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Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare

Sen. Bill Frist shows us again how to talk out of both sides of your mouth (via Firedoglake):

Frist, while giving a Senate tour to Republican activists last night:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told Republican Party activists on Friday night that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito was the "worst nightmare of liberal Democrats."

Frist's spokesman afterwards:

Frist spokesman Bob Stevenson said that Alito "is a thoughtful mainstream conservative jurist who is well respected by his peers, by Democrats and Republicans alike."

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  • Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#1)
    by ras on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 12:28:11 PM EST
    There's no conflict in those statements. Frist is pointing out that it's only a minority of Dems making the real noise, which is true. And Alito's Dem peers (a reference to those who have worked directly with him in the legal system) have underscored this by openly concurring that he is a good nominee.

    Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#2)
    by ras on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 12:32:48 PM EST
    Oh, btw, I now think the odds of a filibuster have risen to over 50%. My reasoning is that if Alito is confirmed with 50-59 votes, the Hard Left will be furious that there was no fb. So the D's need to get Alito to 60+. But I think they're unable to find enough of their own guys to vote yes, not cuz those guys fear losing elections over it, but cuz they fear losing primaries. Or maybe even both. If they can't get Alito to at least 60, they might prefer to fb and energize their base than face a revolt. Immediate real needs take precedence over future theoretical ones.

    Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 03:27:38 PM EST
    Not a surprise. When was the last time the Republicans had any idea that wasn't some version of "Hey, let's stick it to the Democrats/Liberals/poor !!!" ? I wish this were hyperbole, but other than enriching their higher-pocketed members, the Right reliably makes every choice on the basis of its hatred of the Left. Even America's common welfare is, for them, trivial in comparison.

    Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 21, 2006 at 08:09:22 PM EST
    Molly:
    Even America's common welfare is, for them, trivial in comparison
    That's only to be expected. Republicans have a knee-jerk dislike of any kind of "welfare".

    Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 07:55:55 AM EST
    That's only to be expected. Republicans have a knee-jerk dislike of any kind of "welfare".
    Except for corporate welfare, which costs the country many times more than the "welfare" that the poor receive.

    Re: Frist: Alito is Dem's Worst Nightmare (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Jan 22, 2006 at 09:55:36 AM EST
    Democrats, Do not throw me in that filibuster briar patch. DO NOT THROW ME IN THAT FILIBUSTER BRIAR PATCH! Very respectfully, Bre'r Rabbit