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Leahy attacks Bush, Roberts

By: Roger Simon
Aug 1, 2007 06:50 PM EST

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Leahy said he thinks the current president does not measure up to the rest.
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"I think in his actions and the actions in which he has joined, he has made the court an arm of the Republican Party," Leahy said.

Leahy said he voted for Roberts because he knew Roberts was going to be confirmed anyway and did not want a party-line vote that would encourage Roberts to believe that he was "an appointment of the Republican Party."

But that is what has happened anyway, Leahy said.

"I love to hear Republicans give lip service to the ideals of the Founding Fathers and then ignore them when it serves their purposes," he said. "They (the Republicans) say they don't want an activist Supreme Court, but this is the most activist Supreme Court we have ever seen, running roughshod over the Constitution, like Plessy v. Ferguson did."

In that landmark case in 1896, the Supreme Court upheld racial segregation in America under the "separate but equal" doctrine. This was repudiated in 1954 by the court in another landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education.

In a 5-4 decision a few weeks ago, the Roberts court ruled that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools, even when the purpose is to desegregate those schools.

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," Roberts wrote in his decision.

Leahy said: "I am not sure the president realizes what he has done with the court. He was told by Dick Cheney and others, 'This is what you are going to do.'"

Asked to compare Bush with the other presidents he has served with, Leahy stated: "He does not measure up to any of the others.

I have never seen any introspection in him, with the possible exception of the comprehensive immigration bill, and election-year politics pushed him away from that. Our vice president has an inordinate amount of control over him."

Leahy says that when he talks to constituents, he finds "there is a real disquietude toward this administration from both Republicans and Democrats on everything from the environment to the war. They feel that nobody is listening, that the president is not listening to anybody except a small group at the White House, and that he is detached from the country."

Leahy blames many of the current ills on Congress, however.

"It was because they (the White House) had a rubber-stamp Congress for six years, a Congress in their corner," Leahy said. "The Senate allowed the White House to replace one majority leader with another! Bill Frist is a very nice guy, but he didn't have any idea how to lead the Senate. I can't imagine the Senate allowing the White House to dictate who the majority leader is going to be."

In late 2002, Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was replaced by Frist, a senator from Tennessee, after Lott made remarks that seemed to support America's segregated past.

"Too many members of the House and Senate think their greatest achievement is to win office," Leahy said. "Our greatest achievement is to do something good when we get here."

Leahy's office is unlike many other offices on Capitol Hill in that it contains no autographed pictures of Leahy standing with famous people.

Instead, it contains pictures that Leahy, a published photographer, has taken. The centerpiece -- placed, Leahy says, so he can stare into it every day from his desk -- is a haunting one of a man he met in a refugee camp in El Salvador in 1982.

"Sometimes Washington changes people," Leahy said. "We get a sense of our own importance. But I strongly believe the Senate should be and has been the conscience of the nation."



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default avatar for user JWH
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Reply #: 1
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:26 PM EST

"history will not be kind to the arrogance and indifference to law shown by this White House," Hopefully many members of the corrupt Bush Administration will end up in prison with the rest of the criminals and cheats. Let them rot in jail as far as I'm concerned.
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Reply #: 2
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:33 PM EST

Maybe Bush (The antichrist) himself will end up in prison!
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default avatar for user CapitalIsGreedIncarnate
Location: Appleton, WI
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Reply #: 3
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:38 PM EST

I feel this man's frustration. Dealing with the stubborn is always a difficult situation. Dealing with a stubborn Administration that believes the law does not apply directly to them must be horrible.
Edwards 08
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Reply #: 4
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:40 PM EST

Leahy is a tired old man and should retire. Vermont deserves better than that corrupt old rascal. Why don't the Democrats stop talking about impeachment and start impeaching somebody. Oh yea, are we out of Iraq yet? Didn't think so.
Ron Paul in '08!
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Reply #: 5
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:40 PM EST  updated

Not sure if this is really news--after all, there is a F' history between Cheney and Leahy--I kind of get the feeling that all Washington is currently interested in is blame, blame, blame... If Gonzalez lied, try him. But the more this gets dragged out, the more it appears to be political theater. There is a reason why Congress' ratings are lower than Bush's----

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Reply #: 6
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:41 PM EST

