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Friday, June 02, 2006

 

Alitomentum

Via Political Wire, the WSJ's Washington Wire brings up something that will inevitably (and perhaps greatly) affect races across the country in the next few weeks - Alito is going to have his coming out party on SCOTUS:

Justices prepare to rule on series of controversial issues at close of first session under Bush’s new chief justice. Each side hopes that decisions, to be issued at 10 a.m. each Monday this month, will fire up ideological base as Republican and Democratic candidates square off for control of Congress.

Rulings are expected on military trials for Guantanamo detainees, Texas redistricting driven by DeLay, Vermont’s campaign-finance laws, and application of Clean Air Act. With O’Connor gone, close cases may turn on maverick Justice Kennedy, who has infuriated conservatives by citing international law and opposing a voter initiative challenging gay rights.


If any of these decisions are 5-4 with Alito in the majority (like last week's decision against the rights of government whistleblowers), Lieberman, more than any other candidate, will catch a huge amount of flak.

Lieberman, who refused to admit to his "pal" Sean Hannity that he actually stood by his (albeit meaningless) "no" vote on Alito:

HANNITY: ... by the way, I was mad at you at Alito, and one day I'm gonna pull you aside, and I believe in my heart, I really believe in my heart that if the president really needed your vote, you would have been there.

LIEBERMAN: (Sigh) Well, OK, you pull me aside and we'll talk. (Laughter)

HANNITY: Alright, you don't want to answer that publicly, do you?

LIEBERMAN: (Laughter) Cause I voted no.

HANNITY: I know you voted no but...

LIEBERMAN: But I did vote against the filibuster cause I thought that, you know, it was time to move on.

Comments:
Time to "move on"

How ironic! Joe didn't think it was time to "move on" from censuring Bill Clinton.

But he does think we should "move on" from blocking extremist judges or censuring George Bush for illegal domestic spying.

That juxtaposition makes his priorities REALLY clear.

What's ironic is MoveOn.org - originally founded as a group of people who wanted the government to "move on" from wasting time investigating Clinton's zipper and get back to governing - has now endorsed Lamont, and this "move on" quote from Lieberman illustrates exactly why.
 
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