Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cheese-eating GOP Surrender Monkeys: Single Bullet Arlen Comes Around on Holder (What did I tell you?)

United States Senator Arlen Spector, Republican, Pennsylvania

Oh, boy, that's what the GOP calls "not smooth sailing"? They held out for exactly a week. To call them "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" is an insult to honest cheese-eating surrender monkeys everywhere, even the French ones. I told you it was "puppet theater." Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama; Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina also voted for this stench in the nostrils of decent people.

Jeff Sessions, Cheese-eating GOP surrender monkey from Alabama, votes to approve Eric Holder.

The original Washington Times article is here.

Specter now supports Holder
Ben Conery
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The political wrangling surrounding the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. for attorney general appeared to end Tuesday with his most vociferous Republican critic pledging to back President Obama's choice to lead the Justice Department.

Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, said he will support Mr. Holder, 58, when his nomination comes to a vote Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which virtually ensures it will be approved by that committee.

"I think that Mr. Holder is entitled to the benefit of the doubt in the context of the excellent record he has," said Mr. Specter, who is the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Holder is all but certain to win confirmation from the Democratic-controlled Senate. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, would say only that the Senate would move as quickly as possible to vote on the nomination should it clear the Judiciary Committee.

Charles Grassley, cheese-eating GOP surrender monkey, listens to Eric Holder's obfuscations with sage approval.

"I am glad that Senator Specter has resolved his concerns and will support Eric Holder's nomination to be the next attorney general," said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and chairman of the committee. "Tomorrow, the committee will move forward to report this historic nomination to the Senate, and I hope the Senate will debate and vote on Mr. Holder's nomination without further delay."

Mr. Specter said he doubted Mr. Holder would see the same Republican resistance that Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner saw during his confirmation vote. Mr. Geithner faced resistance after revelations he had failed to pay some of his taxes. Mr. Specter said the difference is that Republican Party concerns about Mr. Holder related to his judgment, not his integrity.

The nomination of Mr. Holder, who stands to become the first black attorney general, never seemed in serious doubt. But Republicans on the Judiciary Committee had vowed that Mr. Holder's nomination would not be "smooth sailing."

John Kyl, cheese eating GOP surrender monkey from Arizona, after his hair is caught in a sudden gust of hot air from the mouth of Eric Holder.

They made good on that promise by using Judiciary Committee rules to delay for a week the vote on Mr. Holder's nomination.

Republicans on the committee expressed concern about Mr. Holder's role in the controversial pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich by President Clinton; Mr. Holder was a top Justice Department official at the time. Republican Party lawmakers also criticized his involvement in clemency given to members of a Puerto Rico nationalist organization that the FBI considered a terror group, as well as his part in the decision by Justice not to investigate allegations of campaign-finance violations by then-Vice President Al Gore.

And after nearly eight hours of testimony last week, Republicans said they needed more information about whether Mr. Holder would seek to prosecute soldiers and intelligence officials who carried out so-called enhanced-interrogation techniques that some consider torture.

Lindsey Graham, cheese-eating GOP surrender monkey from South Carolina, leaves the Senate Judiciary Committee room for a hot date after voting for Eric Holder.

Mr. Specter said he met privately with Mr. Holder last week and received a "satisfactory answer" about that issue.

According to Mr. Specter, Mr. Holder said soldiers and intelligence officials engaging in interrogation techniques that were authorized by legal opinions from the Justice Department would have a strong defense against prosecution. But Mr. Holder also said he couldn't make any definitive decision without knowing all the facts of a particular case.

Mr. Holder made similar statements during his confirmation hearing when he said such legal opinions would be a "huge factor" in making decisions about potential prosecutions.

The confirmation of Mr. Holder would allow the Judiciary Committee to begin considering the dozens of other nominees for key jobs at the Justice Department. They include David Kris for assistant attorney general for national security, Tony West for assistant attorney general for the civil division, and Lanny Breuer for assistant attorney general for the criminal division.

Orrin Hatch, cheese-eating GOP surrender monkey from Utah, pulls a long face in mock gravity as Eric Holder is confirmed. The joke, he knows, is on us.

Among Mr. Holder's first jobs, should he win confirmation, will be to come up with a plan to deal with the 245 detainees who are in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. President Obama last week signed an executive order calling for the prison to be closed within the next year.

Mr. Holder will consider having the detainees' cases heard in civilian courts, military courts or even in some form of the military commissions set up during the Bush administration.

Don't worry about Guantanamo, torture, military tribunals and all that. They'll reopen them all for us when it suits them. Thanks, Arlen. Thanks a hell of a lot.


Dakota said...

No surprise here gang, I knew they would cave....they always do. Where does this leave us? Well...hell it don't change a damn thing that I'm gonna do tomorrow. I'm gonna continue to work towards fulfilling the oath I took a long time ago. I don't think we're gonna have to wait long for the enemies of the constitution to start to move on us though. I feel they gotta get us engaged and cleaned up by mid terms. Washington always worried about gettin re-elected ya know. That will be one of many mis-calculations. Sure wish I was 20 years younger though.

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Anonymous said...

Only Ron Paul and Jeff Flake can be counted on in the House to stand for anything at all. Both have proven their metal, especially Dr. Paul.

That the GOP rejected Ron Paul, and that he has been shown to have been absolutely right about nearly everything, especially the economy, and yet he is still scorned by the GOP hacks, speaks volumes about the GOP.

In the Senate? Is there anyone solid at all there?

Anonymous said...

"Don't worry about Guantanamo, torture, military tribunals and all that. They'll reopen them all for us when it suits them. Thanks, Arlen. Thanks a hell of a lot."

That's right - in fact, closing down Gitmo and bringing those detainees here will only establish the same system of military detention here, inside the US on a larger scale.

There have already been at least three citizen "enemy combatants" detained without indictment and without jury trial here in the US - this will just usher in the overt use of real deal military detention camps inside the US.

And it is already established that you, as a citizen, can also be detained, thanks to Bush and his idiotic, short sighted cheer leaders in the GOP.

Yep, and all the surrender monkeys in Congress will go along. Just wait.

ParaPacem said...

SESSIONS folded???? I am surprised; figured he and Shelby would hold firm!
What a disappointment.
And now, Obamarrhoid clone / wannabe, Ar-TUR is making noises about running for the goobernator.
Ah. Sweet Home Alabama.
Still.... the world keeps on a turning.