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  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • Ted Olson Vows to Make GOP Pro-Gay

    06/12/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    US News ^ | 06/12/2014 | Nikki Schwab
    Ted Olson isn’t big on making predictions. The conservative attorney who successfully argued Hollingsworth v. Perry, ridding California of Proposition 8 and allowing gay couples to marry, isn’t willing to guess which gay marriage case will make it to the Supreme Court next. (He’s working on one out of Virginia.) “Every time you make a guess of what a judge is going to do … you’re wrong, so I try to stay away from that,” he told Whispers. Olson also isn’t willing to play political prognosticator, though he said we’d eventually see a GOP presidential candidate who is pro-gay marriage....
  • Sundance: Prop 8 lawyer wants gay marriage 'in all 50 states in five years'

    01/19/2014 1:37:48 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/18/2014 | Tatiana Siegel
    PARK CITY -- The Sundance premiere for Ryan White and Ben Cotner's Proposition 8 documentary The Case Against 8 at Temple Theatre on Saturday afternoon drew one of the most enthusiastic audience responses of the festival to date. OUR EDITOR RECOMMENDS Sundance: Zach Braff Was Warned 'People Will Go Apes--t' Over Kickstarter Campaign Sundance: Kristen Stewart on 'Camp X-Ray's' Haunted Set, Meeting Robert Redford (Video) Daily Warm Up: Aaron Paul Talks Sundance Drama 'Hellion,' 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Sundance at 30: Vintage Photos of Park City's Biggest Stars Lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, who successfully fought to overturn California's Proposition...
  • Former solicitor general calls IRS targeting scandal 'huge'

    05/16/2013 3:17:49 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2013 | Megyn Kelly
    Ted Olson weighs in...
  • Ted Olson's Faulty Polygamy Argument

    03/30/2013 5:27:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/29/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Okay, so I'm not a lawyer, much less a constitutional lawyer. Ted Olson is a lawyer -- an accomplished attorney with a fine mind and a capacity for facile argument. But he's dead wrong when he says the law can exclude polygamy or any other marriage arrangement though it recognizes the legal "right" of homosexuals to marry. Let's carefully consider Olson's oral argument in response to Justice Sotomayor's query about the plasticity of marriage should the institution be opened to homosexuals. SNIP SNIP Here's the Sotomayor-Olson exchange from a transcript provided by NPR: JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Mr. Olson, the bottom line...
  • EXCLUSIVE: EMails Show Prop. 8 Judge Sought Ted Olson’s Advice On Whether to Attend Supreme Court...

    03/22/2013 12:04:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 03/22/2013 | Patterico
    EXCLUSIVE: EMails Show Prop. 8 Judge Sought Ted Olson’s Advice On Whether to Attend Supreme Court Argument on Gay Marriage Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am Vaughn R. Walker, the judge who struck down Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban, sought Ted Olson’s opinion regarding whether Walker should attend next week’s Supreme Court arguments on the gay marriage cases. Olson was one of the lawyers who successfully persuaded Judge Walker to strike down Proposition 8 after a trial held in 2010.In December 2012 emails obtained exclusively by Patterico.com, Judge Walker, who retired in February 2011, asked Olson’s law...
  • Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prep

    09/15/2012 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/15/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    Paul Ryan taps Ted Olson to play Biden in debate prepBy Felicia Sonmez, Saturday, September 15, 10:31 AM The Washington Post Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has tapped former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson to play the role of Vice President Biden in preparations for next month’s debate. Olson is best known as the top Republican attorney who, along with New York attorney David Boies, led the legal battle against California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. His first mock debate session with Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, came this past week. Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck called Olson “one of...
  • Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson Hails Obama Gay Marriage Shift

    05/10/2012 12:38:27 PM PDT · by torchy · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 9 2012 | John Avlon
    ..."I am gratified that the president has thrown his personal support and the authority of the presidency behind the goal of justice, equality, and decency for all citizens," said Ted Olson, founder of the Federalist Society and former Bush administration solicitor general.. I called Olson on Wednesday to get the conservative legal leader's take on the North Carolina gay-marriage ban at the ballot and the way it sets up a Supreme Court showdown, possibly as early as 2013--no matter who is president. Olson has stern words for his fellow conservatives who flooded the polls on Tuesday, making North Carolina the...
  • Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors [Geffen, Bing, Reiner Mehlman, ex-RNC Chair]

