Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Newsflash: MoveOn Thinks Roberts Is An Extremist

Stunned. Stunned I am that is coming through on their promise to fight "If Bush announces an extremist nominee..." From an e-mail sent out this morning:

In the past weeks, Republicans and Democrats have called on President Bush to nominate a moderate for the Supreme Court--someone who would honor the legacy of independent Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But last night, President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts, a far-right lawyer and corporate lobbyist, to fill her post on the Supreme Court.

We've got to stop Roberts. He opposed clean air rules and worked to help coal companies strip-mine mountaintops. He worked with Ken Starr (yes, that Ken Starr), and tried to keep Congress from defending the Voting Rights Act. He wrote that Roe v. Wade should be "overruled," and as a lawyer argued (and won) the case that stopped some doctors from even discussing abortion.

I also understand that he once shared a cab with John Ashcroft (yes, that John Ashcroft).

This is one of the most important domestic fights of President Bush's career. We can win--Americans overwhelmingly want a moderate judge. But to win, we need to get the word out early that Roberts is out of the mainstream.

President Bush could have chosen many fair-minded and independent jurists to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Instead, he chose a corporate partisan loved by Bush's right-wing base but out of step with the rest of the country. of course is in "the mainstream" and in step with the rest of the country. Let the lunacy begin.

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