No Parade for Kennedy

 Posted by at 1:19 pm  Politics
Dec 162017

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve seen me slam Republican after Republican for heinous behavior, especially in my Republicans on Parade Series.  However, if I did not credit Republicans, on those very rare occasions that I see one doing something praiseworthy, I’d be as hypocritical as a Republican.  Therefor I have no parade for Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), at least not for this.


In a hearing this week for six of President Trump’s judicial nominees, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) simply humiliated one of the potential judges. He asked Matthew Spencer Petersen a few questions that should be basic for anyone working in law. Yet Petersen, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and a nominee to the U.S. District Court for D.C., not to mention a graduate of the University of Virginia law school, was stuck. The key exchange—over his understanding of a motion in limine and a few other legal terms—went viral.

“Do you know what a motion in limine is?” the senator asked.

“[M]y background is not in litigation…I haven’t had to, again, do a deep dive,” Petersen said.

“Yes, I’ve read your resume,” Kennedy replied. “Just for the record, do you know what a motion in limine is?”

“I would probably not be able to give you a good definition right here at the table,” Petersen said.

This is not the first time Sen. Kennedy has publicly challenged Trump’s wave of judicial nominees, many of whom are controversial and some of whom have been deemed not qualified by the American Bar Association, but most of whom have largely received a rubber stamp of approval from Republicans as they move through the confirmation process. Kennedy in fact is the only Republican to have voted against one of Trump’s judicial nominees so far. But there are a number of other ways he’s drawn attention to some of the most questionable, headline-grabbing people that Trump has nominated to the federal bench…

Inserted from <Mother Jones>

I’m not even a lawyer, but even I know that a motion in limine is a motion, with no jury present, to exclude evidence.  Almost every trial has them.

Here’s video.

Kudos to Kennedy.

You have to give Trump credit for consistence.  His judicial nominees are every bit as competent as he is.



  10 Responses to “No Parade for Kennedy”

  1. Giggle!  And when Senator Whitehouse (D, RI) tweeted the video, his comment was: “Hoo-boy!”  Thanks, TC.

  2. Boy, this was a great hearing, imho. lol

    Can’t wait to see what Andy B says about this one………;-)

  3. I saw part of this vid yesterday when I was cruising about and was totally thunderstruck at Petersen’s incompetence.  Really, incompetent does not even begin to describe this idiot.  I wondered if he had ever been to law school.  I sure do hope that the committee does not rubber stamp this one!

    Perhaps Petersen is the one who needs a parade for having the temerity to stand for a job for which he is totally unqualified and unfit!

  4. Where does this fool get these ignorant nominees? Doesn’t he know that judges need to have SOME kind of working knowledge of how a trial goes? Unfrigginbelievable! NO courtroom experience, whatsoever!!!! If people were able to get jobs with the amount of experience that tRump tries to put them in, we would NOT even know what a REAL trial is supposed to look like!

  5. He wants incompetents in positions of authority so he can tell them what to do.

  6. At least two other of Drumpf’s nominations stalled this week because similar concerns were raised, So John Kennedy isn’t the only Republican who thinks Drumpf is making a mockery out of these nominations and who are sick and tired of being taken for a fool. Wish more of them were “just doing their job” as Kennedy called it, and not just nodding approval because Drumpf says so. It is so disrespectful to sitting judges that it wouldn’t surprise me if they would get together and send the White House a letter of grievance or write a book together like the psychiatrists did.

  7. Thanks all.  Pooped hugs! 33

  8. I heard about this from a friend.  It is my opinion that tDump is getting the names of these incompetents with the “right” perspective for him from places like the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, Koch boys organizations.

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