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Old 07-19-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Bush expected to pick Edith Clement

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162923,00.html

"She has stated that the Supreme Court, 'has clearly held that the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to have an abortion' and that 'the law is settled in that regard.'"


So much for all the alarmist liberal hand wringing regarding Bush's pick endangering reproductive rights.
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I'd like to learn more about her, but that little bit makes her look like a good choice
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So much for all the alarmist liberal hand wringing regarding Bush's pick endangering reproductive rights.


he's saving that for when Rhenquist dies. maybe.

from what little i've been reading about her this morning, she doesn't have much to say about any hot button issues, making it impossible for the Dems to put up much of a fight. the Religious Right, however, will probably feel betrayed as, once again, they've supported someone who isn't actually going to do what it is they really want (overturn Roe v Wade, for starters).

it also gets Rove (and whispers of Ari Fleischer as Judy Miller's source) off the front page, which is why the process was sped up so much.
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It has been officially announced that Bush will announce his Supreme Court nominee at 9:00 pm EST.

I hope a moderate conservative like Edith Clement is really his choice. The abortion issue isn't even on top of the list with me. My problem always seems to be that "pro-life" seems to be synonymous with "raving irrational bigot" and those judges act that way accordingly on all the issues.

I've always wondered why that is.

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he's saving that for when Rhenquist dies. maybe.
It would be virtually useless for him to nominate a prolifer when Rhenquist dies if he nominates a prochoicer to replace O-Conner. I'm not saying that you're wrong. I'm just saying it would be useless.
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I'm cautiously optimistic about Clement. She seems pretty moderate from the little I've read so far. I'll have to look into her further.
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he's saving that for when Rhenquist dies. maybe.
yeah, but he's pro-life anyway, so it won't really change much.

from that little quote it seems like, if she's nominated, our reproductive rights won't be in any immediate danger.
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yeah, but he's pro-life anyway, so it won't really change much.


probably not, but it will provide him an opportunity to throw red meat to some of his base without causing a total culture war.

i also think he's going to elevate Scalia to Chief Justice.
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i also think he's going to elevate Scalia to Chief Justice.




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i also think he's going to elevate Scalia to Chief Justice.
Very likely.
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i also think he's going to elevate Scalia to Chief Justice.
i have heard that the cheif has a lot of power

is this true?

how much?

how can it be used ?

anybody? nbc :wink;
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Some people should not have reproductive rights, but I digress.
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probably not, but it will provide him an opportunity to throw red meat to some of his base without causing a total culture war.

i also think he's going to elevate Scalia to Chief Justice.
yeah that sounds about right.
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i have heard that the cheif has a lot of power

is this true?

how much?

how can it be used ?

anybody? nbc :wink;
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The Chief Justice is often responsible for serving as chair during private supreme court deliberations, and often is first to voice his opinion. However, most Supreme Courts are non-hierarchial, meaning the Chief Justice does not necessarily have any direct power of control over the actions of the other judges. His personal ruling is equal in weight to the rulings of any associate judges on the court.
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If the Chief Justice is in the majority on a Supreme Court case, he or she may decide to write the Opinion of the Court, or may assign it to an associate justice of his or her choice.
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probably not, but it will provide him an opportunity to throw red meat to some of his base without causing a total culture war.
If he chooses a prochoicer this time, I would say that a large part, if not majority, of his base will no longer be "his base".
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