Skip to comments.Schumer says No More Judges for Bush
Posted on 07/31/2007 4:13:21 AM PDT by monomaniac
Schumer says No More Judges for Bush
By Peter J. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Bush can expect to make no more Supreme Court judicial appointments "except in extraordinary circumstances" according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
"We should reverse the presumption of confirmation. The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance," Schumer said Friday at the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. "We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito."
Schumer and other Democrats fear that another justice like Justice Alito could presage the demise of Roe v. Wade and lead to a decidedly 6-3 conservative court, instead of the current 5-4 court, with Justice Anthony Kennedy often acting as a wild card.
Schumer says that he regrets the confirmation of Alito to the Supreme Court, since his replacement of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has tipped the Court's precarious 5-4 split more towards the conservative side. Schumer called it one of the "greatest failings" of his career as a senator and claimed President Bush "hoodwinked" Senate Democrats into allowing a vote on Alito.
"Alito shouldn't have been confirmed," Schumer said. "I should have done a better job. My colleagues said we didn't have the votes, but I think we should have twisted more arms and done more."
Justice Samuel Alito's confirmation process is, however, already considered to have been one of the most grueling gone through by any Supreme Court nominee. His confirmation proceeded after arm-twisting from Sen. Ted Kennedy forced Mrs. Alito to break down in tears at the judicial hearings, creating a public embarrassment for the Democratic party.
President Bush may still have the opportunity to fill another vacancy on the court, since Justice John Paul Stevens is 87, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 74. However, since both justices are pro-abortion and leftist, they are likely, barring ill health or sudden death, to attempt to hold off retirement until the election of a Democratic President.
Better yet, how about no more Schumer for US.
5-4 is “dangerously out of balance” ???
Of course, that’s assuming a democrat wins the White House next year. How long can those two oldsters “hang on” when Fred Thompson will probably serve eight years as president?
A quick toss of a banana peel in John Paul and Ruth’s path would take care of this little problem.
Only a court packed with leftist loonies would be "in balance" according to idiots like Schumer.
This attitude just proves how far left and radical the Democratic party has become. 25 years ago, an appointment of a sound, intelligent man like Alito would not have ruffled any feathers on either side of the aisle. Now, unless an appointee tows the radical liberal line, he is see by the Demoncrats as unfit.
I sure hope that the GoP metes out as much resistance on judges as the Dems did, if Hillary gets elected.
Given what Chucklehead said, I wonder if there is any connection between him and his minions (don't forget the criminal acts by his staffers) and the fact that Chief Justice Roberts had an "accident."
If Stevens retires or dies, then naturally he must be replaced with someone liberal like he is - there can be no other choice. Unbelievable!
The Senate and House are dangerously out of balance.
I didn’t realize Stevens was 87, you would think he would have retired long ago. There was a Republican mistake appointing him, before my time but Ford surely messed up with him. Schumer will do a “weekend at bernies” on Stevens if he has to, in order to keep abortion legal. Shoomy is scared to death Bush will get another appointee and end this dark stain on our nation’s conscience.
Don't hold your breath. Republicans believe in the Constitution, Democrats don't.
Hopefully the voters won’t get stupid and vote D in 2008..
What I don’t understand is that Schumer has a problem with Ginsberg. I thought she was his type.
The GOP will fold, surrender, and grovel before any confrontation.
Have we not learned the hard way that the dead and the virtual
perform their function better than the GOP.
And the Dems claim that W is power hungry.
They did during the last year of the Clinton administration. But they weren't as blatant about it, nor did they come out and say they wouldn't confirm a Supreme Court justice.
In any case, President Bush can always recess appoint judges if necessary. If a Republican wins in 2008 then they can be renominated.
i’m more than than tired of democraps that are constantly working against the united states.
at the same time i’m tired of defending republicans that don’t seem to have the will to stand up for themselves.