    03/24/2012 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES
    Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES March 23, 2012 LOS ANGELES — On a warm Friday afternoon three years ago, Rob Reiner, the director, arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills estate of David Geffen, the entertainment mogul. Mr. Reiner and his political adviser, Chad H. Griffin, had spent six months drafting an ambitious legal campaign aimed at persuading the United States Supreme Court to establish a constitutional right of same-sex marriage. Mr. Reiner, joined by Mr. Griffin and Mr. Reiner’s wife, Michele, told Mr. Geffen they would need $3 million to...
  • Influencing Ted Olson

    08/23/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by CA Conservative · 35 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/23/10 | Ed Whelan
    Ted Olson and his anti-Prop 8 media machine have been aggressively leveraging his past associations with conservative legal causes in support of his newfound support for the invention of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In so doing, they’ve tried to obscure the fact that the position that the Constitution can and should be interpreted to invalidate traditional marriage laws can’t possibly be reconciled with the conservative legal principles that Olson used to purport to stand for. (I’m not addressing here the very different question whether a conservative can soundly support legislative revision of marriage laws to include same-sex couples.)...
  • Bush Solicitor General 'Proud' of Lady Gaga’s Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2011 4:43:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/5/2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    (CNSNews.com) – Ted Olson, former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush said he is “proud” of Lady Gaga’s support for same sex marriage and credited celebrities for raising public awareness of the issue. “Lady Gaga – I’m very proud that she announced last week that one of the songs on her album – I have no idea which, I don’t – was inspired by the Proposition 8 case – she really said that so I accept her,” said Olson on Monday during a keynote address at a U.S. Justice Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) ceremony called “Moving...
  • Olson: Prop 8 Supporters Lack "Rational Basis"

    12/13/2010 9:58:10 AM PST · by tricksy · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | 12/6/10
    Famed attorney Ted Olson told a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel Monday that the reason proponents of Proposition 8 have proffered to justify their ban on same-sex marriage is "nonsense." That reason, said Olson, reading from a page in the argument brief filed by attorneys for the Yes on 8 coalition which promoted passage of California's ban on same-sex marriage, was that same-sex marriage "will make children prematurely preoccupied with issues of sexuality." "If believed," said Olson, "that would justify the banning of comic books, television, video games, and even conversations between children."... "Protecting our children," said Olson,...
  • The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

    08/19/2010 6:18:04 AM PDT · by throwback · 446 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 09, 2010 | Ted Olsen
    Together with my good friend and occasional courtroom adversary David Boies, I am attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California's constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex. My involvement in this case has generated a certain degree of consternation among conservatives. How could a politically active, lifelong Republican, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, challenge the "traditional" definition of marriage and press for an "activist" interpretation of the Constitution to create another "new" constitutional right? My answer to this seeming conundrum rests on...
  • Howard Dean: NYC Mosque a "Real Affront" (Ted Olson in favor of it)

    08/18/2010 4:11:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    See BS ^ | 8/18/2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor Howard Dean, a hero to many liberals, has called efforts to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks "a real affront to people who lost their lives." "That site doesn't belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all Americans and all faiths," he said. (snip) Meanwhile, conservative Ted Olson, whose wife died in the terrorist attacks, broke with the majority of conservatives to support the project. He said he believes President Obama "was right about this."
  • Unbelievable: Ted Olson Whose Wife Was Killed on Sept. 11th, Supports Mosque at Ground Zero (Video)

    08/18/2010 1:18:53 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 110 replies
    HAP ^ | 8/17/10 | hap
    It's one thing for Obama to support the mosque at ground zero, it's another for the former Solicitor General under the Bush Adm. whose wife was killed on the plane that was hi-jacked and crashed into the Pentagon on September 11th to support it...Olsen says: "We don't want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith"...(Video)
  • An Odd Couple Defends Couples That Some (Oddly) Find Odd [Dowd]

