|Call all 17 swing-vote Senators listed below.
Demand filibuster of all 7 possible nominees.
The Obama Administration has confirmed to the Associated Press the
identities of 7 of 10 possible Supreme Court nominees, the "short list" of
what the President has promised will be a fast nomination process to
replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
We evaluate each of the 7 below, and we
must oppose all 7 as liberal activists, much further left than the
military veteran Justice Stevens, a former Republican nominee. Let's
demand Obama keep his promise in 2009 that he would never appoint a
"bomb-thrower" to the Supreme Court, when all 7 of the identified
candidates are liberal extremists to the max.
Republican Judiciary Committee Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) promised,
"There's going to be a whale of a fight if he appoints an activist to the
court. And that's not good for him, it's not good for the Senate and it's
not good for the country. The law should control
the judge, and not the other way around. President Obama has
already picked some of the most activist judicial nominees that I have
seen in my 34 years in the Senate. He has a propensity to choose people
who don't care what the law is. They're going to
make the law from the bench. Judges are not supposed to do that."
Let's help Senator Hatch...
Here are the 7 nominees, with analysis of each one's liberal
Elena Kagan stepped down as
dean of Harvard Law School to become solicitor general. Like Obama, she
has her law degree from Harvard and taught at the University of Chicago.
The Daily Caller reports about Kagan's
"Kagan's boldest foray into public life was, as dean of Harvard Law
School, throwing the military off campus over
its 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gay soldiers. Kagan called
the policy, implemented by her former boss President Bill Clinton, 'a
profound wrong — a moral injustice of the first order.' She pursued the
matter all the way to the Supreme Court, where the
justices unanimously slapped down her arguments,
forcing Harvard to allow the military to return....
"On the Defense of Marriage Act, Kagan damned with faint praise — she
defended the law, but not without first saying the Obama administration
opposed it, thought it was discriminatory and hoped to overturn it.
Pro-homosexual marriage lawyer Dale Carpenter wrote the move was a
'gift to the gay-marriage movement' because the
administration was 'helping knock out a leg from under the opposition to
"Long ago, Kagan wrote a memo while clerking for the late Supreme Court
Justice Thurgood Marshall that said religious
organizations that provide care for teen pregnancies shouldn't get
federal funds because of a strict line separating church and state."
Needless to say, Kagan is a bomb-thrower, who would rule as a
pro-homosexual, pro-abortion, anti-Christian activist, and she must be
filibustered if nominated.
is an appeals court judge in Chicago who
has worked at the State Department, the Justice Department and in private
practice. Like Obama, she taught at the University of Chicago Law School.
Kagan and Wood appear to be the most hostile toward pro-life Judeo
LifeSiteNews.com reports about Wood:
Diane Wood is considered a leading liberal justice in the 7th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, and is considered a
radical supporter of legalized abortion.
After graduating with her law degree in 1975, Wood clerked for Justice
Harry Blackmun, the author of the Roe v. Wade decision.
Wood went on to author the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of
Appeals in the case National Organization for Women v. Scheidler, in which
she sided with NOW's attempt to silence Scheidler, the Pro-Life Action
Network, and Operation Rescue, extract large monetary damages, and
prevent them from protesting at abortion clinics.
Wood's decision was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court
Wood also wrote a dissenting opinion in Christian Legal Society v. Walker,
in which she disagreed
with the majority opinion that Southern Illinois University was wrong to
revoke official student group status of a CLS chapter
because it required its members to be Christian.
Again, Wood is a bomb-thrower, who will rule as a pro-homosexual,
pro-abortion, anti-Christian activist, and must be filibustered if
of the federal appeals court in Washington, is a former high-ranking
Justice Department official.
Ed Whelan of The National Review said, "I have zero illusions that
a Justice Garland would help move the Court in the right direction in
undoing the damage of decades of liberal judicial activism. I merely have
reasonable hopes that he'd move more slowly than the other leading
candidates in compounding the damage...For what it's worth, I'd bet my
bottom dollar that
Garland would vote to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare, including
the individual mandate."
And yet, of the candidates that President Obama might plausibly nominate
to the Court, "all the others strike me as markedly worse than Garland,"
the homeland security chief, is a former Arizona governor and a former
LifeSiteNews.com already reports wide-spread opposition by pro-lifers to
"Secretary Napolitano has already won notoriety among the pro-life
community for labeling
opposition to abortion as a warning sign of violent "rightwing extremism."
A Homeland Security report detailing such "rightwing extremism" as
characterized by pro-life and other normative conservative values was
eventually pulled after an uproar ensued...
"As governor of Arizona prior to her cabinet appointment, Napolitano was
known as an extreme abortion supporter, having
vetoed several pro-life bills,
including a ban on partial-birth abortion and a bill protecting the
conscience rights of pharmacists."
Leah Ward Sears,
the first black female to serve as the chief justice of the Georgia
Supreme Court, is now in private practice after a long career on the
Sears would give Obama the distinction of appointing the first "black
woman" Supreme Court Justice -- "an important distinction for a nation
that puts so much stock into identity politics."
However, Sears would receive opposition from pro-life groups because she
is a member of the left-leaning American Constitution Society.
