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Friday, June 10, 2005

Wanna Be a GOP Nominee? Sorry, only fascist, homophobic misogynists need apply

From the Washington Post:

An Up-or-Down Vote?

Tuesday, June 7, 2005; Page A22

WHILE REPUBLICAN senators insist on prompt votes for every judicial nominee, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has placed a "hold" on President Bush's nomination of Julie Finley as ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mrs. Finley is well qualified. Like many ambassadorial appointees, she has been a major Republican fundraiser, but she has also been a strong and active advocate in Washington for the expansion of NATO, the integration of Turkey into the European Union and the spread of democracy to countries of the former Soviet Union. These are issues that would be central in her new post -- and issues that Mr. Brownback also has highlighted. Nevertheless, Mr. Brownback, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, as of last night was employing a parliamentary maneuver to block any Senate vote -- on the grounds that Mrs. Finley is pro-choice on abortion.

Never mind that, as AMERICAblog points out, the woman has been a reliable Republican booster.

So let's get this straight. The Republicans want the Senate to be a rubber stamp on nominations, but only during a Republican presidency, and only if the nominee is a fascist, let-the-corporations-rape-the-planet-and-their-employees, homophobic, misogynist theocrat. Got it.

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