[Marxism] ''You don't throw the country away''

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

full: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines/123000-03.htm

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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 
Henry Saad.

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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 
opinions.

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."

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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 
corporation.

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