    01/19/2010 11:07:55 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 26 replies · 1,115+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/17/10 | Maureen Dowd
    It has been quite a journey for Ted Olson. He’s gone from being the conservative lawyer who helped crown W. by winning the Bush v. Gore case before the Supreme Court, to being a lesbian. “Maureen,” he told me in his gravelly voice, “one of the biggest lesbian groups in this country told me I’m already an honorary lesbian.” (snip) Obama sees himself as such a huge change that he can be cautious about other societal changes. But what he doesn’t realize is that legalizing gay marriage is like electing a black president. Before you do it, it seems inconceivable....
  • Marriage on trial (Ted Olson betrays traditional values)

    01/13/2010 10:56:17 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 42 replies · 1,544+ views
    WORLD magazine ^ | 12 January 2010 | WORLD magazine
    Proposition 8, the successful California ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional amendment recognizing only marriage between a man and a woman, is on trial this week in San Francisco. The outcome may overturn the same-sex marriage ban in California and even across the country, if the case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and it rules against the ban. According to Austin Nimocks, one of the Alliance Defense Fund attorneys working to defend Proposition 8, “Any loss for those who are defending marriage on this case will have national ripple effects regardless of the technical legal effect.”...
  • The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

    01/11/2010 6:23:41 PM PST · by steve-b · 136 replies · 4,112+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/9/10 | Theodore B. Olson
    Together with my good friend and occasional courtroom adversary David Boies, I am attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California's constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex.... Many of my fellow conservatives have an almost knee-jerk hostility toward gay marriage. This does not make sense, because same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social...
  • Prop 8 Lawsuit - TELEVISED ?

    10/29/2009 4:27:07 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 10 replies · 784+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 10-29-09 | cakid1
    The latest challenge to Prop 8 could be show on television. Ted Olson and David Boies, are suing saying Prop 8 is unconstitutional. The judge has reportedly 'hinted' that he may allow cameras..
  • Three questions for ... Theodore Olson

    10/18/2009 1:16:28 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 27 replies · 1,627+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 10.18.09
    Of all the lawyers who might have challenged California's ban on same-sex marriage, one of the least likely candidates would seem to be Theodore Olson: a high-ranking Justice Department attorney under Ronald Reagan, U.S. solicitor general under George W. Bush, and lawyer for Bush in the Bush vs. Gore case that decided the 2000 presidential election. But when a federal judge in San Francisco held a critical hearing last week in a suit by two same-sex couples challenging Proposition 8, they were represented by Olson and David Boies, his courtroom adversary in Bush vs. Gore. Before the hearing, Olson talked...
  • Gay Marraige and the Consitution(BARF ALERT)Why Ted Olson and I are working to overturn CA's Prop 8

    07/20/2009 4:50:34 PM PDT · by TheBigIf · 39 replies · 1,940+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/20/09 | By DAVID BOIES
    Gay Marraige and the Consitution (BARF ALERT) Why Ted Olson and I are working to overturn California's Proposition 8. By DAVID BOIES When I got married in California in 1959 there were almost 20 states where marriage was limited to two people of different sexes and the same race. Eight years later the Supreme Court unanimously declared state bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional. Recently, Ted Olson and I brought a lawsuit asking the courts to now declare unconstitutional California's Proposition 8 limitation of marriage to people of the opposite sex. We acted together because of our mutual commitment to the...
  • GOP's Olson: Gay Marriage Going to Supreme Court (Ted Olson fighting for legalization)

    07/03/2009 1:06:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 1,613+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 7/3/2009
    SAN FRANCISCO - The attorney representing two same-sex couples who were denied a right to wed in California said on Thursday he expected the case to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which has yet to hear a case on the gay marriage issue. "When it does get to the United States Supreme Court, we expect to win," Theodore Olson, who was solicitor general under former President George W. Bush, told reporters after the first hearing on federal lawsuit that was filed in May. A high court ruling potentially could trump state laws prohibiting same-sex unions. Five out of...
  • Why Are Attorneys Ted Olson And David Boies Wrong In Bringing Prop 8 To Federal Court?

