I give up

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I tried. I really tried to sit through Chuck Schumer's inquisition of Alito.

I thought it was one of the most ridiculous and obnoxious performances on the part of a Senator I have ever seen and that is saying something.

All I can say is that in the off chance that a Democrat wins the White House again, the president whoever he, she or it may be had better not pick an ACLU lawyer like Ginsberg. It won't be pretty.

As for a constitutional right to abortion..well unlike Chucky I actually am a woman and in spite of that I have to admit that it is debatable as to whether there is a constitutional right to abortion. [That does not mean I think all abortion should be illegal however.]

As a matter of fact the founding fathers made a point of not talking about it. Too bad Chucky Schumer can not do the same thing.

63 comments:

Buddy Larsen said...

Lord, Terrye--ain't it the truth--he got so clinical, so gynophilic, I thought he was gonna sprout breasts there for awhile. Start nursing the microphone, singing "lullaby".

terrye said...

if a woman is raped by her father and if she has the baby she can't have children anymore are you saying that you think she should never ever blah blah blah.

Can you imagine a Republican asking Ginsberg if she would want to know if her 13 year old got knocked up and had an abortion?

Doug said...

Ot, from "Glass Houses" via Mark:
"Don't know what beautiful jersey is about."
Must be some Crooked Dem's Mistress in Atlantic City! ;-)

Buddy Larsen said...

Speaking of beautiful, who saw Specter blow fire on Jabba Hutt today?

I saw it! It wuz bee-yoo-tee-ful!

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Can you imagine a Republican asking Ginsberg if she would want to know if her 13 year old got knocked up and had an abortion?

I'm afraid the Republicans are holding themselves to a higher standard of conduct. Apparently with the Democrats anything goes.

Buddy Larsen said...

yep--sez volumes for the constituency attention-level, don't it. I know that anyone who has been voting for Kennedy, Schumer, Leahy, Biden, just CAN'T have been watching them in action.

Syl said...

yeah, and they had Mrs Alito in tears! She had to leave the room.

Graham apologized to Alito and his family for the senators' miserable performance.

The Democrats show such character, integrity, and intellectual acumen that all they can do is bully.

Assholes and jerks.

Buddy Larsen said...

Some thanks for a life of dedicated public service--to get grilled to pieces in total bad faith by a bunch of treacherous old ward-heelers trying to keep up the $ flow from Code Pink and George Soros.

terrye said...

syl:

The lady did all right until someone was nice to her husband and then she started to cry.

I wonder why it is that kindness is sometimes harder to take?

Rick Ballard said...

Syl,

What right did Graham assert to apologize for his colleagues? If he hadn't decided to play Robin to McCain's Batman this wouldn't be happening.

A portion of the responsibility for this spectacle belongs to the Seven Dwarves.

Doug said...

Amen, Mr. Rick.

Doug said...

"VP Graham"

terrye said...

Rick:

Perhaps I am missing something, but what has this got to do with Graham?

Kennedy and Schumer would be acting stupid in any event. At least Specter slapped Kennedy down. Couldn't happen to a nicer blowhard.

Nothing the seven can or would or did do is going to stop the grilling.

It is the next phase, the vote and the possibility of the nuclear option or the filibuster that has to do with the seven.

RogerA said...

Can anyone refer to the judiciary committee's role of advise and consent and not giggle? I mean, the only thing dumber than that box of rocks are the idiots that keep electing the likes of Kennedy and Schumer--

Syl said...

Yeah, what Terrye said.

Hey, I know I'm not conservative enough for you guys. I don't have the same abhorrence for Graham and Spectre that you all have.

McCain, on the other hand.

Rick Ballard said...

The Seven Dwarves constitute a group within the party that is asserting power from outside of the party structure. Its sole purpose was the aggrandizement of McCain - with Graham hanging on his coattail. McCain has no power within the caucus because he is cordially despised by anyone unfortunate enough to have anything to do with him.

Graham's leap for the spotlight today is part of his continuing effort at rehabilitating his tattered image. It was also very stupid politics. Replay the exchanges without the apology and the Dems come off as even bigger jerks.

Which brings back the question "What the hell is that pipsqueak doing apologizing for Dems?"

