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Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain

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Posted on May 6, 2008
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The Democrats have been worried about unifying their party, so it’s odd that John McCain would pick this moment to give them another reason to band together. If elected, McCain said Tuesday, he would think of conservative Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “as the model for my own nominees” to the Supreme Court.

Washington Post:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 6—Highlighting an issue he plans to use aggressively in the general election campaign, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday decried “the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power” and pledged to nominate judges similar to the ones President Bush has placed on the bench.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. “would serve as the model for my own nominees, if that responsibility falls to me,” highlighting the gap between Republicans and Democrats on the question of who should sit on the Supreme Court. Both justices have established strong conservative records since Bush appointed them, and the appointment of one more conservative to the nation’s highest court could tip the balance on issues such as abortion, discrimination, civil liberties and private property.

The two remaining Democratic candidates, Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), opposed the nominations of Roberts and Alito.

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By wildflower, May 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Kathryn Kolbert, president of People for the American Way is certainly on target.  McCain is peddling the same old deal to the Republican base - and what a deal it is for the Republican Party.  If McCain were elected they would get not only their favorite supreme court nominee, but a perpetual war in Iraq, additional trillions in debt, and maybe even a nuclear McArmageddon.

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By samosamo, May 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

How can anyone trust the supreme court? I mean, don’t the remaining 4 criminals that stopped the florida vote recount belong behind bars right now? Since congress is another miserable failure for the people, what can the citizentry do to have those criminals taken off the bench? Of course, timing is everything right now. I would at least wait until December 31, 2008 so little w couldn’t get any other of his cronies placed in the court. The problem then is to find replacements that will not have been bought out by corporate america.
Hang em all. They have the neocon agenda and have absolutely NO consideration for the people of this country except to grind us into the ground.

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By Aegrus, May 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Wrong, we have turncoat dems in the Senate. We need to get better representation into the Senate and House of Representatives before we even begin to discuss numbers and filibusters. We could use some old school fiscal conservatives too to balance the damn budget and properly stimulate the economy.

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By voice of truth, May 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

With Dems in control of the Senate, no Republican could nominate a judge deemed to be too conservative.  This whole article is alarmist for no reason.

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By Purple Girl, May 7, 2008 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

No other group of ‘Scotus’ memebers have proven their Political motivations in Rulings then this group of hacks.
The most recent proof was the timing of the Indiana Photo ID BS ruling- One Week before the Primary. How much mor eobvious was tha tbit of Rigging.
6 out of 9 need to not ony be thrown off any ‘bench’ ,b ut should be investigated and prosectued for Derelcition of Duty- did they not take an Oathe to protect & uphold the constitution so as to best serve the people. All they had to do was suspend the requirement until after the primary to not appear to be trying to surpress voters, but they did not- Ruled with malice and Intent to place undue influence on election Results (again)

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By Aegrus, May 7, 2008 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Johnny Boy is just pandering to the social conservatives. He’s a shell of his former self, and anyone who knows a damn thing has been aware there is one reason over all not to vote Republican this election. The Supreme Court.

No matter what your justification, a four year election cycle is not as bad as having lifetime-appointed law masters who favor hardcore social conservative values. It’s wrong, and you’ll be condemning America for decades with a vote for John McCain.

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By G.Anderson, May 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

One of the many ways that our country is different than say a country like Iran, is that at least some of our leadership attempts to live in a modern world.

We don’t stone people to death, or allow male relatives to kill their daughters in rites of honor. Punishments that are more fitting to the middle ages than the world we now live in.

Apparently the Neo cons would like to change all that. Aside from Justice Scalia’s statements to the effect that group sex is a healthy way to let off steam, it appears that the suprememe court under a McCain presidency would be doing it’s best to travel back in time to a place where the law and human rights, especially here in the USA, were much different.

The question would only be which century? The 18th, the 17th, the 15th? Take your pick.

And maybe that is just why the Neo Con’s have such an obesession with Iran. Maybe, just maybe, in their hearts they are little bit envious of the punishments that the Iranians are able to dish out, and would like to be able to use them to keep the underclass in line. After all fear can only go so far.

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