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  •  Genitalia are not an important qualification... (3.50)
    Excuse me, but why are we allowing another MAN to be nominated to the High Court when we will be going from 2/9 to 1/9 female on the most important legal body in the land?

    While I'd abstractly like to see more women, (and blacks and hispanics and...) on the Court, I think ideology, judicial philosophy, and character are more important features of a judicial nominee than race or sex.

    Would you rather have Priscilla Owen?

    •  Easy for you to say... (4.00)
      so I propose that we go to 9 women justices for the second 200 years of our country, and then we can be "gender-blind."  

      We should be about social change, not only minor personnel changes.  The message Bush's nomination of another man sends to our daughters by going BACK to one female justice is extremely negative.

      Not only is this an issue of the MOST FUNDAMENTAL  FAIRNESS, it is also a great frame to address the GOP hypocrisy and tokenism.  Our frame should be:  "Where are the qualified GOP women?"

      Frankly, I would rather have a woman, even if Owen.  I was there when O'Connor was nominated, and she was seen as being far more conservative than she ended up being.

      •  I'm not hammering them at all for choosing (none)
        a man, and I have good reason for this. Many of the women who are prime candidates are much scarier than some of the men, like McConnell especially. For women's sakes, let's not put pressure on Bush to nominate Owen, Brown or Jones when Rehnquist retires.

        Don't think that the White House isn't already set up for this line of reasoning. You wanted a woman, here you got one: Priscilla Owen. Now stop complaining.

        "If cows and horses had hands, they would depict their gods as cows and horses." Xenophanes

        by upstate NY on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:01:12 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly (none)
          We'll probably get our women when Rehnquist takes his powder, anyway.

          "The American people will trust the Democratic Party to defend America when they believe that Democrats will defend other Democrats." Wesley Clark

          by The Termite on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:05:07 AM PDT

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        •  Look at history (none)
          In the short term, you are right.  Some of the women waiting in the wings make Justice Thomas look liberal.

          But we must be about social change rather than just personnel changes when it comes to the High Court.  What message are we sending to our daughters when we cannot find a single qualified woman to assume the robes of the SCOTUS?

          I'm not saying that Owen or anyone should get a free pass.  All should be challenged using the appropriate "advise and consent" protocols of the Senate.

          But we are in the historical equivalent of a burning building at the Supreme Court (and frankly, in the Congress as well).  To have such pathetic numbers of women in the highest levels of our governing system is a travesty.  That should be our highest concern in this historical moment.

          •  I think you are right (none)
            When a Democrat is in office, I'd like to see nothing but women nominated.

            I just don't think you're making a good political argument right now.

            "If cows and horses had hands, they would depict their gods as cows and horses." Xenophanes

            by upstate NY on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:20:52 AM PDT

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          •  Oh good god (none)
            Do you not realize they already know this line of attack?

            Look at the filibuster fight... The opposition to the female nominations was because we hated women.  The opposition to the hispanic nominations is because we hate minorities.

            You demand a woman... you are going to get Janice Brown.  guaranteed.

            This whole line of thinking has already become a parody of it's ownself.

            •  Yes, we should demand a woman (none)
              This is not a parody.  This is about fairness and common sense.

              If men were kept to 1/9 of jobs with greater pay and prestige they would protest mightily.

              We must demand that the GOP come forth with a female candidate.  We are on winning ground on this one, because we are replacing a woman.

              I am not asking to move forward with gender equity under Bush.  I am just asking to not go back.

              This is a winning issue.  Even if Roberts gets in, we have recaptured the "Dems are for women" position that is crucial to stopping Bush and the GOP's grabbing of the female vote.

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