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  •  His abandonment didn't start and end with liberals (4.00)
    he abandoned moderates and a majority of Americans.  It is a sad day when an elderly man will put his long and distinguished career on the line for purely political reasons.  
    •  Exactly correct (4.00)
      From what I've heard about Byrd, supporting Scalito is a bizarre choice: Byrd a big lover of the senate, and a big friend of labor -- Scalito a big opponent of both of those.

      It seems to me that if Byrd gets unelected because of filibuster support, he would cement this reputation as a good guy. On the minus side, he's out of the Senate. But gimme a break: he's practically 90, for chrissakes! What's the difference between being in the Senate for 48 years or 54 years, especially if the last six years are in a Senate neutered by the "unitary executive theory"?

    •  Senator Byrd comes from a time when (4.00)
      a man's word was his bond. A handshake was all that was required to seal a contract.

      Senator Byrd was, in my opinion, told exactly what he wanted to hear, in his answeres from Alito. Senator Byrd trusts Alito to keep his word, honor existing legal presedent, hold the constitution sacred.  

      My sorrow yesterday, was watching an honorable man, duped by this corrupt administration, fall on the wrong side of an issue so critical to America and our freedoms.

      If only we could return to the days where a mans word was his bond, and doing the right thing was more important than doing the politically correct thing.

      I miss my country. Nations were our friends, my country not scared and fearful, my countrymen  understood that the values which brought us together, was greater than whatever divided us.
         

      Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

      by maggiemae on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:24:25 PM PST

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      •  I think you are so right. (4.00)
        No matter what anyone says, I think that Senator Byrd is a gentleman.

        The Republicans have a fundamental problem with telling the truth - Howard Dean.

        by NYC Sophia on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:14:49 PM PST

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      •  I don't believe it (none)
        Sen. Byrd may come from a time of decency, but I can't believe that he actually believes that bullshit. He should know better and I think he does. I'm disgusted.
        •  Maybe Senator Kennedy can ask him (4.00)
          which is the case.  

          Senator Byrd, was your decision based on trusting Mr. Alito, or is it possible your trust is  misplaced?

          It's hard to reconsile the Senator Byrd we saw holding up his pocket copy of the Constitution, and taking Bill Frist to task, with the decision to support Alito at the expense of our Constitutional freedoms.  

          If he is tired of being the elected Democratic Senator, representing the people of West Virginia, perhaps he should gracefully retire.

          I for one will miss him, when he no longer serves.

          Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

          by maggiemae on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:52:46 PM PST

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          •  It sure is hard to reconcile (4.00)
            the Senator Byrd with the Constitution book, the Senator Byrd with the state that is home to betrayed miners and broken-hearted families, the Senator Byrd who loves the country and wants to preserve it as the forefathers intended.  

            Shame.

            It's so hard to reconcile that I simply cannot understand it, and I feel duped and let down in a major way, and he's not even my Senator.  Heck, I even bought one of those little red books, because I was so impressed with him.  I've got it right here.  It holds a whole new meaning now.  I know this sounds overly melodramatic but to me he was a compelling and dramatic and honorable man.  How could he do this?  

            I believed in this guy.  I am angry and confused.  I have to wonder about his competency right now.  Whatever the reason, I wish, deeply, that he would change his mind.

            If he is still completely competent, and a man of his word, would not an outpouring from the people sway him?  I would think that it would.

            On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

            by joanneleon on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:28:40 PM PST

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    •  Exactly... (none)
      This was my reaction, too.

      Anyone who won't step up and stop Alito is abandoning not just "liberal" constituents, but in the end, all Americans.

      Alito is not normally inclined to be a friend to the average American in court.  He is not a friend to those accused of crimes by the government; he is not a friend to those who seek civil justice.  Only when the law is crystal clear on the side of the "little guy" will the little guy win.  Give Alito an inch of that sweet ol' "ambiguity" and he'll side with the government, the executive, or the insurance company, or the employer--every time.

      But all some folks can think about when they hear "Alito" are blastocysts, zygotes and fetuses, OH MY!!!  

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