The answer is that he saw a change for a few seconds on camera as a figure of sympathy. He ain't on the side of the angels. he ain't a good politician and he ain't fooling me.

I have no complaint about Specter to this point in the hearings. He is exercising the chairman's duties proficiently and he is not hogging the camera. Pretty good for him, considering past behavior.

Buddy Larsen said...

Syl, I'm not so sure we shouldn't line up behind our partial solution pols, either. i mean, better a half loaf--tomorrow the bakery.

That said, a moral victory is when the other side has the 'actual' victory.

So...uh...something.

terrye said...

Rick:

I am sorry but you don't know what was in Graham's mind. He might have been ashamed of the behavior of his fellow Senators and wanted to point that out.

I also think that sometimes you have to deal to get anything done. And besides when the president picked a nominee that the pundits did not like they had no problem going their own way. It seems a lot of different people think they are the ones who speak for the party.

Right now the Democrats need to have a few of their people acting outside the party structure. If their lockstep is where party discipline gets you then I think the Republicans should be glad they have some individuals in the party.

In any event, I think Mrs. Alito appreciated Graham's kind words and it is too bad that more Republicans did not do the same thing.

Buddy Larsen said...

It's sort of rock-scissors-paper--so long as no nuculer option, Graham looks ok, like he went along to get along, and it worked. pending....

Doug said...

"nukular"

Syl said...

The answer is that he saw a change for a few seconds on camera as a figure of sympathy. He ain't on the side of the angels. he ain't a good politician and he ain't fooling me.

Does your cynicism make you smarter or just make you feel good? I personally think this is a bit harsh.

Rick Ballard said...

Syl,

Graham is a senator because of his performance as a house manager during Clinton's impeachment. He was snookering people then and he is doing so now. He is little different than Edwards in the sense that he has a certain "cute little boy" charm which plays well with those like that sort of thing. He's also a pol in a hurry who sees the Senate as a stopoff on the way to the Oval Office.

Try and find any legislation that he has carried or work that he has actually performed.

He's a lightweight with a nose for the camera - just like McCain. His performance as a house manager was mediocre and Clinton's impeachment was not a political masterstroke.

I'm not cynical at all but I'm not going to cheer on a camera hog who can't think three steps in front of himself. The Seven Dwarves didn't just hurt Bush - they effectively stopped the advancement of the completion of the remainder of the party platform. I happen to support that platform and I'm not about to cheer on a junior idiot who puts himself above the party - or the senior idiot whose coattails he's riding.

Buddy Larsen said...

I think the extreme obstructionism of the Dems in general almost guaranteed the emergence of some "middle children" in both parties who by the very nature of the task--to make everyone on both sides swallow a bitter pill or two--have to try to play to the camera/public. Not that I agree with it, I just see the dynamic that way.

markg8 said...

Imagine if you will a Democratic president nominating a judge who had been a member the Students for a Democratic Society in 1972. Think about it.

markg8 said...

Now imagine that judge bragging about it in 1985 in a job application to move up the rungs at Justice. The SDS was more widely known than CAP but no less radical. And by 1985 the CAP had become a whole lot more radical than it had been when he joined in 1972. Yet he considered it a selling point proving his conservative bonafides in 1985. Since then he's conveniently forgotten he was even a member. Then he tried to float some culture wars garbage about ROTC as his excuse for joining CAP.

He tried to pass off his middleclass upbringing as the son of two college educated professionals as some kind of hardscrabble existence. Gimme a break.

This kind of blatant pandering and obfuscation ought to give anyone pause.

Buddy Larsen said...

On RogerSimon's 'Kennedy" post, this comment:

Teddy did succeed in getting you, Roger, to declare the alumni publication "creepy" without, I suspect, having ever read it. Teddy declares it anti-woman and anti-minority but you might want to ask two former editors of it, Laura Ingraham (a, gasp, woman!!!) and Dinesh D'Souza (an, ahem, "person of color")!!!. So maybe Tedward's smear of Judge Alito won't work but his smear of CAP sure has-- at least with you Roger.

Posted by: monkeydarts at January 12, 2006 08:14 AM

Peter UK said...

