Thursday, July 21, 2005

And So It Begins

The rumblings of battle have begun.

Roberts Likely Won't Face Filibuster

Meanwhile, an AP-Ipsos poll out Thursday said more than half of Americans, 52 percent, said they thought Roberts should have to state his position on abortion before he is confirmed, with women more interested than many in knowing his stance. Most of those surveyed — 59 percent — said they haven't heard enough about Roberts to form an opinion about him personally, while 25 percent viewed him favorably and 14 percent unfavorably.

I hate to seem so arrogant as to suggest the majority of those polled are clueless, but the majority of those polled are clueless. The notion that a justices appointment should hinge on a single issue is ridiculous. The man may think that Roe vs. Wade is overreaching (though I admit that I really don’t know what he thinks about it), at least if he is a constructionist, but that should be completely irrelevant.

Meanwhile, the politics surrounding the ‘Gang of Fourteen’ will be interesting. McCain has already stated that he did not see anything indicating that the appointment of John Roberts would reach the level of extraordinary circumstances. Today, however, Barbara Boxer seemed to differ.

Boxer: Filibuster to block anti-abortion Supreme Court candidate

Boxer called a threat to legalized abortion an "extraordinary circumstance."

"It means a minimum of 5,000 women a year will die. So all options are on the table," she said.

What a disgusting comment.

I am fairly excited at the notion that Dems will deem this an ‘extraordinary circumstance’. We may see the ‘Gang of Fourteen’ exposed, depending on what happens. I encourage Senate Democrats to filibuster. With one drop of the axe, Republicans may be able to get their nominee through, dismantle the filibuster and expose those 14 Senators as the opportunists that they are. If ‘extraordinary circumstances’ are defined by the most radical of liberals, then Republican skeptics will be vindicated come filibuster time. Keep an eye on the left side of the Gang. It is time to watch them squirm.

"This is a philosophy her successor should embrace ... We cannot go back to the dark days. Roe must remain the law of the land."

So close. I was really hoping to see a ‘turn back the clock’ today. That phrase inspires me somehow.

Unrelated Observation: I was initiated into middle age today. I turned to the classic rock station here in DC and found Nirvana playing. At least I haven’t gotten any AARP literature in the mail yet.