Saturday, March 28, 2009

Liars Chris Carney And John Roberts vs Me And Harry


I know exactly how Harry Reid feels! He's bummed because Bush's nominee for Supreme Court chief Justice, John Roberts, lied to the Senate during the confirmation hearings. He claimed to be a moderate and turned out-- as many of us warned he would-- to be a raving right wing maniac. (Reid voted against him-- as did 21 other Democrats but aside from every single Republican, many of whom suggested he lie about how radically right his views are, quite a few Democats mostly reactionaries-- like Max Baucus, Tom Carper, the Nelson Boys (NE and FL), Mark Pryor (AR), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Mary Landrieu (LA)-- went along with, or were taken in by, the ruse. I might add that some decent Democrats, like Russ Feingold (WI), Patrick Leahy (VT) and Chris Dodd (CT), also went along with corporate America's #1 pick for the Supreme Court.
“Roberts didn’t tell us the truth. At least Alito told us who he was,” Reid said, referring to Samuel Alito, the second Supreme Court justice nominated by President George W. Bush. “But we’re stuck with those two young men, and we’ll try to change by having some moderates in the federal courts system as time goes on-- I think that will happen.” 

...Although Reid said that Democrats will try to put moderates on the bench, he said he will not try to deny Republicans the right to filibuster nominees. In 2005, then-Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to eliminate the filibuster, sparking a furious reaction by Reid and other Democrats who said the so-called nuclear option would quash the rights of the minority. 

“As I said at the time, the nuclear option was the most important issue I’ve ever worked on in my entire career, because if that had gone forward it would have destroyed the Senate as we know it,” Reid said. 

“If the Republicans want to filibuster a judge, that is directly contrary to what their political philosophy was, but I guess it’s all subject to change,” he added. 

Reid called GOP efforts to block President Bill Clinton’s judges “a dark point in the history of our country. I would hope we don’t have to go through that again.”

Reid says that the country is now "stuck" with Roberts. He's right and there's pretty much nothing anyone can do about it. And, like I said, I know exactly how he feels. That's because when candidate Chris Carney applied for donations from Blue America, he also lied and portrayed himself as a progressive. Unlike, Roberts, though. we're not really as stuck with Carney. Donating to any one of these groups is a blow against Carney and a blow towards accountability.

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At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can always hope that maybe his, wife, will tire of the charade. Or maybe he will self-destruct in a sex scandal (maybe a two-fer with Larry Craig or one of the other GOP closet queens...far-fetched , but wouldn't that would be delicious?). But, sadly, we are most likely stuck with this lying radical right jerk for quite a while.
Best hope would be vacancies that cause a definitive shift to the left in the SCOTUS (Scalia and Thomas are getting older) that would demoralize Roberts enough to make him retire early. Pipe dream at best.

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

Feingold TOO! oh my...

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Bruce said...

There was plenty of information on how far right wing Roberts was, and is, available during the nomination process. For instance, his ruling in favor of Exxon in the Exxon Valdez case. Any Senator who says they didn't know what they were voting for because Roberts lied to the Senate is just hiding behind Roberts' lies, using them for cover to vote for someone they actually wanted, or is a liar himself. My Senator, Chuck Schumer, is one, or both of those.

At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

Simple fact: the Senate Dems have been spineless for a long, long time. In part because they allowed the Republicans to control the message that got out to their constituencies. And in part, because they paid more attention to what the DC insiders thought than their constituencies.

I still remember some of the unbelievable crap they were stating in defense of voting for Roberts at the time. But what's the chance of replacing these people with decent progressives that stick to their guns, no matter how much pressure The Lord God Brooks puts on them to Be Bipartisan and vote Republican?

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