Skip to comments.RNC: Statement On Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Hypocritical And Obstructionist Comments Today
Posted on 05/15/2005 2:29:08 PM PDT by RWR8189
Contact: Tracey Schmitt
WASHINGTON RNC Communications Director Brian Jones today issued the following statement on Sen. Ted Kennedys obstructionist comments today on Face the Nation:
Sen. Ted Kennedys hypocritical and obstructionist comments this morning are more evidence Democrats would rather launch partisan political attacks than confront the issues facing our nation. Sen. Kennedy's statements contradict his previous support for abolishing the filibuster altogether and solidified his status as a leader of the Party of No. False attacks and hypocritical statements will do nothing to ensure highly qualified judicial nominees receive the up or down vote they deserve and the up or down vote they have been granted for the past 214 years.
SEN. TED KENNEDYS (D-MA) HYPOCRISY ON JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS
In 1995, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Supported Abolishing The Filibuster, But Now Advocates The Use Of The Filibuster To Block Judicial Nominees:
In 1995, Democrats (Bingaman, Boxer, Feingold, Harkin, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Lieberman, And Sarbanes) Wanted To End The Legislative Filibuster. In 1995, the only Senators on record supporting the end of the legislative filibuster were all Democrats, nine of whom are still serving in the Senate. (Karen Hosler, Senators Vote 76-19 To Maintain Filibuster, The [Baltimore] Sun, 1/6/95; S.Res. 14, CQ Vote #1: Motion Agreed To 76-19: R 53-0; D 23-19, 1/5/95, Bingaman, Boxer, Feingold, Harkin, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Lieberman, and Sarbanes Voted Nay)
The Harkin-Lieberman Proposal Would Have Amended The Senate Rules To Allow A Simple Majority To Overcome Any Filibuster, Legislative Or Executive. (Karen Hosler, Senators Vote 76-19 To Maintain Filibuster, The [Baltimore] Sun, 1/6/95; S. Amdt. 1, Motion To Table Agreed To, 1/5/95)
Sen. Kennedy Flip-Flops On Giving Nominations An Up-Or-Down Vote:
In 1998, Sen. Ted Kennedy Said: We Owe It To Americans Across The Country To Give These Nominees A Vote. If Our Republican Colleagues Dont Like Them, Vote Against Them. But Give Them A Vote. (Sen. Edward Kennedy, Congressional Record, 2/3/98, p. S295)
In 1998, Kennedy Contended: The President And The Senate Do Not Always Agree. But We Should Resolve These Disagreements By Voting On These Nominees Yes Or No. (David Reinhard, Judge Not Lest Yer Be . . . Filibustered, The Oregonian, 3/17/05)
In 2000, Kennedy Said: The Chief Justice Of The United States Supreme Court Said: The Senate Is Surely Under No Obligation To Confirm Any Particular Nominee, But After The Necessary Time For Inquiry It Should Vote Him Up Or Vote Him Down. Which Is Exactly What I Would Like. (Sen. Edward Kennedy, Congressional Record, 3/7/00)
In The 108th Congress Kennedy Either Voted Against Cloture Or Did Not Vote On Judicial Nominees Twenty Times. (CQ Vote #40: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #53: Motion Rejected 55-42: R 51-0; D 4-41; I 0-1, 3/13/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #56: Motion Rejected 55-45: R 51-0; D 4-44; I 0-1, 3/18/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #114: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 4/2/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 52-44: R 50-0; D 2-43; I 0-1, 5/1/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #140: Motion Rejected 52-39: R 49-0; D 3-38; I 0-1, 5/5/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #143: Motion Rejected 54-43: R 50-0; D 4-42; I 0-1, 5/8/03, Kennedy Did Not Vote; CQ Vote #144: Motion Rejected 52-45: R 50-0; D 2-44; I 0-1, 5/8/03, Kennedy Did Not Vote; CQ Vote #308: Motion Rejected 53-43: R 51-0; D 2-42; I 0-1, 7/29/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #312: Motion Rejected 55-43: R 51-0; D 4-42; I 0-1, 7/30/03, Kennedy Did Not Vote; CQ Vote #316: Motion Rejected 53-44: R 51-0; D 2-44; I 0-0, 7/31/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #419: Motion Rejected 54-43: R 51-0; D 2-43; I 1-0, 