A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Note to Dems: We won the Election

AP: Dems Want Input on O'Connor Replacement---

WASHINGTON - President Bush should consult with senators before making his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Democratic leaders said Thursday.

Meanwhile, first lady Laura Bush is elbowing her husband once again to nominate a woman. Others are pushing for a Hispanic.

The White House is working on finding a replacement for O'Connor, one of the swing votes on the Supreme Court. It took the Bush administration 18 days to make its initial choice after O'Connor announced her retirement.
Perhaps President Bush should consult with senators before making his O'Connor replacement---Republican Senators, that is. After all, we did win the 2004 Election (and the two before it). As I said the other day, to the victor go the spoils.

And as for Laura Bush, when did we elect her to any position? She has no right to have input on this matter. She can choose the Christmas theme for the White House to her heart's content, but stay out of picking someone for a judicial position, especially one as important as this.
"We call on you to engage in meaningful consultation with us to identify a candidate for this crucial position who will unite the country, not divide it," said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other Democrats in a letter to the White House.
And we call on you to remember that WE won the elections, Harry, not your party. WE have the right to pick the nominee, not your party. Your party must decide whether to united the country by approving the President's nominee, as Congress after Congress has done before you, or continue dividing the country by holding hearing after hearing slandering the reputations of good, Conservative nominees.
Mrs. Bush, in an interview Thursday with American Urban Radio Networks, said she didn't think the president would announce his nominee for the second vacancy until after the Roberts confirmation process.
"I think the president is going to wait until John Roberts is confirmed before he nominates the next person," said Mrs. Bush, who was rooting for a female nominee when Bush nominated Roberts. "As a woman myself, I hope it will be a woman."
Well, Mrs. Bush, as a woman myself, I hope the President will pick a man.
Democrats want Bush to look for a consensus nominee like O'Connor.

"I hope the next nominee selected meets the high standards set by Justice O'Connor, reveres and treasures the freedoms on which our nation was built, and can bring the nation together as she has done often," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., in a separate letter to the White House.
I'm tired of Republicans having to be consensus builders and Democrats being allowed to have wacko Leftists like Ruth Ginsberg.

High language from Teddy Kennedy, who himself does not revere and treasure the freedoms on which our nation was built. He prefers imagined freedoms like abortion.
The Hispanic National Bar Association is strongly urging the president to nominate a Hispanic.

"The time in our country's history has come where our Supreme Court needs to better reflect the diversity of America," said Alan Varela, president of the Hispanic Bar. "President Bush bypassed the estimated 41.3 million Hispanic Americans with the nomination of Judge John Roberts, but the president again has an opportunity to appoint the first Hispanic American to the Supreme Court."
According to The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005, "Hispanics of any race or group" make up 12.5% of the population. Blacks make up 12.3% of the population. Asians make up 3.6% of the population. "Whites" (though to be PC, we really should be known as "European-Americans) make up 75.1% of the population.

But you know what, who cares? Why should a Supreme Court Justice be picked because of sex or race? Shouldn't the best qualified (race is not a quality, it is a fact of being) individual have the job?

The President has the right to pick the nominee of his choice, regardless of sex, race, or what the other party thinks. The people George W. ought to consult are those who put him in office. It took blood, sweat, tears, and lots of energy to re-elect him. By doing so, we told him the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court: a strict Originalist, pro-life, pro-America, pro-God person. He should deliver.

After all, we did win.