by Chris Bowers, Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 12:21:20 PM EST
by Chris Bowers, Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 07:28:22 AM EST
Earlier today, when Specter noted that Alito had actually taken an opinion on something, all of the Republicans on the judiciary committee laughed. Then they went right on urging him to not take an opinion on anything. Getting away with the stonewall strategy is funny to Republicans.
Yesterday, Lindsay Graham, who helped prepare Alito for the hearings, made a joke about how funny it was that Alito couldn't remember anything about Vanguard or Concerned Alumni for Princeton. Everyone laughed, and then they went right on telling Alito that it was perfectly acceptable to say that he didn't remember anything. Getting away with lying is funny to Republicans.
And, of course, when Graham made a comment about Abramoff in the same quip, everyone laughed. Because, of course, getting away with being corrupt is funny to Republicans.
Republicans are finding it hysterical that their strategy of stonewalling, lying and denying obvious corruption is working. They wouldn't be laughing if they didn't think that their own strategy on this matter was absurd. They wouldn't be laughing if they weren't so impressed with themselves for getting away with it in front of the entire nation. They wouldn't be laughing if they didn't think it was perfectly acceptable for them to keep doing it.
Maybe the hearings are a joke. Hey, I spent much of yesterday writing pretty snarky posts about the events down here. What particularly amazes me, however, is that we are seeing these jokes told in front of the entire media corps, and in front of the democratic leadership, and no one is really calling Republicans on it. If everyone believes the whole thing is absurd, why do they keep going through with it?
Man, this really must be the most cynical place on earth.
by Matt Stoller, Wed Jan 11, 2006 at 05:26:27 AM EST
It's not some airy philosophical debate. Roe is de facto part of the constitutional order under which we live.
by Chris Bowers, Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 12:35:13 PM EST
- Liberal Oasis has been doing great stuff on Alito all day.
- I love this quote from Jordan Klein:Did you see that crap from his opening statement yesterday? "Back in college, I saw a lot of privileged people acting irresponsibly" or something like that. Translation: I'm still pissed because I wasn't ever invited to the parties where they were smoking pot and burning bras, and I can't wait until I have the opportunity to take it out on the American people.
- Digby discovers that freepers don't like being called freepers.
- Glenn Greenwald supports a filibuster of Alito. Good.
- Again, I would like to recommend the excellent group project Blogging for Choice, and Kicking Ass, as I am working side by side with Tim today.
Update (Chris): Something amazing just happened. First, Hatch just jumped into the middle of Feingold's questioning when Feingold was really pushing Alito on Vangaurd and ethics concerns. I believe it was the first time someone has broken into another Senator's questioning, either in these hearings or in the Roberts hearings in September. Interesting that this happened over ethics concerns and not rulings or ideology. The ethics questions really seem to be much more of a threat to Republicans in these hearings.
Next, when the Feingold-Hatch exchange was over, Lindsay Graham went on to say perhaps the most amazing line of the entire hearings:Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes Judge Sam Alito when he says he doesn't remember certain parts of his murder boards.
Alito smiled appreciately.
Continued Graham: "And if any of us come before a court and say we can't remember Abramoff, you'll believe us."
"Abramoff who?" queried another Senator.
"Wasn't he the guy in the Bible?" asked a third.Wow. Just wow.
Update 2: Cornyn just called Alito "Scalito."
by Chris Bowers, Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 09:37:50 AM EST
"Do you believe Judge Alito is telling the truth about his association with Concerned Alumni for Princeton?"
I managed to ask the question to the Presidents of three major advocacy organizations, and also to Senator Durbin. Here were the responses:
- Ralph Neas of People for the American Way said that Alito's response to this line of questioning was "not credible." Mr. Neas added that he personally remembered the 1980's pretty well, including what organizations he was involved with at the time.
- Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice said that it is "hard to know what to believe" and she asked "how do you forget" being a member of an organization for eight or nine years. I had a simple response to this question that generated laughs among the people around me: "because he's lying."
- Debra Ness of the National Partnership for Women and Families said "no." She told me that Alito not remembering his association with such an organization "stretches the imagination."
- Tim actually managed to get video of Senator Durbin's good response to my question. Check out Kicking Ass for the video. Here is the transcript:I couldnt understand his answer. That they removed ROTC was the reason he belonged to this organization? I mean, it totally did not follow. I mean the only the thing you can argue is that somehow or another women and minorities were opposed to to ROTC. I mean, I can't, I don't understand it, and I'm going to ask him if I get chance. It just made no sense to me.