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Yes, they're always this transparent, but you have to look from the 'right' angle.

Sure, they'll do the popular thing and get slightly on board with Obama's minimum to moderate financial reform, as they conform to the massive and justifiable public outrage against Big Finance's ravaging of the country (and world).

But at what cost?  What's the other shoe?  Or anvil, as it were.

If you look from the right angle, you'll see they're saving their hissy fits and slanderous rhetorical attacks for what they consider an even more important goal:

Savaging Obama's Supreme Court Nominee's reputation.

Having gone to the trouble of stealing the 2000 election (and 2004 anybody?) in order to get The Federalist Society in charge of the Supreme Court, the GOP's overriding interest lies in keeping the court as corporately conservative as possible.

That's their strategy 'going forward', as the country turns younger, more diverse, and more liberal. The Supreme Court is the GOP hedge against the future, especially as all more liberal legislation will be at the mercy of the Court - and there ain't gonna be any mercy if the GOP has its way.

Originally posted to News Nag on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM PDT.

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  •  its not a sleight of hand (4+ / 0-)

    the fight against financial reform was a loser for them, so they will try to delay and diffuse it, but will ultimately give in.

    Nothing makes them give in on a SCOTUS appointment.  It rarely holds the public's attention, that's generally an insider's game.

    •  All the more reason then ... (0+ / 0-)

      to not try to placate them with the choice of nominee. We'll have a fight no matter what, so it might as well be for someone good. Diane Wood, anyone?

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 12:00:38 PM PDT

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    •  au contraire to your instinctual contrariness (0+ / 0-)

      If I may follow in your contrarian footsteps. The GOP is making a BIG SHOW of being FOR financial reform.  That is because they DON'T want anyone to look at what's going on up their OTHER SLEEVE.

      Ergo, SLEIGHT OF HAND.

      And if you think a Supreme Court fight doesn't hold the public's attention, methinks someone hasn't been paying attention for, oh say the last 50 years.

      Otherwise, well-played.

      •  A Supreme Court (0+ / 0-)

        fight hold's the attention of political junkies, not the general public.  The public can dislike the courts, be for or against activist liberal socialist judges, or arch conservatives without credentials, but they aren't into the personalities or committee hearings in general and won't hang on for months as they did with HCR.  

        As for sleight of hand,  it is a distraction to keep someone from seeing what is really going on by looking at something else happening simultaneously, financial reform is likely to be over one way or another about the time Obama even announces a name, let alone gets into a protracted battle.  

        I am not a contrarian, disagreeing for the sake of taking a counter position.  I really honestly believe that financial reform can give no cover to the SCOTUS fight and cannot be slight of hand.

    •  It is about keeping their jobs (0+ / 0-)

      the congressonal switchboard is over run...negative reaction to their  Party of No-NO MATTER WHAT!

      Repubs learned that in order to obstruct for their corporate donors--they must be inside at the table...The Wallstreeters will pay them more to be at the table...

      Shameless  --we need to call congress dems to make sure they watch them closely!...1.866.311.3405

  •  Yes, the gop's coalition of the unwilling is (0+ / 0-)

    showing cracks in the FinReg debate. We'll get a decent bill with gop support. Unfortunately, I had hoped the recent gop unravelling would continue, I doubt it will.

    The immigration and SCOTUS battles will re-unite the coalition and the cracks will be plastered over with unfying hatred of Dems, the Pres and non-white peoples.

    gop platform: you have a responsibility to prepare yourselves for things that are never going to happen.

    by A Runner on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 11:56:28 AM PDT

  •  Long Shot (1+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho

    Maybe in 2012 we can get enough dems to expand the supreme court and push the court into the people's and the earth's corner.  I was also shocked at the court's ignorance of technology.  If they dont understand text messaging how can they understand cyber warfare and electronic copyright law.  Maybe the Prez should nominate a tween as they seem to have a better grasp then the black robes.

    •  WMD - Expand the court? (0+ / 0-)

      There will never be a consensus for expanding the court beyond nine. Even the great FDR, who was dealing with more urgent issues, was widely critcized, from both the right and the left, for suggesting this in the 1930s. It is one of the two major blemishes on FDR's legacy. Would you feel the same way if the GOP won in 2012 and wanted to add three new conservatives to the court?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 12:40:33 PM PDT

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      •  He used it as an effective threat (0+ / 0-)

        it is historically unclear if there was the political will although he did have the required party numbers.  As to your 2nd? if the GOP adopts the principals of the democratic party or becomes even more progressive then the current democratic party then yes (since the party of lincoln in lincolns time is more alined with our current blue team, or the southern dems who are now republicans).  Otherwise I have faith in both mine and our younger generation to never let that happen.
        I hope I hope I hope. :)

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