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  • Supreme quotas? - (Thomas Sowell: "Sandra Day O'Connor was a mistake from the beginning! right!)

    07/02/2005 4:06:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 61 replies · 1,837+ views
    My reaction to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement was almost as positive as my reaction in 1981 was negative when the Reagan administration announced that they were going to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. It wouldn't matter if all nine Justices of the Supreme Court were women, if these were the nine best people available. But to decide in advance that you were going to appoint a woman and then look only among women for a nominee was a dangerous gamble with a court that has become dangerous enough otherwise. The recent outrageous Supreme Court decision making anyone's...
  • Does the Executive Have Any Power? - (extreme importance; confirm Bush nominees!)

    06/28/2005 8:33:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 282+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | JUNE 28, 2005 | SCOTT GRAY
    President Bush came to Washington with the goal of serving as a domestic reformer. In 2000, he became one of the few Republican candidates to focus less on defense and more on reforms to domestic social programs and public education. That was before 9/11, and the ensuing wars in the Middle East. Then, it appeared that the audacious Bush doctrine would set the pace for the ultimate legacy that will be George W. Bush. However, early into his second term, President Bush has another opportunity to leave behind a sturdy legacy in the form of the court system. In the...
  • Curtain to fall on Supreme session - (tense anticipation concerning Rehnquist retirement)

    06/26/2005 10:18:53 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 530+ views
    The Supreme Court ends its work tomorrow with the highest of drama: an anticipated retirement, a ruling on the constitutionality of government Ten Commandments displays and decisions in other major cases. Traditionally, there is an air of suspense as the justices meet for the final time before breaking for three months. Justices usually wait until then to resolve blockbuster cases. Added to that is the expectation that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is presiding over the court for the last time. Chief Justice Rehnquist has thyroid cancer and many court experts believe his retirement is imminent. Long lines have formed...
  • An 'Extraordinary' Muddle - (Frist, George Allen see "nuclear option" coming soon)

    06/24/2005 4:50:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 350+ views
    The days of the judicial-filibuster compromise are numbered. The scuttlebutt on Capitol Hill these days is that the McCain compromise will vanish as soon as a Supreme Court nomination appears. That's because the so-called compromise has that one huge loophole: It allows Democrats to filibuster (and thereby block an up-or-down vote on) any nominee they define as an "extraordinary" circumstance. And if Democrats' recent behavior is any indication, "extraordinary" will be used as a ruse for discriminating against judges who give even the slightest hint of holding pro-life views or having faith in God. "Any agreement that opens filibusters to...
  • Genius...Pure Genius. (President Bush and the GOP)

    06/24/2005 10:00:18 AM PDT · by MarketR · 14 replies · 1,286+ views
    Mine | 6/24/2005 | MarketR
    Is it just the cynic in me, or are the planets lining up too perfectly for the next Supreme Court nominee(s)? For the past six years, I as I know some of you have marveled at the deft political maneuvers of our President and his political team. We have wondered silently and sometimes aloud on this site, “Wow…you couldn’t have planned that better if you tried. The hand of G_d must be on this man and his team”. Well, with the most recent major news events, I believe now, it is both. Maybe it’s my background as a professional marketer...
  • Kumbaya or The Battle Hymn of the Republic?

    06/20/2005 7:52:04 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 379+ views
    “He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.” Those are two lines of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic“. Do they describe the current bunch of Republicans in Congress? As the Democrats continue to be mired in their out-of-power position, they have become more shrill, more audacious, more “in your face”. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois even compared our service people holding enemy combatants in Guantanamo to Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. He is unrepentant, but this is usual for the leftists. The Democrat Party was at...
  • GOP gains momentum on judges - (Frist to use "nuclear option," if Dems start stalling)

    06/12/2005 4:53:45 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 24 replies · 1,394+ views
    Republicans, fresh off the confirmation of five judges to the Appeals court, are finally feeling some momentum on an issue that has been stalled by Democrats for years: Republicans say the confirmations of long-filibustered judges William Pryor, Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, David McKeague and Richard Griffin for the U.S. Appeals Court show that President Bush can get conservatives on the nation's highest courts despite the objections of Democrats. And it can happen without Republicans voting to eliminate judicial filibusters, a move known as the "nuclear option" because of the intense rancor it would cause. Now that the filibuster tiger...
  • WSJ: Senate Holdup -- Brownbacks' Hold on Finley as ambassador to OSCE

