A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Why not "Declines to answer"?

The Liberal MSM always has to add nuances of meaning to headlines and articles about conservatives.

Case in point: Today we have an AP headline that states Roberts Dodges Specifics on Abortion.

Roberts dodges specifics on abortion. Not "Roberts Declines to Answer Abortion Question," which is very straightforward.

The word dodge means:

1. To avoid (a blow, for example) by moving or shifting quickly aside.
2. To evade (an obligation, for example) by cunning, trickery, or deceit: kept dodging the reporter's questions.
Of course the media means definition number 2, "to evade by cunning, trickery, or deceit." The media believe that Republicans are deceitful, when we all know that "deceitful" is an adjective best used to describe Democrats like Bill Clinton, who lies as easily as he breathes.

The article says:

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts jousted with Democratic senators Tuesday at his confirmation hearing to be chief justice, dodging their attempts to pin down his opinions on abortion, voting rights and other legal issues.
But when senators pressed for details on his opinions — even to the point of interrupting his answers — Roberts said repeatedly that he shouldn't address some issues that could come before the Supreme Court with him as chief justice.
Frankly, a judge should not have an opinion. He should rule according to the law, not according to what he himself believes.

At one point, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who has indicated he may run for president in 2008, accused Roberts of "filibustering."

"Go ahead and continue not to answer," said Biden. Later, he interrupted Roberts and when criticized, insisted, "His answers are misleading, with all due respect."

"Wait a minute! Wait a minute! They may be misleading but they are his answers," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the Judiciary Committee chairman.
Wait, Biden, don't forget what you told Ruth Ginsburg at her hearing: "You not only have a right to choose what you will answer and not answer, but in my view, you should not answer."

By demanding Mr. Roberts give the answers that you want, you are showing your partisanship.
Roberts — who had noted that Biden earlier would have heard an entire answer if he hadn't interrupted — kept his cool.

"With respect, they are my answers and with respect, they are not misleading," he said.
Great response! It makes Biden look like an impatient, ill-mannered child.