Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Shedded by Judiciary: Senate Democrats cast off another appointee.
Wall St Journal ^ | 10-9-02

Posted on 10/09/2002 5:29:06 AM PDT by SJackson

Edited on 04/22/2004 11:47:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

We'd just as soon stop writing about judicial politics. But then Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy pulls a stunt like the one he did yesterday to block appeals-court nominee Dennis Shedd, and we really have no choice.

Mr. Leahy pulled a fast one on both Senate rules and courtesy by reneging on his multiple promises to give Judge Shedd a committee vote this fall. In the process he took a special slap at retiring Senator Strom Thurmond. A fellow South Carolinian, Mr. Shedd used to work for Mr. Thurmond when he was chairman of Judiciary. Mr. Leahy had assured the Senator as recently as last week that Judge Shedd would get a vote. He'd made similar promises to Senators Hatch, Grassley and Brownback, among others.


(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 10/09/2002 5:29:06 AM PDT by SJackson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SJackson
We don't call 'em 'Rats for nothin'.
2 posted on 10/09/2002 5:32:07 AM PDT by ladtx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
When will Bush wise up and stop sending these sheep to the slaughterhouse???? Bush has not a clue on how to play hardball politics.
3 posted on 10/09/2002 5:32:26 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hobbes1
ping
4 posted on 10/09/2002 5:33:46 AM PDT by xsmommy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #5 Removed by Moderator

To: SJackson
If/when the Senate is in Repub hands this fall, Bush should put up ultra-conservative, constructionist, activist judges for all open positions.
These rats won't allow him the Constitutional rights that all presidents have - to appoint judges. They need to be taught a lesson.

Oh, and I know that "constructionist" and "activist" are often mutually exclusive. What I mean by that is that the circuits and supremes should pull up any case they can in which the law is not strictly constructionist, and rule that the law is void.

Time to fight back, and hard.

6 posted on 10/09/2002 5:49:49 AM PDT by MrB
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #7 Removed by Moderator

To: cynicom
"Bush has not a clue on how to play hardball politics."

What's your suggested action?

8 posted on 10/09/2002 6:04:19 AM PDT by MEGoody
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MEGoody
If the RATS think this will help them in SC, they are in for an ugly surprise. The backlash against the RATS has just begun.
9 posted on 10/09/2002 6:11:23 AM PDT by mwl1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: mwl1
The Democrats have shed yet another of President Bush's judicial nominees. And why not? They figure they're on a roll and while the going is good, its better to go out of business with bang instead of a whimper.
10 posted on 10/09/2002 6:14:46 AM PDT by goldstategop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: MEGoody
Goody...

Glad you asked...

Firstly, Reagan knew when it was time to take his problems to the American people. He always portrayed the democrats as they realy were, obstructionists, they did not like to have the spotlight on them in that fashion.

Secondly, directly, Bush should hold or withdraw any more names with a short, public announcement, at a news conference. Name Leahy and his cohorts. Explain it to the American people, how they are being denied a voice in the courts because of a handful of demagogues, there is nothing to lose, his people are being cast aside by the democrats.

11 posted on 10/09/2002 6:15:37 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop
The Democrats have shed yet another of President Bush's judicial nominees. And why not? They figure they're on a roll and while the going is good, its better to go out of business with bang instead of a whimper.

Yes, but in the process they are hurting all endangered Democratic incumbents by enraging the conservative base in MN, SD, GA etc. The RATS are only hurting their own.

And I certainly agree that the president must use the bully pulpit on this and label the obstructionists for the American people. Enough is enough.

12 posted on 10/09/2002 6:20:16 AM PDT by mwl1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: cynicom
rats taunt gop and dump bush's nominations...
13 posted on 10/09/2002 6:23:14 AM PDT by Bill Davis FR
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Does anybody still believe Democraps promises? They are just like Clinton's who would rather lie when the truth would be better for them.
14 posted on 10/09/2002 6:24:13 AM PDT by Texbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bill Davis FR
This is only a prelude as to what will happen when openings on the supreme court come about. The dems will make the Bork and Thomas hearings appear as afternoon tea parties.
15 posted on 10/09/2002 6:31:54 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Related Articles:
Miguel Estrada May be Next Victim Of Judiciary's 'Gang Of Ten'
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: September 09, 2002; Author: Paul M. Weyrich

