Monday, October 31, 2005

Back To The Old Drawing Board

Now that the Harriet Miers brain burp has passed, it's time for the White House to get serious about the upcoming vacancy that people have been talking about for months. This is good news for those on the Right who split over Miers:

President Bush appears poised to announce a new Supreme Court nomination today, moving quickly after a weekend of consultations to put forward a replacement for the ill-fated choice of Harriet Miers in hopes of recapturing political momentum, according to Republicans close to the White House.

Judging by the names the White House floated by political allies in recent days, Mr. Bush seems ready to pick a candidate with a long track record of conservative jurisprudence -- one who would mollify the Republican base, whose opposition to Ms. Miers' nomination helped scuttle it. Several GOP strategists said the most likely choice seemed to be federal appeals Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., with judges J. Michael Luttig and Alice M. Batchelder also in the running.


So now President Bush is going to do what he should have done over a month ago and pick a qualified judge for the Sandra Day O'Connor seat on the Supreme Court -- but look! There is dismay on the opposite side of the field.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said yesterday that he already has warned the White House that nominating Judge Alito -- who is often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia -- would "create a lot of problems."
Like what, Mr. Quickie-Marriage-Land Lefty? You mean he might actually adhere to the letter of the law as set out by the U.S. Constitution? And he might even notice that abortion has nothing to do with any right to privacy in the Bill of Rights? Those kinds of problems? Well, good then. Any problem for you is a solution for us. And vice-versa.

Senate Democrats, who largely kept quiet during the Miers nomination to enjoy the Republican civil war it spawned, signaled they would come off the sidelines in the case of a more vocal conservative nominee.

"If he wants to divert attention from all of his many problems, he can send us somebody that is going to create a lot of problems," Mr. Reid said on CNN. "I think this time he would be ill advised to do that. But the right wing, the radical right wing is pushing a lot of his buttons, and he may just go along with them."

The President's "many problems" would be the Miers nomination, the Iraq War body count, and the Scooter indictment. (If you believe in the President's elemental control powers, then the hurricanes may be added to the list.) The solution to those problems is not to lay down and take it from the Jackass Left. The solution is to work with your base of support and try to expand it. Senator Reid dismisses the Republican base as "the radical right wing". And perhaps we are. What's so wrong with that, Harry? Are you sure we didn't push a few of your buttons instead of the President's?

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a liberal member of the Judiciary Committee, held out the possibility of a filibuster, although he said it was too early to judge. "If it's going to be a nominee who is way, way out of the mainstream, who wants to use the courts to change America, something conservatives have always been against, at least in the past, there's the possibility of a filibuster," he said on "Face the Nation."
When a Democrat speaks on that show, it ought to be renamed "Buttocks the Nation", because most of these guys just go right out and start talking out of their asses. When a Dem uses expressions like "out of the mainstream" or "radical right wing", he/she/it is referring to those who look at the Constitution, rather than the Communist Manifesto, as the law of the land in America. If judges and justices appointed by Republicans "use the courts to change America", it's only because they are trying to undo all of the unconstitutional decisions made by leftist judges and justices over the past hundred years.

If Schumer wants a filibuster, well, let me just say that it's a shame that we don't have fistfights in the House and Senate like legislatures in other countries do. I'd like to see that change.

Finally, a caveat:
The fact that Bush aides were circulating those names over the weekend does not guarantee he will pick one of them.
In other words, don't uncork the champagne just yet.

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