May 23, 2005
Hooray for compulsively checking internet news. The news agencies have just reported on a deal brokered between Frist and Reed over the filibuster debate. Unfortunately, Janice Rogers Brown, William Pyror, and Priscilla R. Owen will be getting floor votes while the fates of nominees William Myers and Henry Saad have been left up in the air. Other agreements reached were Democratic promises to filibuster in the future only in "extreme" cases (whatever that little ambiguity means) in exchange for a Republican promise to not support future attempts to change the filibuster rule.
In particular, I'm disappointed and frustrated that nominee Priscilla Owen was advanced to a floor vote. The freaking Attorney General, a Republican nonetheless, described her dissenting opinion in an abortion case which flouted Roe v. Wade as "an unconscionable act of judicial activism." What the hell, isn't activism what the Republicans were bitching about when Justice Kennedy wrote his opinion against the death penalty for minors? In fact, isn't that the main reason they want more conservatives in the court system, to stop activism? The hypocrisy of it all is mind-boggling. Owen's repellent record backing discrimination and shielding big business only add to my distaste for her. Check out Save Our Courts to find out more about the federal judges of tomorrow.
Posted by Adam Geiger at 10:33 PM