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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, January 09, 2006

Schumer warns of filibuster of Alito

During the Roberts hearings, Ch uckie Schumer said since Roberts had such a short track history as a judge, so little paper trail, he was going to have to answer many more questions than previous nominees. Now Schumer says since Alito has such a long resume as a judge, he was going to have to answer many more questions than previous nominees. Get it? Anything goes. So it stands to reason:

Schumer warns of filibuster of Alito
Democrats said yesterday that they may block the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., depending on the answers the nominee gives at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, which begin today.

I heard a soundbite, and to the best of my recollection, it was Feinstein, who, when asked whether the abortion issue was grounds to filibuster Alito due to "extreme circumstances", she replied she thought it was at this point in time.

At this point in time? Huh? What the hell does that mean? It should have been easy to have a follow up question, or two. Like, "You mean there is a point in time when it wouldn't be grounds for filibustering?" And secondly, "When would that be?"

My guess is the real answer to those two questions would not be expressed, because the honest answer would be that it would not be grounds for a filibuster if, and only if, there was a clear majority on the bench that supported Roe v. Wade; but she would be unable to come out and say that.


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