April 20, 2005

Hey, Dems – Prove It!

Columnist Mort Kondracke makes a persuasive argument in his recent column on judicial filibusters. The Democrats may have a case for trying to stop some of the Bush appellate nominees, but not for denying a vote to all of them as a matter of routine action.

In the case of Bush's nominees, Democrats have scarcely tried to mount a campaign on the merits. The quick, now-routine resort to the filibuster suggests that Democrats don't think they can muster convincing, substantive arguments that the nominees are extreme.

George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley, himself a liberal, thinks that good cases could be made against Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, District Judge Terrence Boyle and former Pentagon counsel William Haynes.

However, he says that most of Bush's other nominees, including California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor, while ideologically conservative, have demonstrated that they are principled jurists who put the law ahead of their beliefs.

Now I can agree with that sentiment. There could be among the judges denied an up-or-down vote some who are clearly unworthy. But the Democrats have not made that case – they have simply refused to allow the nominations to be voted upon as a matter of course. They haven’t debated or deliberated – they have insulted and assassinated their characters. In the end, real debate is needed on each nominee. A vote is necessary for each and every judge. And if the Democrats have any actual basis upon which to reject a judge, they should prove it before the entire Senate – and the American people.

Posted by Greg at April 20, 2005 06:05 PM | TrackBack

Proof? You expect liberals to come up with a proof? All they have to do is say what they want to say and expect you to take it as proof enough itself. I've tried asking one liberal terrorist for proof...too bad the guy ran (more like recoiled) the other way using expletitives. Yep. That's proof....of idiocy in the works.

Posted by: mcconnell at April 21, 2005 11:09 PM

Yeah, I saw that he was up in arms -- and bragging about a particularly despicible comment that got him banned over at your place.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight at April 22, 2005 04:57 AM

Semper Fi.

Posted by: mcconnell at April 22, 2005 01:27 PM
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