The Spectacle Blog

Re: Rain Dance

By on 1.6.06 | 10:40AM

The ever-prolific super-lawyer Bob Bauer terms the returning of campaign contributions from tainted sources "the Ritual of the Refund... a strange act of public disassocation -- a shunning."

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Rain Dance Produces Windfall

By on 1.6.06 | 9:50AM

The New York Times hiring policy needs to be clarified. A reporter realizes that Abramoff-related campaign contributions are now being returned to Native tribes and charities as politicians are trying to distance themselves from the "Republican" lobbyist.

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Tapping Alito

By on 1.6.06 | 9:23AM

That Ted Kennedy can be so cheeky. A Washington Times story indicates that Alito is going to have to face the wiretap issue in his confirmation hearings, and here's an excerpt.

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Girly Governor

By on 1.6.06 | 8:47AM

So much for challenging California's power bases as "girly men." New, in 2006, it's the sensitive, repentent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The people, who always have the last word, sent a clear message: Cut the warfare, cool the rhetoric, find common ground and fix the problems together. To my fellow Californians I say -- message received.

Translation: Dear, I've changed. Really! Just come back home and it'll all be fine.

And kissing and making up costs more than $220 billion over the next ten years -- a 20% annual budget increase. There's nothing like a principled governing philosophy, eh?

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Howling Harry

By on 1.6.06 | 7:53AM

If it already isn't taking place, there is a conference call scheduled this morning among Senate Democrats to discuss their Alito hearings strategy. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was said by aides to be livid that staff went public yesterday with his party's plans for a one-week delay. We should start hearing about the call's content by lunchtime.

As we reported yesterday, the one week delay is one of several strategies Reid is considering deploying in the Alito fight. In the past couple of days Reid has spoken with DNC chair Howard Dean, as well as other outside Democratic activists, and was told that they wanted a fight. That they had raised more than $15 million to fight Supreme Court nominations, and that they were ready to spend it over the next month.

Not surprisingly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has no recall of promising his colleague Sen. Arlen Specter that he will play nice during the confirmation process.

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Harry Howler Pt. 2

By on 1.5.06 | 5:34PM

Sources inside the Judiciary Committee and Democratic Senate leadership say that the one week carryover in the vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is something that was put forward by Sen. Harry Reid and his staff, in consultation with Democrats both inside and outside the Senate. Presumably this means Sen. Dick Durbin and Howie Dean over at the DNC.

Democrats and their operatives insist that "shoes are going to drop" about Alito and the nomination in the next couple of days. From our media contacts, we aren't hearing about anything earthshaking that anyone is working on. There just isn't anything out there. The man apparently is what he has appeared to be: authentic, bright, and more than competent.

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Alito’s Way Blocked … Slightly

By on 1.5.06 | 4:05PM

Interesting. According to Democratic leadership sources, this is but the first of what may be a series of shifting strategic moves by the leadership to wring every last drop of drama and angst out of the nomination:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats will force an one-week delay in the Judiciary Committee's vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Senate aides say.
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