More on McCain and Alito: The Swamp
 
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Posted January 28, 2008 8:31 PM
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by James Oliphant

As we await the State of the Union, here's an update on this morning's imbroglio involving Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund and his report that Sen. John McCain has told "conservatives" that he would support Supreme Court nominees in the mold of John Roberts, but not Samuel Alito. Conservative bloggers immediately erupted with predictable outrage at the Arizona senator.

The National Review's Byron York caught up with McCain in Orlando today to ask him about Fund's report. Here's what he said:

"Let me just look you in the eye. I've said a thousand times on this campaign trail, I've said as often as I can, that I want to find clones of Alito and Roberts. I worked as hard as anybody to get them confirmed. I look you in the eye and tell you I've said a thousand times that I wanted Alito and Roberts. I have told anybody who will listen. I flat-out tell you I will have people as close to Roberts and Alito [as possible], and I am proud of my record of working to get them confirmed, and people who worked to get them confirmed will tell you how hard I worked."

McCain suggested that the report was perhaps a dirty trick on the eve of the Florida primary. "It's distressing," he told York, "on the day before a primary that something like this should come up, because one, it's distracting, and two, I have done nothing but support these people."

BTW, in this household, the pageantry, such as it is, before the president's speech was not greeted warmly by its most junior member. "I don't want to watch this," daughter Kate declared, eyeing an interview with Rep. Ike Skelton with deep suspicion. "I want to watch Curious George."

Perhaps so might much of America.

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There's talk going around in Rethuglican circles that if old man McCain gets the nomination they're going to run a third party candidate, that's how much they hate him.
The Paulbots are already saying that Ron Paul will be running in the general election and he has more cash on hand than McCain does.

This is great, fight dumb Republicans, fight fight fight.
I LOVE IT!!!


If Juan McCain gets the Republican nomination, we will get nothing more than another Viagra salesman.


So much for the Straight-Talk express. John McCain is denying his own words more than any other candidate I have ever heard of. At least Romney admits that he changed positions on abortion. John McCain just keeps on mumbling and denying, then lying about other peoples records. I can't wait till he is out of this race.

Also, John E, if you are a Dem, you should hope for McCain, because you're right. As a hard core conservative, I will vote Dem, just to teach my party a lesson if McCain get the nod. There are plenty of folks like me.


Yes, this could be crowded General Election ballot for president.

Let's see, Nader is running, Paul is running as a Libertarian, Bloomberg as, uh, an Independent. Bloomberg has the big bucks, Paul has some bucks, Nader will have a only a couple bucks, but I think he must take steroids.

Mercy.


This is not your fathers Wall Street Journal. This is what a Rupert Murdock rag does. It smears one candidate to curry favor with another.


Better not let John Fund see that quote. He'll "report" that McCain endorsed human cloning. That jerk needs to name his sources if he's got any.

McCain not only voted for Alito's confirmation but he fought tooth and nail in the confirmation hearings for him.


Here we go with the right wing hit jobs. At least the left wing hit jobs are a little more believable and sly. But hey right is more powerful, Kerry was not elected because of lies and here goes McCain to the bench, the only GOP that can beat hillary. The GOP deserves it if this is what it is doing


The GOP has stumbled all over itself so many times during the past year, I have to state I am over even considering any of them. Panderers, religious fools, no integrity_describes them all. I know that some will say anything goes to get the nomination. I figure you judge a person's character during the battle. None of these guys measure up.


If Obama and Chaney are in fact related, who will Obama invite to go hunting ?


John Fund of the Wall Street Journal is standing by his story that McCain "might not" appoint conservatives like Alito, citing "multiple sources" who confirmed McCain's statement:

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDM5ZTcxZDkzNmU5YjQ4YjBhZTgxZDkyNGNlNjI1ZGQ=


So, Denny - what do you think about the Democrat candidate's character?


