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Kagan’s Never had a Real Courtroom Trial!?

While I also approve of the notion that the High Court could use a “real attorney” and that too many experienced Federal Judges end up on the Supreme Court while many great attorneys in this country remain unconsidered–I assumed that Obama would select a real attorney–a real experinced trial attorney!!!

Why would anyone possibly think Kagan is qualified, if she has never fought in the trenches?  She’s apparently never fought a case for the little guy!  At least that is my understanding from this quote from Focus on the Family:

“Ms. Kagan is an accomplished scholar, but has never served as a judge and has spent very little time inside a court room. Prior to becoming solicitor general in 2009, she stated that she had never tried a case all the way to a decision or verdict.” 

She’s just another elitest, Ivy League, Washington D.C. insider who doesn’t understand what regular blue collar, hard working America is.  Kagan doesn’t get it.  

She doesn’t appreciate traditional family values or think that preserving the traditional definition of marriage is important.  And even worse yet, she’s been so busy promoting her far-left liberal ideological interests at Harvard Law and undermining sound Constitutional law as Solictor General that she apparently never found the time to take a case to trial in her entire legal career!

This appears to be a shady, disgraceful nomination of someone who does not deserve the title of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  Never mind ideology–the Senate ought to CAN her for lack of necessary experience. Period.  She ought to have the decency to withdraw her name much like Harriet Miers had the good sense to do.

Bill Proposes 50 New Federal Judgeships for Next President

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Up to 50 lifetime appointments to the Federal judiciary may be at stake immediately in the race for the White House if this law passes:  

The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008, sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is aimed at easing judges’ caseloads in federal courts.

The measure would add 12 permanent seats to U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and 38 permanent seats to U.S. District Courts across the country. It would also make five temporary judgeships – one each in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico – permanent. It would also put two temporary seats in the Ninth Circuit and 14 temporary district court seats around the country. It would take effect the day after the next president is inaugurated.  Full Article

Now, I understand that the Federal dockets are cramped, but that’s nothing new.  I just don’t recall the Senate being very interested in this problem during the Bush presidency.  Hmmmmm.   Maybe conservatives can look forward to McCain winning this election, or we can thank the good Senator for having enough sense and foresight (remember the Gang of 14?) to preserve the Senate’s privilege to filibuster possible liberal, living-Constitution nominee types in the unfortunate event that he lose this election.

Earlier Post: Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid” 

McCain’s Keys to Victory

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Last night it was surreal to see my favorite presidential candidate effectively win the GOP nomination.  Last summer this maverick candidate was left for dead on the campaign trail, but I think that’s one of the qualities I can’t help but love about McCain–he’s a fighter. 

If you’re like me, I’m generally disgusted with politics.  I don’t much care for the “Republican” or “Democrat” labels and the folks who would rather wrangle over power than actually work together.  I think McCain might feel the same way.  I’m interested in seeing the people we elect get things done!!!  (Even if it means both sides have to compromise a little on something.)

You know, some things never change.  The Federalists arguing for the passage of the U.S. Constitution claimed that it was sufficient in and of itself as drafted.  The Anti-Federalists at the time didn’t want a strong national government at all and they refuted the bold assertions of the Federalists and demanded that a Bill of Rights to be added for greater protections to the citizenry.  Well, guess what?  Without a little give from both political parties, we might not have a U.S. Constitution or a Bill of Rights today!

That’s why I trust McCain to get things done! 

If you want “CHANGE” in Washington D.C., who better than the guy who has consistently worked to bring both sides together on important issues!?  I trust that McCain will continue to work to secure the nation’s borders without infringing on human rightsI trust that McCain will continue to work to nominate conservative judges and justices to the Federal Courts and the Supreme CourtI trust that McCain will continue to support the new government in Iraq until they can fight the radical jihadists without usI trust that McCain will continue to support policies that promote the sanctity of human life.  I trust that McCain will continue to fight wasteful spending in government and fight for lower taxes.  And I’d much rather get 80% of all of that for example, than nothing at all.

So what must McCain do to win the presidency?  First, I think he needs to be faithful to the convictions that got him this far.  But second, his vice presidential running mate will make or break his campaign.  I really don’t think Romney or Huckabee will do either.  It’s not McCain’s style and I think either of those two will impede momentum.  It would be in McCain’s best interest to steal some more “change” thunder from the Democrats, i.e. select a woman and/or a minority as a conservative running mate!!!

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Condoleezza Rice anyone?  You’ve got to admit, McCain and Rice compliment each other very well!  She has lots of foreign affairs experience as Secretary of State and understands international security issues inside and out.  She actually has REAL national and international U.S. policy experience (unlike another lady running for office who shall remain nameless).  But why give any voter the dumb excuse to vote for someone simply because a candidate is the first “fill-in-the-blank”?  McCain can make that a non-issue by doing essentially the same thing, but with a conservative running mate!  Both parties and voters will then have to re-focus on the real issues at stake! 

Or how about Collin Powell as a VP pick for many of the same reasons?

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Or how about former Congressman J.C. Watts as a VP pick for a younger, vibrant midwestern conservative?  (Great thought Neil!)

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I’m sure there are many more excellent choices, but whoever McCain ultimately asks to join the ticket–his choice is absolutely critical. 

 

 

 

The Dark Side of Evolutionary Thought

In the blogging world this excellent lecture is quite long (about 52 min.), but it is well worth the time for anyone who recognizes that ideas, especially bad ideas, have consequences.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.frcblog.org posted with vodpod

Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid”

The economy is always a pressing issue for any President, but the nomination and appointment of federal judges, especially Supreme Court Justices lives decades beyond any Presidency. –Jay

The conservative movement has made enormous gains over the past three decades in restoring constitutional government. The Roberts Supreme Court shows every sign of building on these gains.

Yet the gulf between Democratic and Republican approaches to constitutional law and the role of the federal courts is greater than at any time since the New Deal. With a Democratic Senate, Democratic presidents would be able to confirm adherents of the theory of the “Living Constitution” — in essence empowering judges to update the Constitution to advance their own conception of a better world. This would threaten the jurisprudential gains of the past three decades, and provide new impetus to judicial activism of a kind not seen since the 1960s.

We believe that the nomination of John McCain is the best option to preserve the ongoing restoration of constitutional government. He is by far the most electable Republican candidate remaining in the race, and based on his record is as likely to appoint judges committed to constitutionalism as Mitt Romney, a candidate for whom we also have great respect.

We make no apology for suggesting that electability must be a prime consideration. The expected value of any presidential candidate for the future of the American judiciary must be discounted by the probability that the candidate will not prevail in the election. For other kinds of issues, it may be argued that it is better to lose with the perfect candidate than to win with an imperfect one. The party lives to fight another day and can reverse the bad policies of an intervening presidency.

The judiciary is different. On Jan. 20, 2009, six of the nine Supreme Court justices will be over 70. Most of them could be replaced by the next president, particularly if he or she is re-elected. Given the prospect of accelerating gains in modern medical technology, some of the new justices may serve for half a century. Even if a more perfect candidate were somehow elected in 2012, he would not be able to undo the damage, especially to the Supreme Court.

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