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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Disorder in The Court?


Chief Justice Rehnquist Hospitalized
AP - WASHINGTON - Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's latest hospitalization has added more intrigue to the guessing game about his retirement prospects.

There was no indication the news would affect the president's selection of a candidate — or the timing of an announcement — for replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced earlier this month that she was stepping down.

It was fairly universally regarded as inevitable that some new Supreme Court Justices would need to be appointed during this Presidential term, although it may be happening sooner than anticipated.

Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, urged Bush to pick someone other than a judge. Groups on both sides are poised to launch expensive lobbying campaigns, but Specter has said he wants them to pull back.

Bush recently had a breakfast meeting with four key senators - Specter, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Minority Leader Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee - which was part of the White House effort to consult both parties before choosing a nominee. Democrats, who had prodded the White House to talk with them, said they were encouraged by the meeting but asked for more discussions with actual names. Because they believe that Bush may wish to nominate the first Hispanic Justice, Democrats suggested three Hispanic judges.

First Lady Laura Bush has said she hopes that O'Connor, the first woman on the high court, will be followed by another.

President Bush has said that he would consider nominating a woman or someone with no experience as a judge to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Now, of course, he may have to nominate candidates for two open spots on the Supreme Court. The Senate has had dual confirmation hearings before and "frankly, it can be done," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on President Bush's picks.

The last time there were simultaneous vacancies at the court was 1971. Justices Hugo Black and John Marshall Harlan retired that September, about a week apart. Their successors were Rehnquist, then assistant attorney general in the Nixon administration, and Lewis Powell.

How will this scenario ultimately play out?

Only time will tell...

UPDATE!


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush named federal appeals judge John G. Roberts Jr. to fill the first Supreme Court vacancy in a decade on Tuesday, delighting Republicans and unsettling Democrats by picking a young jurist of impeccably conservative credentials.

If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, the 50-year-old Roberts would succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, long a swing vote on a court divided over abortion, affirmative action, states' rights and more.

Bush offered Roberts the job in a lunchtime telephone call, then invited him to the White House for a nationally televised, prime-time announcement. The president said his choice will "strictly apply the Constitution in laws, not legislate from the bench."


26 Comments:

Blogger David said...

1. 2, 3, 4, openings and more, as long as they are strict constructionists or textualists/originalists. Our best hope for the next generation or 2! This is the most important thing after the War on Terror.

2. On June 27, 2005, I suggested the following: "Bush's Next Supreme Court Nominee - Scalia and Thomas Clone."

I knew cloning will help our cause. (smile)

July 14, 2005 9:14 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

Well, he (Bush) was given a mandate to balance out the extreme liberalism on the Supreme Court with those that will Judge by the Law and the Constitution. We can't have any further nominated by a Republican that says that we need to take International Laws (Ginsberg) into account when ruling from the Supreme Court. That is activism, not justice.
I heard Sen. Orrin Hatch (whom would be a good choice) interviewed by Hannity the other day and he said that he believes that Bush will stick to his guns and not be swayed by the extreme Lib's to pick someone that they would approve of.
If necessary, we can still go nucular (sic)

July 14, 2005 9:20 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Absolutely a constitutionalist.

It'll be interesting, maybe even fun to watch. My suggestion is that if the dims try to drag it out too long, W should appoint Bork as a recess justice. Then we can all watch a blue bloodbath as their heads explode! Wheeee!

July 14, 2005 9:21 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

One thing's for certain, gang; if we don't get some more Supreme Court Justices that will strictly interpret the Constitution, rather than legislate from the bench, then we will start to decline like Eurabia...

July 14, 2005 9:25 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

It is without doubt in my mind, the most critical junction our country has come to in these times, even above terrorism. If allowed to Legislate from the bench, coddling terrorists (aka Durbin, Blame America First croud) will allow them to rule our country.
Situation CRITICAL

July 14, 2005 9:39 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

kwl:
Judicial tyranny is a form of terrorism, though.

I'd like to see an end to all tyranny, of every kind...

July 14, 2005 10:08 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

OK, let's see... a woman, strong conservative, and NOT a judge.

Hmmmmm. How 'bout Ann Coulter, or Monica Crowley? Better yet, Michelle Malkin... first Asian woman!

July 14, 2005 10:56 AM  
Blogger mig said...

Daytime TV :Judge Judy... first black woman...
Just kidding. Is she really a judge?

I am all for Ann Coulter. Could ya just see the heads spin?

What about Levin?... "Men In Black".

July 14, 2005 11:30 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Sad to say...Mickey Rooney has just made the "short list".

July 14, 2005 2:54 PM  
Blogger JR said...

CamoJack,
   Ann Coulter would be my dream pick… That way everyone would have to read what she has written over the years…
   But sadly, I know that GW is a moderate to liberal and that’s what we will get…
JR

July 14, 2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley or Michelle Malkin? I like it, but they'd never be approved.

mig:
Judge Judy. I'll echo your question; is she really a judge...or does she just play one on TV?