"And by 1985 the CAP had become a whole lot more radical than it had been when he joined in 1972. Yet he considered it a selling point proving his conservative bonafides in 1985."

It is absolutely imbecilic to think that Alito even thought about college associations after thirteen years,especially one he had been a member of from 1972 to 1972 when he graduated.
Markg8 should remember his job application,shame the village already had one,but employers like to see that applicants actually have a life.Admittedly draft dodger and internet activist,or a good impression of an actor playing Patton, isn't very impressive in Mark Garrity's case,but obviously Samuel Alito had real qualifications for the job.That is why he got it.

Buddy Larsen said...

Mark, before you plumb new depths of pathos, try to understand that 'strict constructionism' is NOT anti-liberal.

It's merely 'pro-Constitution'.

What is your problem with that?

markg8 said...

"It is absolutely imbecilic to think that Alito even thought about college associations after thirteen years,"

He evidently thought about it enough to put it on his resume after 13 years you imbecile.

BTW Peety I'm still waitng to hear about your glorious military career and how old you are.

Buddy it seems to me a strict constructionist would not be an activist judge. Alito by his testimony is more in the vein of Bork than Scalia.

Peter UK said...

"He evidently thought about it enough to put it on his resume after 13 years"

People do Markg8,if you had ever had a job you would know that,employers like to know if you have ever come down out of the attic.

Why do you keep asking my age,I might be too old for you? As for matters military,your idiot strategies have had to be corrected so many times,the carrier battlegroup in Darfur,helicopter invasion of Afgahanistan,that it is obvious that you are incapable of understanding.

markg8 said...

He didn't even think about his college associations as he wrote them on his resume? Is that your argument?

Still waiting Peety. We have time.

Peter UK said...

Have you ever had a proper job Markg8? Some people tell the truth on their applications.
Well at fifty you don't have that much time old man.

markg8 said...

Another question for you Peety. What exactly do you do for living?

Buddy Larsen said...

Some 300 opinions have come in via an open call on the ABA to evaluate his record on a technical basis, and the overwhelming response is that he is of the highest standard of judicial integrity.

You call an 'activist' someone who is NOT an activist--for 'your' ideas. IOW, unless he's a 'penumbra, living document' guy, he is an 'activist'.

You are an Orwellian language-destroyer, I'm afraid, Mark.

Buddy Larsen said...

He works for YOU, Mark, he's in the next room, typing away.

markg8 said...

LOL I not only seek the destroy the United States now I'm destroying the language too?

Still waiting Peety. What do you do for a living? What is your age and what are your great military accomplishments?

Buddy Larsen said...

Peter, he's not ever gonna bite--you oughtta go ahead and invite him over for a little para training, get him in shape for his coming election disasters.

Buddy Larsen said...

Yes--first you destroy the country, then the language. Then you can be a kommandant at a gulag somewhere, and finally live your dream.

Peter UK said...

Buddy,
He hasn't got the bottle for it.I was in the Mess at Aldershot chatting to the Padre about his first jump.
Traing goes like this,learn to fall and roll,legs together knees bent,on the mat in the gym,followed by a vaulting horse,thence onto the parallel bars.This last requires full harness attached to a substantial chunk of metal work to simulate the spread of the canopy.
All this is attached to a cable wound on a drum which unreels slowed down by a paddle affair.
This is where you learn that all before it was not in vain since if you don't follow the procedure the metalwork lands on ones head.
From there, one graduates to the static balloon,this is where the Padre's tale comes in,in the Regiment everyone jumps,the Padre, the cooks, even the dog.
Describing his first static ballon jump he said,"It was very exciting,for the first time in his life he found out that adrenalin was brown".

Buddy Larsen said...

Har--i have no first hand jump story, but my dad had a doozy--he'd just put the shot-to-pieces B-17 on auto pilot and was in a hurry to get the crew bailed out while the wheel-drop was keeping the ME-110 cannon-fire abated. his navigator was sitting in the chin hatch, back to dad, legs in the slipstream, seemingly frozen. dad gave him a push to help him out--which almost worked, the guy turned as he was going out the hatch white-faced screaming (tho no one could hear weach other very well) he was still hooking his para to his harness, he was unhooked, just sitting on the para-pack. Dad lurched and grabbed him back in--nearly taking the both of 'em out. Oddly enough, I just got an email from that man's daughter, she'd seen my name on an 8th AAF memorial website from Memorial Day 2002. Small world--she runs a travel agency in...London!

