Up or down syndrome

You knew it'd happen sooner or later. What with all the celebrity marriages, feuds, and breakups, it's far too difficult to keep up with last year let alone last month.

It should come as no shock then that Republican leader Bill Frist has once again, shamelessly, begun to evoke the "up or down vote" frame to discourage Senators (mostly Democrats) from their Constitutionally appointed roles to give advice and consent to the president on his nomination of Sammy Alito for a lifetime appointment to the most powerful Court in the world:

"Supreme Court justice nominees deserve an up-or-down vote, and it would be absolutely wrong to deny him that."
It's a disingenuous enough frame but it's even worse when you consider Harriet Miers' bid for the Court. "Up or down vote" didn't enter into the debate. It was nowhere to be found because she was ultimately rejected by conservatives before it came to a vote.

Now that Dems and some liberal Republicans are even considering Alito's fitness for the Court, Frist trots out this pathetic slogan once again, hoping that nobody will remember Harriet Miers.

As Sisyphus Shrugged points out, Frist's foray into the Constitution makes him look like a pretty good doctor. She writes:
"Granted that Dr. Frist doesn't give a rat's ass about original intent, the will of the founders, the common law, precedent, democracy or the constitution... He is, however, the leader of the Senate, and for the sake of propriety he should at least pretend that he has some idea what that involves. Someone could maybe write out the relevant information on an index card."

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