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Senatorial Weather Girls: The Katrina Tally

DAY ONE

Democrats: 4 citings, Republicans: 0

Kennedy: "...we are all created equal. Our commitment to this founding principle is especially relevant today. Americans are united as rarely before in compassion and generosity for our fellow citizens whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina."

"The powerful winds and floodwater of Katrina tore away the mask that has hidden from public view the many Americans who are left out and left behind."

"But the tragedy of Katrina shows in the starkest terms why every American needs an effective national government that will step in to meet urgent needs that individual states and communities cannot meet on their own."

Biden: "There are those who would slash the power of our national government, fragmenting it among the states. Incredibly, some have even argued that the Constitution eliminates the federal government's ability to respond to disasters like Katrina."

DAY TWO

Democrats: 4 citings, Republicans: 0

Kennedy: "The stark and tragic images of human suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have reminded us yet again that civil rights and equal rights are still the great unfinished business of America."

Kohl: "Judge, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we all saw that those who suffered the most were those who had not been able to take advantage of the great opportunities that our great country has to offer."

"As you seek to become the head of the judicial branch, as you seek the position of chief justice of the United States of America, what role would you play in making right the wrongs revealed by Katrina?"

Feingold: "Television plays an enormous role in providing information and bringing the country together in times of national pride, like the liftoffs and the landings of spacecrafts and presidential inaugurations, political conflict, like the 2000 election, and the 1999 impeachment trial President Clinton, the great tragedy of September 11th and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina."

This is tentative, as I have yet to see a Schumer transcript. But once I get it finalized, maybe Will Franklin can make up one of his cool charts for my stats. That would be way classy. I'll keep track throughout the week. Let me know if I miss any from either side of the aisle.

Miscellaneous updates from the end of today's round of questions:

  • Feingold was fair, not hysterical.
  • Schumer was a little grating, but not intolerable. He asked a couple of silly questions, such as whether Roberts regretted using the term "amigos" in a brief more than 20 years ago. He followed that question up with this blockbuster: "Don't you think some people might find it offensive?" But he ended with a pretty good conversation about the Commerce Clause.
  • It occured to me, sometime during the many hours of senatorial bloviating that it's going to be very hard for the Dems to argue that Roberts didn't give them enough answers when they just wouldn't stop talking. Schumer talked about how and when Roberts was invoking the Ginsburg precedent for a good five minutes when he could have been asking more questions.
  • It looks like the rest of the Dems didn't want to come off looking like Biden, who definitely did more damage to his own image than Roberts'. Hugh Hewitt thinks the fix is in already, and the lefty activists are hopping mad about it.
  • Matt Margolis notes a fair and balanced AP headline from earlier today, and Tim Chapman noticed a theme in the MSM headlines this afternoon.
  • Tim also has pics of the pro- and anti-Roberts demonstrators (both crowds are pretty thin).
  • In case you're wondering, I haven't blogged much about the Republicans because they're using their time to bolster Roberts' arguments and let him talk about what a nice guy he is. It's a good use of the time, but not as fun to write about.
  • And, I almost forgot tell y'all that I helped host the Cotillion today. You should definitely head over there for a break from all this SCOTUS stuff. And check out my lovely co-hostesses as well: TFS Magnum, Portia Rediscovered, and e-Claire.

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Comments (10)

"As you seek to beco... (Below threshold)
B Moe:


"As you seek to become the head of the judicial branch, as you seek the position of chief justice of the United States of America, what role would you play in making right the wrongs revealed by Katrina?"

Ummmm, declare hurricanes unconstitutional?

That is one of the stupidest questions I have ever heard.

How can we take any comment... (Below threshold)
Mescalero:

How can we take any comments by Senator Teddy, the scion of a family dynasty founded on bootleg booz and prostitution seriously? Oh yes, and there's that incident about driving off a bridge in Chappaquidick and leaving a young woman to drown. Teddy didn't call the cops, his lawyer did -- conveniently a day later!

Hey Teddy, running from the scene of a auto accident is by definition a felony. You ran like a coward, but your mommy bought your deliverance from justice. Why is it that I don't believe a friggin word you say?

A chart would be way classy... (Below threshold)

A chart would be way classy, wouldn't it?

Who's the nominee? Roberts... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

Who's the nominee? Roberts or Katrina?

Zzzz. At worst it's lazy la... (Below threshold)

Zzzz. At worst it's lazy language - saying "Katrina" rather than "the aftermath of Katrina." And neither Democrats nor Republicans are innocent of lazy language.

When I saw the headline "Se... (Below threshold)

When I saw the headline "Senatorial Weather Girls" I immediately pictured Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden in slinky black dresses doing a duet of "It's Raining Men."

/shudder

Talk about a visual I didn't need.

Mary,You quoted Ko... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Mary,

You quoted Kohl as saying;

"Judge, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we all saw that those who suffered the most were those who had not been able to take advantage of the great opportunities that our great country has to offer."

And you quoted Kennedy as saying,

"The stark and tragic images of human suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have reminded us yet again that civil rights and equal rights are still the great unfinished business of America."

Presumably Kennedy was saying something similar to Kohl.

My question is this, everyone, inlcuding the MSM, is accepting as fact that those who died were poor black folk.

Is there any truth to this? Ive a feeling that economics won't have anything to do with why someone died in this storm. My guess is old folks and young folks were the ones who suffered the most (No matter how much money they might have had) and my second guess is that its entirely possible that those who weren't young or old that died were merely stubborn, or thinking that the media was crying wolf again and didn't want to leave (rather than couldn't leave).

Any chance we can investigate this, since the media tends to accept these things as fact without bothering to do any actual work.

Zzzz. At worst it's lazy... (Below threshold)

Zzzz. At worst it's lazy language - saying "Katrina" rather than "the aftermath of Katrina." And neither Democrats nor Republicans are innocent of lazy language.

And really, isn't that what it's all about? Couldn't we solve all of our problems with hyperpartisan politics simply by refraining from the use of lazy language?

As opposed to, say, lazy thinking by commenters who think this is about nothing more than lazy language?

Give TedK a break. Katrina ... (Below threshold)
ICallMasICM:

Give TedK a break. Katrina is one of the few areas he knows anything about. He knows first hand about the suffering of drowning victims.

"As you seek to become the ... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

"As you seek to become the head of the judicial branch, as you seek the position of chief justice of the United States of America, what role would you play in making right the wrongs revealed by the (aftermath of) Katrina?"

Nope, it is still an asinine question.




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