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White House judicial nominee drops out

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 04, 2003

Miguel Estrada, who was nominated by the White House for a federal judiciary post, has withdrawn, recognizing that his nomination will probably be stalled forever by a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Score one for the Democrats, led by the allegedly Catholic Ted Kennedy, who are blocking any judicial nominee suspected of harboring pro-life views. They've made it clear that right now-- despite Republican control of both the Senate and the White House-- no pro-lifer need apply.

President Bush said that the two-year filibuster of the Estrada nomination was "disgraceful." Which it certainly was. But both the White House and the Senate Republican leadership have responded quietly, tacitly accepting the Democratic tactics. When Republicans get tough, I'll begin to believe that they're serious about appointing pro-life judges. Until then, count me as skeptical.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2003 11:22 AM ET USA

    Yes, a sad day indeed. I like the 'Vicar of Bray' title for Kennedy, Patriot. As in: Old Principles I did revoke, Set conscience at a distance, Passive Obedience is a Joke, A Jest is non-resistance.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 04, 2003 8:00 PM ET USA

    In 1996 candidate Dole stated that, [paraphrased] if we could not embrace the pro-aborts and the perverts, we should GET OUT. I replied: "OK, Bob, GOOD BYE." Nothing has yet convinced me to return. That year the Constitution Party ran a pro-morality Catholic who got my vote. Catholics, as distinguished from "Catholics," might do well to look again at the Constitution Party.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 04, 2003 3:38 PM ET USA

    Please, let's be frank in referring to "Catholic" Senator Ted Kennedy, et al by the more appropriate title of former Catholic or "recovering" Catholic or, at least, the Vicar of Bray! Here, in Illinois, we have his counterpart in Senator Richard "Dick" Durbin--a truly lackluster hack if there even was one. Yes, I am also saddened by the Estrada withdrawal and am not holding my breath until the Republicans get tough.

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