Tuesday, August 14, 2007

What's At Stake in '08?

The Supreme Court. And it is likely that the Supreme Court will be a big issue in the presidential campaign.

Tom Delay has an article this month in townhall.com that addresses just this issue. And senate democrats continue to block confirmation of qualified federal court judges.

The best thing that might happen for republicans in 2008 is for there to be a senate battle over confirmation of a Supreme Court justice. With Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito, the Supreme Court is only one justice away from containing a majority of strict constructionists.

Can you imagine one of the democratic candidates being in a position to appoint justices to the Supreme Court? It might happen if republicans and conservatives don't wake up and work hard to elect a republican president.


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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Confirm Judge Southwick

It's been over a month since I posted. Between my sons' year-end allstar baseball runs (both were on teams that finished as runners-up in the state in their respective age divisions) and vacation, I haven't had time. But things have settled down and I hope to post more frequently.

One thing that is critically important to me is the appointment of judges to the federal courts, particularly the Supreme Court. There isn't currently a vacancy on the Supreme Court so the political battle is presently being fought over President Bush's nominations to fill vacancies on the Court of Appeals. The biggest battle right now is over the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit court sits in New Orleans and hears cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

By all accounts Judge Southwick is a respectable jurist, quality individual and a veteran. Senate democrats have searched and searched for dirt on Judge Southwick but were unable to find anything. When Judge Southwick was appointed to the federal district court (the level just below the court of appeals) not one senator voted against him. Still the judiciary committee delayed his court of appeals confirmation process.

On August 2 the committee finally voted 10-9 to send Judge Southwick's nomination to the full senate. Fred Thompson had this to say earlier about Judge Southwick's confirmation and then posted about the committee's vote.

Because of liberal interest groups' unfounded attacks on Judge Southwick I look for this battle to continue on the senate floor. Senate democrats just can't help themselves. They will attack any conservative jurist nominated by President Bush. I hope senate republicans stand-up for Judge Southwick and fight for his confirmation. We cannot continue to allow the democrats to defeat quality judges.

It is time to confirm Judge Southwick.


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