Thursday :: Jan 26, 2006

Quick Hits - Elective Dictatorship Edition

by Steve

The only way to defeat a dark ideology is through the hopeful vision of human liberty.
--Bush, in his opening statement of his press conference today

I actually agree with you on this Mr. President. The only way to defeat your dark ideology is by leaving our human liberties here at home alone. So why don’t you practice at home what you preach for others overseas?

Bush said at his press conference just now that his domestic spying program is legal, and that he may resist congressional efforts to change it.

Blogger Glenn Greenwald got the media to pay attention to his post earlier in the week that proved the Bush Administration thought the FISA process was adequate back in 2002 when it argued against a Mike DeWine bill, only to now argue that the existing law is too restrictive. And the Justice Department provided a lame-ass explanation of the inconsistency yesterday, only to see that unravel as well. The truth is that Greenwald caught them on something that undermines their whole case for what Bush has been doing.

Yesterday, Rummy pushed back against the Pentagon’s own study that said the Army was in danger of breaking due to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Today, one of his commanders on the ground in Iraq says the Army is indeed stretched.

Even before Bush makes Health Savings Accounts the centerpiece of his health care initiative next week at the SOTU, there is evidence that they don’t work, except of course as a tax dodge for the healthy and wealthy.

One last word on Alito: Earlier this week, GOP senator Lindsay Graham said that if the Democrats made an issue out of Sam Alito's ideology and tried to filibuster him, the GOP would "clean their clocks." Other senators said that if the Democrats opposed a GOP nominee simply because of ideology, they would regret it if a Democratic president nominated judges later this decade. The GOP is making an issue about they let Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven Breyer get through in the 1990's even though they had an ideology that the GOP didn't agree with. This is hogwash, as both Ginsburg and Breyer did not have rulings and an overturn record that placed them out of the mainstream of legal thinking, whereas it can be argued that Alito does.

But the GOP is trying to scare the Democrats away from challenging a nominee's ideology, when in fact a senator has every right to do so if they feel that a nominee's judgement, ideology, and their rulings from the bench are outside the mainstream. Under the GOP's new definition of advise and consent, Robert Bork would have been on the court now, because under this new definition, Democrats would have been overstepping if they opposed him just because his ideology scared the crap out of many, as long as he was rated as qualified. What the GOP is doing with its majority now is trying to make ideology an irrelevant and noncontestable matter when in comes to evaluating judges for the highest court in the land.

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