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Recommendations For Justice Stevens’ Replacement May Put Obama In A Tight Spot

April 14, 2010 by  

Recommendations for Justice Stevens replacement may put Obama in a tight spotIn the days since Justice John Paul Stevens announced he will be retiring from the Supreme Court this year, the growing number of people who have expressed their views on his replacement suggest President Obama will be under tremendous pressure in deciding on the next nomination.

Following Stevens’ announcement on April 9, President Obama praised the justice for his years of service on the country’s highest court. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund also lauded Stevens, and its representatives said that "[he] is known as a stalwart in his protection of civil rights and civil liberties."

Meanwhile, President Obama confirmed that he will move to fill the vacancy before the court reconvenes in October, and immediately came under pressure from conservatives who warned him against appointing another liberal justice.

In particular, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Obama should avoid appointing a "hard-left jurist."

"Since taking office President Obama has established a horrendous track record by nominating judges who have had little regard for the United States Constitution," Perkins said.

He added that "if [Obama] selects someone with a radical judicial philosophy, the fabric of our already divided country will be torn even more."

In addition, Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, called for Obama to appoint another military veteran.

"In the midst of two wars, we must protect our military from radical, anti-military judicial nominees," she stressed. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19716520-ADNFCR

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  • Mike In MI

    What makes any of us think Obama gives a whit about pressure from any side, left, right, top, bottom, front or back – anything but what comes from inside is irrelevant. I’ll betcha’ ten dollars to a donut he nominates somebody that is just and only an enemy of this country, her Constitution, her history of goodness and reasonable conduct among the world’s nation and an atheist like himself.

    He wants the exclusive right to do things that shut the mouths and ears of his enemies and if given the chance I’ll bet he unilaterally does something to start th revokation of First Amendment liberties. The one I’m sure he wants most is freedom of assembly to stop the ground swell against him by people who want to stay free and don’t like the restrictions being emplaced. Brick by legal brick the left is constructing a prison around us all – even American Liberal. (He just doesn’t know what all the strings, mud, stones and scaffolding means to him as a potential enemy of Obama and his allies.

  • http://??? joe momma

    if he nominated the three stooges…..at least it would be out in the open…..his secret stooges that frighten me….

    • s c

      Joe Momma, you DO have a point. However (and this should scare ANYONE who has some common sense and loves freedom more than they love people like Obummer), he can ALWAYS count on LOTS of DEAD VOTERS who will throw easy votes his way.
      I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Obummer’s many DEAD VOTERS are aready forging ballots – especially in the Chicago area. More food for thought for people who CARE about America.

      • Harold Olsen

        Absolutely. I believe my grandmother voted in the last election. She died in 1966.

      • Jim H.

        SC, The Daley’s always could rally the Chicago “cemetery” vote. In 1960 it was pivotal In the presidential race.

  • Otto

    Maybe Osama bin Laden will be appointed in absentee.

    • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

      No it will not! Lucifer is the spiritual head of this world and Jacob’s trouble is soon to follow! Watch!

    • Harold Olsen

      Don’t joke. I wouldn’t put that past Obama.

    • zack

      Hell I had rather have Osama Bin Laden than to have obama as president. Bin Laden is smarter than 0bama

  • Doc Sarvis

    President Obama is an intelligent man who has made some mistakes but has made more good decisions. I am convinced that he cares for America and will do his best to appoint a good justice just as his last pick illustrated.

    • Raggs

      Very funny……

    • http://cayjr1@gmail.com cayjr

      OK Doc, name the good decisions? Perhaps to bankrupt the country? Maybe to raise taxes after he promised not to? How about cutting down the U.S. with snide remarks in foreign countries? Maybe ignoring the vast majority of those against his health care program and forcing it on the American people? If those are good decisions; then you scare the heck out of me!

