Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Mendacious Manuel Miranda

Remember back in the Bush days, when then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., was talking about a rule change to end the time honored tradition of filibustering judicial nominees? Well, the man leading the charge back then was Manuel Miranda, and his group, the Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters, aka CEJF. Fortunately for the country, the CEJF was unsuccessful, largely due to the behind the scenes work of the "Gang of Fourteen," 7 Republican and 7 Democratic Senators with the requisite respect for the rules and traditions of the Senate, who brokered a deal and preserved this limited power of the minority party.

According to Talking Points Memo,, Mr. Miranda's campaign was so successful that he is back in the news today with his newly minted group, the Third Branch Conference.

Pray tell what does the Third Branch Conference want to do? Well, they want Republican Senators TO FILIBUSTER THE CONFIRMATION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR!!!

This is an absurd turn of events, and I call on the GOP members of the Gang of Fourteen, including Senators Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and John McCain to roundly reject the hypocrisy of Mr. Manuel.

Look, if they rightly believe that Justice Sotomayor is unfit, filibuster away. But to do so relfexively, solely because she is to the left of them is unconscionable. Elections do have consequences, and this is one of them. Instead, let's have a real debate, based on the facts and her decisions, before resorting to the filibuster.

And, seriously, the way things are looking up there in Minnesota, Mr. Manuel's suggestion might be a tad behind the curve.


  1. "I would hope that a wise White Man, with the richness of that experience, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Black Woman who hasn't lived that life."

    Think Roberts or Alito would be sitting on the Supreme Court if they said that? No, and liberals would have demanded that they be impeached from their Circuit Court positions.

    Thanks to Obamas audacity in appointing a documented racist to the Supreme Court, the day of reckoning for these grotesque double standards are coming to an end.

  2. What is lacking in your unreasoned argument is a power dynamic. Were black slaves who hated their masters racists? No.

    Not to mention that there is no such thing as the "Latin" race.

    Finally, if one were to read the entirety of the speech, which you obviously have not, one would see that this is an admonishment and a challenge to other Hispanics, to be better than they thought they could be, in light of the very real challenges they continue to face in this country, like having to answer to the likes of Newt Gingrich.

    Audacity indeed.