Judicial Activism: "What the other side does while we play by the rules!"

Before I discuss my critiques of McCain's speech yesterday on judicial activism, as a partisan Democrat, I'd like to request that he continue to give more speeches along these lines.

Given all the internecine fighting among Democrats over the course of the presidential campaign, I can think of few better ways to unite the Democratic party than hearing McCain loudly proclaim his desire to move the Supreme Court rightward. As much as Clinton supporters may loathe Obama and Obama supporters may loathe Clinton (and those numbers will go down drastically over the course of the general election), many will be scared shitless by the prospect of President McCain replacing the aging "liberal" justices (more on that later), Stevens (age 88), Ginsburg (age 75), Breyer (age 69) and Souter (age 68) with "people in the cast of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and my friend the late William Rehnquist." (As an aside, I'm curious why McCain repeatedly leaves out Scalia in naming his model justices...)

For Democrats wanting to show a stark difference between the candidates and the long-term legacy their administrations would leave, it doesn't get much better than this. More Americans already think the Court is tilting too conservative than too liberal,/ yet McCain has just announced his intention to accelerate this trend.

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In a lawsuit that legal scholars are calling unprecedented, the Republican National Committee has filed suit against Diebold, the manufacturer of electronic voting machines, for breach of contract, negligence, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty - all arising out of Diebold's failure to "fix" the midterm elections in favor of the GOP.

The 189-page complaint, filed, naturally, in the Southern District of Florida, alleges that "Diebold reneged on its promises to deliver a majority of votes to Republican candidates in 49 states."

A footnote to the complaint explained that "no damages are sought regarding the Communistwealth of Taxachussets, which even elected a black guy as governor; as the GOP acknowledges that Diebold could only be expected to perform its contractual promises, not miracles."

Professor Alan Dershowitz of the Harvard Law School commented that this was the first time he could recall an action being brought against a party for failing to carry out a fraud. "Indeed," Dershowitz added, "it would be like O.J. suing a private investigator for not finding the real killer ... Oops!"

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report http://satiricalpolitical.com

Kudos to the excellent column and title by Newsweek's Howard Fineman, in describing the Rummy-dump and the partial restoration of the Regime of Bush the Elder, primarily in the form of James Baker and Robert Gates. And, most importantly, thank you Howard, for inspiring this Thin Lizzy song parody:

Guess who just got back today?
Them buttoned-down boys, from Poppy's Days
Haven't changed, now they're back in play
But man, I still think like foxes they're crazy

They were asking if Dubya was around
How you was, where you could be found
Told them you were living in fantasy-town
Driving your old man crazy

The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town ...
I said
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town

You know that SECDEF used to "dance" a lot
Every night at the podium saying what the troops ain't got
Man when I tell you he was a fool, he shoulda' been shot
I mean he was dreaming

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The Other News Tomorrow

I know that everyone's eyes are on the elections today.  Ours definitely are -- especially in South Dakota where voters are casting their ballots on the abortion ban.  

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Why We Should Worry About the Hostile Takeover of America's Court System

It's easy to forget what Supreme Court nomination fights really mean once they are over. They come along every few years, there's a whole media circus around them that focuses only on a very few hot-button social issues, and then, typically after Democrats roll over and die, there's little - if any - recollection of what it all meant, except in the few cases where the hot-button social issues actually come before the court, and they don't usually come up for years, so by that point, everyone has long forgotten which President or political party was responsible for the nominations that swung the court.

What gets buried in this cycle, of course, is the fact that the Supreme Court exerts itself most forcefully on the key financial and corporate power issues - the issues that engineer who are winners and who are losers in America's economy.

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