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September 3rd, 2005
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Oh fuck
Rehnquist dead.

I wish I could have even an ounce of optimism about what this is going to do to the Supreme Court.

But I can tell you already what's going to happen*. Bush will nominate someone so extreme he makes Pat Robertson look like a commie, then use the threat of nomination #2 as leverage to ram Roberts through as a "centrist."

Then he can retreat to someone merely as evil as Roberts after the inevitable filibuster, and point to Roberts' confirmation as precedent to get the Senate to punt nominee #3 through.

Result: A sickening wide-right judicial swing, ensuring that the negative consequences of the Bush presidency are going to be with us far beyond the Iraq war.

So ... yeah.

Fuck.

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* I really, REALLY would love to be wrong about this. But I have yet to once overestimate Bush's unfailing determination to do whatever it takes to get his way, to reward his sycophants, and to promote his ideology (in roughly that order), no matter how badly it fucks over the nation he's supposed to lead. If this doesn't end up producing a court ready to overturn Roe and ram through 5-4 decisions even worse, I will very, very gladly link back to this post and eat crow.

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From:dogemperor
Date:September 4th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
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I'm already researching specifically what it would be required for requesting political asylum in either Belgium or the Netherlands. (I'm serious. Especially if we can't get the dominionists out of Congress by 2006...it's going to be *extremely ugly indeed*. I would even go so far as to say it may not be safe for anyone who isn't a dominionist.)

This could be my PTSD kicking up (as being a walkaway from a dominionist group, and now speaking out about the psychological/religious/physical/mental abuse I suffered in the group)...but too much tells me it isn't. :P
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From:tyraelis
Date:September 4th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
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He died?! Well, that better be a front-page article for tomorrow. If I can't find it, I'll find that offensive.

You have a very good grasp on what goes through Bush's advisors' minds. I see this could probably happen in the future.
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From:wy
Date:September 4th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)
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It's on CNN.com as the front page story right now.

And .. well, considering that both Sandra Day O'Connor and Reinquist were conservative judges.. It won't swing the balance of power that much assuming no obvious nutjobs get nominated. It'll ensure that conservatism has a voice for at least the tenure of those two judges, but that's about it.
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From:baxil
Date:September 4th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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O'Connor was a moderate - and, importantly, upheld a woman's right to abortion. She wasn't a liberal, but she was a swing vote that kept the court from veering too far into social conservatism.

Rehnquist was undeniably a conservative. Replacing him with any non-nutjob isn't going to make a difference in the court makeup, but my fear is that a fierce fight to keep a nutjob from occupying his seat is going to take heat off Roberts and let him turn the voice that often kept 5-4 rulings sane into the voice of a conservative ideologue.
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From:thrames
Date:September 4th, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)
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Should we go Pat Robertson to their Hugo Chavez? NOT THAT I'M CONDONING ILLEGAL, TERRORIST ACTIONS.
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From:elynne
Date:September 4th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
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[soothe] With any luck, King Monkey will be too busy spinning, dodging, and running from the NoLa disaster fiasco to glad-handle judges. With a bit more luck, Cheney really is in the hospital (again), hopefully drugged out of his tiny little mind and unable to respond without using a light pointer. [/soothe]

... that might come across as a little cruel. ... good.
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From:paka
Date:September 4th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
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What I'm afraid of is that having something public and loathsome like the next Nazi, that Bush wants on the court, is going to be something (understandibly important) to distract people from how the Bushites have handled New Orleans.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 4th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Baxil, it rhymes with Paxil.

Never-forget
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From:baxil
Date:September 4th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Uh ... thanks. Rhymes with ... tranqs?
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From:thefirethorn
Date:September 4th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I fear that the media storm around his replacement will replace the media storm that SHOULD be focused on what went wrong in New Orleans.

Or that the media WILL continue to focus on New Orleans and not cover the underhanded things Bush will do to stack his deck. Either way = bad.
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From:baxil
Date:September 4th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the timing on this was horrible. And both of them are going to obscure the renewed GOP attack on the estate tax starting Tuesday.
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From:thefirethorn
Date:September 4th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
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GOP attack on the estate tax .... well, yes, now is the time. While the poor are ignored by the national guard, lets boost up the rich. My goodness, do they ever need it. poor rich.
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