[Marxism] ''You don't throw the country away''
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Tue May 24 08:59:13 MDT 2005
Gary Sellers, a retired activist whose friendship with Nader dates back to
the 1960s -- Nader was the best man at his wedding -- says Nader hinted
last summer that he would withdraw if it were getting close.
''He said, 'Oh, Gary, don't worry about it,'' Sellers said.
When it became clear in October that Nader had no such intention, Sellers
established Nader's Raiders for Gore. He now describes Nader as an
''egomaniac'' seduced by one more stab at the national spotlight, and says
he lied to his constituents about Gore's record -- just like the
establishment politicians he once reviled.
''You don't throw the country away'' to prove a point, Sellers said, noting
that Bush could appoint as many as 600 federal judges.
NY Times, May 24, 2005
Bipartisan Agreement in Senate Averts a Showdown on Judges
By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON, May 23 - A bipartisan group of 14 senators struck a last-second
agreement on Monday that defused - at least for now - a potentially
explosive parliamentary showdown over eliminating Senate filibusters
against judicial nominees.
Under a compromise reached by an assortment of moderates, mavericks and
senior statesmen just as the Senate was headed into a climactic overnight
debate on the filibuster, three previously blocked appeals court nominees -
Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor and Priscilla R. Owen - will get floor
votes. No commitment was made on the fate of two others, William Myers and
The Houston Chronicle, May 21, 2005
But when the media spotlight was almost solely on the filibuster fight this
week, Clinton, a senator from New York, was practically invisible.
She declined to speak on the Senate floor during three days of debate over
Owen's nomination and stayed away from her Democratic colleagues' daily
press conferences to decry what they claimed were Owen's anti-abortion
Nor has Clinton been involved in the talks among moderates of both parties,
led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, who are seeking a compromise to avoid the
confrontation over the filibuster.
In her biggest piece of official business for the week, Clinton announced
that she was co-sponsoring legislation to benefit children of veterans.
Her co-sponsor is Republican Sen. John Thune, who became a GOP hero last
year when he defeated Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota.
Clinton also teamed up lately to work on health care issues with another
notable conservative, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who savaged the
health care plan she helped devise when her husband was president.
Clinton's low-key role on filibusters fits a pattern, GOP consultant
Charlie Black said: "It is designed to make her appear more moderate."
NY Times Magazine, April 17, 2005:
Three candidates recently renominated by Bush for positions on the federal
appellate courts are sympathetic to the ideas of the Constitution in Exile
movement. In addition to William Pryor, the former attorney general of
Alabama whom Greve praises, there is Janice Rogers Brown, a justice on the
California Supreme Court and an outspoken economic libertarian. An
African-American and a daughter of sharecroppers, Brown has been promoted
by many libertarians as an ideal Supreme Court candidate. Known for her
vigorous criticism of the post-New Deal regulatory state, Brown has called
1937, the year the Supreme Court began to uphold the New Deal, ''the
triumph of our socialist revolution,'' adding in another speech that
''protection of property was a major casualty of the revolution of 1937.''
She has praised the court's invalidation of maximum-hour and minimum-wage
laws in the Progressive era, and at her Senate confirmation hearing in
2003, she referred disparagingly to ''the dichotomy that eventually
develops where economic liberty -- property -- is put on a different level
than political liberties.''
USA TODAY, May 16, 2005:
*William Pryor. A former Alabama attorney general, Pryor is already an
appeals court judge by temporary appointment. Critics have objected to his
earlier comments and writings on abortion, separation of church and state,
the voting-rights law and gays. He called the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v.
Wade abortion decision an abomination and attacked a 2003 gay-rights
decision as giving the green light to bestiality, incest and pedophilia.
Defenders note he defied right-wing pressure and upheld the law in cases
involving the Ten Commandments and Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
National Organization for Women (expected to stump for Hilary Clinton):
Priscilla Owen has a history of using the courtroom to further her own
narrow beliefs, going so far as to virtually re-write laws rather than
fairly interpret them. For example, she advocates "stricter interpretation"
of the Texas law requiring girls younger than 18 to inform their parents
before obtaining an abortion except in certain circumstances. Her idea of
"interpreting" one of the exceptions, for girls who demonstrate that
notification would not be in their best interest, is to require a teen to
prove that an abortion would be in her best interest. Indeed, until she was
nominated to the Fifth Circuit, Justice Owen voted against granting a
bypass of the parental notification law to every young woman who requested
one -- even the college bound high school senior who feared her family
would disown her if they learned of her pregnancy, and the young woman who
feared that if her parents were notified, her alcoholic father would fly
into a rage and beat her mother.
Owen has also failed to show the commitment to judicial ethics required of
every federal judge. In 1994, Enron endorsed her and contributed $8,600 to
her successful Texas Supreme Court bid. Two years later, she wrote the
majority opinion that resulted in the reduction of Enron's school taxes by
$225,000, and according to Texans for Public Justice that court ruled in
Enron's favor in five out of six cases. Now a household name for
corruption, Enron contributed more money to Owen's campaign than any other
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