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Posted By: Amos
01-Mar-05 - 01:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
From MoveOn.org:

The fight to save our courts is about to really heat up. Bush just resubmitted 20 nominees the Democrats fought four years to block. These 20 judges were rejected, while 204 were approved, because they have consistently sacrificed the rights of ordinary Americans to appease powerful special interests and extreme right-wing ideology. They must not be given lifetime appointments on the federal bench.

The Democrats can block them again, but only if they stand united. As a senior Democrat on the all-important Senate Judiciary Committee, Diane Feinstein can either embolden the Democratic resistance, or splinter it. That's why we need to call on her today for the leadership this issue demands.

Please call Senator Feinstein's office and ask her to strongly oppose ALL 20 of Bush's repeat judicial nominees at:

(619) 231-9712

Then, let us know you called:
http://www.moveonpac.org/judicial/call/

The fight to save our courts only begins with these 20 nominees. Dick Cheney and Senator Bill Frist are now threatening to eliminate the filibuster, a 200-year-old rule that allows 40 or more senators to force further debate before controversial votes. It would require a two-thirds vote to actually change the fillibuster rule, and they know they don't that much support. So in his role as president of the Senate Cheney is planning to simply declare the filibuster rule null and void. If Frist can get just 50 Senators to support Cheney's ruling, the right to filibuster judges will be gone. It's a power grab so abusive and unprecedented that even the Republicans call it the "Nuclear Option."

This all leads up to the next vacancy on the Supreme Court. Without the right to filibuster, the Democrats will be powerless to stop even the most dangerous nominees. Bush may get to appoint as many as three Supreme Court Justices in the next 4 years -- so the "Nuclear Option" is nothing less than a desperate attempt to reshape the legal landscape of this nation for decades to come.

As this all unfolds, it's critical to get the calls in early -- even before the headlines hit. We can block Bush's 20 repeat nominees, and we can stop Cheney's "Nuclear Option" if at least 50 Senators oppose it. The first step is ensuring Democratic unity and vocal leadership from key senators like yours.

Please call Senator Feinstein today and ask her to oppose ALL of Bush's repeat nominees, and defeat the Republican "Nuclear Option" to eliminate the fillibuster.

(619) 231-9712

The 20 nominees Bush has resubmitted were rejected because of their extreme positions in favor of corporate interests and against civil rights, the environment, civil liberties, and the concerns of ordinary Americans. Here's a brief summary of just the first four to be considered.