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Leftists See Armageddon, I See Heaven!
OK, I know that the "this is going to be Armageddon" comment came from Orrin Hatch, a good, steadfast Utah Republican. The comment, of course, was about the fight for Sam Alito to join the Supreme Court. The Washington Times picked up the comment and used it to lead their article over the upcoming bloodbath over this nomination. Ralph Neas, leader of the extreme Left group, People for the American Way, pledges to get 750,000 signatures to oppose Judge Alitoís ascendancy to take over the seat presently occupied by Justice Sandra Day OíConnor. Other extreme Leftists have, parroting the converse position to Rush Limbaugh, are calling the Alito nomination one made from "weakness." Ironically, Rush Limbaugh criticized the Harriet Miers nomination as one made from weakness.
"Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is already talking filibuster, and Senators DeWine and Graham of the íGang of 14í have responded. They made it crystal clear that they will vote for the Nuclear Option if it comes to that."
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is already talking filibuster, and Senators DeWine and Graham of the "Gang of 14" have responded. They made it crystal clear that they will vote for the Nuclear Option if it comes to that. That means, assuming that the other 5 GOP Gang Senators all vote against the Nuclear option (and thatís no given), and no non-gang GOPers vote against (and this is a reasonable assumption), there are 50 votes for the Nuclear Option. Vice President Cheney would have the tie-breaker. Thatís it for the filibuster of judicial nominees, forever. So, if there is a filibuster, we get a Nuclear war, and win.
So, Orrin Hatch, by his "Armageddon" statement, is accurately characterizing the tactical positon of the Left. This proves Rushís maxim that Conservatism always wins out if we stand firm and proud. Although I did not think that Harriet Miers was the blunder that other Conservatives did, I can see that Judge Alito is a superior nominee from both a qualifications and a tactical standpoint.
"Itís becoming more and more apparent to me that the Conservative punditocracy that did not want to win the Supreme Court fight with a stealth move, and instead with a huge fight, had a great point. We were becoming complacent, and perhaps a little frustrated."
"Thatís alright -- this thingís gotta happen every five years or so -- ten years -- helps to get rid of the bad
blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know you got to stop them at the beginning, like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, They should neveríve let him get away with that." Clemenza in The Godfather, speaking about a Mafia war that is about to start.
And now, weíve got a war thatís been brewing since we took back the Congress from the Left, a little over ten years ago. Itís becoming more and more apparent to me that the Conservative punditocracy that did not want to win the Supreme Court fight with a stealth move, and instead with a huge fight, had a great point. We were becoming complacent, and perhaps a little frustrated. Our President was throwing money at everyone and everything that made a peep, like a mother bird regurgitating food out to noisy chicks. The only problem is that Mom is almost out of food and most of the chicks are very, very fat. Enough metaphors. Throwing money at the extreme Left did nothing to sate their hatred of our President. The Left was up to fight, and we werenít. They attacked on the war, on the CIA leak affair, on Katrina response, on anything and everything. Their "Bush Sucks" mantra was starting to stick. A battle was needed to clear the air. Harriet Miers, while a great person, wasnít the poster child for the decisive battle.
Thatís not the case with Sam Alito. The energy level over the Alito nomination is stratospheric! Every conservative pundit, every conservative blogger, every rank-and-file GOPer, they are all thrilled and ready to throw down! Rush, Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, Michelle Malkin, you name them, they are floating on a happy cloud nine. But, at the same time, they are charged up and ready to push the Nuclear button. Now that I see the energy of the Right side, I realize that we needed this battle years ago, and even more so now.
"We have been acting as if we did not win any elections, even though weíve held the House through six consecutive 2-year election cycles, and the Senate for five of six, and also the White House for the last three."
We have been acting as if we did not win any elections, even though weíve held the House through six consecutive 2-year election cycles, and the Senate for five of six, and also the White House for the last three. And the one cycle (2000-2002) we didnít keep the Senate was because a turncoat (Jeffords, I-VT) defected from the GOP, and Trent Lott agreed to a bizarre power-sharing arrangement with a 50-50 (49 Dems + 1 turncoat) margin and the Vice Presidentís vote available to break ties. We enjoy commanding majorities in both houses of the Congress, and we hold the White House. We Conservatives have been demanding that the people who we elected act as if they won the elections they actually won. Now, finally, we see a sign that our President understands that he was elected President, and the Senate GOP caucus is finally acting like they have a majority, which, ironically, they have. In fact, counting the VPís vote, they have had a continuous majority since January of 1995.
So, bring on the war. Use the Nuclear option to cancel out the non-Constitutional, anti-Constitutional filibuster, not only for judicial nominees, but for all legislation. The minority should not have the right to use a mechanism not specifically provided in the Constitution to thwart the majority. If the extreme Left wants a supermajority to pass some laws or confirm presidential nominees, they can attempt to amend the Constitution to do so. They cannot do so, and they face their Armageddon.
Armageddon this may be, but remember the Bible: For the good guys (us), after Armageddon comes eternal reward! Itís Heaven for us!