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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:09 PM
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Poll question: Which Justice of the Supreme court do you wish Obama could replace next?
NOT which one is most likely to retire but, if you could wave a magic want, which Supreme court Justice
would you like to see replaced?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:12 PM
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1. I can only click on the Scalia button once!
Not fair!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:14 PM
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3. This ain't one of those CNN quick polls!
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:14 PM
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2. What would Thomas do without Scalia

It would be like unmooring a boat. No idea where it might float off to.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:14 PM
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4. and I can't click on the Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts buttons at the same time. n/t
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:16 PM
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5. I Used to Think That Scalia
was a very conservative but thoughful and principled judge. Bush v. Gore convinced me he was an unprincipled hack.

But Scalia is on his way down. Roberts may turn out not to be quite as bad as advertised.

The one that worries me now is Alito. He might turn out to be the most conservative of any of them, and in ten years could be heading the list of most hated justices.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:19 PM
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9. I'm with you
And "get over it" on 60 Minutes put the frosting on the cake. His so-called credentials are just window-dressing for doing whatever the hell the latest "conservative" cause is.
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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:39 PM
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16. I picked Scalia as my favorite to be replaced
because he's so much older than Alito.

IF Sclai or Thomas were to go, we'd have a generation of cernter to center-left SCOTUS decision. Alito would be the primary author of dissenting opinions.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:16 PM
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6. Saclia, Thomas, Roberts. In that order.
None of them belong there in the first place.
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:17 PM
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7. If I could wave a magic wand the following would be gone.
Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Thomas
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:38 PM
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23. no no. The magic wand only removes ONE justice.
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Phoonzang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:18 PM
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8. Roberts, if only because he's so young.
Well...compared to the rest of them that is...
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:20 PM
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10. Scalia's too evil to die
Heaven doesn't want him, and he'd give hell a bad reputation.
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Somawas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:21 PM
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11. Four douchebags-one vote. Not fair.
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SCantiGOP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:27 PM
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12. that's a tough vote
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 04:29 PM by SCantiGOP
Unfortunately, the four receiving votes are the ones least likely to leave in the next 8 years.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:32 PM
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13. Scalia
Don't like him at all. :mad:
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:35 PM
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14. One of the two fake Italians.
Don't really care which one.
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:35 PM
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15. There's no comparison between Thomas and Scalia
Besides Souter, Scalia is the only justice who has tried to defend habeas corpus against the abuses of Bush's executive power. Read his opinion in the Hamdi case if you don't believe me. He argued that Hamdi should have been charged with a crime or released. Thomas, on the other hand, argued that the govt could detain Hamdi forever without any hearing, not even one before a military tribunal. On the rights of citizens not to be detained by the govt without due process, Scalia is great and Thomas sucks.
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:42 PM
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17. Scalia, then Thomas, then Roberts (in a late surge)
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:57 PM
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18. Get rid of Thomas and Alito
Replace them with RATIONAL justices, and Scalia would retire. And we'd have his seat too.

Bake
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:42 PM
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19. Yeah, I had to go with Scalia. But there are so many other good picks!
How about some Rooseveltian court-packing, but this time successful?
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:53 PM
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20. Anthony Kennedy, no contest
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:25 AM
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31. Isn't Kennedy the one upholding roe vs wade?
He wasn't a great choice by any means, but there are worse.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:31 AM
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32. No, there aren't
Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito can consistently be counted on to suck, but Kennedy, he's a sneaky bastard. He loves the power he gets from being the "swing" vote and fancies himself the ultimate arbiter because of it.


He's a colossal egomaniac and I'd replace him with a flaming liberal judge, which would relegate the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to permanent minority status.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:36 AM
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34. He's a typical moderate judge, no better or worse
I'm not denying it would be better if were to be replaced by a liberal, but saying he's the exact same as Thomas or Scalia is unfair.

I won't deny he gets a kick out of messing with both sides though. He is the most powerful person on that court, and he knows it.

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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:55 PM
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21. Antonia Scalia?
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:38 PM
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24. Did I change his gender?
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:00 PM
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22. Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy should be removed for their part in the Florida election theft in 2000.
Roberts should be removed because he's an unqualified idiot.

Not a big fan of Alito either, and it still pisses me off that the usual spineless suspects confirmed his nomination, but there doesn't seem to be a valid reason to get rid of him.
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kevinds13 Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:04 AM
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25. You all should read The Nine, by Toobin.
The vote would be overwhelmingly in favor of Anthony Kennedy. Comparatively, Scalia and Thomas don't have the clout or personalities to swing votes on the court, whereas Kennedy (since O'Conner left) plays the swing vote on 5-4 cases. In fact, of 27 5-4 votes in 2006, Kennedy was in the majority for all 27 cases. He'd be who I would replace...with a raging liberal activist judge. :D
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Vattel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:53 AM
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26. Kennedy does truly suck
He would still be second on my list to Thomas, because Thomas believes that the President is an absolute monarch when it comes to national security. (Yoo clerked for Thomas.)
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:34 AM
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33. But if Scalia or Thomas were replaced by a liberal justice Kennedy wouldn't be such a swing vote
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 10:37 AM by Kurt_and_Hunter
Kennedy is a swing vote because Scalia and Thomas will always vote wrong. If Scalia voted 50-50 then Kennedy's swing role would be cut in half.

So the right answer is that which changes the most votes including the votes of the justice herself.

So it has to be the justice whose replacement would represent the most change, not the justice it would be handiest to control on the court as currently constituted.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:39 AM
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35. Who would be willing to let Obama pick his replacement, though?
Kennedy...maybe.
Scalia. Not a chance.
Thomas. Probably not.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 06:08 AM
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27. Antonia (sp?) Scalia?
:rofl: I didn't know Scalia was female! :evilgrin:
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specialed Donating Member (276 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 06:41 AM
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28. Scalia...
He is a traitor to the constitution.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 07:07 AM
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29. Any one of the Felonious 3
Kennedy, Scalia or Thomas.

They should have been impeached for illegally installing W.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 07:07 AM
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30. Any one of the Felonious 3
Kennedy, Scalia or Thomas.

They should have been impeached for illegally installing W.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:47 AM
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36. Roberts in a heartbeat
Sure, Scalia sucks. But he is also at an age where he may retire somday in the foreseeable future, where Roberts looks to be plagueing us for a good while to come. So my magic wand would remove Roberts asap.
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Milo_Bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 10:54 AM
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37. Scalia has brief moments of humanity, Thomas has none.
Thus, Thomas for me.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:04 AM
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38. I think Scalia will get the most votes in this poll...hands down. n/t
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