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  •  The "Flunk w/Dignity" Rule... (none)
    I recall a lecturer in my bar review course telling us about a "sure pass," a "probable pass," and a "flunk w/ dignity" level of understanding that we had to have on a particular topic.  The Senate Dems chose the flunk w/ dignity approach here.  It's an improvement over their embarrassing "flunk w/o dignity" approach during the Roberts hearings, but it's still not nearly enough.

    I'm as disgusted w/ Byrd as the next person right now, and, like Armando, I think that the Judiciary Dems, as a group, did an inadequate job in their questioning during the hearings.  There's a big point that was missed in this analysis, however.

    There's precious little evidence that very many Senate Dems really CARED that much about defeating Scalito.  Dana Milbank told Olbermann that they didn't want to make Scalito a big issue during the hearings, and there's little evidence to dispute that contention.  If DiFi, who has always made abortion a signature issue, was that concerned about stopping someone who was appointed for the express purpose of overturning Roe, she had an odd way of showing it.  If you comprehend the fact that a nominee is out to destroy you and your constituency on a critical issue, you do NOT repeatedly go on TV and dismiss the prospects of filibustering him.

    Except for Lieberman, who has been fairly decent on this nomination, I don't see a Senate Dem facing even a halfway serious primary opponent this year.  I suspect that this issue will put some wind behind Pennachio's sails, but the odds of him seriously challenging Casey are still slim.  I wish you the best in your primary campaign efforts, but I don't see how they'll make a difference here.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:32:14 AM PST

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