Friday, June 24, 2005

Who Won the Elections Anyway?

In case anyone is wondering why judicial appointments are necessary, read this decision in Kelo v City of New London. The division was 5-4, with only Justices O'Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia, and Thomas dissenting. O'Connor and Thomas both wrote dissenting opinions. Kennedy and Stevens wrote the majority opinions. Souter was appointed by Bush 41, but has been decidedly liberal in his opinions. Only Scalia, Thomas, and Rehnquist have held to original construction of the Constitution. O'Connor is often the swing vote. Powerline has more.

Powerline also has the lowdown on another attempt by the minority party to determine not only who is approved, but who is nominated.

Senator Durbin officially compares our military treatment of the unlawful combatants at Guantanamo with Pol Pot, the Nazis and the Soviets, never retracts his statement, in spite of the obvious fallacy (over 30 million murdered by said regimes - not one death at Guantanamo, etc.), and the Republican leadership accepts his apology. Trent Lott made an offhand remark at a birthday party and lost the Senate Majority Leader position. Why is Durbin still the party whip?


Hawkeye® said...

Good question about Durbin. Seems that the Dims can never take in equal amounts the trash they so easily serve to Republicans.

As far as the Kelo decision, I said it on Scrappleface and I'll say it again here... The Dims love this ruling because it is the first step towards state-ownership of property. We are on the slippery slope to Communism.

Pat'sRick© said...

Unfortunately, we've been sliding that way for a long time. The Supreme Court decision in 1946 that said someone growing potatoes on his own land for his own family was interstate commerce sort of greased the skids. We have been accelerating ever since, but so gradually that no one (or very few) noticed until this last decision.

Kajun said...

McCarthy was right, back in 1954.

I watched the Senators tear him up with ridicule in their hearings, which were broadcast on TV, live.

I was only able to view these hearings while I ate lunch (for 1 hour back in those days), but even then it was obvious to me that there was an organized effort to silence Senator McCarthy by ridicule, with the media "Piling on".

They used the "Cris Matthews" treatment on Senator McCarthy.

They would ask him a question, then interrupt him constantly as he attempted to answer.

Pat'sRick© said...

Right you are, kajun.

camojack said...

I think Durbin has been sippin' the bourbon...