January 28, 2006

John Kerry’s call for a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, even in the face of his certain approval by the Senate on Tuesday, smacks of the same head-scratching strategy that doomed his presidential campaign in 2004. Bad enough he calls for a fillibuster that even Senate Minority leader Harry Reid concedes is doomed to fail, but who does he get on board with him from the outset? Yup, Ted “Chappaquiddick bridge” Kennedy, only the single most despised Democrat senator in mainstream America. But then, amidst all the ongoing hoopla of the Amramoff scandal and the new attention being given to Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress by lobbyists, he does so, not from the Senate chamber, but from a swanky Swiss hotel in Davos, Switzerland where he is attending an internal forum.

Bogusgold, I think, has the best summation of the absurdity of “Mr. Reporting for Duty’s” tactics and the fallout it will likely have on nominees – both Republican and Demoncrat – in the future:

Every Democrat supporting the Alito filibuster deserves what they’re about to get, and I hope they remember it in the coming years. But of course they won’t. Their current political philosophy of preference is that of an average three year old: Throw a tantrum when you don’t get your way, and whine when the tantrum leads to an even worse outcome. Oh, and the outcome isn’t real anyway… elections you don’t win are always stolen.

…I have been trying to sort out the rationale for Senate Democrats doing this for a while, and can only conclude they’re doing so because they truly believe the public didn’t perceive them as antagonistic enough toward the Bush administration. Good Lord. What color is the sky in their world? Almost any way you slice it, the partisan rancor in Washington has already sent the non-aligned general public to the breaking point of their patience.

…No leftist I have seen has explained the rationale for rejecting Alito – let alone filibustering him – in terms that couldn’t be turned against any nominee of a Democratic president in the future. And political reality means that, unlike in the past, such an outcome is now inevitable.

One can only wonder if Senator Kerry is only doing this for political reasons with an eye towards securing the moonbat base in 2008 and commencing a frontal assault on Hillary Clinton’s left flank. Hat tip: Polipundit.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 12:40 | Comment (1)
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  1. I am filing a complaint with the head Shank in regard to the disrepectful use of the $, twice no less, by connecting the $ to john kerry!

    I hope that this will not be an ongoing theme as the $ has enough problems right now without being assosciated with that treasoner.

    Sincerely,

    $ Bill

    Comment by Dollar Bill — February 11, 2006 @ 8:32 am


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