Right-wing Threatens Kennedy, Biden, over Alito

The Republicans are making political threats on Alito.  They must be scared:

The GOP team working with the White House to win confirmation of conservative Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is putting out a warning to Alito's Democratic critics: Question his ethics and character at your own peril. In their sights: Sens. Edward Kennedy and Joe Biden. "We're absolutely prepared to have an ethics debate with Teddy Kennedy," says one insider who mentioned the "C" word: Chappaquiddick. "Questioning Alito's credibility and character will be hit back hard," said one of the Alito supporters.

I wonder how Alito feels about this.  Does he believe in threatening Senators for votes?  How about Bush?  Or any Republican Senator?  Do Republicans believe that threatening to accuse Democratic Senators of ethics problems is a legitimate political subject when trying to pick the next Justice of the Supreme Court?

I'd like to see Republicans try and evade the responsibility of issuing this naked threat.  And I'd like some reporting on this smear tactic, since they are being so public about it.

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Kennedy and Biden
The Rethugs have about as much chance of beating Kennedy and Biden as we do of winning Utah in 2008.I would be concerned if they go after red state Dems.
by Litvak36 2005-12-11 04:54PM | 0 recs
A guy like Ted Kennedy doesn't scare easily.
The man's been in the senate 200 years!  Why would he give a shit what a pissant senator from Tennessee says?

Funny article title up on Yahoo tonight:  "Frist says he's ready to Block Filibuster."

Heh, we heard that one before Billy.
And you got de-pantsed in front of the whole congress.

by Sam Loomis 2005-12-11 05:06PM | 0 recs
Re: A guy like Ted Kennedy doesn't scare easily.
If I were Kennedy, I would just refuse to submit to any unanimous consent agreements in the senate until they left me alone. Make Frist's life hell.
by schwompa 2005-12-11 06:58PM | 0 recs
How many people in 30 or below even know what Chappaquiddick was? I suppose they figure they can create a new image in the mind of people who don't know.

Besides, I remember some story about Kennedy trying to save somebody from drowing in a car earlier this year...

by MNPundit 2005-12-11 05:23PM | 0 recs
Banana Republicans
What about the ethics of "the Banana Republicans?
by AvengingAngel 2005-12-11 05:29PM | 0 recs
Chappaquiddick wasn't what it appeared to be...
Chappaquiddick was considered a warning sign to the young Presidential hopeful at the time that he would not get in, and the shame of Chappaquiddick was to assure it. [Brother JFK refused to go along with Israel's desire for a nuclear program. Some theorize that was part of the reason why he was eliminated.]

This is scuttlebutt that has only come out in the last two to three years as the net has allowed the info to be disseminated. And told by old warriors who want the world to know what they did (and knew) before they die.

Do the Republicans seriously want all this underworld talk to come to the fore?

For the details on the above, do a Google search. In some cases, hold your nose. Dont judge until you have all the facts. Which you never will. :-) Unfortunately.

See Kennedy's letter to new Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, July 1963. Kennedy was dead four months later:

by Hornet 2005-12-11 05:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Chappaquiddick wasn't what it appeared to be..
that is so dumb. RFK was killed by a Palestinian guy who thought he was too pro israel, which he was very pro israel. The fact is that Ted had a drinking problem, and it runs in his family. And he did act unethically, as he didnt call the police immediatly because he was worried about his reputation. However, he has moved past it and this is 35 years ago.  He wont be around 30 years from now, so i doubt he cares if they want to blackmail him. He will do what he thinks is right, he doesnt care anymore about political implications
by yomoma2424 2005-12-11 05:42PM | 0 recs
Ignoring conspiracy theorists...
Well, anyhoo....This is a bluff...The GOP doesn't want a debate on ethics, character, or credibility after the horrible year they've had.....This would just give us fuel for 2006....Alito is out of the mainstream, and smart strategy will be able to show this to the electorate...Any smear attempts by the Republicans will backfire, as we'll be the ones concentrating on "the issues" while they're in the mud....
by bluenc 2005-12-11 05:45PM | 0 recs
Wow... um... that's really scary. "Stop, or I'll say Chappaquiddick! For another 36 years!"


by Charley on the MTA 2005-12-11 06:09PM | 0 recs
Is that the best they can do?

They're out of ammunition. Screw the Republicans.

by Andrew C White 2005-12-11 06:19PM | 0 recs
A Different Take: The Nuclear Option
The nuclear option is whats at stake. Frist is actually stating that he will strip the senate of the filibuster,and employ the nuclear option. Note that this rules change can be done quickly, at any time -

This is a good example of how a deal can be struck in DC and then watch it be destroyed by people like Frist.  Frankly, to hear Hon. Senator John Isakson, a close associate of George Bush - stand up and praise the filibuster as he sees the dawn of a new democracy in Iraq (specifically, he stated that the Kurds, who were a minority  - were watching how American operates and how the rights of the minority are protected with such things as a filibuster).

Not the first time this year they've tried to change the rules to get away with something crooked. I think Alito is a fairly strong candidate but what may be at stake is his pre-disposition to rule against RVW and frankly thats what might be playing out.

Also I guess another factor is that Bush is imploding.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-12-11 06:24PM | 0 recs
Bring It On!
Let's just go all out and do the whole chickenhawk thing. Bush. Cheney.  All of them.  Guiliani's living openly with his mistress. Abramoff. DeLay. Cunningham. Frist. The Gropenator.  They want an ethics war, let's give it to them.

Fuck 'em.  They've got way more to lose.

by Paul Rosenberg 2005-12-11 07:04PM | 0 recs
Tell Teddy to take the fight.  They're fucking stupid,

filibuster the nazi

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by dannykim 2005-12-11 08:28PM | 0 recs
I think
someone should point out two things to these guys:

  1. Kennedy isn't up for a Supreme Court nomination. He was duly elected by the majority of voters from his state.

  2. Laura Bush killed someone driving drunk when she was younger, too. (Kennedy did delay reporting which looked suspicious and leads to fuel that he could have saved her if he tried).

I never did understand why this story about Laura didn't get more play. Maybe because she and W are born again these things don't count...
by hopeful 2005-12-12 03:01AM | 0 recs


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