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 Most of us remember how the Gang of 14 has let us down in the past. They are the ones that claimed they needed to " keep thier powder dry " when it came time to block Roberts and Alito from SCOTUS. At the time Roberts was a iffy choice that we could of lived with if the next choice wasn't a extreme ringwinger. I say this kind of power does NOT belong to someone that is a DINO. Anyone who has sided with Bush on all the things most important to Dems should not be allowed to cut us off at the knees one more time. .
Mr. Wallace has a long record of insensitivity to civil rights. He argued in favor of letting Bob Jones University, which discriminated on the basis of race, keep its tax-exempt status, and he has a troubling record on voting rights. When the A.B.A. interviewed 69 lawyers and judges who knew him, it heard repeatedly that he was hostile to poor people and minorities. Of the 69, more than one-third expressed "grave concerns" about his judicial temperament.
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Soon the Gang of 14 will be faced with some more Judges that Bush wants to stack the courts against us with. The latest choice is Mike Wallace, whom the ABA has said is " not qualifed ". Not only did they say he was not qualified, the rating was unanimous. From the latest NYT Wallace is not the only Judge Bush is trying to stuff down our throats. Waterboard Willie, William Haynes, the Torture Judge, is still waiting in the wings to be approved. Back on 7/17 the NYT did a short piece about Waterboard Willie that was not very flattering.
The administration likes to blame opposition to its judicial nominees on "liberal activists," but Mr. Haynes's most high-profile opposition comes from the military itself. Twenty retired military officers, including a retired Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote to the Senate to express their concern that the policies Mr. Haynes helped develop "compromised military values, ignored federal and international law and damaged America's reputation and world leadership." The officers expressed their "deep concern" about his fitness for the court.
 Please Harry, do not let Joe have a say in this beyond his normal vote. We, the citizens of the United States, can not put up with any more Extreme Rightwingers on the bench. The damage done already by the choices the Gang has let thru already is more than enough. Sen. Kennedy in a recent Op-ed in the Wapo told it as clear as can be.
Now that the votes are in from their first term, we can see plainly the agenda that Roberts and Alito sought to conceal from the committee. Our new justices consistently voted to erode civil liberties, decrease the rights of minorities and limit environmental protections. At the same time, they voted to expand the power of the president, reduce restrictions on abusive police tactics and approve federal intrusion into issues traditionally governed by state law.
I don't believe we can withstand any more bad choices and I stand with Kennedy on this and I'm sure I'm not alone. It is time to close ranks and be sure of those that are suppose to be Democrats and the way they will vote. To make matters worse our buddy Arlen is trying to make the ABA turn over it's work product to his committee.
Given that track record, a unanimous finding of "not qualified" should set off alarm bells. Instead, Senator Arlen Specter, the Judiciary Committee chairman, has been trying to make the A.B.A. the focus. Disturbingly, he is talking about requiring it to divulge to the Senate the confidential interviews it conducts about nominees. That could undermine the A.B.A.'s ability to evaluate judges, since it could discourage lawyers from speaking freely.
Enough is enough. For more on Sen. Kennedy and his Op-ed. For more on Waterboard Willie and torture,

Originally posted to OneCrankyDom on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 08:32 PM PDT.

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