Thursday, September 15, 2005

Court Appointments

There are two vacancies on the Supreme Court on President Bush's watch. John Roberts will more than likely be confirmed as the replacement for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Rehnquist was, after all, a conservative so the Dems won't put up as much of a fight. The real fight, it appears, will be the nominee who is set to replace Justice Sandra Day-O'Connor. Somewhere along the line the Democrats decided that a Republican president must replace liberal for liberal on the Supreme Court. I would bet a million dollars that these same Democrats would not reciprocate that same ideal for a Democratic President if a vacancy came up and the justice to be replaced were a conservative. In fact, they would insist that the President is free to appoint whomsoever he felt to be qualified for the position, and Republicans would not disagree.

My hope is that President Bush will not acquiesce to Democratic bellyaching in an effort to be "a uniter, not a divider" when selecting a nominee to replace O'Connor. I don't believe in being divisive for divisiveness' sake, but if one's prinicples are Godly and they divide then so be it. I hope President Bush will do what is best for the country and not what is best for his political image or his legacy.

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At Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:58:00 PM, Blogger Leo said...

Hi Dawn,

Yes, I think that the Democrats will give Judge Roberts a pass. They have had a terrible time trying to find dirt, so called, on him. And really they have only made fools of themselves. Foolish ads, such as the NARL debacle, have humiliated the opposition to Judge Roberts. Ted Kennedy reading a prepared message then leaving to speak on CNN. I suppose that this go around with Roberts is a dry run for the O'Connor seat. As you wrote, The replacement for Justice O'Connor will be the battle. So far it seems that the Bush Administration has done their homework from the perspective of finding a safe conservative candidate. I hope that they are as clever with the next nominee. It would be good to find a less abrasive Scalia type. I hear that Judge Priscilla Owen of Texas may be the choice.


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