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Does Scalia belong at Bachmann sessions?
StarTribune.com ^ | 1/24/11 | Kevin Diaz

Posted on 01/24/2011 5:31:18 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., raised a few eyebrows last fall when she announced plans to hold "Conservative Constitutional Seminars" for arriving members of the new GOP-controlled House.

But the decision of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to speak at the first class on Monday has raised legal hackles about his participation in what turns out to be a closed-door event in conjunction with Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus.

One of the most outspoken critics is University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush. Painter notes that Bachmann is among 63 House members who filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by more than two dozen states challenging President Obama's health care overhaul. The case could easily end up before the Supreme Court.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: antoninscalia; bachmann; michelebachmann; scalia
A good question.

Well above my pay grade.

Anybody??

1 posted on 01/24/2011 5:31:20 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: pissant

Ping...


2 posted on 01/24/2011 5:32:07 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Who knew that these leftists had legal hackles?


3 posted on 01/24/2011 5:34:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Does SCOTUS even belong at Barry’s Big SOTU Show? The SOTU Show is a political shindig. Barry’s Big 2010 SOTU Show was proof that SCOTUS should not be there. IMHO.


4 posted on 01/24/2011 5:35:18 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where were all these calls for "civility" when Bush was president?)
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To: Cicero

What cant have open public law questions? huh huh!! please lifes to short lets get this right


5 posted on 01/24/2011 5:35:52 PM PST by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Scalia will need to recuse himself in any matters dealing with the Constitution due to it being discussed at any of these sessions.

Sarcasm so thick I could cut it.

Idiot fool commies...


6 posted on 01/24/2011 5:36:36 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I would guess that he is going to teach the Constitution from his point of view, that is enough to rattle those “progressives” that see it as THEIR JOB to spread propaganda. I say appeal it to the USSC, see what they say. Personally, I think it is refreshing that a USSC sitting Justice is brave enough to show his thoughts publicly. This stands in sharp contrast to the lying and hiding of ideals that goes on when they are nominated.


7 posted on 01/24/2011 5:36:49 PM PST by runninglips (Don't support the Republican party, work to "fundamentally change" it...conservative would be nice)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Painter is FOS. The meeting is open to all congress critters and Justices give speeches and seminars all the time.


8 posted on 01/24/2011 5:37:00 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Issa better step it up. We won. Can we start delving into the corruption and fraud committed against the American people by the democrats......please?


9 posted on 01/24/2011 5:38:28 PM PST by dforest
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It is a common occurrence for USSC Justices to address meetings of members of Congress. I am unaware of congresscritters who do not support legislation.


10 posted on 01/24/2011 5:39:59 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Scalia should be administering US Constitution comprehension exams to all ‘critters. Those who flunk don’t get to vote.


11 posted on 01/24/2011 5:41:27 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"Does SCOTUS even belong at Barry’s Big SOTU Show?"

Only if they are putting together a "to do" list.

12 posted on 01/24/2011 5:43:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

So an arbiter of Consitutional jurisprudence is not allowed to speak/instruct on Constitutional matters?

The twisted logic of the left makes my head hurt.

Oh wait, they don’t want lawmakers to understand or adhere to the Constitution.


13 posted on 01/24/2011 5:44:22 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Is Scalia getting paid to offer legal advice? If not, the Professor should keep his teeth together and go back to work.


14 posted on 01/24/2011 5:45:02 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

If this was ‘Rat congresscritters and any other non-Republican Justice, there would be no issue. That’s all we need to know.


15 posted on 01/24/2011 5:47:14 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Paladin2
Scalia should be administering US Constitution comprehension exams to all ‘critters. Those who flunk don’t get to vote.

He really only need ask one question....pass/fail:

"Is the Constitution a living, breathing document?"

16 posted on 01/24/2011 5:51:51 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Don't retreat...reload!.....and no, I'm not changing my tagline! Pray for Sarah and her family)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“Anybody?? “

Well, if he takes a bribe from her, then I have a problem with it. Otherwise, he’s more than free to associate with anyone he wants to, listen to anyone speak, and read whatever he wants. At least that’s my understanding of America.

As for appearances - spare me. We have a former ALCU leader on the Court, so I guess that’s not a factor.


17 posted on 01/24/2011 6:04:48 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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18 posted on 01/24/2011 6:09:22 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: truthbetold11

Well, I’m not a legal expert, but this is totally stupid. Of course Supreme Court Justices can give talks. The do it all the time. And why would he have to recuse himself?

Do you think the Wise Latina will recuse herself from any decisions involving Mexicans because she belonged to La Raza?


19 posted on 01/24/2011 6:10:13 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Look, the very republic is at stake here and folks who shive a git as to the outcome — including a justice of the SCOTUS — is more than within his rights to help turn the progressive onslaught! With Obozo trying to PACK THE COURT, I’m praying that the none of the conservatives justices fall ill or die until we can rid ourselves of Obozo.

More power to Scalia.


20 posted on 01/24/2011 6:12:36 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Dick Bachert

I view this as a covert strike against Sarah Palin.

Scalia indicates his preference for Bachmann.


21 posted on 01/24/2011 6:37:24 PM PST by saltus (God's Will be done)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Why shouldn’t he?


22 posted on 01/24/2011 6:41:48 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Perhaps the professor should consider other ethical questions, such as Congress lying to us all the time.


23 posted on 01/24/2011 6:59:40 PM PST by popdonnelly (Your political opponents want you to shut up.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It’s important to avoid the appearance of impropriety. He shouldn’t do it.


24 posted on 01/24/2011 7:00:49 PM PST by r9etb
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

It’s important to avoid the appearance of impropriety. He shouldn’t do it.


25 posted on 01/24/2011 7:00:55 PM PST by r9etb
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To: saltus

I’d be happy with Bachmann OR Palin.

I could be dead wrong but I really don’t think the same electorate that gave us Obozo will go for a conservative WOMAN. A conservative man probably has a better shot.


26 posted on 01/24/2011 7:04:59 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; All

While the GOP continues to go Liberal RINO....Michelle Bachmann demonstrates real conservative leadership.


27 posted on 01/24/2011 9:28:48 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (NAFTA, WTO, UN, IMF, USAID, World Bank, are all Statist organizations)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

only the woman in the gop have any balls, which is sad


28 posted on 01/24/2011 11:18:02 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: vbmoneyspender

I don’t agree. He has every right to speak on Constitutional principles and philosophy. It’s called “educating the unwashed”, and there can’t be too much of it, based on the fact that 2/3 of young people voted Marxist in ‘08! Bob


29 posted on 01/25/2011 4:08:32 PM PST by alstewartfan ("Only in the darkest places will she feel at home tonight." from Mixed Blessing by Al Stewart)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Liberal ct members have been speaking at liberal political functions for decades.....they just don’t call it that...you see, conservatives have to identify themselves, liberals NEVER do.


30 posted on 01/25/2011 4:14:25 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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