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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Beldar on Hewitt Tuesday

The transcript's here, courtesy of Radio Blogger (Generalissimo Duane). Man, am I long-winded.

Posted by Beldar at 01:47 AM in Law (2006 & earlier) | Permalink

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(1) ed made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 7:12:11 AM | Permalink

Hmmmm.

Sorry Beldar. You can push this mule as much as you like and it still doesn't convince me. I supported the GOP for twenty-five years to reform the judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court. And neither Roberts nor Miers does it for me.

There are a lot of extremely qualified people out there that could have been nominated, but were instead passed over. Were I a law student I'd learn from this whole episode that anyone with strong and *visible* conservative views won't ever be appointed to the federal bench.

Frankly the GOP can go screw itself. I've demanded to be removed from their mailing lists as I have no intention of either donating to nor voting for any Republican in either 2006 or 2008.

IMHO it would be a very good thing to return to a deadlocked congress. A Republican majority congress has certainly been no joy for this conservative.

(2) hunter made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 11:02:36 AM | Permalink

The trait of masochism that runs deep in so many conservatives is disturbing. As 'ed' so aptly demonstrates, there seems to be a relationship between lack of discipline and a desire to be punished. 'ed' wants his name off, wants to give no more money, and is sitting in a huff. This is a lack of discipline that would make any dominatrix smile with evil glee. While 'ed' acknowledes that he may very well help put democrats back in strong power, and for this 'ed', as well as all of us, will surely be punished greatly. How soon the undisciplined forget the pain of high taxes, unbridled plaintiff attorneys suing over trivia, estate taxes not even on the table for reform. But like a good masochist, 'ed' finds pleasure too fleeting and pain too attractive to long avoid. 'ed' knows as well that if the dems do take back power, the chances for even modestly good judges goes out the window. Instead of judges to stop the criminalization of the war, we will have more pontificating judges like that clown in Seattle. giving insultingly light sentances to terrorists. We will have even more judges siding with the ACLU in their ploy to become America's arbiter of war and peace.
'ed' does seem to forget that we are in a long term GWOT as well as a cultural war at home..and that neither are well served by disloyalty, pouting and self absorbed quitting.
We all need to take a breath, and decide:
Do we choose easy pain for our future, or do we do the hardwork of actually getting stuff done?

(3) Deborah made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 12:03:21 PM | Permalink

Beldar, you are too modest. What you call long-winded, I call thoughtful and articulate.

(4) ed made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 1:41:46 PM | Permalink

Hmmmm.

"Do we choose easy pain for our future, or do we do the hardwork of actually getting stuff done?"

And thank you for your vile little accusations. Like most idiotic internet examinations by useless twits, this one has the wholesale value of manure.

Just what "stuff" *exactly* has the GOP gotten "done"? Do you point with pride at the $1 trillion dollar new entitlement? How about the $500 billion dollars spent in Iraq? How about the hundreds of billions of dollars Bush was all too willing to spend in New Orleans?

Will you outline with pride the lack of border security? A border that is even less secure now than it was a few years ago since Bush has tried to slash the budge for Border Security?

Oh I know you're jumping with joy over the pork-laden highway bill right? Or how about that indoor rainforest in Iowa that's supposedly for the GWOT?

Go ahead schmuck. List all of those successes that GOP has that a good conservative could be proud of.

(5) hunter made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 2:11:51 PM | Permalink

So not only can you stand proud while waiting on your punishment, you can demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that your humorectomy was a total sucess.
Mistress will be most pleased.
Psssttt....wars cost money. Lots and lots of money.
I will take your inability to address the central topic,the nomination and successful appointment of judges, as evidence you are still working yourself up for a future punishment. If you wish to engage on the topic, please send up a flare and sit still. The search party will come on a timely basis.
Meanwhile, the issues of the day will be advanced as far as votes are there to accomplish this, and the best available judges, given the George Will et al undermining of filibuster reform, will continue.
Cheers,

(6) ed made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 2:38:36 PM | Permalink

Hmmm.

"Meanwhile, the issues of the day will be advanced as far as votes are there to accomplish this, and the best available judges, given the George Will et al undermining of filibuster reform, will continue."

More laughable ********.

The GOP has had years to deal with the filibustering of judges. It flinched then. And it's flinching now.

And anyone who calls Miers "best available judges" is a fool.

And I see you couldn't address the very simple question posed to you.

Frankly there is only one suitable phrase to cover all those conservatives that will toe the party line regardless of how many knives are stuck in their backs.

Reservation Conservatives.

[Edited for hard profanity. Please keep it PG, per the blog comment guidelines. This isn't, and won't become, as vulgar as dKos or the DU. — Beldar]

(7) hunter made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 4:49:45 PM | Permalink

'ed', you have taken a bit of obvious teasing and used it as an excuse to behave as if you were posting at Kos. It is not surprising that a masochistic conservative would choose an image of knives being stuck simeplace to describe how they feel.
And since Miers is a pretty good candidate, and is likely to get confirmed despite the knives the masochist conservatives are sticking in the Presdient's back, I would suggest that by default she is indeed 'the best'.
Please call your surgeon and see if your humorectomy is reversible.

(8) Patrick R. Sullivan made the following comment | Oct 5, 2005 5:35:24 PM | Permalink

This is the best part of the interview:

----------quote---------
[WD]... I think she will try to be a modest judge, which is to say she'll stay within herself, within the proper bounds that a judge should stay within, and she won't try and grab the role of being the decision maker on policy issues for the nation, because she doesn't see that as what judges should do.

HH: That's a good thing, in my view.

WD: I think it's a fabulous thing. It's the sort of thing which may come hard to someone who's career has been writing brilliant law review articles, day in and day out. But for someone from her background, whose job has been much lower key, but actually higher stakes, representing clients who have it laying on the line in the courtroom, day in and day out....
---------endquote--------

Reminds me of a point made by Thomas Sowell, that the standards for being able to say you 'know' something are often higher for supposedly lower status professions.

His example being that a farm boy has to actually be able to go out to the barn with an empty pail and return with one filled with milk to say he 'knows how to milk a cow'. Contrast that with a criminologist who doesn't actually have to lower the crime rate, but get a paper published, to say he's an expert on crime.

We need the kind of modesty that understands that, not more intellectuals, on the courts.

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