      • Doc Sarvis

        He did not promise not to raise taxes. He does not cut down the U.S., with or without snide remarks, rather he talks honestly about history and our role in it (good and not so good). The majority of Americans who voted him into office did so with the hope that he would address the health care in this country and he did dispite a loud minority who spread lies about what was in the bill. It is not the bill he had hoped for but it is a step in the direction of improving American lives.
        As for bankrupcy, we were well on our way to that prior to Mr. Obama taking office. Many economists agree that, though it is a bitter pill to swallow, he did a lot to keep our economic situation from getting far worse than it is.

        • http://foxnews richard

          doc sarvis YOU LIE

          • Doc Sarvis

            Where?

        • Raggs

          Someone spiked your kool-aid!

          • s c

            Ask ‘Doc’ to supply the names of some of those “many” economists who are NOT part of a herd of space cadet, brown-nosing, brownshirt suck-ups for the Fed. ‘Economists’ are a dime a dozen (especially the ones who cater to the whims of freedom-hating, ultraliberal progressives). They tend to be Keynesians, and most of them live in their own ivory tower world.
            I’ll be waiting anxiously for Doc’s answer.

          • Doc Sarvis

            It seems to me that all economists live in an Ivory Tower World. Almost a prerequisite.

        • http://personalliberty.com DR. D

          What’s In Your Pipe Your’e Smoking!!!!!!!You Are As Crazy As The American Liberal. Which He Shouldn’t Be Called An American!!!!!!!

          • Doc Sarvis

            I get called a lot of things but nobody has showed me where my statement was wrong.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Doc,
            You lied when you say that a minority tried to stop it. There were a lot of dems that tried to stop it too!! He could have passed it with no problem if not for that!!!

          • Doc Sarvis

            JoeH,
            Again, you misread what I wrote or at least mischaracterized what I wrote. Here is my quote from above;”a loud minority who spread lies about what was in the bill.” Very different from what you say I said. You really should be more careful, it detracts from points you may be trying to make. Better luck next time.

        • http://foxnews richard

          what majority wanted it not so ,not raising taxas not so, just the rich? bowing to radicais good pr? i,m not able to go on i get to frustrated thinking about all of my friends that died in korea so he could spout his garbage.

          • Doc Sarvis

            You can give up but this proud American will soldier on for the betterment of our country.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            doc,
            yeah that’s right I plum forgot the Salvation Army!!!

        • http://personalliberty.com DR. D

          You Are Heavily Distorting The Truth. Again What’s In The Pipe Man!!!!

          • Doc Sarvis

            I don’t smoke. I am a clear thinking American.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Doc S,
            you still haven’t answered the question. When and where did you serve???? Inquiring minds want to know!!!! I’m not alone either!!

          • Doc Sarvis

            JoeH,
            I told you before, that information is classified. If I were to give it out I would be violating my oath to my country, which I take very seriously.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Hey, did anyone notice the smell coming from that last post from Doc Sarvis???? Pure unadulterated bullshit!!!! now I will call you a liar doc!!!

          • Doc Sarvis

            Joe H.
            That is one of the nicer things I have been called on this site. Thanks, I guess. However I do tell the truth even though it is hard for many of you to take.

        • Isaebel

          NOT……

          • Enlightened one

            Doc. For these people to attack you for such a dimple honest statement shows how much they fear anyone with a diffrent take… I agree with you… Remember, these are very paranoid , delusional peole on this site… They long for some rightwing utopia that’s impossible to achieve …they live in so much fear they feel they need to be armed to leave the house… I’d suspect life must be horrible for them… I don’t know what it feels like to suspect everything and live like everyones out to get them… It’s an illness .. It’s fear and it’s ignorance … I have pity for them..

          • Doc Sarvis

            Enlightened One,
            Thanks, I agree with you.

        • meteorlady

          Doc – your proof and links are where? Most intelligent economists concluded that the bailouts had little or no effect on the economy. So why all the payoff and money changing hands? I must conclude that there were a lot of paybacks.

