Skip to comments.Democrats Tell President Bush: Don't Propose Judges Against Abortion
Posted on 11/13/2006 4:26:15 PM PST by wagglebee
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Now that the elections have given them control of the Senate, leading Democrats on judicial issues have a message for President Bush. They don't want him to send up for confirmation any judges who would be hostile to legalized abortion or they plan vote down or filibuster them.
Democrats now have 51 votes in the Senate and will likely have a slim one vote majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee when Congress starts its new session in January.
Though they technically have enough votes on the panel and in the Senate to defeat any Bush judicial pick, they may still have a tough time keeping their caucus together as some moderate Democrats joined a group of Republicans in making sure filibusters weren't used to hold up nominees.
But leading pro-abortion Democrats tell Bush he needs to pick someone without a record opposed to abortion in order to get judges -- especially for the Supreme Court -- confirmed in their Senate.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, told Newsday that Bush should nominate only "consensus" nominees.
Sen. Charles Schumer, of New York, was more strident and vowed to block any nominee he feels is too extreme on abortion.
"We will do everything in our power to see that that happens," he told Newsday, saying filibusters should be expected. He added that Bush "will have to negotiate with us, because we'll have the majority."
There are no current Supreme Court openings, but pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens, who was the subject of retirement speculations shortly before the elections, is 86 years-old and battling significant health problems.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, another abortion advocate is 73 years-old and has her own health concerns.
Had the GOP kept control of the Senate, the liberal judges may have waited to retire, but they could step down feeling that the chances they would be replaced by a less conservative judge are higher with Democrats heading up the chamber.
How Bush reacts to Democratic control may be seen in whether he chooses to re-nominate six conservative appeals court judges who have yet to be confirmed.
Should a Supreme Court opening develop closer to the 2008 presidential elections, that may put more pressure on Senate Democrats to hold off on confirming a replacement until afterwards.
Gee, what a shock. Hope the Catholics who turned to the rat party of death are pleased.
The Gang of 14 really screwed us.
Yeah, well thank John McCain. Thanks a heap.
Why so? The Dems now have a majority. It's more likely the GOP who will be filibustering.
The only possible strategy of the pro-lifers at this point is to harp on the most egredious abuses of abortion, and hopefully win back the high ground in this battle. Constantly remind folks that the Dems are in favor of partial birth abortions. Constantly point out the many failings of the judiciary.
Bah. You power is illusory, abortion pushers. The prolife wave will sweep your party clean of that foul position.
Babies must be sacrificed on the altar of liberalism, it is after all one of their sacraments.
Can't we still do it? I mean, those just elected aren't at the job yet.
Thanks to Frist, who is now GONE...and just why were the gutless Republicans afaid of the nuclear option? Did they think it may cost them the marjority? Not called the stupid party for no reason.
What is it that the GOP will be able to filibuster? Are you saying that the Republicans should filibuster Bush's nominees?
"Go forth and multiply."
Second - he should say, "Well, Senator Tester, Senator Casey, Senator Webb - your constituents voted for you because you weren't going to sign up for liberal baby killing nonsense. You can either obey your party and be exposed as having lied to the people who voted for you, or you can stick to the supposed principles you espouse and vote for my judges. Capiche?"
What is more hostile than piercing the back of a baby's neck and sucking out it's brains?
We still have time before the abort-a-babies take over.
But what about those pro-life Dems that were just elected? (end/sarcasm)
Yeah that was my thought. Also, those conservatives who wanted to send the GOP a message.
Most GOP politicians are afraid of their own shadow.
Isn't there a law that allows the president to appoint the judges he wants when the Congress and Senate are on recess? He doesn't need their approval?
No. But I am saying that they are more likely to filibuster Bush's nominees than the Dems are. They Dems will just vote them down. They are in control.
Wouldn't that have been nice? So many opportunities missed and blown. Thanks nadless GOP Senators. Thanks ego-McCainiac. Thanks butt-kisser Graham.
It wasn't in the mainstream news AT ALL until the Constitutional option was brought up.
Heck...on second thought forget it. There's not enough time to make use of it.
Isn't it nice to see comity and compromise in the Senate?
I'm sure we'll soon hear this little experiment in bipartisanship only applied to republican ruled congresses.......Now all bets are off.
Dems are suddenly pushing hard on all the issues they refused to talk about during the election.
Abortion, Gay rights, higher taxes, Surrender, etc,etc...
And the MEdia is utterly silent about it...
Recess appointments, baby!
No, Schumer, he doesn't have to negotiate with you. All he has to do, under the Constitution, is send his judicial nominations to the Senate. If you choose to reject them, leaving all sorts of courts without judges, that's up to you. If I were Bush, that's exactly how I'd play it, and let the public know who's responsible for all those judicial vacancies. Including the SCOTUS, if it comes to that.
But we know they won't.
That just wouldn't be nice.
Isn't that the truth.
The position stated is kind of an extrapolation of the nuances presented as illustrations in the essay. As such it is BS.
What Bush should do is turn this into farse. Line up about 20 good people willing to do this. Nominate a good conservative justice. Wait one week for the democrats to make fools of themselves and withdraw the nominee - democrats vetoed him. Bring up the next guy. Wait one week for the democratw to make fools of themselves........Repeat for 2 years.
I have no love for Frist, but I think the nuclear option was short-circuited by MeCain and his gang of 14. (rhymes with whore-team)
Gee, what a shock. Hope the Catholics who turned to the rat party of death are pleased.
I just don't understand how a Catholic can vote for a rat...surely, they know they all stand for abortion.
It's funny that all those liberals gave their comments to Newsday, the house organ of the Democrat Party.
Well, should one or both of these goodfellows go on to meet their maker, Bush might consider the following option:
Nominate the best constitutionalist available and when the RATs defeat him/her, leave the post vacant.
Memo to Dems -- blocking Supreme Court nominees won't be a winning proposition for 2008.
The blood will be on their hands, as well as any other who don't vote against them.
Shhhh! Don't tell them that!
LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED.
LORD, GOD, PLEASE SHOW YOURSELF MIGHTY ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT LIFE AND A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
PLEASE REMOVE FROM PUBLIC LIFE ASAP ALL MURDEROUS IDIOTS WHO REBELLIOUSLY DEFY YOU AND YOUR PRIORITIES.
May they fall in their own pit.
May their arrogance smear their crud all over their own faces.
May their insolence stab them in their own tender spots.
May their stupidity catch them in the most intense humiliations.
May their secret idiocies undo their smugness.
May their brazenness govern the degree of the exposure of their own evils.
May their pontifications be shown to be worse than the ravings of a physically brainless idiot.
May their power mongering land them in the tiniest of confinements with the least power over even the lowest around them. May the janitors and maids around them have power over them.
If possible and fitting because some shred of them seeks you, please save their souls. But, Lord, Please save our land from their evils, as well. Remove them from public life with great noise and publicity on a par with all their lies and evil noise.
In Jesus' Name.
May all who feel in agreement join in a similar prayer of agreement.
The most important vacancy is one the Gang of 14 has no control over--the next vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The Democrats may have majority....a one seat majority! And let's not assume all are in lockstep in this!
Yup...that's a big part of why DeWhiner lost in Ohio.....voting as a Democrat so often that he was an embarassment. (With Sherrod Brown, you KNOW how he'll be...since he's basically a communist).
You forgot to thank the stay at home - teach the GOP a lesson voters. Bush got two good conservative judges in spite of the people you mentioned because we had majority. Now we don't have a prayer.
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