Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in the waning minutes of Alito’s confirmation hearing that unnamed Democrats will “exercise their rights” to put off next week’s scheduled Alito vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In it, Senator Specter says,(emphasis mine)
Our staffs have been stretched very, very thin, having given up August and we had to go through a difficult scheduling process to have Chief Justice Roberts seated by October 3rd, but we did that. And then we had a difficult process with Miss Harriet Miers, and we finally worked that out with the consent of Senator Leahy to start on November 7th. And I said to Pat a few minutes ago, after all these years of training and practice, I’ve turned into being a professional scheduler, that’s all I do is schedule. So we have worked through the process and my preference on a starting date is January 2nd, which would have given us hearings on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, with an exec on Tuesday the 10th, and floor action on the 11th, 12th and a vote on the 13th, but that allows for a week’s holdover as a matter of right by any senator. And January 2nd is a difficult day, technically it’s a holiday. We could work on a holiday around here,if we really had to. And it implicates Hanukkah, I’m told. But we could have done that. Not me, I’m not giving up Hanukkah. But at any rate, Senator Leahy and I have worked through it, and since it could be delayed for a week in any event, by any senator, who wants to hold it over for a week that we would put that week back at the start, on the 9th, with the good faith understanding that our intent would be to go to an executive committee meeting on the 17th, the day after Martin Luther King holiday. So that the schedule will be we will start hearings on at noon on the 9th. And we’ll have them Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th, Thursday the 12th, Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th if necessary. We will then go to the exec on the 17th, and here we can’t get everybody bound in writing to waive it in advance, but Pat Leahy and Arlen Specter have had had no problems, nor have we anybody on the committee, of not fulfilling what we’ve said we’d do as a matter of good faith intent which will put the executive session on the 17th, we finished that with Chief Justice Roberts in the morning, and then we would go to the 18th, 19th, and 20th for floor debate with the vote on the 20th. Now that would require senators coming back. Senator Frist has been apprised of this every step of the way, as has Senator Reid. Senators Frist, Reid, Senator Leahy and I met earlier today, and there are a lot of people…
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Senator Specter does say,
…we can’t get everybody bound in writing to waive it in advance, but Pat Leahy and Arlen Specter have had had no problems, nor have we anybody on the committee, of not fulfilling what we’ve said we’d do as a matter of good faith intent which will put the executive session on the 17th…
which gives the Dems an out of a sort, but does leave them reneging on a “Good Faith” agreement. Leahy in particular, agreed to this. Now he’s allowing some “unnamed”democrats to renege on the good faith agreement for him.
Good Faith just doesn’t mean anything to them, does it?
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John Hawkins has a post on term limits (as part of his Friday Q & A series). He says that imposing term limits might be tough, 1. because reps would have to vote themselves out of a job and 2. that a constitutional amendment is tough to pass.
He is correct on those points, but I would like to add that the Founders didn’t want representatives to make a career out of politics.
Granted, I am remembering this from high school (way too long ago), but I remember that the terms set for the House and for the Senate were set that way for a reason. House members terms were set for two years so that someone could take some time out of their regular life to represent their neighbors in Congress, but not too much time. The doctor, lawyer, business owner, farmer, could take a few years and be part of the process.
The Senate term was set at six so that there would be some continuity in congress. The founders did not want the entire congress to change every two years.
Look at what we have now: professional politicians rather than real representatives of the people.
NZ Bear has the following:
We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.
We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.
But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.
As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.
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I’ve been thinking of posting these for a few days, and Sigmund, Carl, and Alfred have given me a great opportunity to do so.
These two hints are processed food related.
Hint # 1: When making instant oatmeal for a child, put the dry oatmeal and half the water called for in a bowl. Mix well. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. When it’s done, add cold milk for the other half of the water called for. Mix well again. The oatmeal has a good consistency and is cool enough for a small child to eat.
Hint #2: When preparing boxed macaroni and cheese, drain the macaroni and leave the strainer in the sink, full of noodles. Put the butter (or margarine) and the milk in the pot and heat until the butter is melted. Turn off the heat. Add the cheese powder and stir until creamy. Take the strainer full of noodles out of the sink, dump into the pot of cheese sauce, stir and serve. This ensures that the cheese sauce is creamy and not lumpy at all.
As you know, in October, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for Israel to be “wiped out from the map.” Now, he’s restarted his “research” by breaking the IAEA seals on the Isfahan nuclear power plant.
This map (click image for original) has been cropped to show Israel and its more immediate surroundings.
I haven’t seen any mentions of the fact that if Israel were to be “wiped out from the map”, so would Palestine. Also affected could certainly be, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. Depending on what Ahmadinejad and his “goons” could possibly come up with in terms of the size of any warhead used against Israel, Cyprus, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia may be affected as well. Perhaps even Turkey.
Iran needs to be reigned in immediately.
The U.S., France, Germany, and the U.K. can not be the only ones dealing with Iran’s delusions. Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Saudis must start bringing pressure on Iran.
Yesterday, when the little guy and I got back from running some errands, the little guy decided to play.
I was starting the chili for dinner and he said to me, “OK, you be the scener and I will be the action and cutter.”
I asked him what he was talking about.
He said I would be the scener because I was the “guy in the scene” and he would be the action and cutter because he would say “action” and “cut”.
Then he started his directing…
I was to walk to the edge of the cliff (the kitchen rug), open the pretend door, and crawl across the bridge (one line of tiles on the floor).
I told him I wasn’t going to crawl across the bridge, but I would walk across it.
He said, “Action!”
and away we went…
Yesterday the temperature was in the mid-fifties.
This morning it has sleeted, and is now snow mixed with rain.