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When you have a governor who is hell bent on politicizing the selection of judges in a system where there is far less opportunity for public vetting one can only assume less opened minded and less qualified people will be selected. Stalin and Hitler were especially good at this.
It would appear, that in this case, it is Hensley and the D's who are politicizing the selection process, what is the real issue here? The Republicans certainly have the votes in the Kansas Senate to confirm any nominee that the Governor submits why politicize the process unless it is merely a political move...by Hensley.
If they have all the votes they need, why rush the process through without allowing any time for vetting? For that matter, why make the special session on the taxpayer's increasingly precious dime for something that could have waited until the regular session?
"Brownback and fellow Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Legislature have been adamant that they want the special session to last only a few days." BUT "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King, an Independence Republican, promised the most thorough confirmation hearing “in recent memory” for the court appointee..."
No...wait...this isn't really a contradiction. Yes, the session will be quick, but since the Kansas Senate has NEVER held this kind of confirmation ("the Court of Appeals appointment is receiving unusual attention because it’s the first under a law taking effect last month") then King is technically right. Even if/when they rubber-stamp the approval without scrutiny, it will be "the most thorough confirmation hearing 'in recent memory.'"
Way to go Mr. King! Now you're speaking Brownbackese, the official language of Brownbackistan. If you had said the "most thorough Senate confirmation hearing EVER for a Kansas Court of Appeals appointee," that would have been self-defeating, since that might have made people wonder and then realize that there is, in fact, no precedent. By saying "in recent memory" you did a great job of obscuring the facts while seeming to promise something more than you actually are promising. You're also quite convincing when you imply that your "recent memory" actually doesn't include any recollection of the law that you helped pass earlier this year.
Keep practicing that Brownbackese and in a few years you'll be as fluent as Flim-Flam Sam himself!
"But she added, “You can’t create an artificial deadline because you have to go through due diligence and allow sufficient vetting and interviews.”
Uh huh, right.
"Hawley has called Hensley’s allegation “ridiculous.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King, an Independence Republican, promised the most thorough confirmation hearing “in recent memory” for the court appointee and said Hensley’s suggestion that the nominee would escape scrutiny was “patently absurd.”
If you believe a word these people say, I've got some property I'd like to show you.
Sam Brownback is playing Washington D.C. games in Kansas. This is exactly the type of behavior the right wing party teaches in Washington D.C. in which Sam Brownback was a player.
In fact this crap is going in D.C. as we speak. A behavior which is counter productive and promotes polarization.
Why would Kansas ever vote right wing party or Sam Brownback ever again? Any current legislator or new nominees that either are backing Brownback or come with Brownback support should never be re-elected or elected. Right wing IS NOT republican.
Hmm??--And you do not think the left plays these games? I think Obama and Co. wrote the Chicago book on politics and it is hardball! Wake up!
Why can't he come clean about the judge, like every other Governor before him? What is he hiding? The judge is not qualified, and he cannot pass the vetting?
Predicting he will release the names August 29th at 5PM.
It will be ONE name.
Bets? Nominee named after 5:00 PM on a Friday. Hearings on Monday, vote of Tuesday. Start overturning past court decisions on Wednesday. Proves - no rest for the wicked.
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