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7/25/2005

Hillary Clinton pisses me off

This is outrageous, if true. Let me repeat that caveat: this is outrageous, IF TRUE. I emphasize this because the info comes via ... Drudge ... (just writing his name makes me feel yucky). So it could, of course, be total bullshit. But according to ... the aforementioned non-blogger, Hillary Clinton has already decided to vote to confirm John Roberts.
Senator Hillary Clinton has confided to associates that she intends to vote FOR Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Unless some unforeseen development occurs around Roberts, Clinton will throw her support behind confirmation, says a top source.

"Look, we're not thrilled President Bush is in office and gets to make these choices," said a top Hillary source, "but we have to make the best of the situation until the next election!"

With her support of Roberts, Clinton ignores pressure from the reactionary-activist wing of the Democrat party.

"She is simply doing what is right for the country, not MOVEON.ORG," the Clinton insider explained.
What the fuck? His confirmation hearings haven't even started yet, and she's already made up her mind to support him? I assume this holds even if he refuses to say what he thinks about privacy rights ... which means Hillary will be voting to put a justice on the Supreme Court who may well be a decisive factor in depriving women of the right to determine the course of their own reproductive lives.

It would be one thing if she had just said that she wasn't going to support a filibuster or something like that. But if this is true, she's actually going to vote for the guy, regardless of what he has to say at the confirmation hearings.* The Supreme Court battle may not be a winnable one, but that doesn't mean the Democrats should simply forfeit. For the sake of Christ, at least get on record as opposing him; history in the post-Roe world will look more kindly upon you.

Everyone assumes that Hillary is running for president in '08, but she has done nothing but piss off progressives since she got in office, and seemingly deliberately at that. It's the same old triangulation bullshit her husband pulled. This may or may not be a wise strategy for a general election, but she's going to have a tough time in the primaries.

One more time: this information comes via Drudge, so there is a 50% chance that it is total bullshit, in which case obviously everything I've said is rendered moot, at least for the time being.


*Yes, they're leaving an out - viz., "barring unforeseen developments" - but Roberts refusing to answer important questions is hardly unforeseen, yet it should be grounds for a "no" vote.


UPDATE: Hillary's office is saying that she hasn't made up her mind yet.

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