|VOL. 4, NO. 11||JUNE 6, 2002|
Bush's Judicial Nominees Wait, and Wait, and Wait . . .
"The overall shortage of judges [on the federal bench has] become staggering." (Leonidas R. Mecham, Secretary of the U. S. Judicial Conference.) Indeed, the vacancy crisis in the federal courts is "alarming." (Chief Justice William Rehnquist)
Despite these dismal descriptions, the Judiciary Committee continues to fiddle while justice burns. Recent increases in Committee activity are delusive. Dems may be passing more judges; but they are the non-controversial candidates, virtually all named to District Courts. Meanwhile, some of Bush's most qualified, but "controversial" nominees, and candidates for the powerful Courts of Appeals, languish in the wings.
Two brighter spots in this bleak picture have been the Judiciary Committee's passage to the floor of two contested nominations. Paul Cassell (named to the District Court for Utah) was sent to the floor after a fight. And Judge D. Brooks Smith (nominated to the 3rd Circuit Court) was also passed. The Smith vote was 12-7, with yea votes by all GOP members and three Dems-Biden (DE), Kohl, (WI), and Edwards (NC).
But 8 of Bush's first 11 nominees to appellate courts (on May 9, 2001) still await a Committee hearing:
Liberal/activists have already attacked most of these nominees, or appear to have them targeted-Estrada, Roberts, Owen, Sutton, Cook, and McConnell. These attacks, the recent borking of 5th Circuit nominee Charles Pickering, and the opposition to 9th Circuit nominee, California Judge Carolyn Kuhl, have monotonous similarities. The detractors are the same-People for the American Way, the Alliance for Justice, the National Organization for Women, and the National Abortion Rights Action League are leading the charge. And the charges are also monotonously similar-the nominees are variously impugned for being pro-life, racists, anti-feminists, religious zealots, etc.
The Dems also cry loudly for "balance" on the Circuit Courts. But what about the "balance" on the following circuits?:
The GOP, however, has hardly proven itself to be equal to the task of effectively defending its President's nominees, as pointed out by Phyllis Schlafly in a recent article. To quote from David Horowitz in his insightful book, The Art of Political Warfare, "the left-wing activists who now make up the core of the Democratic Party understand the nature of political war in our democracy, and Republicans quite simply do not." The results of this perilous condition are inevitable: "In political warfare, if only one side is shooting, the other side will soon be dead."
WE HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT; JOIN US AS WE DO!!!