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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Who's on Obama's Short List for the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the only veteran on the High Court, just announced his resignation. We should demand that President Obama nominate a veteran to replace him. We are not pleased with the lawyers who are said to be on Obama's short list for appointment. Let's take a look. Elena Kagan, who tops Obama's short list, banned military recruiters from the Harvard Law School campus when she was Dean. She defied the Solomon Amendment, passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton, which requires withholding federal funds from any schools that exclude the military from their campus. Kagan even signed a legal brief claiming that the Solomon Amendment is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court rejected her argument 8-to-0.

Next on Obama's list of nominees is Diane Wood, known as the "Ghost of Harry Blackmun." She clerked for Justice Blackmun, who wrote the Roe v. Wade decision that imposed abortion-on-demand, and Judge Wood has done all she could to perpetuate that mistake. She held, for example, that pro-life protesters of abortion clinics were liable under a racketeering law that was designed to combat mobsters. Fortunately, the Supreme Court reversed her 8-to-1.

Cass Sunstein, a former law professor who is now Czar of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has such a twisted view of the First Amendment that he wants to regulate internet bloggers. Sunstein is infamous for claiming that animals should have lawyers to represent them in Court. Sunstein also wants "to ban hunting." "It's time," he declared, to make it "against the law." Next on Obama's list is Harold Koh, former Dean of Yale Law School, who is now the top attorney in the State Department. Koh calls himself a "transnationalist," which means he wants to integrate foreign laws into our domestic laws. Any veteran would be better than any of these far-out leftwingers on Obama's short list.

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