    06/03/2009 12:10:01 AM PDT · by stevelackner · 26 replies · 854+ views
    http://www.stevelackner.com/ ^ | June 3, 2004 | Steven W. Lackner
    Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, who faced off in Bush V. Gore, have declared they are working together to do what they can to bring Prop 8 before a federal court claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution. Please watch the following interview with Chris Matthews to fully understand their contentions and my responses in this article: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUlDZLZ1Gls&feature=player_embedded These two lawyers are claiming that Prop 8 violates fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and amounts to discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The analogies made by these attorneys are perverse. They equate gay marriage with interracial marriage....
  • (Ted)Olson, (David) Boies Unite to Fight Calif. Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Federal Court

    05/29/2009 11:18:09 AM PDT · by pissant · 27 replies · 961+ views
    Law.com ^ | 5/28/09 | Mike McKee
    Gay-rights lawyers on Wednesday welcomed longtime conservative lawyer Theodore Olson into the fight for same-sex marriage, but warned him and liberal colleague David Boies that they could hurt the cause more than help it by launching an attack on California's Proposition 8 in the federal courts. "There is no end run around the nitty-gritty work of social change," Evan Wolfson, executive director of the New York-based Freedom to Marry, said in a telephone call. "If it was just about hiring a good lawyer and filing a good brief, we'd have won decades ago." Olson, who represented George W. Bush in...
  • New Prop 8 challenge from … Ted Olson?

    05/28/2009 6:18:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1,135+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 5/28/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    After yesterday’s ruling from the California Supreme Court upholding Proposition 8’s ban on gay marriage but allowing the already-existing gay marriages to remain legal, I predicted that an inventive attorney would attack the judgment in federal court on equal-protection arguments arising from that Solomonic split. That challenge came more quickly than even I predicted, and from an unusual choice of attorneys. Byron York profiles Ted Olson’s decision to make a federal case out of Prop 8: ----------------------------------------------- "The suit argues that the state’s marriage ban, upheld Tuesday by the California Supreme Court, violates the federal constitutional right for same-sex couples...
  • Responding To Appeal By Bush v. Gore Lawyers, Gay Groups Warn Against "Ill-Timed Lawsuits"

    05/28/2009 6:21:57 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 469+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 28, 2009 | Kris Alingod
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Gay advocates on Wednesday warned against taking the fight to legalize same-sex marriages to federal courts, saying doing so will make it more difficult to gain marriage equality. The same day, lawyers who were at opposing sides of the Bush v. Gore case in the 2000 presidential race filed a lawsuit appealing the California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8. In a joint statement, the American Civil Rights Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights and other prominent liberal groups said filing "ill-timed, premature" lawsuits based on the federal Constitution. "Pushing the federal...
  • Gay rights advocates rip suit to undo Prop. 8

    05/28/2009 7:40:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 904+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/28/9 | Joe Garofoli
    Gay rights advocates Wednesday blasted two veteran attorneys for filing a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8, California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, saying the move is premature and could be disastrous for the marriage movement. While they knew of the objections, attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies - who opposed each other during the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential election case - filed the suit Friday in San Francisco on behalf of two same-sex couples who wanted to be married but were denied because of Prop. 8. The suit claims the voter-approved measure, which the California Supreme Court...
  • Fed Lawsuit Challenges Gay Marriage Ban

    05/27/2009 9:39:28 PM PDT · by vrwc1 · 28 replies · 1,008+ views
    KTTV Fox 11 Los Angeles ^ | May 27, 2009 | City News Service
    Los Angeles (myFOXla.com) - Two attorneys who squared off in the legal battle that decided the 2000 presidential election will team up Wednesday to file a federal lawsuit claiming that the ban on same-sex marriage imposed by the passage of Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. Theodore B. Olson and David Boies plan to file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on behalf of two gay men and two lesbian women, arguing that the proposition violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process. The complaint will also ask for an injunction blocking Proposition 8...
  • Proposition 8 challenged in federal court

    05/27/2009 11:39:55 AM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies · 1,734+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/27/9 | Steve Wiegand
    A strange-bedfellows duo of top constitutional lawyers said today they are challenging the legal validity of Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot measure that prohibited same-sex marriages in California. Speaking at a Los Angeles press conference, attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies said they had filed a suit in federal court on behalf of two gay California couples, and would seek an injunction to stay the law while arguing it is a violation of the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general, represented former President George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, which decided...
  • Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson Supporting Same Sex Marriage

