July 17, 2005

LESSON ONE--NEVER LET TED DRIVE:

Kennedy opposition carries risks for Supreme Court fight (Rick Klein, July 17, 2005, Boston Globe)

In a Senate in which 56 of the 100 members have never cast a vote on a Supreme Court nominee, Kennedy -- the longest-serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in history -- is poised to weigh in for the 20th time. He is acutely aware of his role as a storehouse of institutional knowledge. And the fire is still in him, as he takes to the well of the Senate whenever he can secure floor time in order to lay out his requirements for the next justice.

But even as Kennedy pounds the lectern, there is an awareness throughout the Capitol that this may not be the moment for a vintage Kennedy liberal crusade. There are now only 44 Democratic senators -- the low point in Kennedy's 42-year Senate career -- and Republicans are poised to lob charges of obstructionism if the party is too quick to oppose Bush's pick.


The ad writes itself--Do you want Kennedy justice?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 17, 2005 5:28 PM
Comments

The ads write themselves is right, but will they run them. The cast of characters is a casting director's dream, the Swimmer, the Liar, the Crybaby, the Plagiarist, the Leaker, it's reads like the characters in a Batman comic.

Posted by: erp at July 17, 2005 6:30 PM

The proof that the tables have turned completely is that I have never (NEVER) heard Democrats talk like this in my entire life. The courts and the schools and the gov't unions are all the left has left, and they are talking about capitulating on lifetime appointments?

How is opinion going to change if they don't fight? (Not that it will if they do -- just asking.)

They're acting like conservatives!

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 17, 2005 6:30 PM

The ads write themselves is right, but will the RNC run them. The cast of characters is a casting director's dream, the Swimmer, the Liar, the Ranter, the Crybaby, the Plagiarist, the Leaker, it's reads like the characters in a Batman comic.

Posted by: erp at July 17, 2005 7:19 PM

So true, erp, I can see them now--Dems all at sea, Teddy goes overboard, Donk ship goes aground, Liberal hopes going down for the third time, Filibustering Dems do it deeper...

Posted by: John Cunningham at July 17, 2005 9:11 PM

And the fire is still in him, as he takes to the well of the Senate whenever he can secure floor time in order to lay out his requirements for the next justice.

The fire is still in him? Time for another cruise off the Dike Bridge to cool off, I guess.

Posted by: John at July 18, 2005 1:14 AM

The Republican Party, much of whose apparat are of the same class as that of the Democrats, has no interest in the kinds of social stances that motivate much of the base. The notion that this Administration will go to the mattresses for a real conservative on the Court is laughable.

Posted by: bart at July 18, 2005 4:41 AM

For perhaps the first time since I began reading brothersjudd, I completely agree with Bart.

Bush will appoint another Justice Kennedy, so the whole Kennedy justice stuff won't ever be needed; Bush and Teddy are on the same side here.

Posted by: Palmcroft at July 18, 2005 7:32 AM

This is all the same nonsensical chatter that proceeded things like the Cheney and Ashcroft picks and the war in Iraq.

Posted by: oj at July 18, 2005 8:25 AM

Even more rope-a-dope.

Posted by: Brooks at July 18, 2005 9:16 PM
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