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Monday, August 3, 2009


23 Years in the Senate... Elected in 1986

Robert Bork

Anthony Kennedy

David Souter

Clarence Thomas

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Stephen Breyer

John Roberts

Samuel Alito

8 Supreme Court justices nominated prior to 2009. Two nominated by a democratic president. (Ginsburg, Breyer) One defeated in the nomination (Bork).

What do they have in common?

John McCain voted for all of them.

Who is the first Supreme Court justice John McCain voted against?

Sonia Sotomayor.

Despite what he called her high qualifications and inspiring life story. Mr. McCain said he had “great respect” for the judge but could not accept her “long public record of judicial activism,” as demonstrated in a 1996 law review article in which she wrote that “a given judge (or judges) may develop a novel approach to a specific set of facts or legal framework that pushes the law in a new direction.” At issue:

In 1996, Judge Sonia Sotomayor delivered a speech to law students about professional morality. She then turned it into a law review article, Returning Majesty to the Law and Politics: A Modern Approach, 30 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 35 (1996)(with Nicole A. Gordon). The article gave Wall Street Journal Supreme Court reporter Jess Bravin sufficient fodder to declare Sotomayor a legal realist because she opened the article with a discussion of Jerome Frank's classic Law and the Modern Mind (1930).

?? I guess he doesn't appreciate a "Maverick".... ??

And here's someone he did support:

And what she was up to in 1996:

The newly elected mayor of Wasilla has asked all of the city's top managers to resign in order to test their loyalty to her administration.
Mayor Sarah Palin sent the resignation requests Thursday to Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton, finance director Duane Dvorak and Mary Ellen Emmons, the head of libraries. A fifth director -- John Cooper, who oversaw the city museum -- resigned earlier this month after Palin eliminated his position. From her writings:

Dear Friends,
I'm running for mayor to bring positive change to Wasilla. I'm tired of "business as usual" in this town, and of the "Good ol' Boys" network that runs the show here. I know we can make government leaner and more efficient! I have a great love for Wasilla. My roots are here. I grew up here, I attended Iditarod Elementary School & was graduated from Wasilla High. The five years I spent outside earning my college degree solidified my love for and desire for Wasilla. I'm raising my children here and I plan to live here until as long as the Good Lord allows!
The decisions made at Wasilla City Hall affect [sic] me an my kids today, and they will affect my kids twenty years from now. I'm not just hanging on until for another term until I can retire on the state's gov't system & head on out of here. I'm here for the long haul.
There is currently a sad state of complacency at City Hall. I have the energy, optimism and determination to lead us into pro-activity, versus the current re-activity in w mode we're in.
Two years ago Wasilla voters, with the Mayor's support (?), overwhelmingly voted in favor of term limits for the Mayor. The City Council adopted the added to our municipal cod that the Mayor could not serve more than two consecutive terms. Mayor Stein did not allow [sic] this addition to our code, because he is "Grandfathered" in, he can keep on running for Mayor! He's looking at his fourth term in office ... that is too long! He's been involved in government Between all his years in Wasilla and Sitka politics, government, He has become a career politician. He has a the "government" mind set, that creates constant growth in government.

I believe in self-determination for our neighborhoods! Neighborhoods - You come to City Hall and tell us wha say tell us what you want, what is right for your area ... not the other way around! City Hall shouldn't be coming down your throat with "What's best for you" ... We City Hall hires "experts" from outside to come tell us how to re-zone our city, to make it become a mini-Seattle!
I will not support any tax increase. Our sales tax generates over 2 million dollars more than what we had projected we'd be taking in when we sold the idea sales tax idea to the public four years ago. Since proving we'd spend the sales tax on a police dept. and on getting roads paved, we've been growing at City Hall.
I will not support building a multi-million dollar "new, state-of-the-art" City Hall, as is called for in Wasilla's newest comprehensive plan.
I will not accept a raise, like the current mayor recently did! A $4,000 a year pay hike, right after telling the sr. citizens center we couldn't fund their full funds request!
I will put my foot down when dealing with a major, incorrect and unethical conflict-of-interest on city council. Councilman John Hartick's wife, Suzanne, is the Mayor's Secretary. This preclude [sic] Councilman Hartick from voting on any personnel issue, because his wife's job (paycheck) is involved in personnel matters. This conflict takes away a voice of representation of the people! We do not have six councilmen now, we have five. The citizen public is getting ripped off.
I'll not run for election more than once.
I believe in personal [indecipherable] ... NRA.Ba

Given the relative state of their positions (the majesty of the law vs. the citizen public of Wasilla, AK getting "ripped off") it's easy to see why Mr. McCain would favor the lovely Sarah, and be uncomfortable with the slightly aged Sonia.


1 comment:

Debby said...

I still cannot get how the Wasilla Whackjob was chosen to fill the VP position.