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  •  Cuccinelli's move (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a little cracked out from pulling an all-nighter last night (yay finals week!), so I might be missing something (usually am anyhow), but the only way this ploy makes sense to me is if he already has reason to expect DOJ to reject the map. If he knows he'll lose before the DOJ, then he might want to go ahead and try the luck of the draw with the DC District (which is tilted toward Democratic appointees, but still has 5 GOP appointees active), knowing that the Republican-leaning DC Circuit is right there if needed.

    But if there was any chance of DOJ folding and letting him have his map, then this seems like a bad move.

    ‎"Our greatest asset as advocates is a deep cognizance of our own ignorance, plus a willingness to do something about it." -Joseph Mitchell Kaye, 1966.

    by JR on Thu May 12, 2011 at 08:09:55 AM PDT

    •  I bet it's just bad lawyering (2+ / 0-)
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      David Nir, KingofSpades

      I bet Cooch just didn't think this all the way through as David did in his blog post above.

      Cooch was never a renowned lawyer.  He was always a poltiical animal for whom lawyering was just a way to make a living to whatever extent he needed it while he pursued politics.  I'm not surprised if his lawyering ability just failed him in this instance.  My wife went to school with him as kids, they were in the same social circles, and she tells me he was never the brightest bulb in the lamp (nor very likeable, she couldn't stand him).

      Regarding any other motive on his part, I would guess it's just naked fear of a Democratic DOJ.  He's a hard-right partisan wingnut, I bet he did this purely reflexively rather than thoughtfully.

      43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Thu May 12, 2011 at 08:37:28 AM PDT

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