This is the apocalyptic liberal rhetoric, much emanating from the U.S. Senate, about some of the President’s nominees to appeals court vacancies.

Liberal BS v. Senate Horse Puckey (Case No. 6,666,666)

If Priscilla Owen is confirmed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Republic as we know and love it will not much longer survive.

If Janice Rogers Brown is confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Republic as we know and love it will not much longer survive.

If William Pryor is confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Republic as we know and love it will not much longer survive.

If Henry Saad is confirmed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Republic as we know and love it may survive, but … psst, have you seen his confidential FBI report?  (Note to Minority Leader Reid: Confidential means secret.  Look that up in your dictionary.)

This is the apocalyptic liberal rhetoric, much emanating from the U.S. Senate, about some of the President’s nominees to appeals court vacancies.

Why, we might return to slavery.  Roe v. Wade will be relegated to ancient history courses, taught only at private universities.  All voting will take place in churches, synagogues or mosques, based on religious choice.  All citizens will be mandated to carry concealed weapons.  The poor may be forced to work as many hours as the rest of us.  Roving bands of corporate huns will swoop across the country, eliminating expense accounts for child labor.  Oh, conservative heaven!

The rhetoric is BS, nothing else to call it.  It is BS in its specific slander of honorable people, BS in its portrayal of our courts.

Priscilla Owen sits on the Texas Supreme Court, to which she was returned by 84 percent of the electorate, all of whom must be “out of the mainstream,” but none of whom have yet taken refuge in the Alamo.

Janice Rogers Brown sits on the California Supreme Court, to which she was returned by 76 percent of, shall we say, a mixed-ideology electorate.  Janice Rogers Brown writes more majority opinions than any of her counterparts, but that may be because her white counterparts are just lazy and shiftless.

William Pryor already sits (albeit temporarily) on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  The South is yet to secede again.

Henry Saad, who sits on the Michigan Court of Appeals, threatens not the Republic as a whole, just the personal interests of his home-state Senators.

To threaten the Republic as a federal appeals court judge, one must be in the majority of a panel or of the entire court, and even then would only threaten the circuit of the Republic within that court’s jurisdiction.  Controversial appeals court rulings and those that conflict with other circuit rulings must survive Supreme Court challenges.  They must survive all sorts of legal tomfoolery, too complicated to explicate in a brief piece.  If they are truly “out of the mainstream,” they must survive rewritten laws, starting the process all over again, by which point we’ll all be dead and not care so much.

That’s the BS exposed.  Now to the Senate Horse Puckey.

As you may have heard, a group of shapeshifting Senate “moderates” — some Ds, some Rs — have been scurrying around trying to broker a “compromise” against the Nuclear or Constitutional Option, whichever is your preferred nomenclature.  All discussions of that compromise include allowing the confirmation of some nominees but flushing others down the Senate toilet.

Oh?  How could that be?  They’re all evil, aren’t they?  Well, you know, the “traditions,” you know, of the Senate must be preserved, don’t you know.

If “moderates” have the votes, “moderates” can indeed preserve those precious “traditions,” such as they are far from the mainstream of reality.  Let’s just don’t make the mistake of calling any of this principle.  It’s BS v. Horse Puckey, and neither should win anything other than the complete disdain of the American people, and a good old mainstream cow pie in the face.

May 19, 2005
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