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rbenjamin
Rule 5 rules
10:42 AM on 05/10/2010
Eliot Spitzer and a Right Wing comparison of Kagan to a prostitute in the same headline link. This could get ugly and embarrassing. Somebody remind Eliot this is metaphorical.
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John Robert
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10:38 AM on 05/10/2010
Elana Kagen will be confirmed despite rumors she is a bilingual thespian.
10:37 AM on 05/10/2010
I wonder if Spitzer had a thought in the back of his mind at all "If I didn't %$%# up, it might have been me."
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gsmp
What the ????
10:52 AM on 05/10/2010
I don't think Spitzer has any interest in being on the SP. Now that his personal problems have been exposed, I think he'd rather get in and mix it up with the banksters. I for one would gladly blow up the balloons and toss the confetti.
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10:36 AM on 05/10/2010
spitzer always sems to know what he is talking about. i'll take his word for it until i learn more aboug hagan
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gsmp
What the ????
10:49 AM on 05/10/2010
Thanks neesy08. AGREED.
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10:34 AM on 05/10/2010
We already know Diane Wood can get the 5th vote, so why take a risk wit Kagan?
10:47 AM on 05/10/2010
Wasted opportunity there, imho. Wood would be great.
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10:53 AM on 05/10/2010
Health care crippled Democrats for 2010, and the President knows this. Nothing fires up the Republican base like a contentious Supreme Court pick. Diane Wood would make a great justice, but this year with TARP, Health Care, double digit unemployment, stimulus package, etc. the President is getting bashed around.

If Democrats would EVER show for midterm elections the way Republicans do, the President would be in a mush stronger position.
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DaveNYC
10:13 AM on 05/10/2010
If her social values were one or two steps to the right, she could have been a Bush nominee. Which is telling in and of itself...

It seems like President Obama is developing a pattern of picking Justices who are socially moderate/left but who have a Dick Cheney-like deference to the alleged supremacy of the Executive branch. In other words, NeoCons who don't hate gays and abortion.

Is the word NeoCon even appropriate any more? Is there a better word? What is it?
dcswampfox
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10:08 AM on 05/10/2010
Maybe she will get the 5th vote on the conservative side. Meaning she will tilt the court to the right.
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10:39 AM on 05/10/2010
1. Roberts
2. Scalia
3. Thomas
4. Kennedy
5. Alito

What fifth vote are you talking about????
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laineyk
Forward!
10:52 AM on 05/10/2010
If anyone could be considered the 5th vote it would be Kennedy.
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katch
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10:52 AM on 05/10/2010
I think that what the writer wrote was that any of the above would be the 5th vote
10:07 AM on 05/10/2010
I'm not entirely convinced, but I hope Mr. Spitzer is right.
dcswampfox
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10:07 AM on 05/10/2010
Maybe she will get the 5th vote on the conservative side.
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laineyk
Forward!
09:48 AM on 05/10/2010
'She will get the 5th vote'.

I hope you are correct, Mr. Spitzer, because she failed to turn the conservatives in the Citizens's United case (5-4). That one vote made all the difference.
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Danigirl65
Can't we all just get along?
10:07 AM on 05/10/2010
?? Kagan wasn't on the Supreme Court for the Citizen's United Case. What is your point??
10:26 AM on 05/10/2010
She was the lawyer for the government at that point.
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Danigirl65
Can't we all just get along?
10:10 AM on 05/10/2010
Ah - got it now. sorry
09:46 AM on 05/10/2010
Trust Spitzer as a great judge of female abiltities, intellectual among others.
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TheBaffler
a long the riverrun
09:38 AM on 05/10/2010
I have a lot of respect for Spitzer and generally trust his judgment, but being friends with someone invariably colors your assessment of that person, and can lead to a downplaying/ignoring of that person's faults.
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ProudObamacan
A Real Republican - not a Right Wingnut
09:33 AM on 05/10/2010
That sounds like a glowing endorsement to me. As a Liberal Republican, I want someone who is intellectually curious, understands the law and can persuade others of her judgments. Not an ideologue. I also want someone who will offset the conservative nature of Scalia
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Titus
Bourbon, no ice
10:36 AM on 05/10/2010
Wow, Liberal Republican. You my friend are or should be on the endangered species list. I'm glad to hear there is a t least one of you left. Take care and watch out for the Tea-Baggers,,,

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ProudObamacan
A Real Republican - not a Right Wingnut
11:06 AM on 05/10/2010
Thanks. As for us Liberal Republicans - we do exist. and like the cicada, we will awake from our slumber after some 50 years (the time of Eisenhower) and, hopefully, regain control of the current right wing nuts and move the party back to the center....
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maggiee
10:47 AM on 05/10/2010
Got to add my two cents as well, kudos to you for hanging in there as a Liberal Republican. It must be lonely. Hang in there.
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Mother77
09:30 AM on 05/10/2010
This is exciting to see this type of nominee for the court.
10:22 AM on 05/10/2010
Exciting? Why. Why can't we have someone we KNOW will be a left leaning liberal and progressive. The rethugs have their fascists they KNEW were that way before they got nominated.
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GrooveGrl4
10:31 AM on 05/10/2010
We can't have someone we know will be a left leaning liberal and progressive, because Obama really isn't that liberal. It's an unfortunate realization I have come to after hoping that he was going to be this radical liberal who was coming in to shake up the status quo. Not so much.
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tbone0726
Shouldn't Libertarians be Pro-Choice?
10:31 AM on 05/10/2010
That doesn't make it right!!