Skip to comments.Priority 1: Remove Specter from the Judciary (Day 2)
Posted on 11/04/2004 5:54:36 AM PST by Always Right
In Day One we established the need to remove Specter from the Judiciary. To sum it up:
1. Specter is in line to become Chairman of the Judiciary.
2. Specter yesterday showed he expects to obstruct Bush in nominating conservative judges.
3. Specters vision of a balance court is the exact same rhetoric of Senator Kerry.
4. Specter will do whatever it takes to see the courts do not become conservative. Read his books.
5. Specter is a huge proponent of Rov v. Wade.
6. Specter was not elected President, but has threatened the President should he nominate conservative judges.
7. As Chairman, Specter has the power to kill Bushs judicial nominations.
Now in Day 2, we must take action. Todays goal is to create some BUZZ. We need to contact the conservative media, like Rush and Hannity and other radio talk shows. Contact FoxNews, Brit Hume, Tony Snow. Heres an example:
Senator Specters remarks yesterday concerning Bushs judicial appointments were disturbing. If nothing is done, Senator Specter is in line to be Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. We need a Chairman who supports our President and his judicial nominations in that position, not someone who is on record as wanting to obstruct the Presidents judical appointments. This is a very critical position, and allowing Specter to become chairman would be no different than appointing Senator Kennedy. Specters vision of the court is 180 degrees off of President Bushs. President Bush will have a difficult time enough getting appointments through, but it would be an insult if the biggest obstruction is getting past one liberal GOP Senator, especially one who Bush helped.
Also, provide them with links to yesterdayss story, Specter warns Bush on high court nominations or the same story posted here on FreeRepublic, Specter warns Bush on high court nominations
We must not allow this back-stabbing liberal to veto President Bushs victory.
Amen! Besides, how did PA help US anyway?
Anyone but Spector. We don't need Republicans who encourage the appointment of these liberal nutcases.
Take the gloves off, George.
Establish this: WRITE THE PRESIDENT! or email email@example.com
Jeeze, can't we bask in the victory for more than a day? Spectar and McCain might still be recoverable < /wishfulthinking>
I AGREE 100%.
He is one of the RINO's that we are stuck with.
Just fired off an email.
Spectar's ill deeds go all the way back to the Warren Commission.
There is a reason why he's known as "Spectar the Defector"
Mr. SPECTER. Mr. President, after careful consideration, I am voting to confirm Mr. J. Leon Holmes for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
I am concerned about certain of his writings/statements where he said: ``..... concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami .....'', ``the wife is to subordinate herself to her husband'' and analogies of pro-choice advocates to Nazis and abortion to slavery.
Mr. Holmes subsequently acknowledged ``using strident and harsh rhetoric'' on abortion and wrote to Senator Blanche Lincoln that ``I am a good bit older now and I hope more mature than I was at that time,'' blaming immaturity for his past harsh statements.
After discussing these issues with Mr. Holmes and noting that they were written some time ago, in 1980 and 1997 respectively, I do not believe that they reflect a fixed state of mind demonstrating a pre-disposition on judicial issues to come before his Court. I am also mindful that, as a District Court Judge, his decisions will be subject to review by the Court of Appeals. There would be a substantially different consideration if he were a Circuit Court Judge where he could cast the decisive vote on a three-judge panel where it would be unlikely to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court since certiorari is granted in such a small number of cases.
Mr. Holmes has a very impressive academic record, graduating first in his law school class at the University of Arkansas, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University and an M.A. degree from Northern Illinois University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In voting for confirmation of Mr. Holmes, I also noted that he has the support of both of his home State senators. In their floor statements, Senator BLANCHE LINCOLN and Senator MARK PRYOR noted that Mr. Holmes has broad support among pro-choice advocates from Arkansas, and both Senators concluded that he should be confirmed based on their knowledge of his legal skills, temperament and character and based on his reputation in their community among others who know him. In addition to their floor statements, I talked individually to Senators LINCOLN and PRYOR who amplified to me their solid support for Mr. Holmes.
