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Kennedy’s Chutzpah

Earlier today on the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.) grumbled at length about the many other more important issues–factories downsizing, pension reform, the uninsured–that the Senate could be debating this week instead of judicial confirmations. The nerve! After all, if it weren’t for Kennedy, the Democrats might never have adopted the reckless judicial filibuster strategy in 2003. Responsibility for time consumed this week on what properly should have occurred years ago belongs to none more than Kennedy himself.

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The Present American Revolution

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