    05/27/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 43 replies · 2,334+ views
    abc ^ | 5/27/09 | Jake Tapper
    President George W. Bush's first Solicitor General, Ted Olson, filed a lawsuit in US district court on May 22 to protest Prop 8, the California law banning same sex marriage. Joining with his former opponent in Bush v Gore, David Boies, Olson is suing on behalf of two same-sex couples in California, The Advocate reports: Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier of Berkeley, who have been together for nine years and are the parents of four children, and Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo of Burbank, who have been together for eight years.
  • Ted Olson goes to court on behalf of gay marriage

    05/27/2009 12:30:07 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 74 replies · 3,007+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/26/9 | Byron York
    Former Bush administration solicitor general Theodore Olson is part of a team that has filed suit in federal court in California seeking to overturn Proposition 8 and re-establish the right of same-sex couples to marry.
  • As Bush's Term Ends, Some Big Names Seek Pardons

    11/24/2008 1:55:44 PM PST · by RDTF · 41 replies · 2,301+ views
    The WaPo ^ | Carrie Johnson | Nov 24, 2008
    With a backlog of applications piled up at the Justice Department, high-profile criminals and their well-connected lawyers increasingly are appealing directly to President Bush for special consideration on pardons and clemency, according to people involved in the process. Among those seeking presidential action are former junk-bond salesman Michael Milken, who hired former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, one of the nation's most prominent GOP lawyers, to plead his case for a pardon on 1980s-era securities fraud charges. Two politicians convicted of public corruption, former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and four-term Louisiana governor Edwin W. Edwards (D), are asking Bush...
  • Bush vs. Gore Attorneys Team up to Fight Prop 8 in Federal Court

    05/26/2009 6:12:50 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 58 replies · 2,714+ views
    http://laist.com ^ | May 26, 2009 | By Zach Behrens
    Two top attorneys who argued Bush v. Gore on opposite sides have now joined forces to strike down Prop 8 in federal court, filing for a preliminary injunction against same-sex marriage ban until the case is resolved, which would immediately reinstate the right for all Californians to marry. Theodore B. Olson and David will officially announce their case tomorrow morning in downtown, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Olson, a former U.S. Solicitor General represented President Bush, against Al Gore, who was represented by Boies. The pair is representing two gay men and two gay women who were...
  • Ted Olson: “Torture” probes will never end

    04/24/2009 10:45:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2009 | Byron York
    Perhaps more than anyone in Washington today, Theodore Olson knows the dangers of the path the Obama administration is traveling on the question of Bush-era terrorist interrogations. It's not just that Olson is one of the nation's top lawyers and a former high-ranking Justice Department official. It's not even that his wife Barbara was among those killed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. The thing that makes Olson's perspective so valuable is that his life includes not only those experiences but also a keen perspective on the way Washington investigations can run amok. In the 1980s, Olson was the subject...
  • SCOTUS argues anti-Clinton film (David Bossie-Citizens United)

    03/25/2009 7:44:15 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 1,619+ views
    Politico ^ | 3-25-09 | Josh Gerstein
    One minute they were debating whether an anti-Hillary Clinton video could be shown during her Democratic primary campaign. And the next, U.S. Supreme Court justices launched into a spirited debate over whether election laws could lead to, say, banning books. “The government’s position is that the First Amendment allows the banning of a book if it’s published by a corporation?” Justice Samuel Alito asked incredulously. The case involved a much narrower question — whether the conservative advocacy group Citizens United could use a cable-based video-on-demand service to distribute its 90-minute anti-Clinton documentary. A panel of three district court judges found...
  • McCain Makes Headway With Conservative Wing

    02/02/2008 6:54:38 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 202 replies · 143+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 February 2008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES
    Mr. McCain stepped up his attempts to court the Republican right, scoring a number of high-profile endorsements this week. Yesterday, he received the support of billionaire Steve Forbes as well as former Solicitor General Theodore Olson. Mr. Olson, who served as assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration, represented President Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. The picture was a bit mixed earlier in the week when Mr. McCain got near-simultaneous endorsements from moderates California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York Mayor and rival Rudy Giuliani, causing some consternation among party conservatives. Some prominent pundits, including...
  • The Olson Of Economic Endorsements? (Steve Forbes Now Endorses McCain Too)