Why is John McCain so thrilled with Alito? Alito joined the US Army's ROTC program, where he pimped and exploited taxpayers for 7 years of "free" college education (JD/under grad degrees). Alito incurred an active military obligation of 11 years. No where on Alito's "bio" website is any mention of him completing his active military duty. GOP MANTRA: Military service is noble. Bush blew off his military service and he hired a clone in the form of Alito. Where's Obvam when ya need him?


John Lieberman McCain, is an old war horse, McCain wants the USA to stay in Iraq for a 100 years, and bomb Iran as soon as possible. mcCain divorced his wife while she had cancer and married into money to pay for his presidential goals. While in Vietman he bombed hospitals in Hanoi killing children. Mccain is totally unfit to be president of anything.


Historically, ~28-30% of the US population is conservative, ~18-20% liberal, and the other ~50% in the middle. Why then is it democratic, and all-American to stack the court with Conservatives instead of something along the lines above?? [Answer: It's not; it's fascist.]


McCain is in a room full of conservatives who are angry over his choices for tghe Supreme Court. One reporter is also in the room. "You better do as we tell you; what kind of Republican are you, anyway? If you don't hold are views, we'll dump you so low, an ant's belly will look like a skyscraper." McCain replies, "Look, look! Let's be reasonable. I'll do what you say. As a matter of fact, I'll take you on a hunting trip with me, all expenses paid. One conservative says, "See, he's not all bad. Anyone besides us going, too?" "Yes", McCain replies, "Dick Cheney is bringing his hunting rifles". The room clears abruptly, with conservatives stumbling over each other trying to get out. The reporter is left, and asks "Where did everybody go?" McCain says, "Not to worry; I just showed them whose in control."


John McCain is a fake and extra-liberal disguised as a Republican.
In fact, with a Jewish wife,don't expect any conservatism out of him. I hope that he gets bounced out by Romney or somebody else.
If he becomes President, this Country will became a total third-world country.


The reporter is left, and asks "Where did everybody go?" McCain says, "Not to worry; I just showed them whose in control."
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Yeah, McCain's in control of an empty room.
And an empty mind.



Mitt, Mitt, full of cash.
Will you let me keep MY stash?
Savings, Yes, but paychecks, No!
Just another politico.
Hope for tax reform, will be,
A President who FairTax sees.


I'm with you, Doug. If the Repubmocrats vote in McCain, I will vote Dem. If Huck, I take a walk in the park.


The flap over Alito should remind people that the next president will most probably have the opportunity to name at least three Supreme Court justices. We can't afford any more Republicans naming corporate tools (Roberts), and anti-civil rights (Scalia, Alito, Thomas) idealogues to the court. It will take decades to undo the damage already done.


I just love McCain dooms day speech saying that from now on we will be fighting wars, this man does not care about the next generation, he is the messenger of death has he ever thought about give a message of peace ? is this what the next generation looking forward ?


Caught as usual in a strange statement the maverick is a straight lying hypocrite. If McCain told me it was going to be dark tonight I'd pull my chair over to the window.
Mitt Romney is enduring lies from a liberal Democrat John McCain. It's time to go back to Arizona--his temper is atrocious and he acts paranoid.
GOP pick a conservative not this liberal to be President. Go Mitt and Rudy. Jerry White, Springfield, IL


Yes Johnny McCain, repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth you see. Anyway after the SOTU speech Johnny McCain bragging how he fought so hard to elect Bush twice!! Yes Johnny McCain take that message to American and see how far it gets you, please!!!


John McCain is nothing but a Ted Kennedy KissÄss, phony republican. Go Mitt!!!!!


When I heard John McCain speak in Weare, NH, he very definitely mentioned both
Roberts AND Alito as the type of justices he would like to nominate for the Supreme Court.
This does indeed sound like a political dirty trick to me and, having seen Willard in action when I lived in Massachusetts, it would not surprise me in the least if this came from his camp.


