Posts Tagged ‘Kagan’

Brief Update

I’ve been in process of moving cities.  I haven’t forgotten you dear readers.  This weekend the home internet is getting hooked up, and I’ll be back to regale you with the usual stuff.  My brief recap of the week:

Iraq is still a hell hole, and if this is “success” we should pull up the chocks on Afghanistan today.

Economy still looking bad.

Kagan is a leftist and an extremist, but also witty and likable, and this is why she’ll be confirmed.  Indeed, this may be why Harvard Federalist Chapter liked her:  she had a sense of fair play and liked the exchange of ideas.

Thank you WASPs for letting us displace you (at the NY Times of course).  We won’t return the favor for the next up and coming group of people looking to displace us, of course.

Ammo on sale at ammunitiontogo.com.  1000 rounds .223 for $200.   What a way to celebrate Second Amendment Supreme Court victory this week, which was expected after Heller, but a nice triumph after all my years disarmed by Daley’s thugs in Chicago.

Al Gore has gone from enviro-crazy to possible criminal.  A lot of folks are sugegsting this is beyond the realm of possibility–and to me it’s equally likely this woman is an opportunist engaged in high stakes blackmail–but, then again, the sexual passions can be strong and overwhelming even for people otherwise successful.  Look at Eliot Spitzer or Bill Clinton.  Plus, Al Gore seems to have become very angry and nasty after the 2000 election.  Anything’s possible.  What a fitting denoument for the Clinton administration if this comes to pass.

I’m hopping mad that Obama’s felaty to unions and myopic concern for peacetime environmental regulations is keeping effective, foreign, non-union oil skimming vessels from assisting in the Gulf of Mexico.

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How to Approach Kagan

The Senate is so decorous and unideological, it appears the very liberal and under-qualified Elena Kagan may get a pass by the Senate Republicans.  Ace had the following remindres about how the game is rigged:

The rules changed during the Bork and Thomas hearings, though Republicans didn’t seem to get the memo during the Breyer and Ginsburg nominations. After Democrats led by the likes of Chuck Schumer, and one Barack Obama, made it clear they would never support nominees like Roberts and Alito, the idea that qualifications alone matter should have died forever.

In my ideal world, Presidents would have wide latitude and support for qualified nominees. Alas, we don’t live in my ideal world. In this world, you simply oppose the nominees of a President from the other party because, well, he’s the President from the other party.

We can’t have a situation where Democrats play to the death and Republicans simply die.

All that said, I’m still don’t think that Republicans should filibuster Kagan.

First, I think it’s bad politics. Republicans don’t have enough votes to sustain it or defeat her. You can rally the base and fight the good fight, without starting a war you are destined to lose

Second, I think Republicans made a strong case a few years ago that filibustering Supreme Court nominees was an abdication of a Constitutional responsibility. Are there case where it might be so bad an extreme action is required? I guess so. But as bad as Kagan is, she’s not Goodwin Liu bad (I do want them to filibuster his appeals court nomination).

To fight her or not to is not an all or nothing proposition, remember neither Bork or Thomas were filibustered. Republicans can score a lot of points by simply holding her views up to the public as best they can, laying out the differences between conservative and liberal judicial philosophies and then voting no as a group.

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