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Democrats Tell President Bush: Don't Propose Judges Against Abortion
Life News ^ | 11/13/06 | Steven Ertelt

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.


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How differently things would have been if Frist had used the nuclear/Constitutional option last year.
1 posted on 11/13/2006 4:26:17 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; Mr. Silverback; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


2 posted on 11/13/2006 4:26:50 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Gee, what a shock. Hope the Catholics who turned to the rat party of death are pleased.


3 posted on 11/13/2006 4:28:06 PM PST by ladyinred (RIP my precious Lamb Chop)
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To: wagglebee

The Gang of 14 really screwed us.


4 posted on 11/13/2006 4:28:19 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: wagglebee

Yeah, well thank John McCain. Thanks a heap.


5 posted on 11/13/2006 4:28:23 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


6 posted on 11/13/2006 4:29:51 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee

Bah. You power is illusory, abortion pushers. The prolife wave will sweep your party clean of that foul position.


7 posted on 11/13/2006 4:29:53 PM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: wagglebee

Babies must be sacrificed on the altar of liberalism, it is after all one of their sacraments.


8 posted on 11/13/2006 4:30:21 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: wagglebee

Can't we still do it? I mean, those just elected aren't at the job yet.


9 posted on 11/13/2006 4:30:33 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: DoughtyOne

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.


10 posted on 11/13/2006 4:30:54 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Re:Terrorists: Realize that it has nothing to do with what we have done but with what they want.)
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To: Brilliant

What is it that the GOP will be able to filibuster? Are you saying that the Republicans should filibuster Bush's nominees?


11 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:22 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
The President should have a two part reply. First -


"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?"

Regards, Ivan

12 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:42 PM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: wagglebee
They don't want him to send up for confirmation any judges who would be hostile to legalized abortion

What is more hostile than piercing the back of a baby's neck and sucking out it's brains?

13 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:48 PM PST by DrewsDad (PIERCE the EARMARKS)
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To: wagglebee
Why would he do what they say? Nominate a conservative...they say no. Nominate a more conservative...they say no. Nominate even more conservative....they say no.........how long can they go saying no? Make them do it.

MAKE THEM DO IT! I do NOT believe they will turn down nominee after nominee after nominee. I don't think they can sustain it. It will become the dominant issue on the news.......MAKE THEM DO IT!

Make my day....vote down judge after judge after judge....do it Democrats. I dare ya. We can keep nominating a new one over and over again for two years if thats what you want to do.

Anyway...if it was me thats what I would do.
14 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:50 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: colorado tanker

We still have time before the abort-a-babies take over.


15 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:50 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: wagglebee

But what about those pro-life Dems that were just elected? (end/sarcasm)


16 posted on 11/13/2006 4:31:55 PM PST by dawn53
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To: ladyinred

Yeah that was my thought. Also, those conservatives who wanted to send the GOP a message.


17 posted on 11/13/2006 4:32:02 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: greyfoxx39
and just why were the gutless Republicans afaid of the nuclear option?

Most GOP politicians are afraid of their own shadow.

18 posted on 11/13/2006 4:32:04 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: wagglebee

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?


19 posted on 11/13/2006 4:32:12 PM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


20 posted on 11/13/2006 4:32:42 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: wagglebee
How differently things would have been if Frist had used the nuclear/Constitutional option last year.

Wouldn't that have been nice? So many opportunities missed and blown. Thanks nadless GOP Senators. Thanks ego-McCainiac. Thanks butt-kisser Graham.

21 posted on 11/13/2006 4:33:18 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Arkinsaw

It wasn't in the mainstream news AT ALL until the Constitutional option was brought up.


22 posted on 11/13/2006 4:33:25 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: colorado tanker

Heck...on second thought forget it. There's not enough time to make use of it.


23 posted on 11/13/2006 4:33:37 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: wagglebee

Isn't it nice to see comity and compromise in the Senate?


24 posted on 11/13/2006 4:33:44 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: wagglebee
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.

I'm sure we'll soon hear this little experiment in bipartisanship only applied to republican ruled congresses.......Now all bets are off.

25 posted on 11/13/2006 4:34:05 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and Apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Brilliant

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...


26 posted on 11/13/2006 4:34:13 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: wagglebee

Recess appointments, baby!


27 posted on 11/13/2006 4:34:53 PM PST by ShandaLear (Perfect People Need Support, too.)
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To: wagglebee
He added that Bush "will have to negotiate with us, because we'll have the majority."

