Wednesday | April 30, 2003
Dems to filibuster Owens
Be still my beating heart, the Dems are going to filibuster another Bush judicial nominee -- the odious Priscilla Owen!
I must admit being a bit taken aback at this newfound moxie in the Senate's Democratic delegation, but I like it.
The new filibuster target will be Priscilla Owen — a Texas judge and home-state favorite of the president's — who was nominated for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Democrats have called Owen, who sits on the Texas Supreme Court, an anti-abortion, pro-business judicial activist whose opinions and rulings are overly influenced by her personal beliefs.It's surprising the GOP doesn't agree, considering they rant and rave against "judicial activists". And by all accounts, Owens is one of those. Indeed, none other than White House counsel Alberto Gonzales -- then a justice on the Texas Supreme Court -- accused Owens of "unconscionable judicial activism."
As Houston Chronicle columnist Cragg Hines wrote back in July 2002:
It doesn't take a raving pinko to catch on to Owen's act. Actually, it was pointed out very astutely by Alberto R. Gonzales, now Bush's White House counsel, when he was on the state's top civil court with her.So I'm sure top Senate hypocrite Orin Hatch will pull the Owens confirmation from the floor? As he's said before:
"Those nominees who are or will be judicial activists should not be nominated by the President or confirmed by the Senate, and I personally will do my best to see to it that they are not."Didn't Hatch get Gonzales' memo?
On the bad news front, the Senate confirmed Judge Jeff Sutton today. But to be honest, he's nowhere near as evil as Owens and Pickering (who will soon get his turn at a Democratic filibuster). And the Dems need to wield the filibuster tool carefully. The GOP has earned a certain degree of deference in these matters -- they took control of the Senate from an ineffective Democratic Party. To the winners go the spoils.
But extremist nominees need to be stopped. I'm quite happy with our resurgent Democratic Party.
There's hope yet.Posted April 30, 2003 01:12 AM | Comments (81)