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1/13/2005

Gathering Storm in the Senate

From something called LifeNews.com:

"Senate Republicans are getting closer to launching their plan of action to attempt to prevent filibusters by pro-abortion Senate Democrats on President Bush's pro-life judicial nominees.
Pro-life lawmakers have long been frustrated by the efforts of abortion advocates to stall nearly a dozen of Bush's picks to top federal courts. The issue came to a head during the elections and is credited with helping pro-life Senator John Thune defeat then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle."


Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist makes this threat, "If my Democratic colleagues exercise self-restraint and do not filibuster judicial nominees, Senate traditions will be restored. But, if my Democratic colleagues continue to filibuster judicial nominees, the Senate will face this choice: Fail to do its constitutional duty or reform itself and restore its traditions, and do what the Framers intended."

Minority Leader Harry Reid then fired off this warning, "It will be very difficult to get even the most routine work done in the Senate," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in an interview late last month.

As I've mentioned before on this site and Thune v South Dakota, I think Bush needs to exercise self-restraint when it comes to nominating crazy right-wing fundamentalist judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench. We all understand the nominees will be conservative, but he should be able to find mainstream conservative judges to appoint and not fringe wackos. Here is a rundown of some of those wackos that have been nominated.

4 Comments:

At 1/13/2005 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole thing irks me to no ends! The wingnuts in the Senate and Bush himself, play out this drama of 'oh poor us, those pro-abortion Democrats who have abortions everyday won't approve a single judicial nomination. Not a single one! Did ya hear that! The hell we have to go through to try to get a nominee approved. We're just gonna have to change the Senate rules, otherwise our federal courts will be empty.'

And who are they going to blame, now that Daschle is gone (Daschle who did more to help S.D. ranchers and farmers than Thune ever will.)

Sid at New Frames

 
At 1/13/2005 06:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Trent,

I know this is off topic, but I just came across this link on DailyKos about US soldiers fleeing to Canada, so far 5,500. One of the soldiers is from S.D., Jeremy Hinzman. Here's the link to the story in the UK's telegraph (of course you have to get this kind of stuff from overseas):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/01/09/wus09.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/01/09/ixportal.html

It would be cool if you could find out more about him and his family. Has the local SD press written about him?

Sid from New Frames

 
At 1/14/2005 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Trent Dlugosh said...

Sid,
No I had not heard about him and no I haven't seen any media coverage on him. Very interesting. I'm going to see what I can dig up.
Thanks

 
At 1/15/2005 04:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Keep me posted. It looks like the link got streched off the page. The story is in the UK's Telegraph, which is not exactly a liberal outlet. But then again, conservative in the UK is centrist here.

Sid

 

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