Thursday, July 28, 2005

Then And Now

Judge Roberts and Thurgood Marshall took [are taking] similar paths to the Supreme Court. Each was an excellent advocate, and each worked with Presidents prior to elevation. And each were nominated when Sen. Teddy Kennedy was in the U. S. Senate. So what does he have to say?

Now.
In his June 20, floor speech responding to President Bush's nomination of Roberts to the Supreme Court, Kennedy argued that senators "must not fail in our duty to the American people to responsibly examine Judge Roberts' legal views."

The Massachusetts Democrat said he is troubled by Roberts' strict interpretation of the Constitution's "commerce clause" and added that "other aspects of Judge Roberts' record also raise important questions about his commitment to individual rights.

"What little we know about his views and values lends even greater importance and urgency to his responsibility to provide the Senate and the American people with clear answers."

"Judge Roberts represented clients in [cases over hot button issues], but we have a
duty to ask where he stands on these issues," Kennedy continued. "[T]he nominee will be expected to answer fully, so that the American people will know whether Judge Roberts will uphold their rights."
Then (photo leaving his Presidential hopes funeral).

During the 1967 confirmation debate over the nomination of then-Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, however, Kennedy held a different view about the types of questions the nominee should be required to answer. Film footage obtained by Cybercast News Service shows Kennedy's response to the prospect of senators asking Marshall questions about how he might rule in future cases.

"We have to respect that any nominee to the Supreme Court would have to defer any comments on any matters, which are either before the court or very likely to be before the court," Kennedy said during a 1967 press conference. "This has been a procedure which has been followed in the past and is one which I think is based upon sound legal precedent."

Video/Audio of both statements.

23 Comments:

At 11:14 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

My Lord! Are you saying that Ted Kennedy is a two-faced lying partisan opportunist? Whoda thunk?

 
At 3:02 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

What a wretched end to the Kennedy legacy - thirty years of privileged political pandering at the hands of the least-qualified. His obit ought to be a piece of work... maybe someone should start writing one for him. Maybe we should have a contest for the best one in 100 words or less!

I know, I know. Crazy idea; it might get a lot of hopes up. This gin-embalmed caveman will probably outlive us all.

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger KJ said...

I will set that up tomorrow tee bee. Stay tuned.

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Dr. Harden Stuhl said...

I hate Kennedy more than the Helen Thomas.

KJ,

Did you see thid on the Drudge Report?

Quote:

REPORTER VOWS TO 'KILL SELF' IF CHENEY RUNS FOR PRESIDENT
Thu Jul 28 2005 15:32:13 ET

Veteran wire reporter Helen Thomas is vowing to 'kill herself' if Dick Cheney announces he is running for president.

The newspaper HILL first reported the startling claim on Thursday.

MORE

"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself," she told the HILL. "All we need is one more liar."

Thomas added, "I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does." :End Quote

If only the Liberals would stand true to their word. I don't particurly think he would make a great President.
But I am sending a donation to help him make the decision. Anything to get Helen Thomas to close her meathole...
Can you believe the pomposity of this cow of a reporter? Who the helk does she think she is? I don't thinmk the world will miss this popmpous old windbag...Maybe she can get Ted Kennedy to drive her off the bridge...

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Hummer said...

Running doesn't even mean winning. He could always start to run, then withdraw after she does the deed.

Of course, I would recommend driving a big SUV over running any day.

 
At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Dr. Harden Stuhl said...

Anybody else that would like to send Helen a Cheney for President T-Shirt can get them here...

http://www.cafepress.com/progopgear/525971

Sorry for the Hijack - KJ - but that woman is unbelievable...

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

I suggest a Draft Cheney for Prez movement.

I nominate KJ as Chairman.

I've be in charge of Vice... heh.

Knowing how spd fantasizes about Helen Thos. bouncing away on a treadmill day and night, I'm sure he'd LOVE to be in charge of fundraising and legal affairs.

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cassandra - I just spit up my soda pop..Rotfl..hahahaha I will never look at a treadmill again.

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Thanks, Cass.
That picture is seared into my memory forever. I don't even know whether thoughts of Teddy can overcome such a horror. But I'll try.

I don't know whether you caught wind of the latest whine from the whale's camp:

"Senate Democrats and Judiciary Committee minority staffers are miffed that conservative bloggers appear to have more information about Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts than they do.
"They've got material out there that we don't know about," complained Sen. Edward Kennedy, who's leading an effort to force the White House to turn over any documents it has on Roberts.

It that damend Karl Rove. He keeps emailing me stuff all day. It's gettin so I can't keep up with all the leaks. Perhaps Teddy should read my blog.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger KJ said...

I think that is good advice for everyone spd.

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

spd, admit it.

You *know* you want her.

"Helen.... HELLLL-LEN!!!!"

(Fade to "A Streetcar Named Perspire"... or was it "Fat on a Hot Tin Roof"?)

*running away*

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger a former european said...

Yeah, sure. Helen Thomas will kill herself, just like Arec Bardwin (Alec Baldwin, pronounced by Kim Jong Il in Team America) will leave the US for Europe, just like Janeane Garofalo will apologize and shut her piehole, yadda, yadda.

They are just cruel and like to get our hopes up, in a manner reminiscent of Jinjiss Khan.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

Meanwhile she's running... bouncing enticingly on that treadmill in slo-mo, calling spd's name so softly in the whisky and cigarette voice...

Gitmo has nothing on this, sugar.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

I have a feeling I'm going to pay for this.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

[changing the subject]

KJ, that is a *damn* fine-looking Cotillion logo, if I do say so myself. I like the tagline too.

 
At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Dr. Harden Stuhl said...

Just for spd rdr... Helen Thomas on a Treadmill.... Wallpaper inspired by Cassandra..

http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/1790/helenthomasonatreadmill6md.jpg

copy and paste in your browser...preferably not after eating...

 
At 1:36 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

You will all die.

 
At 1:43 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Uh.. besides being a statement of natural fact, that was supposed to be a joke.

You've got to be careful these days.

 
At 4:55 AM, Blogger Jehane said...

Oh my God.

Harden, you are an awesome human being.

I was going to photoshop something up, but didn't think spd would ever forgive me... (and the Tennessee Williams puns were unforgivable enough).

I suddenly feel better about having to get up so early this morning.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger KJ said...

ROFL, co-workers looking at me oddly.

Great pic Dr.

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger Janette said...

Oh crikey, ya'll are a riot! Cassandra sent me over to check out the evil doings here. You're a cruel lot. And funny! Very Funny!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I have to rat Janette out. She was being mean to Helen too...

Heh.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Rocky Mtn. Lioness said...

RUN DICK, RUN!!!!!

Cheney Campaigned!
Helen (herself) Refrained!

Why does't anyone take me seriously when I refer to Ms Thomas as Helen Of Troy??

It was she who, more than a few years ago, incited the 12th-13th (?) century Trojan War, was it not?

I'm not aruging that she hasn't aged well, I'm just sayin'...........

Ya know..."they" say:"Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone!" What I wanna know then is--just what do "they" have to say about Helen!

Dr. Stuhl...I'm stalking you. Very passively, but stalking nonetheless! "And Iii'm picking out a thermos for Yoouuuuu...Not just any kind of thermos will doooooo........." (sorry "The Jerk" flashbacks. Did I ever tell you my dogs name?)

 

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