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Episode 80 – Group Think, Kagan, BP and Far Right Radio

Ever wonder why it seems like nobody talks to each other anymore? Why nobody really engages or learns? Thanks to the Cato Institute’s Podcast on Epistemic Closure, the PoliTalk guys explain why Far Right Radio’s closed network means that public policy problems can never really be discussed…without shows like PolitTalk. Glenn and Jeff talk about the future of PoliTalk, and why you won’t be hearing the show on mainstream AM Talk Radio, but why we need more shows like this to populate the mainstream and change the nature of discourse in America. Jeff, who worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee and also worked on Supreme Court Nominations, explains why Kagan may be a less than inspired choice. Switching gears to BP, Glenn explains why this is a more spectacular failure than any of us recognize, not just because of lives lost, major environmental changes, but also because of the failure of the US to wean itself off foreign oil. Always entertaining and informative, it’s PoliTalk. Best Friends. Vast Experience. Informative political discussion…without the fighting…and with some laughs.

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Sonia Sotomayor “Courts Make Policy” Statement

Check out this video. It contains the statement that many people are attacking Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor. When I watch the clip and see the statement in context, while I think it was not a shining moment, I am not disturbed by the statement. If this is the worst, I really don’t see a deal killer for confirmation here. – Glenn

An Interesting Case AGAINST Judge Sotomayor

Now is not the time to render judgment…so let me start this entry by rendering judgment:) As the nomination process unfolds for a new Supreme Court Justice, I know from my experience in the Senate and in working on Justice Souter’s confirmation hearing just how important certain qualities are. Intellectual curiosity, empathy and innate political skills — the ability to move votes — to work justices behind the scenes, to negotiate — are three qualities that need be prized in the next justice. There’s no doubt that whoever rises to the top will have the requisite legal credentials. But would you run the risk of compromising the aformentioned qualities in order to meet a quota? Or, given a choice, would you select someone who better fits this criteria who maybe didn’t fit a politically-driven quota, like, oh I don’t know, former Senator George Mitchell? or maybe even former Vice President Al Gore?  To better understand my point, a point I made in our most recent Podcast, you can read this excellent article from NPR.org by Jeffrey Rosen — a brilliant writer and legal scholar… 

How Palin and Biden Think in the Context of Row v. Wade

Excellent contrast between the two Vice Presidential candidates in terms of what they know and thing about Supreme Court rulings. No commentary required.