A SUPREME DISGRACE
THE SUPREME DISGRACE - NO WOMEN AND NO PEOPLE OF COLOR. SO, HOW CAN THEY RULE EFFECTIVELY ON CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES?
Yes, it is a supreme disgrace that the Democrats had no spine and as a result, America will have to endure John Roberts and Samuel Alito on the Bench for at least the next 20 years. Expect to see full attempts to roll back everything to pre 1960s when the good ol' days weren't that good for people of ethnicity, women and religious groups.
What's pissing me off is that Sen. Ted Kennedy is now crying into his beer in an essay published in WaPo today regarding the reich-wing tilt of the Supreme Court. He basically says they lied to get on the bench by promising not to bring their anti-civil rights ideology to the job if confirmed. While Roberts really didn't leave a paper trail to get "Borked" on, Alito did, and I personally believed when they should have filibustered his behind, all the Democrats caved in at the memory of Martha Ann Baumgardner (aka Mrs. Sam Alito)fled the room in tears because she didn't like how Sen. Russ Feingold was questioning her hubby about his qualifications for the job. If more democrats had spoken up like Feingold did, and if they didn't have to be dragged to vote cloture (hello, Sen. Barack Obama), you wouldn't have Alito on the Bench, and Roberts would have been neutralized to an extent.
From the Last Chance Democracy Cafe:
The confirmation process became broken because the Bush administration learned the wrong lesson from the failed Bork nomination and decided it could still nominate extremists as long as their views were hidden. To that end, it insisted that the Senate confine its inquiry largely to its nominees’ personal qualities.
The administration’s tactics succeeded in turning the confirmation hearings for Roberts and Alito into a sham. Many Republican senators used their time to praise, rather than probe, the nominees. Coached by the administration, the nominees declined to answer critical questions. When pressed on issues such as civil rights and executive power, Roberts and Alito responded with earnest assurances that they would not bring an ideological agenda to the bench.
After confirmation, we saw an entirely different Roberts and Alito — both partisans ready and willing to tilt the court away from the mainstream. They voted together in 91 percent of all cases and 88 percent of non-unanimous cases — more than any other two justices.
Yeah, they will be on the bench because of their willingness to lie, and the willingness of Joe Lieberman and other Vichy Dems to provide them cover for their lies because they're too chicken to call them on their crap.