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Senator Sam Brownback(R) of Kansas is preventing a Bush appointee from receiving an up or down vote, The Washington Post reveals in an editorial in today's edition.  

Oh the hypocricy.

The reasoning for the hold is comical.  A taste, and then more below.

WHILE REPUBLICAN senators insist on prompt votes for every judicial nominee, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has placed a "hold" on President Bush's nomination of Julie Finley as ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mrs. Finley is well qualified. Like many ambassadorial appointees, she has been a major Republican fundraiser, but she has also been a strong and active advocate in Washington for the expansion of NATO, the integration of Turkey into the European Union and the spread of democracy to countries of the former Soviet Union. These are issues that would be central in her new post -- and issues that Mr. Brownback also has highlighted. Nevertheless, Mr. Brownback, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, as of last night was employing a parliamentary maneuver to block any Senate vote -- on the grounds that Mrs. Finley is pro-choice on abortion.(emphasis added)

Originally posted to guyermo on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:34 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Chamber Pot (none)
    The United States Government could be turned into a very successful West End comedy, provided the right writer came along.

    Give me Liberty or give me death!

    by guyermo on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:35:14 AM PDT

  •  Wow (none)
    I'm speechless on this one.
  •  Insane (none)
    You can be the most tallented, intelligent and hardest working person that makes you right for the job.  But, if you are anything but against abortion, that eliminates you from any jobs in this administration.  Gotta love how the GOP purges their own out of the party for lack of purity on the issues.
    •  Maybe (none)
      That's the way to scuttle Bolton. Start a rumor he believes everyone should have abortions, the more the merrier, and he even believes in stem cell research!

      This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

      by emptywheel on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:49:54 AM PDT

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    •  You know (none)
      I have seen the exact same thing said about Democrats who oppose abortion.  It really is the polarizing issue.
      •  There's a difference though (none)
        Those of us who are Democrats, left leaning and progressive, but don't toe a party line on abortion (myself for instance) are shoved out the door.  We can get into some heated discussions, but even the most activist abortion-rights Dem and I can part ways agreeing to disagree and go to the polling place together.  The Republican leadership knows the party is so fragile, so badly held together (neo-cons and fundies and corporate slime) that to allow a divide would issue a fracturing and splintering that would be irreparable.  As the inclusive, big-tent party, we don't have to worry about that.

        Rescued, Reformed and Recovering Former Republican

        by Round Peg Inna Square Hole on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:54:41 AM PDT

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  •  shove this up chris matthews ass (none)
  •  Tell Me... (none)
    Does the pro-choice issuse have ANYTHING to do with this position???
    •  No, but I've seen this show before (none)
      Being pro-Gay Rights  and pro-choice doesn't have anything to do with being Ambassador to Mexico, either--but that's why Jesse Helms derailed the nomination of fellow-Repub Bill Weld to that post.

      And they say we Dems eat our own? All we do is snap at each other on the Sunday Windbagfests. These assholes derail fellow-party-members' career because of irrelevant points of Party Gospel.

      "Don't call yourself religious, not with that blood on your hands"--Little Steven Van Zandt

      by ChurchofBruce on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:11:26 AM PDT

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  •  Sigh (none)
    I'll recommend the diary for its content, even though it's "hypocrisy."

    They have it, but we should be able to spell it!

    "So much thinking in our society has been replaced by following. I know God didn't make us for that." --Keith Olbermann

    by Irony on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:44:42 AM PDT

    •  thanks for the correction (none)
      Spelling was my worst subject in the California Achievement Tests

      Give me Liberty or give me death!

      by guyermo on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:45:28 AM PDT

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    •  Hypocracy versus Hypocrisy (none)
      I would think that "hypocracy" should mean "rule by hypocrites".  Since that is indeed what we have in Washington -- on both sides of the aisle, alas --  I don't see anything wrong with the spelling.

      Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
      Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

      by Caelian on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:53:02 AM PDT

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      •  upperdown? (none)
        Is this the down from upper parts of a duck?

        Hypocrat: a ruler who promised to avoid doing harm (as in Hypocratic oath), but, being a hypocrite, he lied.

        Alternative meaning: ruler who resorts to hype in an unusual degree, as in "the most lethal substances known to mankind" used to describe the active ingredient of castor oil in a way justifying a military invasion.

  •  Gift Horse (none)
    Hell, start making deals with the fucker.  "Ok, we Democrats will vote against this Bush appointee if you get some Republicans to vote against that Bush appointee".

    As to the hypocracy shown here, lordy day, if the media pricks fail to even mention it without a Democrat forcing the issue, fuck it, the cause is already lost.

  •  I'm really glad you put this up (none)
    This is unbelievable - or would be, if it wasn't soooo in line with how things are in DC these days.  I got my new issue of Newsweek a couple of days ago, and imagine my joy when I got a special "double bonus."  It was George Will's week to write the final column inside the back cover, but he essentially wrote a page-long ad for Brownback!  I never agree with Will, but will occasionally check out what he has to say.  The whole thing was a pandering attempt to sell Brownback as the '08 nominee - ridiculous.  Almost as ridiculous as what Brownback is doing to this nominee.....

    "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

    by Crystal Patterson on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:46:19 AM PDT

    •  Conservatives scare me (none)
      because I find them so hard to understand. I really don't know what their end game would ultimately be... everyday someone seems to push it one step farther to the right. And no one on their side seems to even have the guts to say anything about it.

      Logic, reason and rationality have no place in their world. It's all about principle (except they and their benefactors are exempt, whenever it's convenient).

  •  MOre Background (none)
    I know Julie.  She is an aging matriarch of the Republican Party.  She was the National Committeewoman for years from DC.  She ran for National Republican Vice Chair the year Jim Nicholson from Colorado was elected Chair and was defeated for exactly the same reason (plus she had given money to Harvey Gantt when he ran against Jesse Helms - claiming she made the donation on behalf of her dying husband).  She is absolutely a lovely person.  This is the kind of crap that is needed to split the theocrats from the money brokers.  She is a big fundraiser and has raised millions as a good soldier for Republicans.  She is adamatley pro-choice.  If the big money folks can see what happens to her, maybe their eyes will be more opened.  She is a good friend of Elsie Hillman former Republican National Committeewoman from PA who has gone on the Board of Republican Majority for Choice.  Hillman's husband is about half-way down the list of Forbes American billionaires.  These guys need to be made mad and this is exactly what this will do.  My guess is that the White House, knowing it can't afford a split and that it doesn't want to lose these people who are an important part of its coalition (sorry for those of you who think the money can be raised in $5-10 chunks but it can't),will lean on Brownback and get the nomination throught with a buyoff on some important Kansas project of the other.

    Those of you who think the Republican coalition can be broken need to be watching these kind of events.  It is this kind of thing which will break the coalition, not the defection of organizational peons like me.  We're a dime a dozen.

  •  I'm surprised Bush even nominated her (none)
  •  Keith and Jon - are u listening? (none)
    It would be nice to see Keith O highlight the hipocrasy on Countdown and to se ehow many faces Jon S would make on the Daily show as he read this one...

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