Toward Priscilla Owen, Not Even The Pretense Of Fairness
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: August 01, 2002; Author: John Nowacki

The Owen Nomination: Liberals Don't Let Truth Stand In Their Way
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: July 18, 2002; Author: John Nowacki

Democrats Hold Judicial Nominations for 406 Days and Counting
Source: CNSNEWS.com; Published: June 21, 2002; Author: Christine Hall

Judge The Senate Judiciary Committee Not By What It Says, But What It Has Done
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: | June 06, 2002; Author: John Nowacki

The Left Keeps Trying -- And Failing -- To Smear Brooks Smith
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: May 16, 2002; Author: John Nowacki

Pickering Battle Places Congress on Verge of 'Institutional Crisis'
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: March 07, 2002; Author: Jeff Johnson

Make them pay for 'Borking': David Limbaugh rebukes spineless Republicans to support Pickering
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: March 5, 2002; Author: David Limbaugh

The GOP's Post-Pickering Strategy
Source: National Review Online; Published: March 1, 2002; Author: Byron York

Pickering Fight Shows Liberals At Their Worst
Source: Roll Call.com; Publblished: February 21, 2002; Author: Mort Kondracke

Still Pestering Pickering
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: February 19, 2002; Author: John Nowacki

Dismantling Democracy through Judicial Activism
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: February 12, 2002; Author:Tom Jipping

'A Troubling Pattern': Ideology Over Truth In Judicial Confirmations
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: February 10, 2002; Author: Paul E. Scates

Democrats Blast Bush Judicial Nominee
Source: CNSNEWS.com; Published: February 08, 2002; Susan Jones

The Next Big Fight: The first major judicial-confirmation battle of the Bush administration.
Source: National Review: Published: Feburary 6, 2002; Author:Byron York

SYMPOSIUM Q: Should the Senate Take Ideology into Account in Judicial Confirmations
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: February 4, 2002;
Authors:
Ralph G. Neas -- YES: The ideology of nominees for the federal judiciary matters more now than ever
Roger Pilon -- NO: Since judges apply law, not make it, the Senate's concern should be with judicial temperament

What is the Judiciary Committee Trying to Hide?
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: January 29, 2002; Author: Thomas L. Jipping

Blasting Conservative Judges: Liberals Launch Their Campaign
Source: cnsnews.com; Published: January 24 2002; Matt Pyeatt

Judicial Confirmation Lies, Deception and Cover-up
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: December 11, 2001; Author: Thomas L. Jipping

Senator Leahy Does Not Meet His Own Standards
Source:.cnsnews.com; Published: December 07, 2001; Author: By John Nowacki

Senator Daschle Must Remove 'Leaky Leahy' From Judiciary Committee
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: December 4, 2001; Author: Rev. Louis P. Sheldon

A Disgraceful Blocking of Nominees
Source: The Wall Street Journal (ltr to ed) Published December 3, 2001

Mr. Leahy's Fuzzy Math
Source: Washington Times;Published: December 3, 2001; Author:Editorial

Sen. Patrick Leahy; Our Constitutional Conscience?
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: December 2, 2001; Author: Paul E. Scates

Judicial confirmations called significantly low
Source: Washington Times; Published: November 30, 2001; Author: Audrey Hudson

Patrick Leahy - Words Do Kill
Source: PipeBombNews.com; Published: November 29, 2001; Author: William A. Mayer

Judicial Profiling
Source: The Wall Street Journal; Published: November 27, 2001

Sen. Leahy's judicial hostages
Source: Washington Times; Published: November 21, 2001

Judges Delayed is Justice Denied
Source: CNSNews.com ; Published: November 20, 2001; Author: Thomas L. Jipping

Partisanship is Prevalent with Leahy's Judicial Confirmations
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: November 15, 2001; Author: John Nowacki

Leahy And Daschle Are Coming Face To Face With Their Own Words
Obedient Democrats
Source: CNSNEWS.com; Published October 26, 2001; Author: Thomas L. Jipping

Why is Daschle Blocking Judges needed to Try Terrorists when we Catch them?
Source: Banner of Liberty; Published: October 26, 2001; Author: Mary Mostert