          As for health care show me ONE thing in the bill that puts price controls on big PHARMA, show me one thing in the bill that allows for insurance companies to sell across state lines, show me one Congressional Budget Office projection that comes even close to what Obama “says” the plan will cost?

          • Doc Sarvis

            I don’t recall ever saying the Health Care Reform Bill was perfect and fixed all the problems. I think it would have come much closer if there had been more cooperation instead of unjustified oposition to the reform. There are problems but there are also great gains.

    • zack

      Doc I sure as hell hope you smarten up before November, because if you don’t you will go down with obam-bam

      • Doc Sarvis

        Zack,
        I get smarter everyday. I hope that all of us do.
        Reading from a broad spectrum and thinking about things help me to get smarter. I attribute that to the good choices I have made so far in life.

  • Bessie

    whomever is picked there should be some a couple of question asks and straight answers give.
    1. Do you believe in the U.S.CONSTITUTION and the Bill of Rights
    2. Will you up hold the U.S.Constituion as it is written.
    3. Do you believe and will you uphold this countries Democracy or do you believe in Socialism or Dictorship.
    4.And since we are one nation under God, the question should be ask DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?
    5.Do you believe that people who oppose Obama’s idea and agenda, do so because of his race and are RACISTS.
    6. Do you believe in Democracy
    7. Will you uphold the Constitution against Socialism and Dictorship

    I would like to have a judge who is a centrist leaning toward being conservative when it comes to Illegals in this country, the healthcare reform (10th Amendment Commerce Clause) where we are commanded to buy a product,whether we can afford and even if it benefits us , or be penalized. This should be left to the State Government.

    There should be a law that prohibits ILLEGALS , Documented or UNdocumented workers from being employed in the U.S unless our unemployment rate is below 3%.this excludes foreign embassies.

    A law should be passed that English must be required as the first language and must be required. Does anyone realize how much money it cost the tax payers to print every thing in more than one language, If you live, work and/or a citizen, then you must speak, read and write the English fluently.

    This judge should make equal rights apply to all U.S.CITIZEN ONLY
    it should not discriminate against gender, age, race, color or creed . Right now equal rights are only given to Race and color mostly to Blacks and Hispanics.
    Illegals ,documented or undocumented workers should not covered by ERA. Example you fire a person regardlees of their ability to do the job that is Caucasian or deny heathcare to the aged is not considered discrimination, but try to fire a Black or Hispanic or deny them healthcare and right away its racism. At age 84 and still in the work force I see it every day.

    • Raggs

      Questions are fine, however obama lied about everything so who is to say the nominated one will not do the same?

      • EltonJ

        Yes, he prevaricates unceasingly and with teleprompters. ;)

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Raggs,
        shouldn’t a supreme court JUDGE have been a JUDGE at one time or another????

    • ChuckL

      Bessie, The 10th Amendment states that all powers not delegated to the congress are reserved to the states and to the people respectively.

      The commerce clause is in Article 1, Section 8. The phrasing is: To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes. You will note that this grants power only to regulate commerce AMONG the states and NOT WITHIN them. Under all normal circumstances this would be understood to require that the states have reciprocal laws and none of them use any position geographically to gain riches at the expense of another.

      Unfortunately the Supreme Court has more than once accepted this phrasing as allowing congress to do whatever it wished to do to the states. Some of their bad rulings have been overturned later, unfortunately not all of the incorrect rulings have been overturned.

      This current mess by Obama should repair things. It could also result in the Constitution being thrown into the trash and being burned as trash. You see, the Liberal, Progressive interpretation is that the “commerce clause” voids all of the restrictions that the Constitution placed upon the congress. We are at the mercy of the Supreme Court Justices to uphold the Constitution as written and without redefining the words to supply new meanings. We will soon have a determination of the ethics of these “Justices”. The very existence of the country that provided us with the freedom to grow and learn is in their hands.

