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Hmmmm…Now Wouldn’t This Be Amusing?



Will Bunch has an intriguing idea. One of those sorts of ideas that make you go, "Hmmmm. That could work."

Nobody asked us, but if Harry Reid had a true flare for politics — and for the dramatic — he would try to convince his 43 other members, in the name of party unity, to filibuster Alito…for exactly one day. Why? Because Tuesday night will be the one night in the first half of 2006 when regular folks may actually watch a political event on television.

How dramatic would it be for the big anchors to start their broadcasts at 9 p.m. with the news that Democrats had banded together — for 24 hours, in the spirit of Jefferson Smith — to tell America what they really think of Alito, that he will tip the scales on the High Court for big business and big government against the little guy.

It it will deny Bush his magic moment.

What do you think? Worth the effort — or political theater of the absurd? I’m not certain where I am on this — but it certainly would be an attention grabber, and might be worth it just to torque the Preznit, who doesn’t like to be thwarted from getting his way on his own timetable.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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