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.

28 posted on 11/13/2006 4:34:57 PM PST by Argus (Silver Lining in the Democrat Takeover Top Ten List #6: The gay weddings will be fabulous.)
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To: wagglebee
I thought some of the new Democrat Senators were "pro-life"--Casey of PA comes to mind, and he was chosen specifically because he was supposed to negate the abortion issue against Santorum.

So the Democrats plan to force them to vote against pro-life justice candidates?
29 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:01 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: wagglebee
Well, the GOP senators could filibuster any and all legislation sent to the senate from the now-Democrat House, taking a page from the senate Dems of the last few years.

But we know they won't.

That just wouldn't be nice.

30 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:03 PM PST by daler (The best things in life...aren't "things.")
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To: ladyinred

Isn't that the truth.


31 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:03 PM PST by Howlin
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To: wagglebee

The position stated is kind of an extrapolation of the nuances presented as illustrations in the essay. As such it is BS.


32 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:13 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: wagglebee

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.


33 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:15 PM PST by DManA
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To: greyfoxx39

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)


34 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:20 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: ladyinred

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.


35 posted on 11/13/2006 4:35:45 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: wagglebee

It's funny that all those liberals gave their comments to Newsday, the house organ of the Democrat Party.


36 posted on 11/13/2006 4:36:12 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: wagglebee
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.

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.

37 posted on 11/13/2006 4:36:16 PM PST by evad
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To: wagglebee

Memo to Dems -- blocking Supreme Court nominees won't be a winning proposition for 2008.


38 posted on 11/13/2006 4:36:19 PM PST by tdewey10 (Can we please take out iran's nuclear capability before they start using it?)
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To: wagglebee

The blood will be on their hands, as well as any other who don't vote against them.


39 posted on 11/13/2006 4:36:45 PM PST by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: tdewey10

Shhhh! Don't tell them that!


40 posted on 11/13/2006 4:37:25 PM PST by Kylie_04 (not consuming liquids while posting since 2006)
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To: wagglebee
It wasn't in the mainstream news AT ALL until the Constitutional option was brought up.

The President has a bully pulpit...if he wanted he could make a big deal out of it every time they turn one down.
41 posted on 11/13/2006 4:37:59 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: wagglebee; All

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.


42 posted on 11/13/2006 4:38:02 PM PST by Quix (LET GOD ARISE AND HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED. LET ISRAEL CALL ON GOD AS THEIRS! & ISLAM FLUSH ITSELF)
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To: wagglebee
What arrogant a$$ bags. If I were president I would nominate progressively MORE conservative judges each time they shot one down.
43 posted on 11/13/2006 4:38:20 PM PST by Boiling point (My tag line is grounded for misbehaving.)
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To: MadIvan
The problem is that the Judiciary Committee can prevent the rest of the Senate from getting to vote. A few thousand votes in two states (Montana and Virginia) and the Republicans would still have a majority in the Senate.

The most important vacancy is one the Gang of 14 has no control over--the next vacancy on the Supreme Court.

44 posted on 11/13/2006 4:38:47 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: MadIvan
I wonder if the RATs know enough about their French heritage to realize that pic is about the worst insult you could give a French"man".

Great find.

45 posted on 11/13/2006 4:39:12 PM PST by steveegg (UNNNGGGHHH!!!!! Seeking a new state, will travel.)
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To: rjp2005
I'll take GOD and his help over anything else. dims only have satan and howard dean... has anyone ever seen satan and howard together??? Hmmmmmm...

LLS
46 posted on 11/13/2006 4:39:22 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: wagglebee
Let's not get too excited!

The Democrats may have majority....a one seat majority! And let's not assume all are in lockstep in this!

47 posted on 11/13/2006 4:39:47 PM PST by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (You have a Republic, if you can keep it! -- Ben Franklin)
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To: Brilliant
"It's more likely the GOP who will be filibustering."

Bill Frist and company leading a filibuster? I bet you believe in the Easter Bunny too.
48 posted on 11/13/2006 4:40:04 PM PST by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: colorado tanker
"The Gang of 14 really screwed us."

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).

49 posted on 11/13/2006 4:40:26 PM PST by traditional1
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To: beaversmom
Thanks nadless GOP Senators. Thanks ego-McCainiac. Thanks butt-kisser Graham.

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.

50 posted on 11/13/2006 4:40:33 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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