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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
I haven't been following the Supreme Court nomination brouhaha all that much. John Roberts is up for the top spot and he seems qualified enough. I was going to wait until this case could be judged on its merits before I said anything.
Apparently Roberts's merits are stellar, because now that finally Sen. Reid Says He'll Vote Against Roberts, said Senate Minority Leader is using ad hominem reasoning to do it. Viz., John Roberts is a RACIST!!!!!1!
In Reid's words:
This is a very close question for me. But I must resolve my doubts in favor of the American people whose rights would be in jeopardy if John Roberts turned out to be the wrong person for the job. ... [He] played a significant role in shaping and advancing the Republican agenda to roll back civil rights protections. No one suggests that John Roberts was motivated by bigotry or animosity toward minorities or women. But these memos lead one to question whether he truly appreciated the history of the civil rights struggle. He wrote about discrimination as an abstract concept, not as a flesh and blood reality for countless of his fellow citizens.
Translated from Daschlian to actual English:
Okay, he started with the name-calling, in however mealy-mouthed a fashion. I am not in political office and can afford to be a bit blunter. Reid is a deeply unethical, dishonest, and dishonourable person. The party which hoisted him up as its standard-bearer is, likewise, morally bankrupt.
I'm a swing voter, Democrats. Give me a reason to vote for you.
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