Archive for the 'Judicial Nominations' Category

Well Done, Sen. McConnell

Friday, June 6th, 2008

In his first real show of leadership in a long time, Sen. John Cornyn, doubtless at the direction of Sen. Mitch McConnell, effectively shut down the Senate with a procedural move earlier this week, punishing Democrats for their inaction on judicial nominations. By objecting to a routing procedural motion, Cornyn forced the Senate clerk […]

McCain Nearly Strikes Right Tone on Judges

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I will readily state that I have major misgivings about our Presidential nominee when it comes to judicial nominations. His history in the Senate of spurning highly qualified nominees in favor of the media-grabbing “middle ground” gives me pause when I consider whether I can cast my ballot for the chosen one. That […]

Nuke ´em

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

With Democrats taking control of the new Senate, they have gained the upper hand in the fight over Supreme Court nominations.  Republicans struggled to ensure votes for several nominees already, allowing Democrat obstruction to continue on nominees Henry Saad and William Myers.  This could be the only chance to ensure that a Supreme Court nominee could receive […]

DeWine´s Test

Friday, April 28th, 2006

When Sen. Mike DeWine part-took in the infamous Gang of 14 agreement that averted the restoration of the Constitution, several members of what would for most Republicans be considered the base accused him of selling out.  He said that those who criticized him did not understand the agreement.  The response of his critics, i.e. sitting […]

DeWine Still Doesn’t Get It

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Republican Senator Mike DeWine’s numbers can be explained quite easily by this Washington Times article.  DeWine is actively seeking the support of influential conservative Grover Norquist and his organization Americans for Tax Reform (full disclosure: I worked as an associate at ATR for a semester).  Norquist is one of the most powerful conservatives in Washington […]

Charge of the Light Brigade, Part Deux

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Never mind the Crimean War.  Tennyson’s poem applies even more aptly to Senate Democrats, who now appear set to filibuster the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.  Even though one of the most liberal Senators in the body, Dianne Feinstein, has warned against such a politically suicidal move, it seems that Democrats simply cannot disobey the […]

Alito: Tempering the Optimism

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The nomination of Judge Samuel Alito has been met with unbridled enthusiasm in conservative circles. This is understandable in light of the Miers debacle. Clearly, Judge Alito’s resume qualifies him for the Supreme Court. If he were on the Court for several of its disastrous decisions, such as Griswold, Roe, and Eisenstadt, he almost certainly […]

Thank You, Mr. President

Monday, July 18th, 2005

President Bush has reportedly assured conservatives that he will not choose Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to replace Injustice Sandra Day O’Connor. The President now seems to be zeroing in on women for the slot. The two most likely possibilities are Edith Jones and Edith Joy Clement. Jones has a record a mile long and has […]

No Gonzales. Not Now. Not Ever.

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Over at, Erick, who scooped the entire media with the O’Connor resignation, has the goods. According to his sources, the President will nominate Alberto Gonzales to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg after naming two conservatives to replace the Chief Justice and Sandra Day O’Connor. Simply put, this is not acceptable.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy […]

Push, Meet Shove

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

By now, you are well aware of the fact that Sandra Day O’Connor has finally resigned from the Supreme Court. While O’Connor caused much frustration to the right during her two decades on the Court, her decision to leave the Court and the job she loved for her husband is commendable.
Now, it is time to […]