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Supreme Court possibilities if Romney wins election
CNN ^ | October 1, 2012 | Bill Mears, Supreme Court Producer

Posted on 10/01/2012 4:25:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Here is an unofficial list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court if Mitt Romney is elected president in November. This list was compiled from a number of sources, including those serving as informal advisers to the Romney campaign. The Republican nominee has not specified publicly on favorites for the court. Many names mentioned are relatively young judges named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.

Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General

Born 1966. Considered by many as one of the best lawyers of his generation. The Wisconsin native went to Harvard Law School where he was a classmate of President Barack Obama, and later clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia. He served as solicitor general under President George W. Bush and earned raves for his persuasive, conservational style at oral arguments. Now a private attorney, he has become the go-to guy among conservatives to lead appeals on a variety of hot-button issues: health care reform, same-sex marriage, immigration enforcement, and gun rights. He personally argued seven cases in the 2011 term, including the health care petitions. He has been strategically coy about his chances for the high court, saying he would be honored but remains focused on his law practice.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit

Born 1965. Began his job May 2006 in a court that has seen several of its former members make the jump to the Supreme Court. A former top official in the George W. Bush White House. His nomination to a federal appeals court for the D.C. circuit was held up for three years by Democrats. Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin later accused Kavanaugh of misleading the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation over whether he helped formulate policy on the detention and questioning of accused terrorists...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012issues; bush; clement; judiciary; kavanaugh; romney; romney2012; romneyscotus; scotus; supremecourt
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1 posted on 10/01/2012 4:25:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dont get excited but Romney has a record of appointing liberal judges not conservatives.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 4:28:13 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Breto

As opposed to 0bama who appoints whom?


3 posted on 10/01/2012 4:29:15 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Breto

This is the type of reaction CNN hopes it gets.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 4:29:48 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Breto

It was pretty nice today down here in North Texas, how was the weather in Chicago?


5 posted on 10/01/2012 4:30:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Bush appointed Roberts, one can only imagine...


6 posted on 10/01/2012 4:35:24 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Breto

I read through the entire list.

I would prefer that someone with extensive experience in a US Circuit Court of Appeals get the nomination. There will be a record of his/her decisions to evaluate.

Nominating anyone else is just political payback (I’m looking at you, Obama and Kagan).


7 posted on 10/01/2012 4:36:47 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney has a history of liberal judges, so who knows really.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 4:40:44 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Clement, Kavanaugh, Brown, and Lee are supposed to be staunch Conservatives and maybe Sykes while the others are new to me. Lee is newly elected to Senate and appears to be making strong Conservative waves. Surprised that CNN would be publishing this list because I would expect them to be pushing the selection of more leftist prospective nominees to SC. All in all, the names here are pretty darn good. But, we all remember what John Roberts has done.


9 posted on 10/01/2012 4:43:25 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: svcw

Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed by President Reagan, I don’t recall her being a hard-core conservative.


10 posted on 10/01/2012 4:46:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: izzatzo

Supreme Court possibilities if Obama is reelected
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2938821/posts


11 posted on 10/01/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Romney were like Reagan you would have a point, Romney is a liberal so you don’t.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 4:50:32 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t even want to look, I know the type he will appoint, they infest the law schools.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 4:57:44 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Breto

Dont get excited but Romney has a record of appointing liberal judges not conservatives.


What was the procedure for Romney to appoint judges in MA? Was he free to pick anyone that he wanted to or was he bound to a list of some number supplied by a governmental commission? Makes lot of difference in what his choices may have been. Do you know the procedure that was in place?


14 posted on 10/01/2012 5:01:48 PM PDT by deport
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To: svcw

President Reagan was once an FDR Democrat.


15 posted on 10/01/2012 5:07:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: deport

He’ll have to walk over to Pizza Uno and ask a supervisor.


16 posted on 10/01/2012 5:09:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reagan was a conservative democrat, and became a conservative Republican - he was always a conservative.
Romney was a liberal democrat and became a liberal Republican - he was always a liberal, and still is.


17 posted on 10/01/2012 5:14:54 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pay close attention to the word “unofficial”, the “who can we get past the Senate” Repub thinking, vs. the “we are going to ram our nominee down your throat” dems thinking are not in play when projecting your link. I am sure Nixon’s pre-election nominees looked like Jefferson and Madison clones, yet look what happened, lol.


18 posted on 10/01/2012 5:15:26 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is best not to go back to WWII to attack Reagan in defense of the anti-Reagan Mitt Romney.


19 posted on 10/01/2012 5:16:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HTML + “” +spell check = lol

Pay close attention to the word “unofficial”, the “who can we get past the Senate” Repub thinking, vs. the “we are going to ram our nominee down your throat” dems thinking are not in play when projecting your link.


