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Friday, July 01, 2005

Now it's Going to Get Ugly

Time to start dusting off the big, red, nuke button:

"Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor submitted her retirement notice to President Bush on Friday, setting the stage for a contentious battle over her replacement.

'Dear President Bush, this is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor. It has been a great priviledge indeed to have served as a member of the Court for 24 Terms.'

'I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the
Court and its role under our constitutional structure," O'Connor wrote.'"

I'm expecting some sort of statement out of the White House as well as the Democratic leadership this afternoon. Until then there's not much to say, except thank God Diebold rigged all those voting machines in Ohio.

**UPDATE**
The President is making a statement in 15 minutes. On the oft chance there's any substance I'll be following up.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Steve said...

Please dont let it be Gonzales...who do you think Brash? I would love to see Rogers Brown or McConnell.

7/01/2005 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

MSN had a little article stating that Harry Reid is trying to push for someone outside of the judiciary, such as Senators. I think he listed 3 GOP guys (don't know of them myself). That would probably be a good idea.

The only thing I fear would be too strong of a religious bent for a justice. Other than that let the fighting begin.

7/01/2005 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Steve,
I'm thinking Gonzales it out, they got too harsh a reaction when they floated him last week.

Rogers Brown is a longshot since she's barely been on the Appeals court a month, although she would be perfect.

Given the nature of the person retiring, I'm guessing Edith Hollan Jones will get a close look.

7/01/2005 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Why would a senator be a good idea? Call me old fashioned but it seems like the best choice for a Supreme Court Justice would be, oh I don't know, someone who has been practicing law that last few years instead of politics?

At any rate, I doubt Reid could even be serious. If there was ever a more thinly veiled attempt to pick up votes in the Senate, I can't think of it. Wonder if he'd be willing put a prominent Democrat up for the nomination?

7/01/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

I have to admit SDO was a great ,fair judge. Can't believe we got that out of Reagan Appointee.

My Guess: Some Fag Hating/Invade your personal life/ nutjob who represents 30% of America.

Bush has a chance to become "the Uniter" he bragged that his was.

Let's see if he does it.

7/01/2005 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Brash,

I agree that Brown didn't serve long enough at the DC Circuit level, but on the plus side she was just confirmed by the Senate (if she was good enough for the second highest court, why not the highest court) and she was on the Cali Supreme Court, so it's not like she is a stranger to the role of a judge.

I enjoy the reaction of people like crackpot. Apparently they have missed the past couple of election cycles and don't realize the country is conservative. Very similar to the reaction when the catholic church dared to elect a pope who embraces the doctrines of the church…imagine that.

7/01/2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

"Fourteen senators have served on the Supreme Court. The revolving door has turned the other way only once: David Davis resigned from the court in 1877 to represent Illinois in the Senate as an independent."

That is from the MSN piece.

"Of the other seven justices appointed since 1937, four held high elective office; three were senators (Black, Byrnes, and Burton) and the fourth was governor of California (Warren). The other three held positions outside government. Each had attained extraordinary success and respect—as a legal scholar (Frankfurter), a Washington lawyer (Fortas), and a leader of the legal profession (Powell). Frankfurter and Fortas had also been informal presidential advisers."

"The Constitution does not require that Supreme Court justices be attorneys. In practice, however, this restriction has been absolute. Most of those involved in the selection process assume that only a person with legal training can serve effectively on the Court. If a president nominated a non-lawyer to the Court, this assumption—and the large number of lawyers in the Senate—probably would prevent confirmation."

From CQ Electronic Library
http://www.cqpress.com/incontext/SupremeCourt/characteristics.htm .


What would be the problem with someone who has legal experience, as many Senators do, becoming a judge. I can't speak for Reid's motives, and I won't.

And getting someone from outside is always a good idea, for any institution.

7/01/2005 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Ahh, Steve, 51% of the population is conservative, presidentially speaking. Quite a majority you've got there. Mandate, I'd say.

And congress is right leaning because of voter reaction to the Clinton administration, at least in my opinion.

Almost every active and educated roman catholics that I know is not happy the selected pope, (nor the few ministers of the protestant wing that I know) but as with republicans such as yourself they are too chickenshit to outwardly criticize their leadership. kinda weak, methinks.

7/01/2005 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

The Left's criticism of the Pope is so absurd I don't even want to engage it.

On the Senator thing Ned, I'm not claiming it never happened, I just don't think it's a great idea. At this point in our history, openly injecting politics into the courts is a lose/lose. We should at least be keeping up appearences that the Law is independant, even if no one believes it.

7/01/2005 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Steve-o brought up the pope, not me. I just took an opportunity to put out a general insult towards blindly loyal republicans. Sometimes yah just gotta vent. I personnally don't give a rat's ass about the pope.

And Brash, without studying the courts history, I think it is a safe guess to think that politics have influenced the court on more than one occassion in its life. But I have to agree, probably not a good idea to overtly throw in a career politician into the mix, at least in today's day and age.

I'm very curious to see how this pans out. I truly would like to see some maturity on capital hill.

7/01/2005 12:36:00 PM  
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