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Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Roberts, a Seizure and the "Up or Down" Vote

Up and down votes - think of that term for just a minute and how it's now changed with a Democratic (sort of) majority in the Senate. It was just a few short months ago that President Bush cajoled the upper chamber of Congress, and the Democratic minority who still had the power of the filibuster, to vote "up or down" on the nominations of his ultra-conservative choices for the Supreme Court.

And even with al of that "persuasion", he still couldn't get Harriet Miers past his own party. But that's another story.

With his Senate majority, GW was able to push through John Roberts as his new chief justice. Sam Alito came just a little bit later. Yesterday , Roberts suffered a seizure and was taken to a Maine hospital. It isn't the first time the new top judge had one of those.

"The chief justice assured (President Bush) that he was doing fine," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "The president was reassured."
-Tony Snow

Now, it appears that Roberts is going to be just fine. Doctors said they didn't find evidence of a stroke, tumor or anything else unusual. Still, one has to wonder what President bush would do now with a Democratically controlled Senate if he had to make another choice for a justice, and then have one approved as Chief Justice.

No one, including me, wants to see Roberts hurt, but if there is a problem which would preclude him from serving the nation as he should, we ought to know about it, shouldn't we?

Imagine of one of the "Four Justices of the Apocalypse", Roberts, Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence "Coke Can" Thomas (Calling him Clarence "I-Do-Whatever-Scalia-Tells-Me-To" Thomas was "Choice 2") had to leave his position for some reason, like say Scalia having a hunting accident on a trip with his hunting buddy Dick Cheney, for example. What would the President do? Why he'd probably have to ask Karl Rove to pull a tool out of his shed in order to get another global corporatist/ anti-human judge appointed.

And what of this whole "up or down" nonsense anyway? Why is it that the President could almost order the US Senate, a separate branch of government, into allowing these ultra-conservative justices onto the court, but when the new Democratic majority asks for that same courtesy on an Iraq funding bill (which would require the new Iraqi government to do more than just say "We're in charge here,"), they're filibustered.


It's time for the Democrats to do what we hired them to do. It's time to present bills to the President that project the will of the American people. Bringing the troops home, in the form of a bill that would set a timetable for their pullout, should be Bill Number 1. An "Up or Down" should be insisted upon, and if the Republicans filibuster, allow the American people to judge them for not supporting the troops.

Likewise the President when he vetoes it.

It's time to bring responsibility back into the Beltway.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "Today, the 'pro-lifers' (as in taking the choice away from women, not anti-death penalty - In that case, death is 'OK!') are looking at the top two GOP candidates who either support a woman's right to choose or have in the very, very recent past. So far, Rudy Giuliani has stated that he is still pro-choice, but Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, has said he's seen the light and changed his mind," Eddie Konczal writes:

A true pro-lifer would not only also oppose the death penalty, but would also oppose the war in Iraq (which was a war of choice, not of necessity), and would support national health care, gun control, and environmental protection - since these are all issues that affect human lives. While many on this list might know that I'm pro-life (some would say
anti-choice) on abortion (at least for the majority of abortions), I stopped voting Republican many, many years ago because on too many other issues, the Republicans are anything BUT pro-life.

Incidentally, there are some DEMOCRATS in Congress who are trying to do something to reduce the need for abortions, by introducing legislation that would provide resources for pregnant women (the Pregnant Women Support Act, introduced by Congressman Lincoln Davis (D-TN)). That sounds more pro-life to me than anything that Bush has done in the last 7 years.

And Rhian adds:

Lawzy Miss Scarlet, I don't know nuthin bout birthin babies

Again I will say to all males in every room, get your politics out of our doctors offices.
The male failure to choose whether to release sperm or not, and their failure to take responsibility for the life those wigglers might cause, is the only concern men may have, about birth.

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