Friday, May 27, 2005
The Religiously Correct are still mad about the Senate compromise on judges
Conservative anger over the Senate deal on judicial nominees continues to grow. Priscilla Owen was confirmed on Wednesday (May 25) and two others will likely be approved in the coming days. But some feel the pro-family movement has still suffered a major setback.
The only pro-family rulings one can expect from Priscilla Owen are those that primarily affect the Waltons and Hiltons.
On pretty much a party line vote, Texas Judge Priscilla Owen was confirmed 56-43 by the U.S. Senate to a seat on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Described by one conservative group as an "extraordinarily qualified judge" who should have been confirmed soon after her nomination four years ago, Owen is the first of three of President Bush's judicial nominees guaranteed an up-or-down vote under a controversial bipartisan compromise achieved last week. The others are presumed to be Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor.
According to the "deal" between seven Republican and seven Democratic senators, the option remains to filibuster subsequent nominees under "extraordinary circumstances." Conservatives have voiced concern that caveat could result in a stalemate should President Bush have the opportunity to nominate judges to fill open slots on the U.S. Supreme Court -- something that could happen as soon as this summer.
Why the hell is deal in quotes? Some copy editor at Agape needs to review the style manual. Is it not actually a deal unless Monty Hall is involved? Is Agape relying on an unnamed source? So very strange.