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He Still Shouldn’t Be Confirmed, But This is Funny


From the Washington Post:

His thesis adviser, professor emeritus Walter Murphy, put out a statement praising his former student and whacking the president who hopes to put him on the nation’s highest court: “I confess surprise that a man so dreadfully intellectually and morally challenged as George W. Bush would want a person as intellectually gifted, independent and morally principled as Sam Alito on the bench.”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Respect for the presidential election is important in deciding whether or not the minority party should fillibuster a president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. A fillibuster is required when a nominee is unfit for the appointment or clearly contrary to the American people’s sense of justice and the constitution. The majority of Americans voted for Bush in 2004 knowing that he would likely be appointing new Supreme Court justices. The American people have the right and the obligation to live with the consequences of their vote.

    I disagree with many of the decisions Alito has made, especially with regards to women’s and workers rights, civil rights, and gun control. But, Bush is an intellectually challenged ideologue with a penchant for cronyism, and we are lucky he didn’t appoint one of his daughters to the high court. Democrats lost in 2004 and they need to get a lot smarter to be able to win in 2008. Fillibustering Alito’s nomination now is not be part of an effective long-term strategy. It would be a continuation of the kicking and screaming begun after the 2004 election.

  • You make an interesting case, though my concern is that some people cannot afford to deal with the foolishness of the American electorate. Alito is a dangerous nominee–and while I have often thought that the answer to America’s electoral indifference would be to get just what the Republicans have to offer, the impact might be too great.

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