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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


What's That...

...the sound of unbiased reporting? BARRRRRAAANNNN! Wrong:

WASHINGTON -- Judicial nominee Priscilla Owen gets the vote she's been awaiting for more than four years, the most immediate beneficiary of a deal worked out by Senate moderates to avoid a debilitating fight over filibusters.

The Senate was voting to end debate on Owen, currently a Texas Supreme Court justice, clearing the way for her to gain a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans. With the threat of a filibuster by Democrats removed, she was nearly certain then to get the simple majority vote needed to give her the seat that long has eluded her, perhaps as early as Tuesday.


But of greater import, the deal on the rights of the minority party to filibuster judicial nominees avoids a showdown that could have shaken the traditions of the Senate, weakened the powers of the minority and threatened the comity the Senate needs to function.
"But of greater import..."

Really, according to whom, might I ask?

Jeeze, you know, that sounds suspiciously like an opinion to me. And here you thought the AP and the Washington (com)Post were in the business of reporting news. BARRRRRAAANNNN! Wrong.

Do I even need to mention the outrageous insult inherent in this "deal"? Here we have the Democrats pulling a stunt never before seen in the history of the United States of America and now the Republicans are supposed to be just so happy and grateful to their (minority) overlords for some table scraps of a "deal"? Amazing.

If there were any justice here (or just some backbone on the part of the Senate Republicans, really) they would have already triggered the Constitutional Option and we'd be confirming rightly-appointed judges to various benches around the country. But that might make some people angry...and we can't have that, now can we Senator Frist?


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