10/30/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #441: Motion Rejected 51-43: R 49-0; D 2-42; I 0-1, 11/6/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #450: Motion Rejected 53-42: R 51-0; D 2-41; I 0-1, 11/14/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #451: Motion Rejected 53-43: R 51-0; D 2-42; I 0-1, 11/14/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #452: Motion Rejected 53-43: R 51-0; D 2-42; I 0-1, 11/14/03, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #158: Motion Rejected 53-44: R 51-0; D 2-43; I 0-1, 7/20/04, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #160: Motion Rejected 52-46: R 51-0; D 1-45; I 0-1, 7/22/04, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #161: Motion Rejected 54-44: R 51-0; D 3-43; I 0-1, 7/22/04, Kennedy Voted Nay; CQ Vote #162: Motion Rejected 53-44: R 50-0; D 3-43; I 0-1, 7/22/04, Kennedy Voted Nay)
Do you know if FTN provides a transcript of the program?
If I was a Senator or owned a MSM outlet, I would shun that fat-assed bastard until he dropped dead!!
I missed it - what did Fat Teddy say this time? Or is this, "On a just because"?
Another dumb rat who doesn't understand that this machine is killing him. He thinks the ratmedia is still reffing the game.
Murderer, You forgot murderer....
so its "fat-assed bastard murderer"
Get it right :-)
Whose going to pay any attention to those tired sentences that run on and on with the same old words.
Man, I'd like to write just one press release for them, just one, just ONE.
Thank you .
I apology for my oversight.
BUMP! Ping for reference
It looks like a legal briefing, kind of.
There were some notable exceptions at the RNC in the past. Haley Barbour and Lee Atwater come to mind.
They could speak casually but insightfully to the common man and the common man understood what the hell they said and relate to it.
I'd like to meet the guy that wrote that hard-hitting, blistering press release above and yank his bow tie and rimless glasses off.
Transcript here (pdf):
Dont you know you have to add Coward of Chappaquidick to the title
Why don't you rewrite the press release the way you think it ought to be done?
Want to hear some classic Teddy Kennedy double-speak. Heres a couple whoppers that that lying sack-o-manure laid on the Senate back in 1965 when he was pushing an immigration reform bill known as the Immigration and Nationalization Act: "What the bill will not do: First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually." (WRONG!) "Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remainss substantially the same." (WRONG!) "Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset." (WRONG!) "Contrary to the charges in some quarters, S.500 will not inundate America with immigrants from one country or area." (WRONG!)....Keep in mind, before Teddy Kennedy "reformed" our immigration laws, America was averaging about 200,000 immigrants per year. Now, today, when you factor in illegal immigrants and amnesty shenanigans, we're averaging about 3 MILLION immigrants per year. And now, 40 years later, this guy Teddy Kennedy, with a straight face, has the GALL to introduce a NEW immigration bill.... a "solution" to the problem that he, more than anybody else, is responsible for CAUSING. Its almost unbelievable. Stop the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty-for-illegals bill. Stop Teddy Kennedy from doing to America what he already DID to Mary Jo Kopechne.
In Toddy's sunday show the good old boy from Mass. flipflopped. He started by giving a strong defense (on the surface) of maintaining the Senate rules as they exist.Claiming it would be against the will of the people
and possibly illegal to change the Senate rules. Then he
turned around and said changing the filibuster rule would
deney Senators their Constitutionally mandated obligation to give the Presidents nominations the up or down vote they all deserve.I wasn't drunk and he appeared
closer to sober than usual so I think I heard him right.
Yes, Ted is stilled dazed by his swim. The only good advice he ever received came from his dear friend John Kerry, who advise him to only buy cars that float.
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