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Why did Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the other nominees refuse to state their opinion? I know, dumb question! BUT don't we the people have the right to know? We try to guess anyway/
Silly question, just like Alito, everybody knew Ginsberg and Breyer's opinion on abortion and most other issues. The semantics dance of nomination is a political game and that's it.
But they (Ginsberg and Breyer) got over 85 votes - in a closely divided Senate. Ginsberg got 96 votes and Breyer received 87 votes.
It's hypocritical for Dems to boldly state (Kerry and Gore both stated their candidates would pass an abortion 'litmus' test) that their candidates always have a litmus test for these issues and then flail like a sheet on a clothesline in a hurricane when the Reps put up someone that obviously passes a litmus test.
(But as an observation, it's hypocritical but successful. 7 of 9 (Roberts, O'Connor/Alito, Stevens, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Souter) current Cabal members were Rep nominees but 3 of the 7 (Stevens, Kennedy, Souter) failed to live up to expectations because the Rep Presidents that nominated them were trying to win this one sided game about litmus tests.)
Only Clinton's 2 choices were Dem choices: Ginsberg and Breyer.
Here's a secret: Alito will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. The sooner the better. The sooner this issue no longer hijacks our high Cabal, the sooner the nominations process can not be so skewed as a result.
There's no way turning abortion back to the States will end abortion. Maybe in 1 or two states, but abortion is going to be the Law for some time to come. But at least w/ Roe overturned, it'll be Law as a result of legislation from the state legislatures and not the bench.
And just think: there are 3 more years for Bush to have a crack at vote #5 against Roe. Do you think that candidate will pass a 'litmus' test?