Republicans Like Alito BECAUSE It Sets Americans Against Each Other

What criteria are the right-wing blogs using to determine of Alito is a good pick for the Court? They like the choice because it divides the country. If the Americans who they perceive to be on the “other side” don’t like this choice, that’s good enough for them.

Blogs for Bush

Need more proof that Alito was a good pick? just sent out the following email to its members..

Right Wing News:

Samuel Alito: A Judge Not Recommended By Harry Reid

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Alito Sucks Roundup at MyDD

Chris Bowers has already put together a terrific round-up of Alito Sucks links: (click through for links)
Progressive Groups
People for the American Way Preliminary Report
Alliance for Justice Preliminary Report (PDF)
American Constitution Society introduction
NARAL prelim report
National Women’s Law Center statement
Think Progress Supreme Court Page
Progressive Law Blogs wire
Left Wing Blogs

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What About Rove?

Time Reporter Says He Learned Agent’s Identity From Rove

One of the reporters at the center of the investigation into the leak of the identity of an undercover CIA officer, says he first learned the agent’s name from President Bush’s top political advisor, Karl Rove.
Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper also said today in an interview with “Good Morning America,” that the vice president’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, confirmed to him that Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was a covert CIA operative.
[. . .] “There is no question. I first learned about Valerie Plame working at the CIA from Karl Rove,” Cooper said.

Why is Rove still in the White House? WHy does he have a security clearance?

Always Add the “Because”

I added my two cents to the discussion following Kos’s post The showdown finally arrives. Kos says that the Right is forcing a showdown over this new Supreme Court pick, and,

This is a gift to Democrats. Katrina, massive budget deficits, and continued economic hardship have proven that Republicans can’t govern. Iraq, Plame, and Osama Bin Laden have proven that Republicans can’t run an effective foreign policy or protect our nation. Now Scalito, along with Bush’s social security debacle, will prove to the American people that conservative ideology doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
Let the debate begin.

I agree, but we need to do it right. I left the following as a comment:

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Leaving Rove In Place To Divide the Nation and Destroy People

From Time Magazine this week, Joe Klein: The Perils of the Permanent Campaign,

Last week there was more of the same, according to a prominent Republican, who told me that the White House had sent out talking points about how to attack Brent Scowcroft after Bush the Elder’s National Security Adviser went public with his opposition to the war in the New Yorker magazine. “I was so disgusted that I deleted the damn e-mail before I read it,” the Republican said. “But that’s all this White House has now: the politics of personal destruction.”

On the nomination of Alitio to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way President Ralph Neas,

He has chosen to divide Americans with a nominee guaranteed to cause a bitter fight.

“Rovism”: Destroy people, and set people against each other for political gain. Karl Rove is still in the White House, and Rovism continues.

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Best Line of the Week

Best blogging line of the week. Maybe month. Pundit Overload,

Having Ann Coulter on your network debating the “meaning” of the Fitzgerald investigation isn’t relevant. It isn’t useful. It’s like watching a dog crap to music.

Beautiful. Poetry. Does the author rate a coveted Seeing the Forest Blog Hero award? Discuss.

Yes, This Is The First Time In Three Decades That Republicans Were Hypocrites. Right.

Conservatives’ Tactics Against Miers May Backfire Next Time

Conservative activists crippled Harriet Miers’s Supreme Court nomination largely by challenging her judicial philosophy, debating the importance of her religious beliefs, demanding to see White House documents and derailing her before she reached a Senate vote. Those tactics may make it harder for them to defend President Bush’s next pick, expected by many to be a solid conservative, according to a number of Democrats, independent analysts and even some conservative commentators.
They are struck by differences between the Miers nomination process and that of John G. Roberts Jr., who was confirmed as chief justice a month ago. When liberals mentioned a possible filibuster of Roberts, Republicans insisted on an “up-or-down vote,” which Miers never received. Virtually all GOP senators defended the White House’s refusal to surrender documents concerning Roberts, but some of them demanded comparable documents regarding Miers.

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Virus Warning

I just received the following e-mail. In the message I received the words “click here” is a link. But I noticed that the link is to an FTP site, and not a web page. It was going to download an “.exe” file. That means a program.

You have received a postcard !
Hello friend !
You have just received a postcard from someone who cares about you!
This is a part of the message:
“Hy there! It has been a long time since I haven´t heared about you!
I´ve just found out about this service from Claire, a friend of mine who also told me that…”
If you´d like to see the rest of the message click here to receive your animated postcard!

If you receive something like this DO NOT CLICK! It will run a program on your computer.

Exxon-Mobile’s recent profits were very moderate

You don’t have to take my word for it, just ask Exxon-Mobile. In a new ad (pdf) that ran on the editorial page of the L.A. Times this morning, Oil and Apples (html version) we are informed that:

Our earnings are indeed at a record high, driven largely by the price of the commodities we sell. But if you compare profits per dollar of revenue across a wide range of U.S. companies,” a true “apples to apples” evaluation, you see that oil earnings are not out of step with other major industries.
As the chart shows, oil and gas industry earnings averaged 7.7 cents per dollar of revenue during the second quarter compared with the overall U.S. industry average of 7.9 cents. ExxonMobil earned 8.6 cents for every dollar of revenue.

Exxon-Mobile wouldn’t lie. Would they?

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