For these reasons, I am voting to confirm Mr. J. Leon Holmes.
NOMINATION OF J. LEON HOLMES, TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE--Continued -- (Senate - July 06, 2004)
Agreed for Specter to come out the very day the election is decided and pull a rino prank is sad.
I can only hope for a tougher W than the first term. Calls for "Healing divides" and "reaching out" Are nothing more than liberal trickery and, them asking for things they WOULD NEVER do for us. they need to be ignored.
Get RID OF HIM ........ NOW.
At best, he is a rhino.
" WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH"
Our Senators will be home for the holidays fairly soon. In addition to calling/faxing/emailing, I'd try catching them at any local events they attend. Some quiet words in person also have an effect.
Just sent courteous e-mail to Frist reminding him that success in this election wasn't due as much to any really clever stategies by the politicians, as it was to the 'will of the people being being voiced. Now it's time for these elected politicians to honor and serve the will of the people....
That's one Senate seat it wouldn't bother me to lose as long as we maintained the majority. I washed my hands of Specter when he apologized to Anita Hill.
Let's get it done
I sent my email to the Majority Leader, Senator Bill Frist, on his contact form at frist.senate.gov. He is happy to hear from voters all over the U.S., not just Tennessee.
Amen and Amen! The people have spoken in massive numbers and and they did NOT speak for stroking the ego of Arlen Specter. Who was helped in his reelection by President Bush, and who promptly turned on Bush as soon as the polls closed.
So OK Bill Frist- you couldn't do the job for Bush with a 1 vote majority in the Senate- now you've got 4.
Grow a spine and bypass Specter for this vital position.
Amen - we do not need to hear 'Et tu, Specter?' another time. Wipe out this RINO immediately and an added bonus will be to instill a little discipline in other wobbly girly-men on the 'R' side of things.
I'm with you a hundred percent. This is a make or break issue for Bush. There can be no compromise. If Specter meant what he said yesterday, AFTER he got elected with the interference of Bush and Rove in Pennsylvania, then he needs to be pushed aside.
Bush started his first term on the right foot by reinstating President Reagan's Mexico City policy. He needs to start on the right foot again, or he will lose his base so fast he won't know what hit him.
This is the bottom line.
"Amen - we do not need to hear 'Et tu, Specter?"
Right! We need to here from everyone, "Spector Delenda est!".
Find that 800 number for congress and let us know who to tall about it. Time for a good FREEPING!
Bush has a clear mandate on the Supreme Court. The thing that pollsters say the voters were most concerned about was moral issues. If Specter is going to block conservative judicial appointees, then he needs to be removed.
The only way to save the Constitution, the court system, and the rule of law is to replace the liberal nutcases on our courts with conservatives.
Bush helped that lowlife snake get relected. He better help Bush appoint judges.
" WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH"
WRONG!!!! Removing Specter is AT BEST "Priority 2". The REAL "Priority 1" has to be to convince Frist to support a change of the Senate's rules to eliminate the filibuster applying to presidential appointments.
>> 1. Specter is in line to become Chairman of the Judiciary.<<
Has this been abolutely confirmed? I thought I heard Bill Bennett say this morning that Grassley of Iowa has more seniority on the Judiciary Committee than Specter.
These changes have the potential to reduce the importance of Republican moderates, especially in the Senate, and embolden conservatives in the White House and elsewhere, these analysts said. But they also might heap unrealistic expectations on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who still lacks a filibuster-proof majority as he weighs a 2008 presidential bid.
The GOP's bare Senate majority of 51 members will grow to 55, but the impact goes beyond mere numbers.
Replacing Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.), often a bridge between the two parties on spending and deficit questions, is Rep. Jim DeMint, whose call for abolishing federal income, payroll and estate taxes is considered extreme even by some fellow Republicans. Succeeding Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), a key broker on sticky issues such as Medicare, is mainstream Republican Rep. David Vitter, who seems unlikely to play such a bipartisan role.