20 posted on 10/01/2012 5:18:31 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: deport
GOP MASS’ers tell me that Romney was given a list from some type of state board.

Any GOP MASS’ers familiar with your system care to weigh in and explain it?

21 posted on 10/01/2012 5:22:01 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: deport

We do know that as Governor, Mitt only tried to get liberal judges appointed, so liberal, that only 1 out of 4 of his choices were even republicans.


22 posted on 10/01/2012 5:25:35 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: ansel12

President Reagan was a Democrat long after WWII. I grew up in California when he was governor.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 5:30:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I lived under Republican Governor Reagan also.

You are making a mistake to go back to WWII, and a time long ago, in a world far, far, away, of the 1930s and 40s, to attack Reagan to protect the current liberal candidate Romney, who was anti-Reagan and anti-conservative, and who was only 1 year old, the the last time Reagan made a vote for a democrat president, in 1948.

Romney came along when Reagan was emerging as a conservative leader, and then Romney left the party when Reagan took over the party and was becoming president, Romney is a post 1960s pro-abortion liberal, not a WWII era democrat.


24 posted on 10/01/2012 5:39:17 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: ansel12

Let’s say all that is true. He’s still 200X better than an avowed Marxist like Barack Hussein Obama, which is why the realists are pulling the lever for Romney.


25 posted on 10/01/2012 5:43:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Reily

Romney chose his own appointments to go before the board, the board was known as non-partisan, and was not concerned with party identification.


26 posted on 10/01/2012 5:46:56 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let’s say all that is true.

It is all true, Reagan and Romney have nothing in common, they represent two different parts of the political spectrum, one a famous conservative hero, and the other a lifetime liberal who has always resented and despised the conservative part of the GOP.

27 posted on 10/01/2012 5:50:30 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: ansel12

Did you ever reveal who you plan to vote for?


28 posted on 10/01/2012 5:58:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did you ever learn how to not make things personal, my posts here are very clear, and factual.

Using Reagan is no way to promote your man.


29 posted on 10/01/2012 6:13:34 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: deport

Do you know the procedure that was in place?”

No I do not


30 posted on 10/01/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: ansel12
"You are making a mistake to go back to WWII, and a time long ago, in a world far, far, away, of the 1930s and 40s, to attack Reagan to protect the current liberal candidate Romney, who was anti-Reagan and anti-conservative, and who was only 1 year old, the the last time Reagan made a vote for a democrat president, in 1948."

Whatever kind of shitfit anger causes you to create sentences that kind of deranged, keep doing it, because it is funny.

31 posted on 10/01/2012 6:24:29 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NE1, NC, FL, VA, OH, IA = 272EV)
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To: StAnDeliver
Unfortunately, the facts of Romney's anti-conservatism during his long life, are not amusing.

From the time when he was an intern, and stormed off the convention floor with his father in 1964, in protest against Goldwater, and conservatives, to his leaving the GOP in 1979 in protest against Reagan and conservatives, to his becoming a democrat supporter, fund raiser and voter during the H.W. Bush years, it is a sad tale.

32 posted on 10/01/2012 6:36:22 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Breto

“Romney’s first chief legal council, Daniel B. Winslow, who served from 2002 to 2004, established a non-partisan process for vetting judges through the Judicial Nominating Commission that was touted as a national model, because the primary application was judged blindly. That meant name, race, gender, and party affiliation, were not known during the initial review. Party affiliation was never a consideration, he said.

“People with political agendas really aren’t suitable for judgeships,” said Winslow, a former district court judge who is now a Republican legislator from Norfolk.

Winslow said that during the two years he served in the administration, the major reason Romney had few Republican appointments was a result of the talent pool.

“The fact is that there simply aren’t a lot of conservative lawyers in Massachusetts who were available for judgeships,” he said. “The pool of applicants was very low in many respects.”

Near the end of Romney’s term, in 2006, that he stripped the Judicial Nominating Commission of many of its powers, allowing his administration to put a more direct stamp on the judiciary, as he prepared to run for president.”


33 posted on 10/01/2012 6:50:05 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm sorry I got here to late. ansel12 hounded me for a week, calling me a Reagan hater and idiot for making a comment like yours. You're better off ignoring him. He thinks he is THE voice of the conservative community.
34 posted on 10/01/2012 6:59:57 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he’ll convince david souter to return?


35 posted on 10/01/2012 7:07:12 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: izzatzo

He should show some balls and nominate Judge Roy Moore, soon to have his old job back as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Or if not Moore, Judge Andrew Napolitano would make a great justice.


36 posted on 10/01/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Carry_Okie

I never trusted Roberts. He was too green, too unknown. The only thing I could find out on him when he was nominated by Bush was once he has represented a group of sodomites when their case made it to the Supreme Court. He did it pro bono.
The second I found that out I knew he would another liberal and that is exactly what he is. And to make matters worse Bush made this green, unknown judge the Chief Justice, passing over Alito, Scalia and hell everyone else on the court who was senior to him.


