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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 04:59 PM
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Southwick approved by Judiciary Committee ('thanks' to Feinstein)
Edited on Thu Aug-02-07 05:00 PM by babylonsister
Southwick approved by Judiciary Committee

With the help of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.), appellate court nominee Leslie Southwick won approval Thursday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He was passed out of the committee on a 10-9 vote, giving Republicans a victory in what had become an increasingly bitter struggle over the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals seat in Mississippi.

Feinstein rejected objections from her fellow Democrats and liberal advocacy groups about his concurrence on several controversial civil and gay rights cases as a Mississippi Court of Appeals judge.

Through her conversations with Southwick, "what emerged was an appreciation on my part that Judge Southwick was a qualified, circumspect nominee," Feinstein said. "I dont believe he is a racist. I believe he made a mistake. The question is does one ever overcome a mistake. Perhaps some do. I believe he is a good person."

Critics also argued that President Bush should appoint an African American judge to a federal bench that adjudicates cases in Mississippi, which has the highest percentage of African Americans in the country. Southwick is a white male.

When viewed against his record on the bench, the importance of this seat on the 5th Circuit, and the troubling lack of diversity on that court, I am not convinced that he is the right nominee for this vacancy at this time, said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the committee chairman, who voted against the nomination.

more... (and I know all about the source, but it's the first one I saw)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0807/Southwick_a...
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:00 PM
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1. Are there no people to choose from, who have not "made a mistake"? n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:24 PM
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2. Guess not. I'm shocked there's no outrage-yet. nt
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:28 PM
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3. more "mistakes"
Edited on Thu Aug-02-07 05:30 PM by Solly Mack
just what government needs....more people that make "mistakes"

and "policy failures" and "misspoke"
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:39 PM
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4. Disheartening, isn't it. I need to find a more indepth article. nt
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:51 PM
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5. Feinstein is DLC. That pretty much explains why she went against
9 Democrats on this vote, and why she voted with republicans.

They got us again.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 05:56 PM
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6. So much for all the talk about blocking any more nominees. nt
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Phredicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:59 AM
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13. Yeah, aren't the Loyalty Oath crowd always saying we have to vote
Edited on Fri Aug-03-07 12:59 AM by Phredicles
Democratic because that's the only way to keep evil judges off the bench?

I voted for Feistein. Three times, if I'm not mistaken. Right now, I'm feeling like a schmuck for doing so.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 07:04 PM
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7. Old Boys Club.
It's now open for the right Old Girls, too.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 07:38 PM
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8. Sure doesn't make it right. So much for blocking these nominees. nt
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:01 AM
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9. Just like the Bush tax cut, Iraq etc etc. TOTAL BETRAYAL.
Thanks for nothing Feinstein. Oh, and I'll bet she was severely chastised by "the leadership."

Disgusting. Thanks for informing us of this.
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Pushed To The Left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:13 AM
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10. VERY disappointing. n/t
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:15 AM
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11. I am so FUCKING tired of her!!!!
Dianne Feinstein --
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 12:38 AM
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12. Now maybe some of the party wonks
around here can see why I absolutely WOULD NOT vote for her the last time around. Unfortunately, she's got 5-1/2 more years to go on her term. By then she'll be 78 and maybe, just MAYBE she won't run again and we'll have a chance for a REAL Democrat.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 01:41 AM
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14. Feinstein has worked against the interests of the people since day 1.
The fact that she votes the "right way" when it will do no good, and thus manipulates the grading organizations in order to claim liberal status and maintain her seat.

She embodies all that is wrong with the Democratic Party.


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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 04:03 PM
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15. i agree...and i write her constantly to tell her just that
she's a disgrace.
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-03-07 04:11 PM
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16. Feinstein is the worst Senator CA has placed in office in many
years. Cindy Sheehan should be running against her instead of Pelosi.
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