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Thursday, April 21, 2005
 
Have I mentioned that David Brooks can be an idiot?

Pontificating on the need to overturn Roe v. Wade so that the nation can heal, (yeah... that'll help [/sarcasm]) Brooks makes a few assinine statements:
Liberals lost touch with working-class Americans because they never had to have a conversation about values with those voters; they could just rely on the courts to impose their views.
Yep... there they go.. those pesky Democrats pissing on the working class. Ugh. Of course what he meant to say is that liberals have not had a conversation with the religious right. Speaking from a wee bit of personal experience, I can attest that it is the fundies who don't want to listen. For Pete's sake, one of the biggest problems that liberals have is that they never shut up.

Then there is this gem:
Up until now, minorities have generally not used the filibuster to defeat nominees that have majority support. They have allowed nominees to have an up or down vote. But this tradition has been washed away.
Bullshit! "up or down vote"?!? Brooks certainly likes his selective amnesia. While the GOP did, in fact, engage in judicial filibusters on at least two occasions, their frequently used tool for blocking judges was the blue slip. If *either* Senator from the state of a nominee, regardless of party, objected to the nomination, it was dead in the water. Since taking over the Senate, the GOP has changed that rule. Now it requires *both* Senators from a state to block a nominee. It might not seem like a major change but it is.

Democrats have blocked 10 extreme nominees to the Federal bench in the past 4 years.

How many of Bill Clinton's nominees did the Republicans torpedo with the blue slip rules? 64.

"up or down vote".... my ass!
 
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