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GOP delegates eye Nov. 4 high court effect
MSNBC ^ | September 3, 2008 | Tom Curry

Posted on 09/07/2008 11:47:05 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

“Thanks W!” proclaims the lapel button some delegates to the Republican convention are sporting this week in St. Paul.

Smiling from that button: Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.

A group of conservative activists and GOP delegates got together in Minneapolis Tuesday on the sidelines of the convention to focus on the election’s highest stakes — as in the highest court in the land.

“Elections do have consequences,” said ex-senator Mike DeWine from Ohio, who was booted from his Senate seat in 2006.

Yes, it was a humdrum truism.

But the defeated DeWine himself exemplified the fact that the Republicans will likely be unable to stop Sen. Barack Obama, if he's elected president, from doing what President Bush did with his nominations of Roberts and Alito: staffing the high court with relatively young justices who reflect his views.

Still serving in 2043? Roberts is likely to serve until 2043 if he is on the high court as long as the senior justice, John Paul Stevens, 88, has been.

“Justice Alito and Justice Roberts being on the Supreme Court are two entirely different people than would have been on the Supreme Court if the Democratic nominee (John Kerry) had won (in 2004),” DeWine reminded his fellow Republicans. “Very, very, very different.”

If some conservatives are doubtful about McCain, then McCain pals such as DeWine can argue there’s a compelling reason to vote for him.

“The next president, whoever he is, will really determine where the United States Supreme Court is going in the next few decades. And more and more people understand that as I travel around,” DeWine said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008rncconvention; bushlegacy; dewine; issues; judiciary; mccain; mccainpalin; robertscourt; scotus; swingstates

1 posted on 09/07/2008 11:47:06 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Damn straight.


2 posted on 09/07/2008 11:50:17 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

This is perhaps the most important aspect of this election. Will we have a Surpreme Court which follows the Constitution and otherwise stays out of the political arena, or will we have a court of liberals who use the Court to impose leftist policies that could never be passed in the political process?


3 posted on 09/07/2008 11:50:19 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I can’t help but think Gang of 14.


4 posted on 09/07/2008 11:52:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: cripplecreek

The Gang of 14 wasn’t all that bad. They got Janice Rogers Brown, Pricilla Owen, and others cleared through the Senate, and seriously undermined the DemocRATS ability fo filibuster judicial nominees. Granted, we lost a few good nominees in the process, but we gained a lot, too.


5 posted on 09/07/2008 12:02:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The thought of McCain nominating judges scares me. The thought of godbama nominating judges scares me to death.


6 posted on 09/07/2008 12:17:10 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: cripplecreek
I can’t help but think Gang of 14.

I can't help but think Sarah Palin, oh ye of little faith.
7 posted on 09/07/2008 12:21:54 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: freeangel

Are we talking about the same man who nominated Sarah Palin for VP? Cut him some slack.


8 posted on 09/07/2008 12:22:39 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Norman Bates

Yep—We are talking about the gang of ten, reach across the aisle and I’ll nominate democrats McCain.


9 posted on 09/07/2008 12:24:42 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: freeangel

Yeah, McCain will nominate maybe two token Democrats to his cabinet. And Lieberman will be Sec of State or Defense.

So what? It’s a crowd pleaser with little meaning.


10 posted on 09/07/2008 12:27:10 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Since the court is composed of seven Republican-nominated “justices,” and only two who were Dem-nominated, and they’re still all a bunch of legal positivists who don’t understand the simple meaning of a simple word like “person,” it’s hard for me to be scare-mongered in this regard.


11 posted on 09/07/2008 12:57:18 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: EternalVigilance
EternalVigilance said: "... it’s hard for me to be scare-mongered in this regard."

Five out of seven Republican appointed Justices voted to uphold our Second Amendment rights in Heller. Neither of the two Democrat appointees were in the majority.

It's not scare-mongering to suggest that Democrat appointments jeopardize our freedoms.

12 posted on 09/07/2008 4:42:07 PM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: freeangel

I don’t think you need to worry here. McCain will nominate pro-life judges.


13 posted on 09/07/2008 4:52:11 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: William Tell

It’s also completely factual to point out to you that John McCain also threatens our freedoms. Comprende?


14 posted on 09/07/2008 5:02:40 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: Salvation
McCain will nominate pro-life judges.

Not if Uncle Teddy doesn't let him.

15 posted on 09/07/2008 5:03:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: EternalVigilance
EternalVigilance said: "John McCain also threatens our freedoms."

ALL government threatens our freedoms. But I'm not sure how accurate or helpful it is to suggest that there isn't a world of difference between McCain and Obama.

16 posted on 09/07/2008 5:27:18 PM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: William Tell
ALL government threatens our freedoms.

That's ridiculous. All government does not threaten our freedoms. In the American sense, all government exists to protect God-given, unalienable rights, by the consent of the governed.

John McCain disdains that sort of goverment, and it isn't hard to prove.

If anything "isn't helpful," it is your attempt to cover John McCain's perfidy with "everybody does it" argumentation.

17 posted on 09/07/2008 5:37:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: EternalVigilance
EternalVigilance said: If anything "isn't helpful," it is your attempt to cover John McCain's perfidy with "everybody does it" argumentation.

Fine. Vote for Obama. Encourage your family and friends to vote for Obama. Because there just isn't any difference between the candidates. In fact, perhaps you don't even need to vote at all. Why waste your time?

18 posted on 09/07/2008 5:45:34 PM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: William Tell
Fine. Vote for Obama. Encourage your family and friends to vote for Obama.

No thanks. Unlike you, I don't vote for liberals, and neither do any of my family members or friends.

Because there just isn't any difference between the candidates.

Oh, there's a difference. It's just that both cyanide and strychnine will kill you if you drink them.

In fact, perhaps you don't even need to vote at all. Why waste your time?

Oh, I'll vote all right.

19 posted on 09/07/2008 5:50:22 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: EternalVigilance
EternalVigilance said: "Oh, I'll vote all right. "

Care to say for whom you will vote and why?

20 posted on 09/07/2008 6:09:35 PM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: William Tell

I’ll be writing in Alan Keyes on my ballot.

Why? Because in my well-informed opinion he is the most qualified, capable and prepared man to lead my country.


21 posted on 09/07/2008 8:56:50 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: William Tell
Since you're flying the California flag, I should mention that Alan Keyes will be on your ballot, as the nominee of the American Independent Party. No write-in necessary.

The American Independent Party is now affiliated with America's Independent Party nationally.

I'm the Chairman of the latter.

22 posted on 09/07/2008 9:05:34 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Don't talk about God, Life, Liberty, Borders or the IRS, and you'll do fine in the McCain GOP)
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To: EternalVigilance

Stevens was Ford.......

Souter we know was a mistake. Bush though a cypher woudl get through easy, didn’t know he was a liberal. McCain actually opposed him.

Look at the last 3 and compare them with Ginsburg.


23 posted on 09/08/2008 2:31:39 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

McCain: Aides who are rich will be asked to make $1/yr salary
Yahoo | 9/7/2008 | Mike Allen
Posted on 09/07/2008 9:45:21 AM PDT by demoskowitz
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2076728/posts


24 posted on 09/19/2008 6:32:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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