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  •  Byrd (none)
    While I disagree with Byrd and was surprised by his announcement, I think you're misreading him. He is not saying that the questioning was harsh. He is saying that is what his constituents told him. The NYT paraphrase is not very clear.
    •  parsing (none)
      ... Why say it at all, if he didn't want it to go into the record?
      •  well. (none)
        For one, as I said, the NYT paraphrase is not clear. A transcript of the statement would no doubt be much better. But second, he may have said it as justification for his aye vote.. I think he's basically saying "Look, I'm running for re-election and my constituents aren't against Alito.. my hands are tied here."

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