Soon after President Bush named Fred Thompson, former Senator and actor on the NBC television series "Law & Order," to help shepherd his yet-to-be named Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation proceedings, he also announced a much-awaited list of nominees. "After a long process of selection, aimed at satisfying all parties and groups," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "The President has finalized a list that he hopes everybody will love."
In his deliberations over potential nominees, George W. Bush considered advice from Sen. Patrick Leahy, senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who urged the President to find somebody to unite the country, not divide it. "You can certainly easily find somebody who you'd have every Republican and every Democrat voting for and the country would breathe a sigh of relief," the Vermont Democrat had said. "The President could easily nominate somebody and you'd see Sen. Specter and me walking out of the Oval Office grinning ear to ear. It doesn't have to be a battle."
|BUSH'S NOMINEES TO THE SUPREME COURT|
|Lovable Nominee||What They Love|
CAR: 69 Malibu
When I dance, people think I'm looking for my keys
CAR: Mercedes 450 SL
Where do you get off listening to me?
CAR: Ford Focus
Sounds like you're having a mid-life crisis.
CAR: MB E 55
You don't know a monkey wrench from a monkey's ass.
Sometimes mother knows best, dear.
Sen. Ted Kennedy can't hide the look of panic.
Sen. Clinton: "I am sick and tired of Raymond!"
Sen. Patrick Leahy: "Do you see me grinning ear to ear? No. The country is divided more than ever."
With Senate Republicans hanging together with near unanimity in the tough judicial nomination fights, all eyes are now on Senate Democrats to see whether they can present a unified front to oppose this nomination. The first reaction from the Democrats was silence. Senator Ted Kennedy couldn't hide the look of panic on his face. Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Schumer, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee, spoke first: "I don't love Raymond. Nobody I know loves Raymond."
Democratic Leader Harry Reid expressed his firmly held belief that only a tiny percentage of American people, if any, ever really "loved" Raymond. While some moderate Democrats agreed that a few of them might find Raymond "tolerable," Sen. Hillary Clinton put an end to the discussion by shouting, "I am sick and tired of hearing that everybody loves Raymond. Nobody loves Raymond. In fact, everybody hates Raymond!" It is impossible to predict with any certainty which Democrats, if any, will stray from the party line after this remark.
Spontaneous protests erupted in several American cities with protesters burning effigies of Ray, Debra, Robert, Frank, and Marie - their signs reading "Everybody Hates Raymond" and "Raymond Go Home."
|Prompted by the controversy, the Pew Research Centre examined public opinion in ten predominantly blue states. "Anti-Raymond feelings in most parts of the country we surveyed seem pretty entrenched," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Center. "Only 2% of Americans surveyed admitted they loved Raymond. 1% respected him, 5% found him bearable, and 67% had no feelings towards him whatsoever."|
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Kommissar BettyHow did they get the name "Everybody Loves Raymond", if everyone really hates him?
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