Americans United for Life (AUL) highlighted Sears when she made the
short list of potential Supreme Court appointments last year, though
Obama ultimately went with pro-abortion Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Justice Sears has not issued any known decision on life-related issues,
but AUL indicates "Sears has evidenced a broad conception of substantive
constitutional privacy -- the very basis upon which Roe v. Wade is
Sears has "referred to the responsibility of courts to
protect constitutional rights
against 'morals legislation' the majority," AUL notes, which concerns it regarding abortion issues.
a Montana lawyer who now sits on the extremist 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals in San Francisco, the most liberal of all 13 appeals courts in
the nation, is not only a judicial activist, but according to Ed Whelan
of The National Review,
"Thomas is on the far Left of that far-Left court."
He is certainly worthy of vociferous opposition and filibuster.
the Michigan governor and former federal prosecutor and Michigan
attorney general, is not a good choice.
Granholm's political experience might be attractive, but her chances are
hurt by her
"controversial tenure" as governor during Michigan's economic hard
times, said Larry
Sabato, director at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
"Let's face it; she's
not one of the more popular governors," Sabato said.
"I don't see why it would make sense politically or legally" to nominate
Granholm, said Brian Kalt, an associate law professor at Michigan State
University, expressing concerns about Granholm's liberal political
background, in an interview with The Free Press.
Is it unwise or unprecedented to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee? Ask
OBAMA (D-IL): "Well, I Will Be Supporting The Filibuster Because I
Think Judge Alito, In Fact, Is Somebody Who Is Contrary To Core
American Values, Not Just Liberal Values." (ABC's "This Week," 1/29/06)
Q: "And My Question Then Is, Can You Filibuster On Judicial Philosophy
SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): "Absolutely." (ABC's "This Week," 11/6/05) Q:
"Senator Kerry Wants A Filibuster. Do You Support The Senator's
SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): "If There Is Any Possibility Of Keeping The Judge
Off The Bench, I Would Support That, because I don't think he should go on
the bench, because of his vast, vast expansive view of the president's
power." (CNN's "American Morning," 1/27/06)
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "I Would Say That All The Options Are Open To Us.
I Wouldn't Take It [The Filibuster] Off The Table For Sure." ("Selection
Rekindles Sharp Debate On Filibuster," The Boston Globe, 11/1/05)
SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-VT): "Filibusters Of Judicial Nominees -- And, In
Particular, Of Supreme Court Nominees -- Are Hardly Something New." (Sen.
Leahy, "Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Nomination Of Samuel A.
Alito, Jr., To Be An Associate Justice Of Supreme Court Of The United
States," Press Release, 1/30/06)
SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): "I Support A Filibuster Of Judge Alito's
Nomination. Judge Alito's Confirmation Would Be An Ideological Coup On The
Supreme Court." (Sen. Kerry, "Kerry Supports Filibuster Of Alito
Nomination," Press Release, 1/26/06)
SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-CA): "So Although We Knew The Votes Were Not There
For The Filibuster Of Judge Alito, We Felt It Was Appropriate To Use That
Historic Senate Debate Tool So The American People Would Know That We Were
Willing To Pursue Even A Losing Effort Because The Stakes Are So High."
(Sen. Boxer, Congressional Record, S.309, 1/30/06)
SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-IA): "I Believe Democrats Will Filibuster This Nominee
On The Basis That He's Way Too Ideologically To The Right." ("Senate
Democrats Pick Fight Over Iraq," The Baltimore Sun, 11/2/05)
SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI): "I Think It's Perfectly Fine To Use A
Filibuster If Somebody Is Clearly Unacceptable. That Is An Option We
Have." (ABC News' "This Week," 11/27/05)
SEN. ROBERT BYRD (D-WV): "If There Is Good Reason To Filibuster An
Individual, Why, Let A Senator Filibuster Him." (Sen. Byrd, Congressional
Record, S.13433, 12/12/05)
SEN. CARL LEVIN (D-MI): "Because The Filibuster Has Been A Time-Honored
And Accepted Part Of The Checks And Balances On The President's
Appointment Powers, I Will Vote Against Cloture On This Nomination." (Sen.
Levin, Congressional Record, S.301, 1/30/06)
make 17 phone calls today
to each of the undecided Senate voters here, asking to oppose and
filibuster all 7 of Obama's potential Supreme Court nominees, because all
7 are too far on the extreme left.
x Ben Nelson, D-NE 202-224-6551 y George Voinovich,
x Bill Nelson, D-FL
202-224-5274 y Judd Gregg, R-NH 202-224-3324
x Kay Hagan, D-NC
202-224-6342 y Richard Lugar, R-IN 202-224-4814
x Mark Pryor, D-AR
202-224-2353 y Olympia Snowe, R-ME 202-224-5344
xz Blanche Lincoln,
D-AR 202-224-4843 y Susan Collins, R-ME 202-224-2523
z Chris Dodd,
D-CT 202-224-2823 xy Kit Bond, R-MO 202-224-5721
z Barbara Boxer, D-CA
z Kirsten Gillibrand,
D-NY 202-224-4451 z Michael Bennet, D-CO 202-224-5852
z Roland Burris, D-IL
202-224-2854 z Byron Dorgan, D-ND 202-224-2551
Lives in the South. y = Voted for Sebelius. z = Seat up
for election in 2010.)