McCain wants to bomb Iran and stay in Iraq for 100 years and promised for more wars. McCain says he wants interest rates to be ZERO out of complete ignorance for how interest rates affect the economy. I'd like to see him say that to retirees on a fixed income. McCain want 10 million illegal immigrants to stay permanently and legal immigrants who can vote do not support it. How could this country be secure if he is in power??? If McCain is nominee, as a republican I would rather vote Clinton than McCain. As least we know Clinton has some intelligence and lead the booming economic. McCain will lead this country to a total ruin with his lack of intelligence and no executive experience. Mitt Romney is an expert in economics and finance and is the man we need as president.


As an attorney I believe we need many more Supreme Court justices like Alito and Roberts. Political activists do not like them because they refuse to read into the Constitution (and other laws) things that simply aren't there. I believe in democracy - where the people, through their representatives, decide what the law will be, and the judges enforce it, not expand it to make it mean what they think it ought to mean.


I AGREE THAT MCCAIN'S TEMPER IS ATROCIOUS AND I DON'T THINK HE IS THE LEAST BIT CONSERVATIVE. HE IS PRETENTIOUS AND TELLS IT IN ALL DIRECTIONS. I DON'T LIKE HIM NOR DO I TRUST HIM. I THINK MITT ROMNEY IS A MUCH MORE ETHICAL PERSON AND I THINK GIULANI WOULD BE A GOOD LEADER.


Let me redo Dave's blurb:

I am simple. I see things in simple, black and white terms. I only support the court when it shoots down laws that were passed by liberals. However, I would not like any forward progress beyond 18th Century values as well as nothing that interferes with corporate profit. Gosh it was great when propertied white male ascendancy went unchallenged in America! Go troglodytes!


McCain supported Alito all the way in the confirmation hearings. This is a hit piece, pure and simple. Fund still refuses to name who his "sources" were. This has all the markings of that scumbag Rick Santorum who holds a grudge against McCain for not helping him keep his senate seat. McCain knows a lost cause when he sees it.


John McCain will be the greatest president America could possibly have if this were 1956.

Unfortunately it's 2008, and this jerk doesn't have a clue that the world has moved on, and that the USA can't boss the rest of the planet around by dropping bombs on their non-white non-Christian heads until they do our bidding.


As an attorney I believe we need many more Supreme Court justices like Alito and Roberts. Political activists do not like them because they refuse to read into the Constitution (and other laws) things that simply aren't there. I believe in democracy - where the people, through their representatives, decide what the law will be, and the judges enforce it, not expand it to make it mean what they think it ought to mean.

Posted by: Dave | January 29, 2008 11:49 AM

Dave:

If you're an attorney I'm the man on the moon. What you just posted contradicts what real attorneys learn in the first ten minutes of Con. Law I, namely that the Constitution was intended to be countermajoritarian under certain circumstances. Remember how "The People" enacted segregationist policies?

Back to the trailer with you, wingnut poser freak.


Bull. As an attorney I would like to have Judges that read and understand the Bill of Rights, and are not simply mouth pieces for the Chamber and large multinational corpoarte interest that do not share our Countries self interest. My ancestors signatures are on The Bill of Rights the DOI, as well as the Mayflower compact and no one in my blood line has ever held these "values" they are now expousing. I have a little blood and history invested in this great experiment called America and I would prefer my rights not be given away or sold to the highest bidder as is now the style. May God save the Union.


I worry about this denial stuff when it comes to McCain. I saw him deny something in a live interview on Meet the Press. Then Tim Russert produced the piece in writing and McCain laughed which is what he seems to do when cornered with the facts. Further, if he dissed Judge Alito as John Fund reports, I will move to Romney in a heartbeat. He also has a short fuse which bothers me. Does temperament for the job ring a bell?


In response to "How Un-American You All Are": Having a judicially conservative Supreme Court actually results in greater democracy. With a conservative court, we have ELECTED officials VOTE on laws (in other words, democracy). On the other hand, activist judges make whatever laws they see fit, and don't have to give any regard to what the people actually want, because they are UNELECTED. Which one sounds like fascism to you?


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