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    •  give them an inch . . . (13+ / 0-)

      Unsurprisingly, a right-wing effort is now underway to get Obama to be "bipartisan" in selecting judges:

      [T]he L.A. Times advises President Obama to show his "bipartisanship" by following the same failed judicial policies of George W. Bush:

         Obama should follow the advice of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and renominate three Bush nominees whose appointments have languished in the Senate but who have been highly rated by the ABA and received bipartisan support. Specter notes that there is a precedent: Bush renominated — and the Senate confirmed — one of Clinton’s unsuccessful nominees to a federal appeals court.

         One of the three candidates mentioned by Specter, former Assistant Atty. Gen. Peter Keisler, would take the seat formerly occupied by Roberts on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Keisler was praised by the Justice Department’s inspector general for opposing the Bush administration’s politicization of hiring in the department. Renominating Keisler could signal the beginning of a long overdue truce in the judge wars.

      Reading this, you’d think that Peter Keisler was some couragous official who, at the height of Monica Goodling Madness stood up for truth and justice and almighty centrism.  The truth, however, is that Keisler is one of the founding members of the Federalist Society, who even once sat on the FedSoc’s board of directors.  After helping found the nation’s leading organization of ultra-conservative lawyers, Keisler went on to a prestigious clerkship with then-Judge Robert Bork.

      Yup, that Robert Bork.

      Perhaps most damning, however, are the very serious abuse of power allegations which were raised against Peter Keisler while he worked in the Bush Justice Department:

      According to the Washington Post, Keisler was one of a trio of Bush political appointees who ordered career attorneys to intentially weaken their $130 billion racketeering case against the tobacco industry:

      •  Yep - he left the door wide open for this (7+ / 0-)

        type of demand and now he needs to firmly close it.

        "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

        by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:22:18 PM PST

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        •  This confirmation of lifetime appointments (0+ / 0-)

          Is a place that the original Constitution should have insisted on a 2/3rd majority of the Senate as it does for treatise and some other things.  Obama would do well to call on the Congress to place a Constitutional amendment before the states concerning this need for 67 votes in the Senate for such confirmations.  The objective is to have moderate judges as opposed to left and right judges.  That is about as "bipartisan" or "nonpartisan" as one can be.  And it leaves it upt to the people and/or the states to make it happen.

          "Change comes from the bottom up".

          Lets see the Republicans fight this one!!!

          "I know no safe depository for the ultimate power of society but the people themselves" -- Jefferson

          by TheTrucker on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:17:10 AM PST

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    •  Ya misspelled "idiotlogue" (2+ / 0-)
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      Spoc42, Unseen majority

      "I know no safe depository for the ultimate power of society but the people themselves" -- Jefferson

      by TheTrucker on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:07:50 AM PST

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