Assessing the philosophy, character and fitness of Samuel Alito to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court will require more than eliciting vague and unresponsive answers about whether he will remain faithful to Roe v. Wade, the precedent that protects abortion rights in America. It means that Senators should take the time to closely examine his Read More
It’s not exactly SCOTUS, but the New York City Bar Association is out with its judicial recommendations, and there’s another round of bad news for the Brooklyn Democratic Party.
Three of their favored judicial candidates, including Richard Velasquez, a protege of party leader Vito Lopez, got the “not approved” rating.
Of course, that Read More
It’s noon and Mike hasn’t gone after Bush’s SCOTUS nomination yet, which must mean that he’s feeling pretty confident, or that his pollsters are reassured that the Republican line of attack isn’t working.
Freddy, meanwhile, seems downright giddy:
“It’s appropriate that this nomination was announced on Halloween, because it’s scary.”
He wants Mike to “admit Read More
Well, that didn’t take long. As I started to write an item on New York’s senior Senator and the new SCOTUS nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, the following popped up from Chuck:
“It is sad that the President felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee Read More
My first reaction after President George W. Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court was: Ohmigod. My second was: Why do we care so much?
Begin with ohmigod. I don’t want to be here, and I resent Mr. Bush for putting me here. If the Miers announcement had been a computer, Read More
Conservative intellectuals have made a virtue of loyalty, and their rebellions are like plagues of locusts: rare and intense.
Before the uproar over President George W. Bush’s latest Supreme Court pick, Harriet Miers, the conservative elite’s most memorable recent breach came when Mr. Bush’s father broke his 1988 campaign pledge to oppose any new taxes. Read More
One thing largely absent from the Miers controversy has been the nominee’s own voice. But here’s a sample, from a defense of Miers by a former White House colleague:
“I like M&Ms and I like sharing.”
The author continues, “Do these things matter at all when it comes to her qualifications for being Read More
Has this been a terrible month for George W. Bush? With the administration’s clumsy response to the devastation in New Orleans, and the rising death toll from daily terrorist attacks in Iraq, one might well conclude that the President is on the ropes. And his sinking poll numbers would back that up. But his deft Read More
It was quiet on Floyd Abrams’ side of the thick door leading into the television studio. On the other side, Jon Stewart was warming up the young, rowdy crowd perched in the bleachers to watch the live-to-tape production of The Daily Show. The famed First Amendment lawyer was waiting in the wings, pacing, jangling the Read More
No worse example exists of the moral cowardice of the federal government-implicating all three branches-than the continuing prohibition of marijuana for medical therapy.
Despite copious evidence that pot has helped to ameliorate the lives of thousands of patients suffering from cancer and AIDS-and despite burgeoning voter support for legal reform-Washington officialdom persists in its Read More