1.30.2006

Idiot of the Day

Since the Alito confirmation issue is being so hotly contested right now, I think it's appropriate to stay on that topic with today's Idiot. What makes this so hard is that there are so many to choose from.
"I will be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values. ... I will say this, though. I think that the Democrats have to do a much better job in making their case on these issues. These last-minute efforts, using procedural maneuvers inside the Beltway, I think, has been the wrong way of going about it."
-Senator Barack Obama (D-Il).
One of the parties brightest stars proving that he really has what it takes to be a liberal. According to him, the filibuster is a bad tactic, and he disapproves of using it. But, since he really doesn't want to see the country go up in flames of conservative values, he's willing to use it to acheive the end of blocking Alito's confirmation. Brilliant. He gets to maintain the moral high ground of "filibustering = underhand tactic", while keeping the support of uber-liberal organizations pushing for the filibuster. I would also like to point out that this entire circus surrounding the confirmation process is one of the greatest recent examples of interest group politics. There was no real consideration of a filibuster until prominent liberal interest groups like the NAACP, NOW, and People for the American Way threw their weight behind the idea. Early in the hearings, the "Gang of 14" had pretty much thrown out the idea of filibustering, saying that there was no great cause for concern. But back to the point; Barack Obama, definitely one to watch out for.
-The Quartermaster

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