      They will either find the so-called “Health Care” law unconstitutional because the authority to create it rests with each individual state, as the Tenth Amendment states, and not the congress, or they will destroy the country.

    • Enlightened one

      Bessie… It’s very clear you are a racist… As the constitution was written a Black person was only concidered 2/3′s human and were property….this world isn’t going to ever go back 300 years because you can’t function in today’s world..

  • Harold Olsen

    What a bunch of crap! Obama is under NO pressure to nominate ANYONE. That arrogant SOB will appoint WHOMEVER he chooses. He does not listen to anyone. He rules by threats and intimidation and does WHATEVER he wants, and the Democrat controlled Senate will approve WHOMEVER he appoints because they are in bed with him. The worse the choice is for America the better they will like it.

    • Raggs

      Yup and a communist nutjob born in kenya, raised by acorns and bloomed into this countries worse nightmare…

  • chuck b

    harold o

    you are so right, barry is an arrogant sob and he will get the most liberal justice, the rinos will cave in. this is why we need to rid ourselves of the republican members who vote to go along with this jackass. you won’t find out how liberal his nominee is until after he or she is confirmed. then the media will let you know.

  • Raggs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLDHDfPNBME

    This you tube video comes straight from the (offensive word removed) mouth michelle.
    Watch it and listen closely… She will explain obama’s country.

  • kate8

    Does it not strike anyone that NO ONE in Congress, the Judiciary or any part of this loathesome administration will touch the issue of the Osurper’s legitimacy no matter how much evidence there is?

    It is obvious that they are all under orders from HIGHER UP. They are all puppets and pawns, pathetic whores and TRAITORS.

    We could vote them all out (unless the elections are hopelessly rigged), but we can’t vote out the globalist financiers who control them. What then?

  • ratuig dog

    The liar in the white house does not care for the constitution and anything it pertains to in regards to the rights given by the constituton to us and our liberties and freedom!! Anybody he feels will interpret the constitution in a “libral and socialistic” mindset
    is the kind of person he will appoint in his attempt to detroy the constitution and all the rights it gives us as individuals. Like the Great Dennis Prager says ” those who are kind to the cruel are cruel to the kind”. I say this in regards to how he is bending over backwards and bowing to the socialistic leaders of the world and how he has aliented our allies and friends especially Isreal! Just take note that he is being kind to the cruel by reaching out the hand of friendship to the communist, socialistic, muslim regimes that intend on pushing their idealogy and he is being cruel to the countries that represent freedom and democracy!! Which means we’re the next on his list but he has to destroy the constitution before he can treat us cruelly!!!

  • Jim H.

    Maybe Tony Rezco, or Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright?

  • Jim H.

    Rezko(sp).

  • http://?? Joe H.

    Jim H.,
    Nah Al Gorebul!!!

  • Isaebel

    How about Hillary? She’s been mentioned – that’s about as left as you can get.

  • s c

    JimH, you’re probably closer than you think. I don’t see Obummer bowing to pressure, as one of his main tasks is to create division and maintain it. I would look for him to nominate someone known as a ‘constitutional law’ specialist. That might sound innocent on the surface, but for those who are naive and aren’t ready for the real world, ‘constitutional law’ is anything but.
    Think of ‘constitutional law’ and social-engineering, activist judges as the front and back of the same counterfeit nickel. I hope your guess is better than mine, as we can’t afford to have anti-Constitution judges on the Supreme Court. Any prez who acts like the reincarnation of FDR can destroy America if he has enough treasonous ‘judges’ on the Supreme Court.
    With Obummer’s intense hatred of America and his failed theories ‘guiding’ him, it won’t be easy to undo the damage he has already inflicted. FDR wasn’t able to get away with his Supreme Court infamy. God willing, neither will King Obummer.

  • Enlightened one

    I’m sure whoever President Obama appoints to the court the inbreeds on the right will oppose it…. It’s expected… I’m also sure since the President was a very sucessful constitutional lawyer that his choice will be an outstanding pick….

