Saturday, March 28, 2009

No Shit, Sherlock! Award

The No Shit, Sherlock! Award goes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who lamented confirming Chief Justice John Roberts:
"Roberts didn't tell us the truth. At least Alito told us who he was," Reid said. [...]

Reid's comments reflect Democratic concerns that Roberts presented himself as a neutral arbiter of the law but has wielded a relentlessly conservative agenda. Republicans reject the attacks, saying Roberts has been a fair judge and has been consistent in his opinions.

Reid said three and a half years ago that Roberts had left "too many unanswered questions," and was concerned about his views on civil rights, immigration and other matters. Roberts was confirmed by a 78 to 22 vote.

Of course, I remember Howard Dean lamenting Roberts’ lack of candor at the time, and all of us DFH’s saying Dems should filibuster and take then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist up on his “nuclear option” threats (wouldn’t Reid love to have that precedent now?), and those same damn moderates like Leiberloser saying Roberts wasn’t “extremist” so it would all be okay.

From the memory hole:

"This is a credible nominee, and not one that - as far as we know now - has a record that in any sense could be described as extremist," said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, after a breakfast session with the Gang of 14, a bipartisan group that helped broker a deal in May to avert a Senate showdown over judicial nominees.


"At the end of the hearings we do not anticipate anything that would be a stickler, that would rise to the level of extraordinary circumstances," said another Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, invoking the criteria that the group had agreed would warrant a filibuster. "But you can't come to that conclusion until the end of the entire process."

Yeah, well, how do you like him now? Not so much.

Of course Roberts is an extremist, we all knew it at the time, we all tried to call attention to his extremist view that equal pay for women was “radical” not to mention his documented, radical views on abortion.

But you didn’t listen to us, Sen. Reid. You didn’t listen then and you aren’t listening now as you coddle your DINO-dogs like Lieberman, especially after he kicked the Democratic Party in the face and campaigned against our current president.

And now you’re surprised that a conservative ideologue who was nominated for a lifetime position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a post the conservatives have been salivating over for 20 years or more, lied about how extremist his views truly are?

Pffft. Harry Reid, you’re an idiot. Kick these DINO-dogs to the curb, already.