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DeWine of Ohio; Cantwell of Washington State

Wednesday, December 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From the NYT:

In the end, 40 Democrats were joined by Senator James Jeffords of Vermont and two Republicans, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Mike DeWine of Ohio, in blocking the bill. Mr. Frist brought the total to 44 when he switched his vote for procedural reasons. Four Democrats supported the drilling.

“I’m glad that my colleagues stood up to say that the legislation and process was wrong,” said Senator Maria Cantwell, Democrat of Washington, who led the opposition.

Senator DeWine of my home state is no Lincoln Chafee. He gets most big votes right, though today he stumbled badly. There is no coeherent argument against exploration in ANWR, so Senator DeWine enters a difficult re-election year branded as the only GOP senator as light in the thinking department as Lincoln Chafee. It isn’t an enviable place to be. If DeWine helps Judge Alito, though, all will be forgiven, though not forgotten.

Senator Cantwell has clearly telegraphed to the people of Washington State that she is from the far side of the left side of American politics. The state is closely divided on political lines. Perhaps it will want some responsible representation in D.C.?

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The C-in-C visitng

Wednesday, December 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

the heros.

Academia

Wednesday, December 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

We find that the academics overwhelmingly vote Democratic and that the Democratic dominance has increased significantly since 1970. A multivariate analysis shows strongly that Republican scholars are more likely to land outside of academia. On the 18 policy questions, the Democratic-voter responses have much less variation than do the Republicans. The left has a narrow tent.

From a new study with nothing much new in it, for those who live in the halls of higher education. (HT: Prestopundit.)

Judge Alito and the NSA Program

Wednesday, December 21, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Professor Adler notes that Senator Specter intends to question Judge Alito on the scope of the president’s authority to order the surveillance of al Qaeda operating abroad as they contact their agents in the United States.

I spoke with Senator Cornyn on this subject an hour ago and Senator Cornyn believes that it would be inappropriate for Judge Alito to answer those questions as the matter might come before him. Radioblogger will have that transcript up later. (And it includes my latest attempt to figure out why the second highest court in the country is short three judges, and why one nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is on ice. Cornyn gives a hint, but not an answer.)

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