Wednesday, September 21, 2005

you know I like emailing assholes as much as the next guy...

But this is kind of ridiculous. I got this email from Barbara Boxer.
Dear Eric,

Do you know that the Bush Administration still hasn't turned over key documents about Judge John Roberts that were requested by Judiciary Committee Democrats more than six weeks ago? A narrow, targeted request for documents related to only 16 cases where John Roberts played a leadership role as Principal Deputy Solicitor General for the first President Bush?

How can the Senate fulfill its constitutional "advice and consent" responsibility and vote on Judge Roberts' nomination without having all the facts?

Only one person will be able to get the White House to release these key documents -- and that's Judge John Roberts himself.

Email Judge Roberts now, and call on him to urge the Administration to release these key documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee!

As my colleague Joe Biden characterized it, we certainly saw quite a "kabuki dance" when Judge Roberts testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings last week.

But a "kabuki dance" is not what the framers had in mind when they gave the Senate its "advice and consent" responsibility on the President's judicial nominations -- especially on a nomination as critical as Chief Justice of the United States. On issue after issue, Judge Roberts evaded Senators' questions as committee members probed his legal philosophy on behalf of the American people.

Well, John Roberts and the Bush Administration can't have it both ways. So if Judge Roberts is going to stonewall the Judiciary Committee during his testimony, then the White House needs to come clean and produce the information that the Judiciary Committee requested.

Urge Judge Roberts and the White House to release these key documents!

The stakes in this confirmation process are truly enormous. So before Senators cast their votes on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court bench, the American people deserve to know what kind of Chief Justice that John Roberts would be.

The events of the last few weeks have only crystallized the fact that inequality still exists in our society. The courts, and especially the Supreme Court, play a critical role in ensuring that all of our rights are protected regardless of race, gender or class.

We know that Judge Roberts has a brilliant legal mind. But what's in his heart? Will John Roberts truly fight to defend the rights and freedoms of every American?

We still don't know the answer to that question. And that's why I urge you to join me in calling for the release of these key documents, to shed more light on Judge Roberts' true legal philosophy.

Tell John Roberts to produce the documents from these 16 key court cases during his service as Principal Deputy Solicitor General!

In Friendship,

Now come one. That freakhead doesn't give a rip if I or 10 million doombilly's email him. I just don't see the point. Especially when you find out that Pat Leahy is backing him for SCOTUS. WTF!? You know if the democratic senators can't even muster the backbone to say no, I don't think an email from me is going to make a whole hell of a lot of difference.
So I wrote back (excerpted)

By the ways Babs;
What the heck does Pat Leahy mean by this:

"Judge Roberts is a man of integrity. I can only take him at his word that he does not have an ideological agenda."

If you wonder why the left is splintering read that quote by your fellow democratic senator. I know you don't have any control over Pat's actions. But damn, it does make me want to call him and ask him if he's been huffing furniture stripper or something.
doomy as ever,


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