More liberal longevity?

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At 69, he's not even close to being the oldest on the U.S. Supreme Court: He's sixth-oldest out of the nine, and looking way up at John Paul Stevens at age 89.

Nor is his health apparently an issue, as it is with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

But apparently, Justice David Souter saw the gettin' was good, and he's getting out this June.

He may have been planning this for some time -- perhaps since Obama's election -- as he apparently didn't hire clerks as usual for the next year.

But the gettin' got even better for the liberal Souter after Republican Sen. Arlen Specter announced this week he was defecting to the Democrats -- putting the ruling party tantalizingly close to the magical 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

That should give President Obama more latitude to select a successor who is even more to the left of Souter.

That may not mean a whole lot in the short term -- a liberal replacing a liberal. But it does give longevity to the liberal seat, as a younger replacement will carry Souter's liberalism, most likely on steroids, years into the future.

Likewise, the older members of the court are mostly liberal -- so most of the Supreme Court vacancies that Obama fills are likely to be opportunities to add length, rather than width, to the liberal faction of the court.

Souter was a colossal disappointment for conservatives, particularly given that it was President George H.W. Bush who appointed him. Souter helped reaffirm Roe v. Wade -- and in the outrageous Kelo v. New London , he helped a sharply divided court rule that governments can forcibly take your private property and transfer it to other private entities if elected leaders think someone else can do more with your land than you are.

That's the kind of imperious government we threw off in 1776.

But if it's the kind of government and society we want today, we're about to get more of it.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/09 - 04:00 am
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The chanting liberal press

The chanting liberal press have been touting the retiring judge as a quiet, deep thinking, moderate and apolitical member of the supreme court. His far left stance on reinterpreting the constitution and the fact he put off his retirement until a leftie was in office makes the "moderate and apolitical" description suspect. Souter wound up on the court by the excellent political maneuverings of the left. This was, without a doubt, the biggest gaff of the first Bush administration.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 05/02/09 - 05:33 am
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No, it was fully expected of

No, it was fully expected of the "moderate" HW Bush.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/02/09 - 07:20 am
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The way Souter moved from the

The way Souter moved from the right to the middle and finally the left, it is best that he returns to his one room apartment where he lives alone and attempt to regain his sanity.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 05/02/09 - 07:35 am
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" Defecting"? I did not know

" Defecting"? I did not know this was a communist country?`

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 05/02/09 - 07:38 am
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So in other words PT, Bush

So in other words PT, Bush Sr. was stupid?

shivas
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shivas 05/02/09 - 08:02 am
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The right-wing abhors anyone

The right-wing abhors anyone who thinks for himself. If you do not believe as Rush tells you, then you must be a left-wing liberal.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 08:17 am
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Specter was already a RINO,

Specter was already a RINO, so it was no big deal. Souter is a liberal judge, so it's no big deal. To replace a liberal with a liberal is no change at all, so it's no big deal.

Tots
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Tots 05/02/09 - 08:27 am
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yep!

yep!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 08:29 am
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Regarding the Rush comment: I

Regarding the Rush comment: I don't even have time to listen to the man's show (I hear he gets good ratings). But the few times I have heard the man speak, I never once heard him say that anyone has to believe what he tells you. He is stating opinions which you don't have to agree with. He has no authority to force you to agree with his opinions. The beauty of it is that if you don't like what he says you can turn the channel or turn him off. What a country!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/02/09 - 08:30 am
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We can always hope Obama

We can always hope Obama makes a mistake and appoints someone who turns conservative on the bench, as Souter turned lib. It's kind of like waiting for the cards when the odds are against you, but you still have a chance.

bone
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bone 05/02/09 - 08:30 am
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the left-wing abhors anyone

the left-wing abhors anyone who thinks differently than they do. if you do not believe as Olbermann and Stewart tell you, then you must be a racist / religious nut / gay basher / right-winger.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 08:32 am
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And if the right-wing

And if the right-wing supposedly abhors anyone who thinks for himself, then the left-wing must equally hate anyone who thinks for himself and doesn't agree with left-wing philosophies. I have witnessed many instances of left-wing hate speech against people who dare to disagree with liberals and are screamed at by said liberals, called "racist" and "[filtered word]" and other filthy vulgar names by said liberals on certain National Broadcast Companies, had their email accounts and private lives invaded illegally by said liberals in an effort to humiliate and shut their opponents up ... I could go on and on, but why bother? It's all in the news. So people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Hatred is hatred no matter what the source. It works both ways, you know.

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jack234 05/02/09 - 08:36 am
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A liberal and proud of it

A liberal and proud of it when I look at the conservative agenda.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 08:48 am
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Come to think of it, I

Come to think of it, I haven't seen any instances at all in the news where conservative groups have invaded en masse a liberal speaker or rally in order to deliberately disrupt it. I saw an instance where the guy (can't remember his name) who produced "How Obama Got Elected" was standing outside on the sidewalk by himself (legally) outside of an awards ceremony for Katie Couric and he was handing out DVD's to pedestrians (legally) and he was handcuffed (illegally -- no cause) by security when he was not disrupting the ceremony. I observed another instance where students unrolled a big sign at a NC college and started screaming something about not talking to haters when a man had been invited to speak there about immigration policy. And a couple of years ago liberals were assaulting conservative speakers by shoving pies in their faces in an effort to harm, humiliate and shut them up. These TEA party protests did not invade or disrupt any liberal assembly. I know of not one act of violence or illegal behavior at any of these events committed by any participant. So this business of claiming that conservatives "abhor" free speech and thought seems a bit far-fetched to me.

