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Nice Job, Dems

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 7:24 am

All the Democrats’ dithering over Alito made his confirmation recent news at the SOTU, leading to this photo.

P.S. I am often annoyed by Dana Milbank, but enjoyed this story about the Justices’ clapping patterns at the speech.

13 Responses to “Nice Job, Dems”

  1. Leahy wishes Bush had been a uniter, not a divider? Bush has been a uniter. Almost all of those worth the effort of uniting do support the president on most of the important issues, including national security and judicial appointments. That doesn’t mean that they agree with every policy decision, but it does mean that they agree with the goals and generally agree with the means to achieve them. The best the president could hope for is an approval percentage somewhere around 55%, maybe 60% at the most. He’s at 50% now — in baseball terms, that’s batting .600 or so. There will always be those who oppose his policies in good faith, but there’s probably about 30% – 40% or so whose opposition is just reflexive — call that the left, and their opposition is a necessary (but not sufficient) indicator of whether the President is doing a good job.

    TNugent (6128b4)

  2. Typical Dana Milbank, slanted crap. Negative adjectives for the Right, positive ones for the Left. Notice that “McConnel rushed.. to declare it a happy day.” But instead of happy faces… wore the grave expression of sore winners, and Hatch’s quote was neutral, except you know Milbank thinks it’s ironic that a Rethuglican was talking about the other side’s “partisanship”, ditto Session on “divisiveness”(in quotes) and of course Lindsey Graham “taunted”(DM’s words) the other side by saying,“If you want to keep fighting on this issue, we welcome that fight.” Perhaps a taunt, but I think that word is more loaded than the quote deserves.
    Notice also that Leahey, (fricking Leahey!) was “wistful” and Schumer was all Zen.
    I especially liked this line
    On the Senate floor, Democrats spoke more in sadness than in anger,
    and then goes on ignore Teddy Kennedy’s red-faced tirade about how coat-hanger sales in back-alleys are about to skyrocket.
    The difference between Milbank and some random Kos diarist is… umm, somebody help me out here. The Kos diarist gets more readers? Is paid less? I’m stumped on that one.

    Veeshir (dfa2bf)

  3. Ann Althouse wasn’t impressed with his objectivity either and she is a better writer than I am.

    Veeshir (dfa2bf)

  4. I won’t let you unite me! I won’t, I won’t, I won’t!


    ras (f9de13)

  5. Veeshir,

    Don’t kid yourself, you do just fine, and you got it right.

    Black Jack (d8da01)

  6. I’ll second Black Jack, Veeshir. Yep.

    Of course when I sleep, I dream of Justice Janice R Brown. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person, does it?

    Harry Arthur (b318a5)

  7. No, Harry it doesn’t, but it could mean you’re sleeping on my pillow, and ol ras ain’t no slouch either. Well done.

    Black Jack (d8da01)

  8. Actually, it’s a very funny and very good article. Come on guys, this is America. We should not be afraid to make fun our leaders. This was not spiteful or malicious. It was lighthearted and fanciful. Laugh.

    nk (d7a872)

  9. We’re not and we are. Parse that nk. :-)

    Harry Arthur (b318a5)

  10. Are you celebrating too soon? Not that I’m making any predictions, but what’s up with Alito splitting with the conservatives on this death penalty case?

    Psyberian (1cf529)

  11. Psy:

    The article you cited had the following paragraph:

    The Supreme Court has blocked two executions in the past week, and has agreed to use one of the cases to clarify how inmates may bring last-minute challenges to the way they will be put to death.

    It seems to me that Justice Alito was simply acting to insure that the defendant was not executed until the other case was resolved.

    Dana (3e4784)

  12. Let the two-facedness begin!

    So, Alito is a slave to executive authority, will not question the Presidency, is handing over power to King George III. He hates the little guy, positively capitalist in his views of the down-trodden.

    But among his first decisions, he might be questioning executive authority, splits from the conservatives, and actually might see the POV of a death-row inmate.

    Okay, liberal attackers of Alito, which is it?

    Silly question: It’s “heads I win, tails you lose.” As always.

    Lurking Observer (ea88e8)

  13. UMMmmm were we this crazed when ‘Miss ACLU’ Ginsberg was confirmed? Anyone?

    Paul (464e99)

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