I can't believe that Rep's would still back the White House. They have broken some constitutional Laws and yet the Reps will put their party above the constitution.
Patty
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Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:48 PM EST

I have trouble beleiving anyone cares what the traitor Pat Leahy has to say; the man should be in prison.
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Reply #: 8
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:54 PM EST

Superdefender said: "Leahy is a tired old man and should retire. Vermont deserves better than that corrupt old rascal. Why don't the Democrats stop talking about impeachment and start impeaching somebody. Oh yea, are we out of Iraq yet? Didn't think so." Congress can't force a withdrawal from Iraq because our stubborn president will just veto the legislation. Without the votes to override the veto, the status quo must remain. Impeachment is futile. The majority vote in the house is easy enough, but to convict, 2/3 senate vote, yeah right! Why waste time on a proceeding that will end in an acquital. Everyone seems to be blaming congress for inaction, let us not forget they don't have to power to override a presidential veto and the balance in the senate is not strong enough to really push any legislation through (hell they couldn't even get the votes needed to vote at the senate sleep over). Once again, it is the stubborn republicans holding up the show.
Edwards 08
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Reply #: 9
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 7:56 PM EST

Leahy should be tried for hate crime. If the senators had and were tried by laws the individual citizens the jails would be full of senators.
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Reply #: 10
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:01 PM EST

I seem to remeber Sen. Leahy was removed from his seat on the intelligence committee for leaking secret information. I imagine he thinks we have forgotten his less than truthful past. That said, the theatre goes on. If in fact there is anything in any of the senate or congress' investigations other than political posturing they would actually follow through with actions. As of yet they respond, as I suspect they would with terrorist, with as we say down here, "all growl but no dog".
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Reply #: 11
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:03 PM EST

Leahy is a moron. He also has a big mouth which, were he not a senator, would have landed his liberal butt in jail a long time ago. He has leaked classified information on the war, he has promoted a position of retreat to an enemy that is not ignorant of history. Morons like Leahy are trying to discredit anything Bush so that they can elevate their own agenda.

What is that agenda? A declining U.S. born population through continued death for the unborn without due process, another assault upon citizenship through another amensity bill and the SCHIP expansion that would allow illegals access to health care--which they already have, btw, increased taxes meaning increased spending--yeah, hard to believe any could out do the R's, but the dems are past masters of bloated bureaucracies--and accomodation for our enemies at the expense of freedom. Oh, and an unquestionable assault on the 1st, 2d, and 4th Amendments.

Remember Clinton's attempt to subvert the 4th Amendment when he wanted to kick down doors in federal housing tenements to seize weapons? That's the dems.

Or, how about hate speech. What is that, anyway? That's the kind of crap Leahy will come up with to promote anything anti-Christian. Which is the point. Anyone ever hear fo the 1st Amendment?

Bush has nothing to crow about. He has finally allowed his generals to do their job, so that may be the turning point for Iraq. Otherwise, he is a centrist-globalist and I am sorry I voted for him twice. However, what were my choices? Al Gore?

Here, we have 20+MILLION illegals in this country. We have open ports, airports, industrial infrastructure and critical power, and transporation infrastructure, and agriculture at risk for a serious terrorist act, and what are the dems doing about any of this? Holding hearings on this BS and that BS about 8 prosecutors who served at the leisure of the President in the first place. idiots!

Politics.

Leahy is a represensible moron who serves his own agenda, not the best interests of this country.

Yuck.

Oh, how about Feinstein and her influence on her husband's behalf? The firm he held an appreciable interest in went from $2M in gov't environmental contracts to $200M in one year while she chaired that subcommittee. Yet, you castigate Bush and other Rs? Even the dems shied away from her until the mainstream media dropped the story. Everyone thought she was toast.

Then, there was Gore's acting on behalf of Occidental to gain oil concessions. Or, did we just forget our buddy Al's largess?

Ruthie Babie Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice who believes that girls should have sex at 12. Yeah, a good liberal, women's rights, ACLU, commie, twit. What's yours is ours, and anything but Christian.

The two parties are rotten to the core and we citizens need to get proactive and change things. We need to demand ethics and accountability from our candidates.

Me, I will continue to be active in my party, and to try to change things. I will also continue to practice with my weapons against the day we all say to hell with it and have a go at each other. The stage is set for another civil war. Just a matter of time.