  • Jim H.

    Un lit one, We saw his last pick. I’m sure we can expect more of the same. The only reason Obama studied the constitution was so he could figure out how to get around it.

  • s c

    Dim, a ‘constitutional law’ specialist is someone who reads anything and everything into the Constitution. A ‘constitutional law’ specialist is someone who has sold his pathetic rump to the highest bidder.
    It is NO accident that Obummer has a reputation in ‘constitutional law.’ With a fair weather friend like Obummer, nobody needs any enemies. Tragically, he’s (temporarily) in the White House, and that makes his foul presence a travesty.
    If Obummer was in America in the late 18th century, he would have been working hard at defeating the rebels who had no use for King George, and would rather die than live under Britain’s tyranny. Got it?
    Wake up, Dim. That drug you call hope and change has the potential to turn America into a slave nation. I won’t try to deprogram you. It’s enough for me (and others) to remind you that no one can see the light of day when their head is ‘conveniently’ located in a place where the sun never shines.
    And stop reading and believing that damnable saul alinksy poison.

  • Harold Olsen

    Dim Bulb:
    The only reason Obama studied the Constitution was so he could figure out how to violate it, which he has done since taking office. To say he loves the Constitution would be like saying Hitler loved the Jews.

  • Isaebel

    Excuse me – experienced Constitutional Lawyer? He never practiced and wasn’t a “tenured” legitimate law professor. You cannot even figure out what his IQ is since all his educational transcripts are buried – no SAT, no nothing.

  • American liberal

    Naw… I’d say until you rightys come up with a candidate that can do more than slobber allover himself that President Obama will get his 2nd term…. The republican leaders you have now have already promised to fight any regulations on big business and Banks… The same policys that took this country down…

  • Raggs

    I’m betting the nominated will be a communist…..

  • Mike In MI

    Why-y-y, Am Lib, Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard, yet? -

    Obama isn’t planning on a second term. He’s already said he would rather be a very strong one-term President. He can do it, too – especially now that he has his own pivate army at his disposal.

    What? You didn’t know about Barak’s Brigade? Well, it’s not quite a division actually. Bequeathed to him by Nancy and Harry as part of ObamaCare is going to be to us – all of us. Yes, even you ’cause at some point you’ll get in his way. He’ll have no use for you, either.

  • http://personalliberty.com DR. D

    Your’e One Crazy Person!!!!!! You Know Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike In MI

    word ommission:

    “as part of what Obamacare is going to be to us – all of us.”

  • BigBadJohn

    LOL Now Bush DID have his own army in the form of Haliburton and Blackwater. That is the reason 12 billion in CASH disappeared in Iraq – you can buy a LOT of loyalty for 12 billion…..

  • Chris

    I seen on CNN that Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned as a possible new Judge!!!! Between the Patriot act & this new health care bill, if somebody with her ethics gets the job, we can say goodbye to the Constitution,

  • Flynn

    And who will it be? Hillary! At that time all good people will be jumping ship and running for other shores.

  • Harold Olsen

    The reincarnation of FDR?? More like the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler!!

  • Mike Smith

    Supreme Court Justice Hillary!

  • s c

    Mike, while it’s a possibility, I don’t see someone like Hillary (who has an Obummer-sized ego) agreeing to ‘sacrifice’ her new status. She has the belated freedom to travel all over the world (at OUR expense), she’s free to leave gigantic carbon
    footprints around the world (in a glorious attempt to save mama earth and somehow “reduce” carbon dioxide levels), being out of the US keeps Obummer happy, she doesn’t have to be around her hubby, she always has instant media access and her ego is already too inflated to stoop to a lesser slot on the Supreme Court.
    If several slots were open, then maybe. And then it would be because she might be in a position to be the swing vote in a ‘choice’ constitutional issue.

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