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Funnyman Spoons

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 9:10 pm

I have been behind in my blogreading. As part of my catching up, I offer Spoons’s very funny post on election predictions. Don’t miss the comments, two of which are actually by the people they purport to be from.

Reasons to Oppose Arlen Specter

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:30 pm

If you are not motivated to take action to oppose Arlen Specter becoming the Judiciary Committee Chairman, read this — a transcript from yesterday’s press conference given by Specter. Highlights (or “lowlights”):

The Constitution has a clause called advise and consent, the advise part is traditionally not paid a whole lot of attention to, I wouldn’t quite say ignored, but close to that. My hope that the Senate will be more involved in expressing our views. We start off with the basic fact that the Democrats are have filibustered and expect them to filibuster if the nominees are not within the broad range of acceptability.

. . . .

When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v Wade, I think that is unlikely. And I have said that bluntly during the course of the campaign and before. When the Inquirer endorsed me, they quoted my statement that Roe v Wade was inviolate. And that 1973 decision, which has been in effect now for 33 years, was buttressed by the 1992 decision, written by three Republican justices-O’Conner, Souter, and Kennedy-and nobody can doubt Anthony Kennedy’s conservativism or pro-life position, but that’s the fabric of the country. Nobody can be confirmed today who didn’t agree with Brown v. Board of Education on integration, and I believe that while you traditionally do not ask a nominee how they’re going to decide a specific case, there’s a doctorate and a fancy label term, stari decisis, precedent which I think protects that issue. That is my view, now, before, and always.

Motivated yet?

Call Bill Frist at 202-224-3344 or e-mail him using this contact form, and tell him we will not tolerate Arlen Specter as Judiciary Committee Chairman.

It wouldn’t hurt to call your own Republican Senator — if you have one. And the number for the White House is 202-456-1111.

Read Spoons for more — especially this post.

P.S. Just between you and me, don’t utterly panic if Specter gets the position nevertheless. It would be a major step to deny him the chairmanship. But if we lean on Frist, he may have a talk with Specter, and explain to him that he’d better play ball if he wants the position.

What must be clear is that the man cannot preside over the committee and enforce the views he expressed yesterday. Period.

But don’t say any of this in your phone calls. Your message must be clear: Specter can’t get the position.

P.P.S. If you get the impression that I think Roe v. Wade must be overturned, you are right. I think that is the most important thing the Supreme Court can do. (That burning smell is the smell of my chances of being a judge going up in flames.)

Why do I feel this way?

This is not about promoting a far-right Christian agenda. It’s primarily about returning power to the people, to govern ourselves. Some people already understand this, but not everyone does. For those who don’t, I promise a post by the end of this weekend explaining why it is.

Big Media Myth Could Help Steer Bush Rightward

Filed under: 2004 Election,Dog Trainer,Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:03 pm

Media sheep consistently bleat that President Bush governed like a hard-right conservative in his first term. For example, today’s L.A. Times says:

Four years ago, George W. Bush won his first term with fewer votes than his opponent, but governed as if the nation had granted him a clear mandate to pursue conservative policies.

This is nonsense, of course. It’s the kind of thing Big Media types keep repeating until it becomes Conventional Wisdom, but there’s little to back it up. To take one example near and dear to my heart: name one conservative judge who Bush truly fought for. [sound of crickets chirping]

But I hope I keep hearing this myth repeated — because it will result in a more conservative second term.

To see why, let’s pretend the myth is true, and see where that logic leads us.

“I Hereby Nominate Miguel Estrada for the Supreme Court”

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:51 am

President Bush has won, and he owes his base. The best way for him to repay this debt would be to finally fight hard for good, conservative judges. And one of the best ways to start would be by renominating Miguel Estrada — preferably to the United States Supreme Court. Renominating Estrada in a highly visible way would be a smart move for Bush (as well as the right thing to do).

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