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convertedsoutherner 05/02/09 - 08:49 am
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A conservative and proud of

A conservative and proud of it when I look at the libs agenda, prezbho, crooked administration, dim congress and policies.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/09 - 09:09 am
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Hypo, do you have a

Hypo, do you have a definition for stupid? GHW Bush was certainly mistaken when he nominated a "potential" constitutionalist for the supreme court. He was misinformed about Souter's stand on the constitution. The nomination was a major coup for the liberal left and was another indication of Bush Sr.'s political ineptness. Is that what you call stupid?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/09 - 09:15 am
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shivas, after pledging his

shivas, after pledging his loyalty to a party, Specter changed his mind and still wasn't called uncle tom or nazi the by previous party.(that isn't what would have happened if his move was in the other direction). No Dems voted for Specter, yet that's the party he joined. I don't feel that's "independent thinking" as much as "deception". I guess that's some more of that "lack of common ground" that exists between the left and the right.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 09:33 am
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Oh, I dunno, PT, maybe there

Oh, I dunno, PT, maybe there were a few Dems out there who voted for Specter when he was a RINO. Maybe more than a few.

jack
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jack 05/02/09 - 09:48 am
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" Defecting"? I did not know

" Defecting"? I did not know this was a communist country?`
Posted by HYPOCRITES 08 on Sat May 2, 2009 8:35 AM....It's the DIMocRAT Socialist Party, first cousin to the Communist Party, USA that supports it.

jack
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jack 05/02/09 - 09:53 am
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Chuchi, you must have missed

Chuchi, you must have missed the grossest attack on Carrie Prejean by one of PMSnbc's homo hosts for her stance against gay marriage.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 05/02/09 - 10:05 am
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But you must remember that's

But you must remember that's the typical lib mentality; to attack and call anyone names that disagrees with them.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 05/02/09 - 10:06 am
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The GOP could take a lesson

The GOP could take a lesson from Souter to move from the far right more toward the center. They don't need to go all the way to the left or even over to the middle. But they need to move or they will continue to me marginal at best as the country moves forward. When many liberal democrats has representatives in their party switch to the GOP years ago, they moved to the center to stay viable. And today they lead. This country goes nowhere with far right and far left memebership in the Congress. We actually need more Specters and Liebermans and the lady senators from Maine.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 10:07 am
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jack: I did miss it, but it

jack: I did miss it, but it doesn't surprise me at all. I did see the 'net video of Perez Hilton and heard the nasty sexist name he called Miss Prejean and the trashy things he said about her. All because she dared to exercise her constitutional right to think freely, speak freely and express her beliefs freely. Apparently Miss Prejean did not answer Mr. Hilton's question in the way he wished her to. And she spoke in a courteous and respectful manner. Nothing courteous or even remotely respectful in the way the liberals have talked about this young lady. So if I am interpreting this kind of behavior correctly, it would appear that according to certain liberals, if you disagree with them you are unworthy of respect and common courtesy. And you obviously deserve whatever nasty filth they fling your way.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 05/02/09 - 11:07 am
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Chuchi, I heard Perez

Chuchi, I heard Perez Hilton's response too and while I am a Liberal I agree with you and Jack 110%. The guy was way out of line and what Miss Prejean answered is certainly her opinion, and in a free country all opinions should be honored, even Mr. Hiltons. However, there is no real need to insult someone else because of their opinion.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 05/02/09 - 11:43 am
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Niko: your 12:07 post was

Niko: your 12:07 post was very respectful and courteous, as all of your posts have been that I have read thus far. Thank you. I am glad that you are a liberal adult who acts like an adult with appropriate restraint, respect and courtesy towards others even while debating differing opinions. Would that all liberal adults would behave with the same good manners. Grownups are supposed to act like grownups, but too often they do not.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 05/02/09 - 01:51 pm
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My point exactly, shivas.

My point exactly, shivas. Education is the enemy of a right wing activist.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 05/02/09 - 01:54 pm
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A progressive replacing a

A progressive replacing a progressive does NOTHING to undo the damage that the uncouth judicially activist conservative jurists have done in the last two years. I am hoping that between now and 2012, one of the conservative jurists will retire so that we can get someone on the court who will interpret the Constitution for ALL 303,000,000 -- not legislate morality from the bench like the right wing judges do.

GGpap
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GGpap 05/02/09 - 02:13 pm
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A comparison of the post

A comparison of the post entered by jack234 on Sat May 2, 2009 9:36 AM and the one entered by convertedsoutherner on Sat May 2, 2009 9:49 AM should prove the point that one side spews more hate than the other. LOL! GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 05/02/09 - 02:16 pm
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Good one, (2:54 PM)

Good one, (2:54 PM) willistowmsc! GGpap

WhatsUpWithThat1
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WhatsUpWithThat1 05/02/09 - 02:41 pm
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Judges should not rule on

Judges should not rule on their political bias but interpret the constitution and rule on it alone. Since precedence is set by their interpretation it is important that they do not rule by opinion. I hope that Obama's pick will do just that. I do not see how education is the enemy of conservatism when many professionals (accountants, doctors, engineers) have conservative codes of conduct that they adhere to within their profession. People holding credentials of a professional license in order to practice their trade are held to high moral and legal standards. If they break the code they loose their license. What professional code of conduct do you adhere to, or is it anything goes?

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