Judicial nominations have been moving at a snail’s pace, and of course, Republicans have blocked the president every step of the way. The courts have been overloaded, backed up, cannot function properly, and so they are unable to handle cases as judges are unavailable to preside over court proceedings. Trying to get your day in court has become as challenging as passing Democratic legislation in our current Congress.
To make matters worse, many Bush judges are already in place, which explains so many decisions that make Progressive heads explode.
Which brings us to the good news and bad news.
The good news: President Obama has found himself a judicial nominee that appeals to Republicans.
The bad news: President Obama has found himself a judicial nominee that appeals to Republicans.
President Obama, who has seen court nominees run into Republican roadblocks, may have found a winning strategy for putting a judge on the powerful U.S. appeals court here: He chose a highly regarded corporate lawyer whose resume suggests he could have been a Republican nominee.
Sri Srinivasan, 46, was a law clerk for two Republican-appointed judges after graduating from Stanford University, and he worked in the George W. Bush Justice Department for five years before joining the Obama team as deputy U.S. solicitor general.
This man, per the Times, is likely to be confirmed. Bush’s guy. From the Bush Justice Department, which, by the way, is an oxymoron.
More bad news: Senator Ted Cruz likes him. He and Srinivasan were law clerks in Virginia and at the Supreme Court together.
More good news: He would be the first South Asian native to serve on a U.S. appeals court.
More bad news: He could be a leading candidate for the Supreme Court if and when a vacancy opens up.
More good news: He’s a good listener and open-minded, per a colleague.
More bad news:
Liberal activists, unions and human rights groups refused to support him. Most of them say they decided to remain silent, not wanting to upset the White House or stand in the way of an Obama nominee…. The strongest opposition to Srinivasan has come from human rights advocates who have sued multinational corporations.
Are you getting nervous yet? No? Let me nudge you along:
Marco Simons, legal director for Earth Rights International, wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee complaining of Srinivasan’s “propensity for pro-corporate, anti-human rights judicial activism.” As a lawyer in Washington, Srinivasan has “built a practice around defending powerful multinational companies against allegations of human rights abuses such as war crimes, torture and summary execution,” Simons wrote… “The new definition of a consensus nominee is someone who the Republicans like and the Democrats can stomach because they don’t want to defy the president,” he said.
There’s your “liberal” president, GOP.
CPAC Insider says Chris Christie snubbed because he’s “not a conservative in the eyes of organizers”
NR adds, “Christie has a “limited future” in the national Republican party given his position on gun control, the source tells National Review Online. As a result, the CPAC insider says, the focus of this year’s conference, “the future of conservatism,” made Christie a bad fit. Christie, the source adds, is simply not a conservative in the eyes of organizers.”
The NR article continues, “The New Jersey governor, who has expressed concern about “an abundance of guns out there,” has said he backs the gun-control legislation currently on the books in his state, some of the nation’s most restrictive. Christie has also not been afraid to speak out against the National Rifle Association, calling an ad the group ran in the wake of the Newtown shooting “reprehensible” and “awful.”
The NRA ad the National Review refers to was the very one that used the Obama children to promote their agenda. The NRA did not do this once, but twice.
The National Review writes:
In another move that may distance him from conservatives, Christie, who boasts a 74 percent approval rating in New Jersey, is set to announce this afternoon that he will accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. His reversal follows those of other GOP governors including Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s Jon Kasich who, like Christie, have been vocal in their criticism of the Affordable Care Act.
And yet, more and more Republicans are accepting this idea. A new poll released today shows that the majority of Americans are finding the GOP too extreme and out of touch. And their ostracizing of Chris Christie confirms the poll’s findings.
Well shit. If Republicans want to toss their only moderate out, then that makes life easier for the rest of us.
- See more at: http://freakoutnation.com/2013/02/26/cpac-insider-says-chris-christie-snubbed-because-hes-not-a-conservative-in-the-eyes-of-organizers/#sthash.Z6kXBv6G.dpuf
Malleable minds. Further on it says they found “documents’ that led them to believe this guy was obsessed with Fox/GOP. Wonder what they were.
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer- A Lake Park man “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican party” is in jail today after he allegedly said that he felt he was going to have to kill his girlfriend because she was a “liberal.”
David A. Kappheim, 60, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bail. He was arrested Tuesday and the arresting Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy placed Kappheim under a Baker Act. Kappheim is facing charges of domestic battery, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.
On Saturday, Kappheim showed up at her friend’s house uninvited and “stark naked,” she said, according to the arrest report.
She said he tried strangling her the next day.
The couple lived together but she asked him to move out. On Tuesday, Kappheim asked to borrow her car so he could move his belongings out. The woman said she agreed but asked him to drive her to work first.
Throughout the ride, the woman said Kappheim drove “recklessly.” When she asked him not to kill her, he allegedly responded by laughing out loud. On Wednesday, she called the sheriff’s office for help.
When Kappheim was approached by the arresting deputy, he said “he was very conservative and (his girlfriend) was a liberal.” He also told the deputy that “he felt that he was going to have to kill her,” the report said.
Remember this kid? Jonathan Krohn? He was the kinda creepy super-smart, very conservative, teleprompter-mocking wunderkind speaker at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference):
Look who’s all grown up and not a conservative anymore. His voice isn’t the only thing that’s changing:
“I think it was naive,” Krohn now says of the speech. “It’s a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time.… I live in Georgia. We’re inundated with conservative talk in Georgia.… The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions. You’re really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13. It’s impossible. You haven’t done enough.”
He claims he’s not a liberal, but he says he’s for the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage and would probably vote for President Obama. He loves “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” The New Yorker magazine, and will be attending– wait for it– New York University where he’ll study philosophy and film making and write political satire.
Krohn also maintains that he’s not a libertarian or a Ron Pauler, asserting that they have “extreme ideas,” but also thinks Van Jones is on the “far far left.”
I have to explain to people over and over and over again that I’m not a conservative and I have my own ideas and I’m not just agreeing to everything that every conservative said. It’s very hard to break a stereotype like that of yourself.”
More at Politico.
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