I am Washinton blood, so I guess the idea of a revolution to straighten this mess out is not abhorrent to me.


LDW / Palmer, Alaska Up the Republic!
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Reply #: 12
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:07 PM EST

How concerned was Leaheehee when Janet Reno was covering the Clinton's backsides? The current hypocrisy level on everything, EVERYTHING, has reached new lows. These pampered self-anointed better-than-thees are as good an explanation as any for the current scum-scraping approval ratings of Congress. And as for the polls, these politicians hear what they want to hear. They hear "get out of Iraq now", when they should be listening to "act like adults". The political celebrities spent the last few years 'leading' us away from commitments made, and now haven't the slightest clue what to do with it but call names.
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Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:19 PM EST

I can understand Leahy attacking Bush and especially Cheney, I would like to see Cheney and Leahy in a Texas Death Match wrestling match. Cheney would kick the crap out of him. I don't quite get the Roberts attack, except of course just pure Bush hatred.

Pat Leahy-GO F--K YOURSELF.


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Reply #: 14
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:25 PM EST

TITLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN "LEAKY LEAHY SHOWS UNMITIGATED GALL" ldwalaska SAID IT ALL.
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Reply #: 15
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:27 PM EST

Justice Roberts...you confirmed him...

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Reply #: 16
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:35 PM EST

THIS MAN IS THE BIGGEST PHARISEE IN THE SENATE. HE'S BETTER THAN; ALWAYS SPEAKS IPSE DIXIT; AND HAS AN ARROGANCE THAT SHOUTS AT YOU. PLEASE MR. SIMON SPARE ME THIS NONSENSE ABOUT MR. LEAHY. THIS MAN HAS HAD HIS OWN PROBLEMS AND IF MY HISTORY IS CORRECT, HE WAS DEALT WITH VERY FAIRLY. WHEN YOU START ATTACKING PEOPLE; THEN,YOU LOSE A PART OF YOUR OWN DIGNITY - AND TO MAKE A JUDGMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES ABOUT "NOT BEING ABLE TO TELL THE TRUTH" / /AS WE SAY IN LOUISIANA, "TALK ABOUT".
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Reply #: 17
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:45 PM EST

TeamPolitico: Aug. 1, 2007 - 6:48 PM EST

Leahy also said that though he voted to confirm Chief Justice Roberts, Leahy now regrets that Roberts was ever nominated.

So Leahy says he was against him, before he voted for him, notw that he is against him. I think he topped Senator John Kerry. Great job Senator Leahy.


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Reply #: 18
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:53 PM EST

Leahy’s little tantrum managed to go off on enough tangents and enough Republicans that it’s tough to select a single blusterous element to focus on. However, for my five minutes of writing, I have to go with his absurd attack on Chief Roberts over the recent ‘racial balancing’ decision.

Perhaps Leahy didn’t read the decision or doesn’t understand the Constitution and relevant case law? More likely, he’s such a mendacious old man that he honestly expects that he can simply declare the decision to mean/say something it most patently does not and have people take him at his senatorial word.

Either way, Leahy’s willingness to question the political independence of the Supreme Court of the United States tells me that he’s either descended to a level of political demagoguery previously below even him, or perhaps, that he is (for once) being completely honest with us.

It very well may be that Leahy honestly thinks the Supreme Court really is there to make laws and policies. It may be that Leahy hasn’t really transcended the days of the Warren Court, and he’s basically upset that what he sees as a Super Legislature isn’t being impartial.

If Leahy really does confuse the Court’s jurisprudence for a lack of impartially, it really is time for him to go quietly into the night.


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Reply #: 19
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:55 PM EST

Aaaaaaand...We're off, folks. Another neo-con circle jerk.

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Reply #: 20
Date: Aug. 1, 2007 - 8:56 PM EST

10scn,

Now you know a man has a right to change his position when he is confronted with facts. Let's sit back and enjoy this show. It's too hot to do much else. I think the sooner we clean house the better. If Leahy's just blowing smoke we'll see it and work to get him relieved of his seat. If he's got the goods then let's just watch how it crumbles. August is gonna be hot for everybody. I'm glad to see our politicos suffer along with the rest of us!

Maybe there is justice.

Peace

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