    06/08/2005 5:40:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 8, 2005 | Editorial
    This isn't the first time we've written about a Senate tradition called the "hold," by which an individual Senator can delay indefinitely a Presidential nomination. It's an abuse of the Constitution's advice-and-consent power, and the Senate would be better off without it. This being a Republican administration, most of the current abusers are Democrats, who have announced holds on the head of the Food and Drug Administration, the Deputy Secretary of Interior, a Treasury Undersecretary and an Assistant Secretary of Defense, among other nominees. But sometimes Republicans get in on the bad behavior, and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback is now...
  • Who’ll Have the Last Laugh over Judicial Filibusters? - (the sweet side of the "sour deal!")

    06/07/2005 4:40:50 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,730+ views
    Not only is there a bright side for conservatives in the recent Senate “compromise” on Presidential appointments, but it’s hard to find any reason at all to justify celebration by liberal Democrats. President Bush’s long-stalled 5th Circuit nominee, Priscilla Owen, now sits on that federal bench, and confirmations of capable conservatives Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor are soon to follow. Even the prospective nominations of William Meyers and Henry Saad have been sidetracked in thought only. Make no mistake – the dam has cracked and its eventual collapse is as easy as ever to see. The seven Republican signatories...
  • FRACTURED COMPROMISE - (Linda Chavez no longer praises McCain's filibuster "compromise")

    06/04/2005 8:53:19 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 1,058+ views
    Pardon me while I wipe the egg off my face. Last week I was one of a handful of conservatives praising the Senate compromise on judicial nominees, which preserved the filibuster while guaranteeing several of President Bush's most conservative nominees an up-or-down vote. I argued Democrats would be chastened into using the filibuster judiciously -- only "under extreme circumstances" in the words of the compromise itself. Boy was I wrong. In less than a week, the Democrats were back to their old tricks, filibustering John Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations. Democrat Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia,...
  • Republican Moderates Declare ‘Peace in our Time’ on Judicial Filibusters-(no spine,backbone!)

    06/01/2005 12:20:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 870+ views
    Like many, I was tempted to write with outrage about the sellout called compromise by seven Republican senators on the judicial filibuster issue this week. But what the heck. We Republicans have a man in the White House who would do John Wayne and Gary Cooper proud. Most of our Representatives in the House don’t need bloodhounds to find their spines. And Arnold Schwarzenegger, God bless him, is governor of California. We send most of our girlie-men to the Senate - and there’s only seven left there. Time to give thanks for small blessings, I suppose. Here’s a little quiz:...
  • WSJ: Another Senate Fiasco

    05/31/2005 5:32:52 AM PDT · by OESY · 15 replies · 1,202+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2005 | Editorial
    So much for the new era of good feeling. As last week began, 14 Senators struck a deal to save the judicial filibuster by giving three of President Bush's judicial nominees an up-or-down vote. By week's end, Senate Democrats began a filibuster on John Bolton's nomination for U.N. ambassador. If you were among those who believed the deal on judges heralded a new spirit of Congressional bipartisanship, consider yourself disabused. The latest line of attack against Mr. Bolton is that, as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, he seems to have expressed views about Syria's WMD capabilities at variance with...
  • Open Letter to Americans: ‘The Ball is in Your Court’ - (ex-CBS, Gannett Vice President speaks out!)

    05/28/2005 6:22:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 993+ views
    Blaring from network and cable TV: “Democrats forced the Senate to put off a final vote this week on John R. Bolton’s nomination to be U.N. ambassador, the latest setback for the tough-talking nominee President Bush has called "strong medicine for corruption and inefficiency at the United Nations.” This was done by another filibuster that might delay the vote until June, thus shattering the myth that the two parties had joined together in a bond of trust that would end the obstruction that has kept Bush appointees from getting an up and down vote. When is Bill Frist, the Senate...
  • NYT: Judge Says U.S. Must Release Prison Photos

