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Monday, January 09, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You Sen. Coburn

Here's the full Coburn quote that puzzled those of us listening to the Alito hearings. I've read it twice now and I see what he's getting at (sort of, anyway): the Court has been all over the map in terms of what is or is not entitled to privacy protections, for various reasons. At least, I think that is what he means. But the whole sodomy versus prostitutes thing is just weird. I'm just saying.

Anyway, here's the full passage:
How is it that we have a right of privacy and due process to do that but you don't have the right, as rejected unanimously by the Supreme Court in 1997, to take your own life in assisted suicide?

COBURN: You know, how is it that we have sodomy protected under that due process but prostitution unprotected? It's schizophrenic. And the reason it's schizophrenic is there's no foundation for it whatsoever other than a falsely created foundation that is in error.

I don't know if we'll ever change that. It's a measure of our society.

But the fact is that you can't claim, in this Senate hearing, to care for those that are underprivileged, to those that are at risk, to those that are vulnerable, to those that are weak, to those that suffer and, at the same time, say I don't care about those who have been ripped from the wombs of women and the complications that have come about throughout that.

So, the debate, for the American public -- and the real debate here is about Roe.
Am I wrong, here? Is there some other hidden meaning other than Tom Coburn would like Roe overturned and he's willing to talk about whatever else he needs to talk about to do it? No litmus test for him, though. Nuh uh.

The WaPo has helpfully put up the full transcript of today's proceedings. (Hat tip to reader SaltinWound for the heads up on the transcripts -- most helpful.)

Update: John from Crooks & Liars has the rather amazing video of the Coburn outburst.