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   The Not So Dirty Dozen: They're the undercard to the fight over a high court nomination

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4/18/2005 2:00 pm

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Los Angeles Times

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Entered 4/19/2005, Updated 4/19/2005

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The decision to nuke or not to nuke has obscured the real issue: Are the Republican nominees qualified or are they flat-Earth idiots? As a pro-choice social liberal, I didn't find much reason to like these nominees. However, I also found little basis for a filibuster in most cases. Indeed, for senators not eager to trigger mutually assured destruction, there is room for compromise. ... For nine of the Republican nominees, Democratic opposition looks as principled as a drive-by shooting. In fairness, the remaining three nominees raise legitimate concerns. ... There is a dirty little secret behind the not so dirty dozen: Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats care that much about their records because the fight over these nominees is just a rehearsal for the upcoming war over Supreme Court nominees. Hostilities should cease. Democrats disinclined toward apocalypse should confirm Brown, Griffith, Griffin, Kavanaugh, McKeague, Neilson, Pryor, Saad and Boyle. That should shame the president into withdrawing Haynes, Myers and Owen.


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