Captain Underpants and the Supremes

From the Washington Post:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 6 — Highlighting an issue he plans to use aggressively in the general election campaign, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday decried “the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power” and pledged to nominate judges similar to the ones President Bush has placed on the bench.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. “would serve as the model for my own nominees, if that responsibility falls to me,” highlighting the gap between Republicans and Democrats on the question of who should sit on the Supreme Court. Both justices have established strong conservative records since Bush appointed them, and the appointment of one more conservative to the nation’s highest court could tip the balance on issues such as abortion, discrimination, civil liberties and private property.

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The two remaining Democratic candidates, Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), opposed the nominations of Roberts and Alito.

“My nominees will understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power, and clear limits to the scope of federal power,” McCain told a crowd of several hundred at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel, as he stood in front of nine American flags and mock-ups of the preamble to the Constitution.

Later in the day, he announced the formation of a conservative-leaning Justice Advisory Committee, which he said will counsel him on judicial appointments if he wins the presidency. The group, which will be chaired by former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), is a Who’s Who of prominent conservative legal minds, with members including Princeton University professor Robert George and Rachel Brand, former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy.


McCain made a point of noting that he had voted for Bill Clinton’s two Supreme Court appointees, Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “because I believed that they were qualified.” He added: “Elections have consequences. One of the consequences is the president of the United States gets to name his or her nominees to the bench.”

When you vote in November, kids, keep in mind that Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers might be looking for work! Just a word to the wise. 😉

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8 responses to “Captain Underpants and the Supremes

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    home run. again.

    dear all higher powers, please help us save scotus.

    one of my friends at the unruly blog suggested expanding the supreme court (due to increased population, of course) 😉

  2. hi jenn!
    i missed you last night. the scotus scares the hell out of me, especially because we will be stuck with alito and roberts for decades. 😯
    there is nothing in the constitution that says how many members of the supreme court there will be. i wonder what would happen if there were more or less of them. personally, i think that every 6 years or so, the people should be able to vote to retain or get rid of each justice. the bar (no pun intended) can be set high, and there should be maybe a 60% total needed to remove one of them. that’s just off the top of my head.

  3. Got a Grip

    I like that approach, nonnie. I don’t know why they have to be Supremes for life. You know the truly evil ones will live forever (not having a conscience keeps you young, apparently), while the ones that really try to do right by the Constitution are the ones that worry themselves to an earlier grave. I think Ginsberg is hanging on by her fingernails trying to make it to November in hopes that someone less vile than Chimpy gets to choose her replacement.

    I personally harbor the lofty dream of having some of them impeached. Scalia’s at the top of the list. He’s too close to Cheney for some of that evil and corruption not to have worn off on him. I think he really needs to experience some of those torture methods to truly judge whether they’re constitutional or not. I bet he’d change his mind…..

  4. i don’t think any governmental official should be appointed for life. i know the argument for it is that they will be more political if they have to please the public. however, when we can be stuck with congresses that are afraid to impeach law breakers and evil-doers, then there is no accountability whatsoever.

  5. jeb

    Anna Quindlen wrote an editorial back in 2000 stressing that Dems and uncommitted voters leaning toward Bush or Nader needed to look at the Supreme Court. She said that no matter what concerns or issues people had with Gore, the court was the ultimate issue. There are a lot of polls and reports (yes MSM fecal rain, I know) that state many Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama or will not vote at all. Anyone who feels that way (aside from their obvious other problems) needs to look at what Rethug nominees (Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Scalia) consistently do to our constitution.

    If McCain does win, our only hope is that he won’t trust anyone younger than himself when nomination time rolls around.

  6. jeb,
    unfortunately, most people just vote for the person they like or trust or whose wife they like or for their favorite issue. most people are too busy trying to put food on their table than to really understand the differences between candidates and the long-term consequences of voting for the one who is not concerned about their well-being. most people don’t realize the impact that the courts (not only the supreme court, but all the federal courts and the justice department) have on their daily lives. that is, until something happens to them to bring that home in a negative way.

  7. nightowl724

    And beyond the Supremes… Even though they don’t serve for generations, they can impact generations anyway. Think of the UN Ambassador (Bolton!), Secretaries of State (Rice!), Education, Labor (Chao!), Energy, Commerce, Attorney General (Mukasey!), Directors of EPA, OMB, National Intelligence, Homeland Security (Chertoff!), WH Press Secretary (Snow, Perino!), World Bank President (Wolfowitz!), and VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY!!!!!

    I’ll vote for a Dem any day, even if I have to hold my nose to do it!

  8. me, too, nightowl. if i have to stuff a half a box of kleenex up my nostrils, i will push the button next to the name with a D following it! not saying i will toe the party line in every election, but i will in this one. capt underpants is dangerous.