    02/02/2008 8:53:10 AM PST · by jdm · 41 replies · 629+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 02, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    When Rudy Giuliani left the race and threw his support behind John McCain, people wondered whether it would have much effect on the race. After all, the Mayor had faded badly in the Republican primaries after utilizing a strategy that made him largely irrelevant in the national media. However, Rudy brought two other endorsements that could help build bridges with disaffected conservatives if McCain wins the nomination. First came Ted Olson to provide reassurance on judicial nominations, and today Steve Forbes endorsed McCain, perhaps addressing his self-professed weakness on economics: U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that Steve...
  • MCCAIN PICKS UP TED OLSON (NRO-CAMPAIGN SPOT)

    01/31/2008 3:38:25 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 62 replies · 202+ views
    National Review - Campaign Spot ^ | January 31, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    Thursday, January 31, 2008 JOHN MCCAINMcCain Picks Up Ted OlsonLooks like when Giuliani made his endorsement, one of his key backers moved with him: Jen Rubin hears Ted Olson, former Solicitor General (and a guy mentioned in recent Supreme Court and Attorney General vacancies) is backing McCain. I guess he's not worried about the comment in the Fund/Novak columns. 01/31 05:42 PM
  • Giuliani's Past Judicial Picks Lean Left

    11/15/2007 8:54:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies · 101+ views
    CBS News ^ | November 15, 2007
    GOP Hopeful's Mayoral Appointments At Odds With Pledge To Appoint Conservative Jurists. Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has been winning over some conservative Republicans by promising to appoint judges in the mold of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and others who might seem likely to limit the reach of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Judges he named as New York mayor, however, could never be mistaken for Scalia. Giuliani's promise has helped overcome his abortion rights support as an issue for conservative voters. After all, the next president can do little about abortion except to name judges who interpret...
  • Rudy's Adoption Agenda and Proven Effectiveness

    11/05/2007 8:00:35 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 61 replies · 190+ views
    Townhall ^ | June 11, 2007 | By David Vitter & Theodore B. Olson
    We are conservatives who are proud to support Rudy Giuliani for president. We support Rudy because he is a strong leader -- a man of action and a man of his word. And a big part of that is his proven effectiveness -- his record of actually changing things for the better in concrete, measurable ways. A perfect example of his leadership and proven effectiveness is Rudy's record on adoption. Rudy Giuliani dramatically increased the number of adoptions in the New York City system as mayor. Adoptions skyrocketed 133% over his eight year tenure compared to the eight years before...
  • Doing Rudy Justice

    11/07/2007 2:32:08 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 116 replies · 133+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 7, 2007 | Theodore B. Olson
    To some extent, America knows Rudy Giuliani. They know him as “America’s Mayor,” the man who engineered the greatest urban Renaissance of my lifetime and who stood as a pillar of strength when our nation needed him most. But there is more to Rudy — much more to the man I have had the privilege to know since we first worked together in the Reagan Justice Department. .... . . . The breadth of Rudy Giuliani’s experience in the arenas of justice and [national] security is simply unmatched by any presidential candidate running today. Rudy has been an inspirational leader...
  • Judge and Giuliani backer likely A.G. pick

    09/16/2007 8:54:19 AM PDT · by Babu · 13 replies · 1,161+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 9-16-07 | Mike Allen
    White House officials signaled to influential conservatives this weekend that Michael B. Mukasey, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan who is the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is the likely choice to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, several Republicans close to the process told The Politico. "It came down to confirmability," said a former Justice Department official close to the conversations. Democrats and liberals are expected to view the choice as conciliatory, the Republicans said. Conservatives had been rooting for former Solicitor General Theodore B. (Ted) Olson, but Senator Majority...
  • Scrutiny for possible AG nominee

