This Byrd Has Flown
"Byrd may just be trying to position himself to 'fight another day'. "
No - he's not. He sees no reason to fight the confirmation of Samuel Alito:
I have voted against judges on both sides of the political spectrum, who leaned too heavily on their political views, rather than existing law, and seemed to have a political agenda. I refuse to simply tow the Party line when it comes to Supreme Court Justices. Of course, I am a registered Democrat. But when it comes to judges, I hail from a conservative state. And, like a majority of my constituents, I prefer conservative judges - - that is judges who do not try to make the law.
Judge Alito told me that he respected the separation of powers and would not rule in support of a power-hungry President. I liked that answer, and I liked Judge Alito. He struck me as a man of his word, and I intend to vote for him.
In truth, there is no way of knowing what any nominee for our nation’s highest court will do after that nominee is confirmed. I know not exactly what kind of Justice Samuel Alito may actually be - - no one does. But my considered judgment from his record, from his answers to my questions, and from his obvious intelligence and sincerity, leads me to believe him to be an honorable man, who loves his country, loves his Constitution, and will give of his best.
Could it be that Byrd's constituents inspired him to punish the Senate by declaring he will vote to confirm Alito?
West Virginians who wrote to criticize the way in which the hearings were conducted used the same two words. People with no connection to one another, of different faiths, views, and opinions independently and respectively used the same two words to describe the hearings: they called them an “outrage” and a “disgrace.”
It is especially telling that many who objected to the way in which the Alito hearings were conducted do not support Judge Alito. In fact, it is sorely apparent that even many who oppose Judge Alito’s nomination also oppose the seemingly “made for TV” antics that accompanied the hearings.
Obviously, something is wrong with our judicial nominations process, and we in the Senate have the power to fix it.
Senator, you will not have the power to blow your nose now that you have stabbed the country you claim to love in the back. Failing to address the misleading answers given to lame questions during the hearings means that you and the other Senators failed to do your duty.
Your advanced age means that you won't have to watch for many years as the new radical religious right Supreme Court takes apart your nation and limits the freedoms of the people while advancing the corporate cause of freeing themselves from any legal oversight whatsoever.
I hope your payoff will be worth it, for it's going to cost the rest of us dearly.
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