Friday, February 25, 2005

Judicial nominees battle won't go away

Another one of those wonderful "Moderate Republicans" takes a principled stand in an effort to take back the party from the wingnuts and restore sanity in government:

"Both political parties are to blame for the impasse on confirming President Bush's judicial nominees, says Arlen Specter, Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

'No one wants to back down and no one wants to lose face,' Specter said Thursday in his first interview since disclosing he has Hodgkin's disease.

Specter will initiate this year's confirmation battles between Bush and the Democrats by holding hearings on the nominations of former Interior Department Solicitor William Myers on Tuesday, a nominee who was blocked last year, and U.S. District Judge Terrance Boyle on Thursday, a nominee who has been waiting for his confirmation hearing since the beginning of Bush's presidency.

While he expects those nominees to undergo severe questioning from Democrats, Specter, of Pennsylvania, is certain the Republicans' 10-8 advantage on the Judiciary Committee can win approval there, sending the nominations to the full Senate.

'When it comes to the floor, as you all know, it is another matter,' he said.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Bush's 'my way-or-the-highway' posture on judicial nominations is the real obstruction.

'There is zero consultation,' Schumer said. 'That is not what the founders intended.'

Specter, however, said Democrats blocked President Reagan and President George H.W. Bush's nominees, then Republicans retaliated by blocking President Clinton's and now Democrats are taking their turn."


Collins and Snowe aren't worth trying to flip, and neither can be counted on to break ranks from the Repub line, no matter how immoral the position (cf. Gonzales confirmation vote). Chaffee is screwed in '06 whether he moves to the left or the right, so expect him to sit quietly in the road with his thumb up his arse for the next two years. And Specter, now in what will certainly be his last term and confronting a life-threatening illness, shows America just what a bold, independent thinker he is by pushing out this logical cow pie.

For all their rhetoric about trying to get their party back, governing from the center and promoting bipartisanship, these people are nothing but puppets who lend an illusory sense of dignity and reasonableness to the Party of the Wingnuts. They have absolutely nothing of real value to offer the senate or the country. Nothing.


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