Buddy Larsen said...

I'm trying to remember the name of dad's base--I have it lost in archives--"Far Rockingham" ring a bell?

Buddy Larsen said...

I remember London, when i was 7 yrs old dad took the whole fam over--he was transferred by Royal Dutch Shell to Amsterdam for six months--and a few things burned into my mind touring not the base but London proper--the rubble still about, the red double deckers, the Dinky Toys, and the number of legless or armless or facially-burned vets and ex-RAF men dad worked with in the London office of Shell.

Peter UK said...

Buddy,
Rougham 94th Bomb Group
Rattlesden 447th.
Ridgewell 381st.
Any help?

Buddy Larsen said...

381st. Lt. Jack Kirby Larsen, Eagle Lake, Texas. Shot down in Feb 1944, last day of "Big Week", his 13th mission. Saved his crew. 23 yrs old at the time, flying "Mr. Five-by-Five", an old B-17E, oldest plane in the squadron, assigned to 'new' crews--who were in large supply, as 8th AAF was losing 5%/mission--and the crews needed 25 missions to rotate out--meaning for a period of time there, they were statistical goners.

Peter UK said...

No "Hell No I Won't Go" there Buddy.

Buddy Larsen said...

Nope--dad popped out of UT with a brand new geology degree and immediately joined up--he never did lay claim to any special patriotism, tho--just said he wasn't gonna be the only SOB around not in uniform--

Buddy Larsen said...

An attitude in the anglosphere that dictators just never can 'get'.

Peter UK said...

Sounds typical military there Buddy,"What do you do?"...."I have a geology degree"...."Right get in that plane"

Buddy Larsen said...

"You're gonna go bomb Hitler's geology!"

Peter UK said...

In a manner of speaking.

Buddy Larsen said...

Dad's best friend in training was Lt. George Rains of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. They made a pact that if either of 'em survived and the other didn't, the survivor would visit the other's family after the war. There were a lot of these pacts, dad had some sorrowful visits to make after repatriation. Lt. Rains had gone down, KIA, with with most of his crew over France (I forget the district). Dad visited the family in north Louisiana after he got home (he'd been liberated by the Red Army from Barth's Stalag Luft). Well, he stuck around and married his best friend's widow, whom I later came to know as 'mom'.

Buddy Larsen said...

Hitler is still in everybody's sh*t--every family that got turned in some radically different direction--and all their descendants, forever.

Peter UK said...

As you say Buddy,such pacts were common,even more so in WWI,where no one made back to keep the promises.

You are right about the generational scourge of Hitler,that is why it always amuses me when the Bush Hitler crowd get going,not realising the simple fact that they are still here gives lie to that.

Buddy Larsen said...

Amen--screaming about life in a police state is the last thing you'll hear in a police state.
But that's fine--I love it--the louder they scream the crazy talk, the more centrist the gov't will become (as, the Supreme Court is doing as we speak).

Peter UK said...

The amazing thing is Buddy,the regimes they worship,wouldn't listen to phone calls,it would be a firing squad for even having their number on a phone,the ultimate in infringement of liberties.

Buddy Larsen said...

It's like taking little kids into town. breakfast at McDonalds, lunch at chucky Cheese, a Disney movie, the game room at the mall, dinner back at Chucky Cheese, 12 hrs later dragging the whole load home, and one of 'em wakes up and wants to go 50 miles back and buy a candy bar. You say "no" and the whole lot wakes up and starts wailing at what a jerk you are.

Peter UK said...

You mean the Democrats are pre-school?
Who changes Teds nappies?

Buddy Larsen said...

pre-school, post-senescence, take your pick, it's all Liberal.

Peter UK said...

"pre-school, post-senescence," yes but what are they taking that lets them miss the bit in between?

Buddy Larsen said...

They're taking those little red "Gimme" pills.

Peter UK said...

Little Red Gimme Garrity pills?

Buddy Larsen said...

Those are the suppository form.

Peter UK said...

The mind boggles.