Pat Leahy's Passive Aggressive Game
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: October 25, 2001; Author: John Nowacki

Operation Obstruct Justice
Source: Washington Times; Published: October 25, 2001; Author: T.L.Jipping

Daschle wins struggle over judicial nominations
Source: The Washington Times; Published: Oct 24, 2001; Author: Dave Boyer

Leahy doctrine ensures judicial gridlock
Source: Washington Times; Published October 22, 2001

Senate's judicial powergrab: Tom Jipping tracks Dems' assault on courts
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: June 28, 2001; Author: Tom Jipping

Dems Will Shut Down Judicial Confirmations
Source: CNSNews.com Commentary from the Free Congress Foundation; Published: June 13, 2001;
Author: Thomas L. Jipping


16 posted on 10/09/2002 6:34:10 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC! YOU'LL FEEL PROUD!

Donate Here By Secure Server

Or mail checks to
FreeRepublic , LLC
PO BOX 9771
FRESNO, CA 93794

or you can use

PayPal at Jimrob@psnw.com

STOP BY AND BUMP THE FUNDRAISER THREAD


17 posted on 10/09/2002 7:27:08 AM PDT by William McKinley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: cynicom; All
Unfortunately, we have to establish a documented "track record" so blatant on someone doing a wrong thing these days, and offer the American people such undeniable proof, that these things tend to be what HAS to happen, before there is a case to be taken to the American people by our President.

W does not have the luxury of being able to merely accuse the Dems of this until they offer this type of horrific proof. You and I know that even WITH this type of horrific proof, there will STILL be Dems comparing these actions to that of the same taken by Pubs when x42 was Pres.

W also has been saddled with the situation of fewer Pubs in the Senate than he was supposed to have, thanks to that jerk, Jeffords, too.

W is doing an excellent job, given the rotten deck he's been dealt.

Here's another thing to ponder: What if (and I truly believe this IS true) the DNC is the REAL reason those dock workers in CA are giving our economy such a blow? If the economy isn't doing badly enough...the Dems INVENT trouble to take it down.

Just remember you are on the side of the good guys, and stop ranting about those that are trying. It's much more difficult to do what W and his team do every day, than to sit back and write about how badly he (IYHO) is doing on one of the hundreds of problems he's faced and deals with in a day!

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK GEORGE! --IT'S SO REFRESHING TO HAVE A PRESIDENT WE CAN BE PROUD OF!!!

NordP

18 posted on 10/09/2002 7:46:36 AM PDT by NordP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: NordP
nord....

Dissent keeps this country strong. We had the dems all in lockstep for clinton, regardless of what he did. This country suffered thru eight long years because "not one" democrat would speak up.

19 posted on 10/09/2002 7:50:56 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: cynicom
Your reply doesn't fit the original question you posed, and what my response to you substantiated.

The subject of your post dealt with your opinion that W should do what Reagan did and "take it to the people." I responded that it seems in this day and age, that really bad things have to take place and be used as an example in order to WAKE people up to those that are doing the bad things. THEN and only then, will the President have the proof he needs to do what you suggest...

Then, you post back that "dissent keeps this country strong." Your REAL agenda is showing!

20 posted on 10/09/2002 11:36:33 AM PDT by NordP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: NordP
Whatever....
21 posted on 10/09/2002 11:38:59 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: cynicom
No, don't just answer "whatever." Your opinion matters.

A reasonable answer can be met with "perhaps you may have a point." To just essentially throw your hands up in the air, and post "whatever" doesn't do your point justice...you just gave up.

That's yet another "Dem-esque" move.

22 posted on 10/09/2002 11:47:20 AM PDT by NordP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Senator Hatch just gave a scathing speech on the Senate Floor about this obscenity. I missed the first minute or two so I don't know if he used Leahy's name.

Btw, here is the Washington Times' take on Leahy's dirty tactics.

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021009-298555.htm
23 posted on 10/09/2002 11:47:25 AM PDT by jackbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NordP
Nord...

I am old and tired and need a nap.

Maybe after my nap I can respond.

24 posted on 10/09/2002 11:54:55 AM PDT by cynicom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

Can anyone point me toward a source itemizing the statistics of the Republicans passing Clinton's nominees versus the present judiciary committee passing Bush's???
25 posted on 11/01/2002 5:58:40 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson