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George F. Will: The Constitutionís balance of powers is at stake in Estrada nomination
Union Leader ^ | 2/27/03 | George F. Will

Posted on 02/26/2003 10:52:15 PM PST by kattracks

THE PRESIDENT, preoccupied with regime change elsewhere, will occupy a substantially diminished Presidency unless he defeats the current attempt to alter the constitutional regime here. If at least 41 Senate Democrats succeed in blocking a vote on the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Constitution effectively will be amended.

If Senate rules, exploited by an anti-constitutional minority, are allowed to trump the Constitution’s text and two centuries of practice, the Senate’s power to consent to judicial nominations will have become a Senate right to require a 60-vote supermajority for confirmations. By thus nullifying the President’s power to shape the judiciary, the Democratic Party will wield a Presidential power without having won a Presidential election.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 02/26/2003 10:52:15 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
George Will, as usual, dead on target.
2 posted on 02/26/2003 10:53:20 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: kattracks
Mr. Will, you have just hit a grand slam home run. Answer that, Chuckie.
3 posted on 02/26/2003 10:59:32 PM PST by bybybill (It`s just for the fish and then the children)
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To: kattracks
The President said publicly today that he will stand besdie this man until he is confirmed! It is up to we the net folks to publicize the treachery of the democrat Seantors against our Constitution since we know damn well the lamestream media will not tell the truth and we hear the Senate Democrats lying every day!
4 posted on 02/26/2003 11:02:05 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: kattracks
George Will is a lot like that proverbial blind pig who occasionally runs across the proverbial acorn.

This is one of the times he manages to root one up.

It's too bad he wasn't all that concerned about the Constitution when the AWB was being debated.

L

5 posted on 02/26/2003 11:02:22 PM PST by Lurker (When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
to self for later reading
6 posted on 02/26/2003 11:05:27 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: kattracks
Most of the time, I'd give anything to have Congress frozen in its tracks for a few months. This Filibuster comes close to accomplishing that. Why the rush to end it? As long as it continues, democrats are hamstrung more than republicans.
7 posted on 02/26/2003 11:06:43 PM PST by Tax Government
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To: Tax Government
Exactly. The Dems need to get their anti-freedom agenda pushed through Congress more than we need Miguel Estrada confirmed. All we have to do is just sit tight and let the other side sweat.
8 posted on 02/26/2003 11:09:58 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: Lurker
"occasionally"?

For all the times I watched him on "THIS WEEK", he was the only member with a brain.

But perhaps you know of someone who is consistantly better?

9 posted on 02/26/2003 11:10:16 PM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta!!!!)
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To: Experiment 6-2-6
It's spelled 'consistently' and yes, I could come up with a good short list.

Thomas Sowell for one.

Walter Williams for two.

Ann Coulter would be a third nominee IMO.

Give me about 10 minutes, and I could name a dozen.

Regards,

L

10 posted on 02/26/2003 11:16:31 PM PST by Lurker (When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you.)
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To: Tax Government
I've been watching the Senate debate. The Dems were standing on jello. Frist isn't going to cave easily. Hatch was great. Sessions and lindsey Graham gave speeches after the debate that were great. I'm not giving up.Free Estrada!
11 posted on 02/26/2003 11:17:26 PM PST by MEG33
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To: bybybill
Mr. Will, you have just hit a grand slam home run. Answer that, Chuckie.

I would rather have the Republicans answer that with a full court press. Time to stop pussy-footing around.

12 posted on 02/26/2003 11:21:20 PM PST by AlaskaErik
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To: kattracks
The RATS are in the process of changing our legislative system. It is not just on judicial nominees. Last year little Tommy. as majority leader required the 60 vote super majority vote on anything he didn't want passed. They have sent the message that as long the people elect 40 dimwits, then it will be the dimwits that control the agenda.
13 posted on 02/27/2003 1:46:54 AM PST by Kangaroo Court
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To: kattracks
"By thus nullifying the President’s power to shape the judiciary, the Democratic Party will wield a Presidential power without having won a Presidential election."

Yes. And when a democrat is next in the White House, he won't get a single one of his nominees through the Senate unless he has a super-majority. The end result of what the democrats are now attempting is that we will no longer have a judiciary.

14 posted on 02/27/2003 2:10:52 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: MEG33
"Frist isn't going to cave easily."

He can't cave at all. Estrada is the test case. If his appointment is shot down, Bush won't be able to get anybody through Senate confirmation. The democrats will be in complete control. Frist and the Republicans either win this one or lose the whole enchilada.

15 posted on 02/27/2003 2:13:15 AM PST by Bonaparte
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To: kattracks
And if the President does not wage a fierce, protracted and very public fight for his nominee, he will display insufficient seriousness about the oath he swore to defend the Constitution

This will be the legacy Bush 20 years from now, he will be remembered for.

Not replacing Saddam.

16 posted on 02/27/2003 2:25:13 AM PST by JZoback (Don't have such an open mind, your brain falls out)
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To: kattracks
Solution? Get as many DemRats as possible out of Congress.

Oh, but that would require some backbone by our freinds, the Republicans.

Sorry, if we don't force them to sleep in the aisles on cots 24/7, then it's a farce. I don't care how many poor, put out GOPers might miss their fancy dinner in some posh Georgetown restaurant.

I'll run for Frist' seat here in Tenn if I have to. I'll be happy to take on the likes of Schumer and Lehay on the floor 24/7! I'm naturally wired and a night owl big time. Those pasty doughboys won't have a chance!

17 posted on 02/27/2003 2:34:26 AM PST by Fledermaus
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To: Lurker
It's too bad he wasn't all that concerned about the Constitution when the AWB was being debated.

Oh no....is Congress trying to outlaw the Average White Band?

18 posted on 02/27/2003 2:36:02 AM PST by Fledermaus
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To: Bonaparte
I agree, I used weasle words!
19 posted on 02/27/2003 3:26:25 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Hehe, they do have their use. ;-)
20 posted on 02/27/2003 1:06:09 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Bonaparte
People who are Americans because of the United States Constitution understand that there is going to be a battleground where conservatives vs liberals, Republicans vs Democrats or any other similar political dilineation are going to take a stand. We are either going to live under the United States Constitution or there is no reason at all for the United States to exist. I don't care how many Democrats there are or what they think or believe. There thoughts are irrelevant to what I want and what I believe. From what I have seen, Democrats are determined to undermine the US Constitution and have been so successful at doing so for the past 70 years that the Founders would not recognize the country where we are presently living as the United States that they gave birth to.

I believe strongly in self determination. If the Democrats are not willing to live under the US Constitution, then we need to live in separate countries. There is no reason for the United States to continue to exist if the Constitution is not going to form the foundation and frame work for the rule of law. And if the Democrats are determined that the rest of us are going to live under the laws rather than within the framework of the US Constitution, then there may come a time when it will be time to get out the guns to decide where we are each going to live and under what laws.

Estrada's nomination and the principles of why he should be confirmed and why Democrat's are determined to block it is a good time and place to begin the debate. Perhaps a duel between Frist and Daschle would be a good starting point if the debate ends in impasse.

21 posted on 02/28/2003 11:45:29 AM PST by B. A. Conservative
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
the battle has just begun...

Dear President Bush,
With the Surpeme Court session getting ready to close, it may well be time for perhaps the most important domestic decision of your presidency: the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice(s). The main reason why I supported you in 2000 and why I wanted Daschle out of power in 02 (and 04) has to do with the courts. I want America courts to interpret law, not write law. During your presidential campaign you said Thomas and Scalia were your two model justices. Those are excellent models. The High Court needs more like them. Clarence Thomas recently said to students that the tough cases were when what he wanted to do was different from what the law said. And he goes by the law. This should be a model philosophy for our justices. Your father, President Bush lost his reelection campaign for 3 main reasosn, as far as I can see. 1. he broke the no new taxes pledge 2. David Souter 3. Clinton convinced people we were in a Bush recession (which we had already come out of by the time Clinton was getting sworn in)

I urge you to learn from all three of these: 1. on taxes, you're doing great. Awesome job on the tax cut. 2. good job so far on judicial appointments. I want to see more of a fight for Estrada, Owen, and Pickering, but I commend you on your nominations. 3. by staying engaged in the economic debate you'll serve yourself well

I have been thoroughly impressed with your handling of al Queida, Iraq, and terrorism. You have inspired confidence and have shown great leadership.

But I want to remind you that your Supreme Court pick(s) will be with us LONG after you have departed office. I urge you to avoid the tempation to find a "compromise" pick. Go for a Scalia or Thomas. Don't go for an O'Connor or Kennedy. To be specific, get someone who is pro-life. Roe v Wade is one of the worst court decisions I know of, and it's the perfect example of unrestrained judicial power.

I know the temptation will be tremendous on you to nominate a moderate. But remember who your true supporters are. I am not a important leader or politician. I am "simply" a citizen who has been an enthusiatic supporter of you. I am willing to accept compromise in many areas of government but I will watch your Court nomiantions extremely closely. What the Senate Dems are doing right now is disgusting, but as the President you have the bully pulpit to stop it. Democrats will back down if you turn up serious heat on them.

Moreover, I think public opinion is shifting towards the pro-life position. Dems will want you to nominate a moderate, but almost all will vote against you anyways. Pro-choice Repubs will likely still vote for you if you nominate a Scalia, after all, you campaigned on it. So Mr. President, I urge you to stick with your campaign statements and nominate justices who believe in judicial restraint, like Scalia and Thomas.

Happy Memorial Day and may God bless you and your family.

22 posted on 05/29/2003 4:25:16 PM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Why Frist and all won't go 24/7 (Vanity)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/958139/posts?page=1


23 posted on 08/05/2003 4:23:04 PM PDT by votelife (Free Bill Pryor)
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