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Balancing the budget...

...one idiotic remark at a time.

How's this for a method of cutting pork and paying for Katrina relief? From now on, every time a congressman utters that tired, hackneyed soundbite "turning back the clock" in the context of a judicial nominee, he or she must be forced to give up a pork project of at least $10 million or more.

"If the president sends us a nominee who is committed to an agenda of turning back the clock on civil rights, workers' rights, individual autonomy or other vital constitutional protections, there will likely be a fight," said Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, chairman of the Democrats' Senate campaign committee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Christ, people, that line was already old during the Bork hearings. Get some new writers or something, so you can at least justify your bloated staffs.


Bloated staff.

There's a Bill Clinton joke lurking in there somewhere, but I'm damned if I'll go looking for it.

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