"I have learned that one shouldn't play hardball with limpwristed teammates."
Manuel Miranda writes a blistering article, Sunday, exclusive to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Pittsburgh has a unique link to the past in the judicial nominations wars. And every Republican in America knows that Pennsylvania holds the key to the future in the coming Republican primary that may decide who the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman is or is not.
Before moving to Utah, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) first practiced law in Pittsburgh. In those days, he was a liberal Democrat. The profitable industry that has grown around obstructing nominees would not be what it is if it were not for Hatch's unique manner, or Arlen Specter's populist votes against Jeff Sessions (now the senator from Alabama) and Robert Bork (as in "borking") in the 1980s.
Those early liberal victories were the playground where today's highly paid judge-killers first shaped their career plans. Hatch's recent role in Memogate, at the sad end of his chairmanship, tells the rest of the story as to how the bullies he calls friends have been emboldened over the years....
See also A Series of Articles You Will Not See at NYT.
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Tue. 04/20/04 06:54:41 AM
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