37 posted on 10/01/2012 7:20:03 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: RKBA Democrat

There are three living retired justices: John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, and David Souter. They may be designated to sit on panels of the United States Courts of Appeals, but never sit as members of the Supreme Court itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States


38 posted on 10/01/2012 7:29:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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I never trusted Roberts.

I never trusted Bush, except to institute the tools to empower the left. From Homeland Security to the TCA he was a poseur from the get-go, blinding too many conservatives with a transparent "pro-life" pitch. Yet he really didn't do that much to stop the death machine. He could have set the Justice Department on Planned Parenthood on any number of truly legitimate premises, and didn't do it.

This is one reason I think the abortion cause has functioned as a Tar Baby of sorts. While the pro-life movement fights that one battle to the expense of too much, the left institutes a huge number of equally vile sexual procedures, especially in reproductive endocrinology and early homosexual childhood education.

39 posted on 10/01/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: MacMattico

Don’t post behind people’s backs, and don’t drag baggage from thread to thread.


40 posted on 10/01/2012 8:16:59 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Carry_Okie
He could have set the Justice Department on Planned Parenthood on any number of truly legitimate premises, and didn't do it.

A lot of us were surprised to learn that Laura Bush is pro-abortion, and for homosexual "marriage".

Something is rotten in the gop-e.

41 posted on 10/01/2012 8:21:39 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12; MacMattico

When did Jim sell you Free Republic? What’d that run you?


42 posted on 10/01/2012 8:21:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are certain behaviors that are expected here for no-trolls, one is pinging people that you are attacking, and another is to not cross threads and drag threads from one to another.

They don’t want FR to degenerate into a bunch of never ending personal grudges and old ladies making personal attacks that continue and hijack thread after thread.

Who would want such a thing, and who is so childish, that they would do such behavior? This is a political forum for adults.


43 posted on 10/01/2012 8:26:37 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: MacMattico

He’s basically a jag-off who hates anyone and anything connected in anyway to the Mormon Church. If Tea Party stalwart Mike Lee were the nominee, he’d have nothing good to say about him for the same reason.


44 posted on 10/01/2012 8:31:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ansel12
...and don’t drag baggage from thread to thread.

Just driving by, this caught my eye.

You actually believe what you write?

I mean, really?

The times that I am reading through a thread, and run across your posts, seems they are nothing but the same old garbage, dragged from thread to thread, like a dead horse, only on a bring out the dead cart, to make transportation a bit easier.

Does nothing but stink up thread after thread, day after day, SOS, same old garbage.

But, you know, I have learned to spot your comments from the other end. It is a good thing.

45 posted on 10/01/2012 8:32:21 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Vigilanteman
He’s basically a jag-off who hates anyone and anything connected in anyway to the Mormon Church.

That is not true at all.

JR has addressed that when another poster tried your tactic.He made it clear that the poster was incorrect.

46 posted on 10/01/2012 8:43:13 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: going hot

This is a political forum, of course you see our posts on politics, posting on politics is what this forum is all about.

Even when you have a different view from the facts that are posted.


47 posted on 10/01/2012 8:46:18 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Carry_Okie

Bush was also never pro-life, believing in aborting babies if he didn’t like who the father was. In otherwords kill the baby and let the rapist live. He also went against Pope John Paul who was 100% against the boneheaded invasion of Iraq. How many American lives have been lost to that trillion dollar turkey shoot? Afganistan I agreed with, but it could have been turned into a parking lot in less than a month. If he had wanted to really go after the people that caused 9/11, from flying the planes into the buildings to financing the attack, he would have attacked Saudi Arabia, and taken every damn drop of their oil. Think gas would be around $4 a gallon if we controlled Saudi’s oilfields. If I remember right Bush never vetoed a spending bill of any type until his last few months in office. The plan truth of the matter is he gave the country the socialist Obummer. If Bush had governed like a conservative and had also chosen a replacement instead of a mentor in Cheney, Obummer would have never been elected.


48 posted on 10/01/2012 8:56:37 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: ansel12

Post behind your back? Every other post on this thread is by you, I’m sure you caught mine, seeing how you answered it. And me dragging baggage into this thread? You practically post the same thing everyday to a different person. Talk about baggage!


49 posted on 10/01/2012 10:22:52 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

Why waste time on the obvious?

You know to ping someone when you are attacking them, and you must know that posting political data and information and even political opinions on various threads is totally different from carrying personal attacks from thread to thread.

This thread is about Romney and judge appointments.


50 posted on 10/01/2012 10:30:39 PM PDT by ansel12
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