"Regrettably, we have seen an erosion in the Senate of centrists on both sides of the aisle," said Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, a Republican moderate whose leverage may drop substantially in the next Congress. She said she hoped Bush will push for cooperation between the two parties.
Another GOP moderate, Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R.I.), expressed even deeper disappointment, telling the Providence Journal he would not rule out switching to the Democratic Party.
While Frist celebrated the victories that will leave only four Democratic senators in the former Confederacy, some political scholars noted he must oversee a diverse delegation that still has enough moderates to occasionally frustrate Bush's agenda. But in light of Tuesday's election results, conservatives in the House and White House may show less patience with roadblocks to drilling for oil in Alaska wildlife refuges or limiting civil liabilities for doctors and others.
"The locus of power has moved dramatically to the right in the Senate," said Marshall Wittmann, a senior fellow at the Democratic Leadership Council and former staff member for the Christian Coalition and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Whereas Democratic and moderate Republican senators often could derail or temper conservative initiatives from the House, he said, "that now becomes much more difficult."
The trick for Frist, he said, will be to nudge Congress's agenda to the right without appearing to cede control to hard-core partisans such as House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.). With a beefed-up majority that still lacks the 60 votes needed to block a filibuster, Wittmann said, "Frist has a dilemma that he may luxuriate in or he may rue."
His best option, several analysts said, may involve appealing to Democrats who will view Tuesday's results as a warning to those who try to thwart the president's agenda.
Frist's GOP colleagues already are raising expectations. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told reporters that voters should expect a "reinvigorated, stronger Republican majority in the Senate" that will push aggressively for new judicial appointments and an array of measures the Democrats have stymied in recent years, such as a far-reaching energy bill.
According to Allen, Americans said, "We don't want partisan bickering, we want action."
But Frist's challenge is greater than many people realize, said James Thurber, director of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. The election results, he said, will embolden DeLay and other House leaders to accelerate their strategy of "sending fairly conservative and edgy legislation to the Senate." Awaiting it there will be staunch conservative newcomers such as DeMint and senator-elect Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), considered the most right-leaning of the nine new senators elected Tuesday.
Yup notify FRIST and I wrote to HATCH the present Chairman of the Judiciary Comm to block Spincter from the position. This deal could be a GOP effort to retain their base in the "moderate" abortion crowd while "keeping" their Pro Lifers. IF BUSH lets Sphincter show him who is boss, it is case closed and bye bye REP. Party
Here si the HATCH (door) Link
Way to go! This IS priority one on the domestic side (the war being THE top priority of course.) Have you created a ping list? Someone should, and they should put my name on it.
Will email and will email Sen Frist
Bump - lets get Spector removed! Come on everyone lets get it done. This guy is more than just a RINO he is a liberal/commy by every use of the word.
My email to the president:
Dear Mr. President,
After a glorious day of celebration (and relief!), I have to say it came as a concern to read Sen. Specter's remarks about the judiciary. As you know from the gay marriage issues, a runaway judiciary that legislates from the bench, or uses a result-based approach, harms our nation and undermines self-government. You promised in 2000 that you would nominate justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas. It appears that Specter, for whom you campaigned, disagrees.
I ask you to please address this issue aggressively. It is crucial. Please do what you can to get Specter OUT of the way on this issue. You campaigned for the guy. Now please deal with this unfortunate situation.
Everyone needs to contact Bill Frist and let him know that Arlen Spector must not be given any Chair on the Judiciary. Frist has the power to stop it.
Remember, they are "politicians" forst and Americans second.
bump to get remove Specter from the Judiciary committee.
It would be great if an industrious Freeper could create a paragraph summary of the problem along with a list of concrete action steps...that way people could distribute via email to others.
E-mail your senators, Bill Frist, and the White House.