Thursday, July 10, 2008

"It's the Supremes, Stupid"

TO: All people of all political persuasions, particularly those who, at this moment in time, feel wobbly about voting for Obama.

John McCain about Justice Alito: "I supported him, I thought he was a magnificent choice, I spoke on his behalf from the floor of the Senate...I've said several times that I'd like to find clones for Justices Roberts and Alito."

"Every town hall meeting, I've said, we're going to have justices like Roberts and Alito."
- John McCain

"Let me just look you in the eye," McCain told me. I've said a thousand times on this campaign trail, I've said as often as I can, that I want to find clones of Alito and Roberts. I worked as hard as anybody to get them confirmed. I look you in the eye and tell you I've said a thousand times that I wanted Alito and Roberts. I have told anybody who will listen. I flat-out tell you I will have people as close to Roberts and Alito [as possible], and I am proud of my record of working to get them confirmed, and people who worked to get them confirmed will tell you how hard I worked."
- John McCain

Source for above quotes:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-03-13-judges_N.htm#appointments

McCain and the Supreme Court
by STEVEN G. CALABRESI and JOHN O. MCGINNIS
Wall St. Journal; February 4, 2008; Page A14

"The judiciary is different. On Jan. 20, 2009, six of the nine Supreme Court justices will be over 70. Most of them could be replaced by the next president, particularly if he or she is re-elected. Given the prospect of accelerating gains in modern medical technology, some of the new justices may serve for over half a century."

A look at judicial appointments by the numbers:

President (term)

Ronald Reagan

(1981-89)

George H.W. Bush

(1989-93)

Bill Clinton

(1993-2001)

George W. Bush

(2001-present)

Supreme Court

4

2

2

2

Appeals courts

83

42

66

57

Trial courts

290

148

305

237




Bush has made key appointments to:

  • the U.S. Supreme Court: John Roberts, 53, and Samuel Alito, 57, are the nine justices and the youngest of the consistently conservative, and were in the Reagan administration.

  • the prominent U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, regarded as a steppingstone to the Supreme Court: Janice Rogers Brown, 58; Brett Kavanaugh, 43; Thomas Griffith, 53; and, before he was elevated, Roberts. Perhaps the most controversial was Brown, who as a judge on the California Supreme Court earned a reputation as a bold advocate of property rights and an opponent of affirmative action.

1 comment:

jericho4119 said...

Howdy - saw part of a conversation on Environmentalists for Obama and I thought I would come over to this interestingly named blog.

I remain blissfully unconcerned about the potential for Obama to lose this upcoming election. Is the man a perfect candidate? Surely not and no one ever will be. But he has been very good in the selection of his opponents. McCain is supremely ill-suited for the rigors of a lengthy presidential campaign. In just the past week, his key economic advisor scolded the country for being whiners and not being able to recognize that we have never had it so good. Next, his other economic shill bragged that McCain just could not wait to resolve the insurance industry disparity of covering men but not covering women for the same act of intercourse - almost the dictionary definition of partiality. When confronted with both of these conversations McCain fumbled: first by acting as though he had never heard of Phil Gramm (when in fact, Gramm wrote the McCain economic policy) and then professing to having never heard of strange things like Viagra or birth control (despite having voted against ending this disparity several times in the Senate).

McCain is hopeless encumbered by his decades of votes in opposition to what the American people really want; this is why it is so hard for Senators to win national elections. Obama - in comparison - has no such record and thus is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the wave of change sweeping the nation.

Keep spreading the word on Obama and his campaign; ignore the daily Gallup tracking poll and watch the states polls at http://www.electoral-vote.com/ and then sit back and partake of your favorite repast.

GOBAMA!