    05/27/2005 6:24:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 31 replies · 944+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2005 | JULIA PRESTON
    A federal judge in New York told the Defense Department yesterday that it would have to release perhaps dozens of photographs taken by an American soldier of Iraqi detainees in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The judge, Alvin K. Hellerstein, said at a hearing that photographs would be the "best evidence" in the public debate about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. The hearing... came in a [FOIA] suit filed by the [ACLU].... In response to the suit the government has already released more than 36,000 pages of documents that shed sometimes dramatic light...
  • NYT: For Senators, a Pact Does Not Mean Peace --

    05/27/2005 6:14:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 24 replies · 707+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 27, 2005 | CARL HULSE
    The filibuster is far from dead in the Senate. Putting a fitting exclamation point on weeks of bitter partisan fighting, Democrats initiated a stunningly successful procedural attack on Thursday against one of President Bush's high-profile nominees, just days after an unusual compromise averted a showdown over the right to filibuster judicial candidates. Vote to End Debate on Bolton Nomination (May 26, 2005) The vote against cutting off debate over the confirmation of John R. Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, just as Congress was recessing for Memorial Day, left Republicans fuming and showed there is still some distance...
  • Bad Senate Deal: The McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill

    05/27/2005 6:04:42 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 32 replies · 633+ views
    NRO ^ | 5/27/05 | Rich Lowry
    This bipartisan deal cut by Sen. John McCain is noxious. No, the issue isn’t judges. (Or campaign finance, or health care, or any number of other things.) It’s illegal immigration and a proposal that has just been cooked up by the Arizona maverick and the Massachusetts non-maverick Sen. Ted Kennedy to grant an amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Under the bill, illegals would have to work in the U.S. — which they are already doing — for six years as legal temporary workers, then they would be eligible to apply for green cards. Also, a new category of guest...
  • Senate's third-party caucus restores power to the center - (Dick Morris on McCain's 14!)

    05/26/2005 9:03:32 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 30 replies · 906+ views
    The deal to avert a change in Senate cloture rules is more than just a temporary outbreak of sanity in this highly charged partisan accelerator chamber. It amounts to a transfer of leadership from the polarized, party leaders to the narrow but critical center of the institution. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) still has the corner office, and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) still has the key to the executive washroom, but it is the 14 senators who crafted this deal who now are the people to see in the Senate. Few realized that when the Republicans garnered 55 seats...
  • Values Voters Betrayed Twice in One Week - (Dr. Dobson, Gary Bauer voice disappointment)

    05/26/2005 7:48:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 495+ views
    RELIGION JOURNAL.COM ^ | MAY 25, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Pro-family leaders are expressing outrage over a compromise deal in the Senate that will allow a vote on some of the president's heretofore filibustered judicial nominees, but preserves the tactic for liberal Democrats to use against nominees they deem too conservative. Last week, 14 members of the U.S. Senate -- seven Republicans and seven Democrats -- proudly announced a Senate compromise to end Democratic filibusters against three of President Bush's judicial nominees: Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters that filibusters will continue against two other Bush nominees -- William Myers and...
  • 'Extraordinary' Rhetoric - (Would Democrats now want to repeal the 17th Amendment?)

    05/26/2005 3:22:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 776+ views
    The deal on confirmation of judicial nominees seems to have been struck by seven Democrats essentially supported by their party's base and seven Republicans at odds with theirs. It contains one crucial phrase -- Democrats will filibuster only in "extraordinary circumstances" -- and it is undefined. Unless it is defined by the Democrats' recent behavior. But can anyone contrive to tickle coherence from that behavior? Democrats have agreed to stop filibustering the confirmation of three judges they have hitherto identified as extraordinarily dangerous to fundamental American liberties. One of the three, Priscilla Owen, is an impeccable representative of mainstream conservative...
  • NYP: THE MEANING OF 'MAINSTREAM' (in the filibuster fight)

    05/26/2005 5:32:56 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 667+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2005 | MARK GOLDBLATT
    In the just-ended fight over filibustering judicial nominees, the Senate gave us something new: defining extremism leftward. Judges whose views Democrats would once have regarded as merely conservative are now seen as right-wing extremists — or, to use the phrase that keeps coming up in the current Senate debate, "out of the mainstream." But what does the phrase mean? From Democrats' recent public statements, it seems to mean the following: Judges who would uphold a state's ban on gay marriage are out of the mainstream; judges who would rule that parents should be notified before their underage daughter has an...