    09/15/2007 2:15:09 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 525+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/15/07 | Deb Riechmann/AP
    WASHINGTON - Conservatives on Saturday lined up for and against potential attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, the man they believe has ascended to the top of President Bush's list of replacements for Alberto Gonzales. Earlier in the week, Democrats in the Senate threatened to block confirmation of another prospect — Theodore Olson, a longtime GOP ally and former solicitor general who represented Bush before the Supreme Court in the contested 2000 presidential election. The behind-the-scenes battle over who will succeed Gonzales heated up over the weekend as the president, who was at Camp David, moved closer to announcing his choice....
  • Borking Mr. Olson: President Reid gives AG orders to the White House

    09/14/2007 12:16:22 AM PDT · by Aristotelian · 31 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2007 | Editorial
    Not content with having run Attorney General Alberto Gonzales out of town, the Democratic posse on Capitol Hill is already gunning for his replacement--even before he's nominated. More preposterous still, they're disguising this pre-emptive borking as a plea for a "consensus" choice. The breadth of this proposed condominium appears to be on the narrow side, however, running from Harry Reid to Pat Leahy, and perhaps stretching all the way to Chuck Schumer. Revealingly, this "consensus" doesn't seem to have room for Ted Olson, the former Solicitor General who is merely one of America's finest lawyers. "Ted Olson will not be...
  • Nominate Olson - Then Stand Up and Fight

    09/14/2007 4:39:46 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies · 531+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2007 | Marc Sheppard
    To Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, Ted Olson is an unrepentant Republican, uniquely unqualified to succeed outgoing Alberto Gonzalez as U.S Attorney General. To Lanny Davis, he's an independent thinker perfect for the job. And to George Bush, he just might be a one-way ticket out of lame-duck Palookaville. In Wednesday's pre-emptive attack on the man who has yet to be nominated, let alone voice his acceptance, Nevada Democrat Reid told Reuters that, "[Olson]'s a partisan, and the last thing we need as an attorney general is a partisan." What a remarkable statement, even from the oft-erratic Senate majority leader,...
  • Reid: We’ll defeat Olson

    09/12/2007 4:47:59 PM PDT · by Jean S · 91 replies · 2,402+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/13/07 | Elana Schor
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday fired a warning shot at Democrats on the White House’s still-unnamed attorney general pick as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared that front-runner Ted Olson would not be confirmed. The early sparring over the successor to Alberto Gonzales, who cedes power at the Justice Department on Friday, foreshadows a brutal confirmation battle to come. Minutes after Reid declared former solicitor general Olson was too partisan for the job, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fired a salvo at Democrats who would delay Gonzales’s replacement. “If they were serious when they cried out for new leadership at the...
  • (Dingy Harry) Reid: "Ted Olson Will Not Be Confirmed" as AG

    09/12/2007 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies · 2,222+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 12, 2007
    ABC News' Ann Compton, Z. Byron Wolf and Theresa Cook Report: The confirmation battle for the next Attorney General is already heating up -- even before the White House has named a nominee for the post. ABC News has confirmed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Reuters this afternoon that "Ted Olson will not be confirmed." Olson, a former Solicitor General and Assistant Attorney General, has emerged as a top contender for the job, but Democrats have charged that his political leanings would influence his work as the nation's top law enforcement official, an accusation that has plagued...
  • Why Bush Is Eyeing Theodore Olson

    09/12/2007 8:22:42 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 26 replies · 1,281+ views
    NY Sun ^ | Septemter 12, 2007 | NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT
    If the buzz around Washington is correct, and Theodore Olson is nominated to be the new attorney general, Democrats may rue that they do not have Alberto Gonzales to kick around anymore. The appointment of Mr. Olson would send a clear signal to Congress that President Bush is not about to go soft during his last 15 months in office. He may have lost a loyal Texan friend in Mr. Gonzales, but the return of Mr. Olson to government would show that the president is determined to maintain his ideological equilibrium.-SNIP- The speculation making the rounds on Capitol Hill suggests...
  • Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee [Reid on Solicitor General Theodore Olson....]

    09/12/2007 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies · 2,059+ views
    Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee 41 minutes ago Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former Solicitor General Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales. Congressional and administration officials have described Olson as a leading contender for the job as the nation's chief U.S. law enforcement officer, but Reid declared: "Ted Olson will not be confirmed" by the Senate. "He's a partisan, and the last thing we need as an attorney general is a partisan," Reid told Reuters in a brief hallway interview on...