option as a viable response to a possible filibuster! I'll remind you again the rethugs will not always be the majority & then your depraved party will be freezing their asses off in the nuclear winter they created. This is Rovian tactics at their worst.

      Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

      by vcmvo2 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 07:05:52 AM PST

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      •  Oh I know (none)
        I am not a fan of nuclear option.  But neither am I a fan of the filibuster.  Ideally, there should be a debate with sufficient number of hours for everyone to get their views out (and even for Tom Coburn to cry and Joe Biden to put on his Princeton hat on :)).  Whatever that takes.  50-70 hours, I am sure a sompromise on that could and should be reached.

        OTOH, I want to see Alito on and SOC off the Court.  So, if a compromise cannot be reached, then I think more extreme measures will come about.

        As an aside, i wasn't "threatening."  I was merely prognosticating what would happen should there be a real filibuster.

        •  But you support its use (none)
          implicitly in the fact that if they filibuster Frist will go "nuclear." We all know it and Frist is dying to show the radical right just how tough he can be. Remember that Frist wants to run for President and for that he needs to shore up the base. Roberts deserved to be voted in- no doubt he's too conservative but I couldn't fault either his resume or his judicial temperament. So no filibuster. But Sam Alito is too radical with his expanded view of executive power. That's just one reason that I don't care for him. And I am aware of the ABA's finding on him...I think he should be filibustered. Will the Dems do it? I don't know. We'll see.

          And as to threatening you should be careful of the repub tendency to throw around the tough talk- nuclear winter, I would argue is a threatening image.

          Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

          by vcmvo2 on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 08:16:51 AM PST

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