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  •  Armando (none)
    great post.

    I'm too disgusted right now to think of a sig.

    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:14:21 AM PST

    •  I'll Second That (none)
      This is a great post.  I agree with Armando's point on Byrd, but I must disagree on his characterization of Johnson's performance.  I find nothing about what Johnson said to be respectable or honest.  

      After noting that he is "troubled by Judge Alito's apparent views on matters such as executive power, his past opposition to the principle of one person, one vote, and his narrow interpretation of certain civil rights laws," Johnson goes on to state that he "cannot accept an argument that his views are so radical that the Senate is justified in denying his confirmation."  Now, if Johnson really believed the first half of that quote, there is no conceivable way that he could honestly utter the second half.  I mean, come on -- he's concerned that Alito does not support one person, one vote or civil rights, but that's not radical enough to stop Johnson from affirmatively supporting Alito's elevation to the highest court in the land for the next 30 years?

      If Johnson wants to vote for the right-wing nutjob that is Samuel Alito -- whether due to conviction, or simply due to political calculation -- fine.  But for him to try to have his cake and eat it too, by proclaiming how "concerned" and "troubled" he is right before giving his fucking stamp of approval to Alito's elevation is disingenuous and despicable.  Not as disgraceful, perhaps, as Byrd's performance, but hardly something to hold up as an example of honesty and forthrightness.  

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