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Monday, April 18, 2005

Filibuster III: The L.A. Times

As far as the DailyKos, DU, and Atrios fans go, those Bush nominees should be opposed because they are facists pigs! I wish more of those with left-leaning inclinations (that's you, Mark) would actually look at the nominees' records to decide.

Thankfully, you don't have to do the research yourself.

Jonathan Turley, a self-described "pro-choice social liberal" has done the work for you in an L.A. Times op-ed.

Quick excerpts:
"I didn't find much reason to like these nominees. However, I also found little basis for a filibuster in most cases."

"Then there is David W. McKeague, a well-regarded federal trial judge in Michigan, also nominated to the 6th Circuit. The only claim Democrats make against him is that he lacks the proper "temperament" — a term used when a politician can't find a real reason to oppose a nominee. "

"However, the test is not whether a judge has conservative or liberal views but whether he will yield to the demands of the law despite such views."


"For nine of the Republican nominees, Democratic opposition looks as principled as a drive-by shooting. In fairness, the remaining three nominees raise legitimate concerns...Hostilities should cease. Democrats disinclined toward apocalypse should confirm Brown, Griffith, Griffin, Kavanaugh, McKeague, Neilson, Pryor, Saad and Boyle. That should shame the president into withdrawing Haynes, Myers and Owen."


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