While America waits with baited breath to find out why Elena Kagan — Obama's choice for Supreme Court appointment — is the evilest woman to ever walk the Earth, here's a collection of Daily Show clips on Supreme Court appointments to help us get a running start at over-reacting…
August 6, 2009: White Men Can't Judge – Sotomayor Confirmation
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Tags: Antonin Scalia, Arlen Specter, Elena Kagan, George W. Bush, Harriet Miers, John Paul Stevens, John Roberts, Jon Stewart, Robert Bork, Samuel Alito, Sandra Day O'Connor, Senate, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Ted Kennedy, The Daily Show
This audio of Michele Bachmann and Arlen Specter bickering inanities and talking over each other — which the money shot being Specter telling Bachmann to act like a lady (Classy!) — only lasts one minute and twelve seconds. But it'll be the longest minute and twelve seconds of your life.
About halfway through, I started fantasizing about my upcoming dentist appointment.
The sound of that drill… So soothing…
Tags: Arlen Specter, House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann, Senate
Do you know who I feel bad for these days? The GOP. Try as they might, they just can't get any little tiny amount of bipartisanship out of the current White House…
During his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) appeared to give out some inside dirt from his days as a Republican — alleging that the GOP plotted early to stop any bipartisan cooperation with President Obama, and to instead look towards the 2012 election…
"[B]efore the ink was dry on the oath of office — and I know this, because I was in the caucus — the Republicans were already plotting ways to beat President Obama in 2012."
Who weeps for the Republican Party, I ask you. Who weeps for that noble dying beast?
Tags: Arlen Specter, Republicans, Senate
As you may or may not know, there's been this federal law on the books for the past two decades which banned HIV victims from international travel for some reason or another. It was written by homophobes back when human adults actually thought the disease was brought about by an ancient desert god who wanted to smite sinners because of who they chose to have sex with; it was passed due to the politics of fear and hate; and it had absolutely no basis in either science or reason.
Oddly enough, it just got repealed…
President Obama called the 22-year ban on travel and immigration by HIV-positive individuals a decision "rooted in fear rather than fact" and announced the end of the rule-making process lifting the ban.
The president signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 at the White House Friday and also spoke of the new rules, which have been under development more more than a year. "We are finishing the job," the president said…
The Senate finally voted to overturn the ban as part of approving legislation reauthorizing funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, in 2008, and President Bush signed it into law on July 30 of that year. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and then-Sen. Gordon H. Smith (R-Ore.) led the process in the Senate.
Way to go, America! You got one right. I know that even a stopped clock is non-bigoted twice a day, but I don't want to dismiss this thing. This is a really good thing, and we probably all deserve milkshakes today.
But let's be clear here. The repealing of this nonsensical law was a bipartisan effort. But it's Obama's signature at the bottom of the document, and he'll probably get an undue amount of the credit/blame for this. Credit/blame that he doesn't really deserve. Right alongside the undue credit/blame he's gonna get for the gay-friendly hate crime legislation that just passed.
But, you know what Barack Obama can do for real for supporters of no-brainer civil rights, like, this afternoon? He can suspend Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military with, essentially, a phone call. He can leverage some of his popularity in Maine and Washington to tip the scales in favor of the gay marriage referendums by issuing a simple statement. He can mention that he stands behind Arlen Specter in support of repealing the Orwellianly-titled Defense of Marriage Act.
Or not. He could also not do any of that.
I wonder which option he'll choose. I can't wait to find out!
Tags: Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, DADT, DOMA, George W. Bush, Gordon Smith, Health, HIV/AIDS, John Kerry, LGBT, Maine, Marriage Equality, Senate, Washington
Arlen Specter's stand-up routine from a charity event last week in Pittsburgh is actually pretty good, considering the fact that it's coming from a senator.
And just think how much it'll improve with all the extra time Specter will be getting before you know it…
Second half after the jump…
Tags: Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania, Senate