Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Monday, March 05, 2007

Rudy Likes Janice Rogers Brown--Well Whaddaya Know!

From ABC Blogs, Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an interview with Ted Olson, who is heading up Rudy Giuliani’s “Judicial Advisory Council”. Olson offers more of the same assurances that Rudy luuuuuvs Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito. Then Crawford offers this little gem:

How’s this for a litmus test: Would Rudy Giuliani nominate someone like Janice Rogers Brown—a staunch conservative, beloved by many on the Right and reviled by those on the Left?

Olson didn’t hesitate.

“Yes,” he said. “I think he’d be impressed with her whole life story, her talent, her education--the way she pulled herself up from a very modest beginning, the inspiration her life would give to people—on top of her talent.”

But would he be willing to wage the fight a Brown nomination would provoke?

“Absolutely,” Olson said. “Rudy has never walked away from a fight.”

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Yes, we pro-life conservatives like Janice Rogers Brown, but we have more substantive reasons than her compelling “life story”. Focusing on shallow considerations is how we almost ended up with the “pioneer woman” Harriet Miers.

We want a Republican presidential candidate who not only shares our reasons for liking someone like JRB, but makes those substantive reasons (not some vague reluctance to “walk away from a fight”) the foundation upon which he wages the fight for her nomination.

Lopez on CPAC

From NRO’s The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez offers some tidbits from the CPAC Conference:

Newt Gingrich was hands down the best of the buzzed-about 2008ers. I think he was prepping us for the Gingrich-Jeb Bush 2008 suprise of the year. Who would have thunk it? (Hey, this cycle is long, I'm trying to keep it interesting.) Some people would clearly like him too. . .

Brownback's story of the girl he adopted from China reminds everyone what that fight for life is about. It does make you appreciate he's in the mix inasmuch as he talks about the dignity of human life across the globe.

Romney really helped himself by giving the speech he did. He's got a disadvantage Giuliani and McCain don't have — he still has to introduce himself to people. If you saw him for the first time Friday, you got a good intro.

Rudy Giuliani may have been the real winner of this thing though — that he did as well as he did with a self-identified conservative crowd. His speech had both an overarching theme and great moments — that frankly surpassed anyone else at one moment in particular.

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I’m still waiting for Giuliani to get the smackdown he deserves from some segment of the Conservative world. Apparently CPAC is not that segment. The ease with which Rudy is wooing supposedly staunch pro-lifers is a bit alarming, but there’s still time for Conservatives to come to their senses.

At least it’s nice to see that Gingrich and Brownback had strong showings, and what’s this talk about Jeb Bush? Could we see a surprise emergence of the most deserving of the Bush clan?

Ponnuru Interviews McCain

From National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru offers an interview with John McCain. Nothing shocking here, mostly Ramesh throwing softballs to McCain, but, despite repeatedly consulting his campaign assistant to confirm his answers, McCain manages to sound somewhat presidential.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

My Latest Drawing: Cardinal Newman


Of course, t-shirts and other items bearing this drawings are available at Zach's Shop.


Saturday, March 03, 2007

Giuliani Judges Lean Left

From Politico.com:

When Rudy Giuliani faces Republicans concerned about his support of gay rights and legal abortion, he reassures them that he is a conservative on the decisions that matter most.

"I would want judges who are strict constructionists because I am," he told South Carolina Republicans last month. "Those are the kinds of justices I would appoint -- Scalia, Alito and Roberts."

But most of Giuliani's judicial appointments during his eight years as mayor of New York were hardly in the model of Chief Justice John Roberts or Samuel Alito -- much less aggressive conservatives in the mold of Antonin Scalia.

A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.

A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.

Cumulatively, Giuilani's record was enough to win applause from people like Kelli Conlin, the head of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, the state's leading abortion-rights group. "They were decent, moderate people," she said.

"I don't think he was looking for someone who was particularly conservative," added Barry Kamins, a Democrat who chaired the panel of the Bar Association of the City of New York, which reviewed Giuliani's appointments. "He picked a variety from both sides of the spectrum. They were qualified, even-tempered, academically strong."

That is the kind of praise that will amount to damnation (not necessarily faint) among some of the people Giuliani will be trying to impress in Washington on Friday, when he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference. The group is filled with social conservatives, for whom the effort to recast the ideological orientation of the federal judiciary has been a generation-long project. Giuliani already faced a high threshold of skepticism from many of these activists because of his comparatively liberal record on such hot-button issues as abortion rights, tolerance of gays and gun control.

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My Comment:

Who is surprised by this revelation? Perhaps all of those pseudo pro-life suckers who are so eagerly jumping on Rudy's bandwagon. After all of the trouble we've had with proudly pro-life presidents' judicial appointments (Justices O'Connor, Kennedy, and Souter, for instance), I just don't understand why anyone would trust an avowedly pro-abortion politician to willingly appoint justices who are likely to rule properly on life issues. Now we can examine Rudy's track record on this issue and clearly see the kind of judges we're likely to get should he be elected President.