Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Quit your crying Dianne you are losing all credibility with Americans. I understand you are going wobbly on us with Elizabeth Emken the choice of the California Republican Party ready to unseat you. Please woman you are embarrassing the entire United States Senate, please chill out!
If you truly desire a bipartisan arena why do you vote the party line between 94-96% of the time?
Claiming that over 800 judges have been confirmed by both liberals and conservatives during her tenure may be factual. Possibly the partisanship began to appear when Republicans during the Senate Judiciary Hearings realized they were lied to by nominees Sotomayor and Kagan.
Kagan who had never judged a single case, let alone a ping-pong match was deemed eligible even though she has Marxist leanings and while Dean at Harvard Law School, accepted millions from the Saudi’s to set up an Islamic Studies program.
Showing her feeling and faith in the U.S. Constitution she made Constitutional Law; required to pass the bar exam optional while making the study of international law from three different countries mandatory.
She perjured herself before the same committee when she claimed she was not involved in any way in the defense of Obama Care should it reach the Supreme Court.
Justice Sotomayor on the other hand when asked about her past judicial activism and the Second Amendment saw no problem, as the Second Amendment was the law. How odd, on her first opportunity, Heller V. U.S., to vote on the a case regarding a citizen’s right to bare arms she voted no.
Yes Mrs. Feinstein Americans want judges from both sides of the aisle that will interpret the Constitution to the best of their abilities, not judicial activists which President Obama’s appointments with the above nominees clearly are.
To clearly demonstrate your disingenuousness on this issue let’s have a deeper look.
President Obama’s five most controversial judicial nominees failed to even make it to a floor vote during the last Congress, but the unwillingness of his own Democrat-controlled Senate to move these nominees did not dissuade him from nominating four of them again. He has added a new liberal nominee to the mix to fill the D.C. Circuit seat that Democrats kept empty for years by blocking qualified nominees like Miguel Estrada and Peter Keisler. Here’s a look at some of the judges Obama is still hoping to get through the Senate:
Goodwin Liu, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Liu is at the top of the list of likely judicial activists. Ed Whelan has done a thorough review of his record as a Berkeley professor, detailing his extreme views, which include embracing constitutional requirements for such policy preferences as welfare and health care, forced busing, racial quotas, and same-sex marriage. ***Liu’s nomination went down in flames Democrats failed to break that filibuster last week, when the Senate voted 52-43 on a motion to bring Mr. Liu’s nomination to a vote.*** Senate rules require a supermajority of 60 votes to end a filibuster.
Edward Chen, Northern District of California. Chen embraced Obama’s lawless empathy standard, suggesting that a judge’s “ethnic and racial background” would affect his decisions in part through his “understand[ing of] the human impact of legal rules upon which the judge must decide.” His background also apparently makes the playing of the hymn “America the Beautiful” trigger “feelings of ambivalence and cynicism” rather than patriotism because “there are too much [sic] injustice and too many inequalities that prevent far too many Americans from enjoying the beauty extolled in that anthem.”
( Please see more of Obama’s judicial activist picks below)
John McConnell, District of Rhode Island. McConnell’s legal claim to fame is his role in advancing a theory of lead-paint liability that would hold businesses liable for a plaintiffs’ injuries without requiring proof that the victim ever came into contact with paint produced by the business. And if his role as darling of the trial lawyers’ lobby wasn’t enough to secure his nomination, perhaps his $700,000 in Democratic campaign contributions helped.
Louis Butler, Western District of Wisconsin. Butler was part of a majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court that embraced the same theory of liability McConnell advanced that sought to open up any paint manufacturer that had ever produced lead paint to virtually unlimited damages. Wisconsin voters rejected him twice at the polls, in part because of his reputation for being soft on crime — which earned him the nickname “Loophole Louie.” But Obama wants to give him a lifetime seat on the federal bench.
Caitlin Halligan, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Obama’s newest nominee toes the liberal line on every major issue, from claiming that interest in child welfare doesn’t support the case for traditional marriage, to believing the constitutional definition of “cruel and unusual punishment” could vary with national consensus, to adopting an expansive view of the commerce clause and federal power. Putting her on the D.C. Circuit is clearly a calculated move. Unable to force his legislative agenda on carbon emissions through Congress, President Obama could clearly use the help of a loyal D.C. Circuit judge who will comply with the EPA’s regulatory power grabs. And if she does well enough she will also be in prime position for a Supreme Court nomination. It certainly isn’t because that court needs more judges; the D.C. Circuit is relatively underworked, with a docket that is lighter than any other federal appeals court and that actually shrank 17 percent last year.