The object of appointing the justices for life and the President making the nomination was to secure an unbiased, non political minded court to interpret the Constitution for ALL people of the USA.
The idea that a court would even consider "murdering" babies as a proper interpretation of the Constitution is absurd.
LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is the "Order" of our God given rights. To say I have the freedom to murder the life of another living human being in my womb is to deny that living human being all rights. Absurd!
Just like the Dems are doing with Senator Johnson from South Dakota, who has been out of action since suffering a stroke last summer!
This is actually a pretty fascinating admission by one of the lead Democrat junkyard dogs that Bush, the alleged moron of the WH, misled the brilliant thinkers on the left!!
It is to laugh!! Notice how Democrats are increasingly becoming the "do-over" party!!???
Especially when there is a camera around.
Schumer lies. He knew who Roberts and Alito were, and couldn’t find an excuse or the votes to block them. He doesn’t want balance, he wants nine Ginsburgs. If it wasn’t for demagoguery, he wouldn’t have a job.
I wish someone could explain to me what the state law says in this event. I have yet to see how this is even reasonably plausible or legal for the constituents of that district. If it was a conservative, the Dems would be screaming bloody murder and filing lawsuits.
This guy is dangerous.
People like Chuckey should not be allowed to participate in public life ~ send him back.
Umm, Mr. Schumer, can you please cite the Constitutional basis or historical precedent for attempting to maintain some ideological balance in the Supreme Court? Or are you just a hyper-partisan hack with no substantive ideas whatsoever?
No more cameras for Chuckie.
Who the hell does he think he is? This is one arrogant, pompous ass. I say to him: “No more paychecks for him until he gets some work done instead of doing nothing but bashing the President and Judges the President puts up there. Then maybe he can have his paycheck becuase h e finally did some work for a change.” I’m sick of these self serving arrogant holier than thou people like Schumer. No wonder people get sick...the garbage they have to go through during confirmation hearings and the like from these sour old windbags would make anyone sick. Schumer better pray for a better heart. He’s nasty. It’s his way or the highway. What a giant loser
Schumer has just admitted his intent to subvert the Constitutional process (what a shock!?) and should be considered for censure in the Senate — and impeachment if he pursues this course of action without cause.
Fat chance that will happen. The Liberals are intent on causing a “Constitutional crisis” in order to further erode (or completely destroy) those rights reserved to the states and to the people, so that they may obtain ALL power ingoverning the affairs of the United States.
According to Liberals at this point in our history the position of the “loyal opposition” is foolish and dangerous. Beware the rise of Queen Hillary I — aka Chancellor Hitlery Rodham.
They gave Ruth “Buzzy” Ginsberg a pass. I don’t see anything changing with our Senatewimps.
Schumer would dig up Thurgood Marshall and confirm him, if he could. “Throw out yer’ liberal brains, we need more liberal brains” Schumer has been heard shouting under the windows of hospices in New York. Rolling his cart slowly, and desperately searching the streets before dawn, he hopes to find a morning’s catch of abbey normals.
Albie worote:”A quick toss of a banana peel in John Paul and Ruths path would take care of this little problem.”
Yeh, and who died and made Chucky God?
Chucky ain’t god, but Bush has to send his apponitees through Chucky to get ‘em approved. Unless he tries the “Recess Appointment’ end run again.
Ha ha, ya think????
Fearless prediction (and you read it here first):
If the Pubbies _do_ put up resistance to Hillary's court picks, watch the 'rats roll out "the nuclear option", and make it stick.
With one "modification":
Any 'rat imposition of The Nuclear Option in the Senate will self-expire at the end of the current Senate term, so it could never be used by a _Republican_ Senate.
Republicans play softball (and throw like girls), Democrats play hardball.
Remember, GOP stands for "Gutless Old Party."
True enough, but we all know that the 'Pubbies are the "Doormat Party" and lack the spine or the Constitutional principles to actually stand up to the Dems.
Just won't happen!