Kajun:
Mickey Rooney has always been on the short list. Or were you speakin' figuratively?!

JR:
At the risk of repeating myself...do you really think "Dubya" is a moderate to liberal, or does he just play one on TV?
(So to speak, as 'twere)

Oh, and welcome to my little corner of the "blogosphere"!

July 14, 2005 4:56 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

I remember Patrick Leahy very well from his role in "Marathon Man" as the nazi who kept asking, "Is it safe?"

Seriously though, I find it amusing that libs want someone who is a "moderate" like O'Connor. O'Connor was not appointed to BE a moderate, she just turned out that way.

If I hire someone to do a job at my house, because I believe they do quality work, and then they do a crappy job, when I replace them, it won't be with someone who ALSO does a crappy job.

I hope my analogy makes sense. It has been a long day. Of course I could claim I am a dimocrat and then I wouldn't have to make sense. ;-)

July 14, 2005 6:50 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Ann Coulter as a Supreme Court Justice would be a truly great thing for this country, but alas, it would never happen. The woman is an absolute genius, plus I love her biting, sarcastic wit. And, she doesn't back down in a disagreement, either. Gotta love it.

On topic, it will be interesting to see who "W" nominates, and how hypertensive the left gets over his nominee(s). I'm just sick and tired of the left throwing fits about EVERYTHING, though. Bunch of lunatics!!! >:-{

July 14, 2005 6:53 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
Apt analogy indeed; O'Connor did not turn out as anticipated.

'da Bunny:
Regardless of what they may be saying now, no matter who gets nominated, it'll become a huge controversy...mark my words.

July 14, 2005 7:30 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Here's the plan:
Nominate Ann Coulter and watch the Dems go apopleptic.
Force a rules change that presidential nominees are off limits for filibuster.
If they rejcet Coulter, nominate Star Parker. If they reject her, nominate Michelle Malkin.
[Note: All are women and two are minorities] Make a big point about Democrats standing in the way of minorities and women.
If Michelle is rejected, nominate Janice Rodgers Brown (another minority woman). They have already approved her and by now should get the message that Dubya is serious about the Constitution. You gotta love how this plays out in Dubuque.

July 14, 2005 8:48 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat'sRick:
Ingenious!

July 14, 2005 9:02 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Pat'sRick,
I LOVE IT!!!

July 17, 2005 11:46 AM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Thanks, guys. Now if oly we could get Dubya to do it.

July 17, 2005 7:07 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I'm just wondering when he's going to nominate someone...anyone.

July 17, 2005 7:42 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

I went into the kitchen for fresh coffee right after President Bush and Judge Roberts had spoken. In the time it took to pour a mug, Chuck Schumer was already puffing up like a blowfish, and seething on my TV.

I went into the den and listened to the analysis and bloviating from afar. Schumer & Co. were replaced by a terrible yowling noise, like a cat with its tail caught in a door. It was only Susan Estrogen on FCN, repeating her stunned mantra of "It's not a woman! He's a conservative! It's not a woman..." ad nauseum.

I still think GWB needs to nominate a handicapped Black Muslim lesbian with a mail-order law degree. The inevitable congessional brawl isn't going to be about judicial excellence or qualifications, it's going to be about Republican blood on the floor, so to speak.

July 20, 2005 9:55 AM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

Er...congressional brawl. But you knew that already.

July 20, 2005 9:57 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Judge Roberts looks to be an excellent choice...which is precisely why the liberal losers
are already in "whine" mode. So far, I've seen Sen's Schumer, "Leaky" Leahy, "Dur bin Laden" and Boxer race to the cameras to denigrate Roberts, and that's from only watching a few minutes of TV. Has Teddy "weighed" in with any of his "fatuous" comments, yet?

July 20, 2005 10:07 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Let's just pray that God will spare us all the LLL antics and confirm Roberts soon. In fact, we should probably pray for Roberts, pray for our country, pray for expediency, and pray for our President.

July 20, 2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Trotting Possum:
(Sounds Native American; I'm ¼ Cherokee, so I like it)
From what I've read, it took about 12 minutes for the opposition Party to spool up into full protest mode.

A "handicapped Black Muslim lesbian", huh? They'd prefer an atheist, methinks.

'da Bunny:
Judge Roberts seems to be precisely the type of jurist that they should ALL be, ideally...a strict constructionist.

Has Teddy weighed in with any of his fatuous comments, eh? Good one!

Hawkeye®
Obviously, we will not be spared from the "antics" of the media or the opposition Party, but it never hurts to pray...

July 20, 2005 4:46 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

I can't wait to hear, jesse jackarse, charlie rangle and "fat albert" sharpton, complain about Bush appointing a "white man".

Heck, white males are not even allowed to be in most magazine ads anymore.

July 20, 2005 8:49 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
I can wait, but I'm certain that any number of people will protest the nomination...although they'll have to be more circumspect in their rationale, regardless of their true agenda.

In other words, they won't be able to come right out and say they oppose Roberts' nomination simply because he's a white male.

July 20, 2005 9:30 PM  

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