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Reid claims O'Connor had no previous judicial experience
PoliFacts ^ | 051110 | PoliFacts

Posted on 05/12/2010 10:52:27 AM PDT by Fred

In a recent Senate floor speech, Democratic Leader Harry Reid likened Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to another woman who sat on the court, Sandra Day O'Connor.

"One of my favorite Supreme Court Justices in recent years has been Sandra Day O’Connor, not because she’s a Republican, but because she was a good judge. I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience," Reid said on May 11, 2010.

He pointed out that O'Connor served in the Arizona state legislature, giving her a different perspective on legal matters.

"I think Solicitor General Kagan will bring a lot of those same views ... to the bench. That is, she has fresh ideas, she's been out in the real world recently," Reid said.

Indeed, before taking a role in Obama's administration, Kagan was the dean of Harvard Law School, a law professor and an advisor to former President Bill Clinton. Prior to that, she served as a clerk for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. But Kagan has never been a judge, something her critics are quick to point out.

O'Connor, who retired from the court 2005, also had a variety of jobs, serving as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California, and as an Arizona state senator.

But unlike Kagan, O'Connor had been a judge.

In 1975, O'Connor was elected a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, where she served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, according to her biography on the U.S. Supreme Court Web site. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated O'Connor to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

We asked Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, if we were missing something, and he wrote that Reid had simply misspoken.

So, O'Connor had six years of judicial experience before she was nominated for a seat on the highest court. We find Reid's claim to be False.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: harryreid; kagan; nevada; oconnor; reid; scotus
What is wrong with this guy.
1 posted on 05/12/2010 10:52:27 AM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred

The rats are colossal liars.


2 posted on 05/12/2010 10:53:36 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: Fred

Reid is found a liar and that surprises anybody?


3 posted on 05/12/2010 10:53:54 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Is he a liar or an idiot. Or better yet, and idiotic liar?


4 posted on 05/12/2010 10:55:42 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (This nation, of the people, by the people, and for the people has perished from the land.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I think he is SENILE.


5 posted on 05/12/2010 10:57:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Rule #1...It isn’t a lie as long as a Democrat said it. He only “misspoke”.


6 posted on 05/12/2010 10:58:13 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Vermont Lt

reid could play the lead in Dumb and Dumber...


7 posted on 05/12/2010 10:58:33 AM PDT by Post5203 (Let's make election 2010 EJECTION 2010. Time for a complete do-over.)
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To: Fred

“I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience”

Huh? It might be true of, say, Senators that no prior experience is a plus, or at least a push. But judging actually require competence. It’s not like judges can have other people write their opinions for them and vote on cases without ever reading anything.


8 posted on 05/12/2010 10:59:04 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

“It’s not like judges can have other people write their opinions for them and vote on cases without ever reading anything.”

Actually, they probably could, but people wouldn’t let it slide as easily.


9 posted on 05/12/2010 11:00:14 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Fred

What is wrong with Reid? There is no enough broadband in all of FR for us to discuss that. But if we wanted to try, we could codify some statements so we could just reference them by number. For example, 1 is “He is really stupid liar.” 2 could be, “His idiocy is acting up again.” 3 could be, “He’s morally corrupt, and he’s on the take.” And so on and so forth.


10 posted on 05/12/2010 11:01:40 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Is Obama an Irish, Italian or Japanese name?)
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To: Fred
I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience," Reid said on May 11, 2010.

Lying. It's what the Dems do. It's in their DNA.

In my many decades, I've known quite a few pathological and compulsive liars. Among their differences, they all shared one identical trait. They were miserable.

Chronic liars are the unhappiest people on the earth (and they do love to spread their misery.)

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11 posted on 05/12/2010 11:04:03 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Sen. Reid Reports Suffering Mild Stroke Archive

A couple of years back, Reid had a stroke. The claim was that it was a TIA. I think Reid is still having these little strokes, most likely, on blood thinners. It appears his over paid staff is running the show, ergo, the gaffe a day from Harry.
12 posted on 05/12/2010 11:06:13 AM PDT by Fred (Vote for a REID FREE NEVADA....)
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To: Fred
I'm guessing Reid's "crack staff" saw that O'Connor had no federal judicial experience and either just assumed she had none at all, or didn't get that info across to the boss man correctly.
13 posted on 05/12/2010 11:07:51 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Fred
We asked Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, if we were missing something, and he wrote that Reid had simply misspoken.

Misspoken, my buttocks. He lied.

14 posted on 05/12/2010 11:10:11 AM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: Fred

The SCOTUS is all Harvard and Yale.


15 posted on 05/12/2010 11:11:22 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Fred

He’d lie even if the truth sounded better...


16 posted on 05/12/2010 11:11:52 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Fred

And look how well that turned out.


17 posted on 05/12/2010 11:17:16 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Vermont Lt
"...Is he a liar or an idiot..?"

That's what I'm thinking. Phacker probably really didn't know.

18 posted on 05/12/2010 11:22:13 AM PDT by skimbell (A vote for a democrat is a vote against America.)
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To: Fred

The rats are used to not having anyone check on their claims so they have no problem making outrageous ones to fit their particular situation.

With the availability of the “new media” the Left has been put in a very bad position of having to tell the truth or pay the price. We all know Democrats could never get elected if they actually ran on what they believed, hence their ever ongoing lies.


19 posted on 05/12/2010 11:30:20 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: Fred
From Wikipedia In 1975, she was elected judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court (Arizona) and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals by Democratic Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. During her time in the Arizona state government, she served in all three of its branches.

I'd call Reid an idiot but that wouldn't be fair to idiots.

20 posted on 05/12/2010 11:31:33 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Fred
We asked Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, if we were missing something, and he wrote that Reid had simply misspoken.

I recall the media FIRESTORM when Dan Quayle followed a teacher's explicit (if erroneous) spelling of 'potatoe' in a 6th grade spelling bee. In very recent memory I have seen the Senate Majority Leader make error after error from mis-voting on the (anti)Health Bill to things like this yet our compliant, complacent, conniving & cooperative MSM barely goes beyond the obligatory mention and "moving on ..." motions. Biased POS on both sides of this story's reporting!

21 posted on 05/12/2010 11:50:35 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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