Friday, October 29th, 2010

Beware of Sandra Day O'Connor's Mexican Army!

This is the laziest op-ed ever written by lawyers, on the subject of Sandra Day O'Connor's support for Ballot Question 1 in Nevada, which would move that state to join the 25 others that pick judges by commission instead of by ballot. Entirely setting aside questions of how we should pick judges, the writers (David Rivkin Jr., who is the attorney representing the states suing the federal government over "Obamacare," by the way, and Andrew Grossman, who seems to be of the Heritage Foundation!) actually believe something crazy! They say that because O'Connor recently was on the Ninth Circuit panel that upheld Arizona's proof-of-identity-while-voting law but struck down Arizona's proof-of-citizenship-while-voting law (a law that has improperly prevented naturalized citizens from voting, by the way), that now "critics of hers argue" (ooh, some critics somewhere argue, good one) "that Hispanics in Nevada—and others who agree with her Arizona ruling—might now vote yes on Ballot Question 1 simply because of the Justice's endorsement." Got that? It's almost like they believe the court issued a pro-Hispanic ruling—not a pro-America ruling. An odd position to take, in light of the law's consistent and consistently right history of removing obviously discriminatory obstacles to the right to vote. They apparently do not believe in the equal right to vote. So, look out, Nevada! Mexicans, and worse, Mexican sympathizers: now they all be takin' orders from Sandy Day.

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Aatom (#74)

Some critics fear there is a Mexican-Muslim zombie army being raised in Canada. Lock & load.

Matt (#26)

Excellent Jackson Browne ref, buddy.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Just wait 'til they do an article on Darryl Hannah.

kneetoe (#1,881)

How about a commission to hand out/take away citizenship based on merit??? Also, do you know how hard it is to turn people out to vote for judges?

refractor (#3,009)

Here in Iowa they're spending millions in retribution to oust the judges who ruled that the gays have the right to marry.

Bryan Keller (#3,804)

On a related note, she really picked a bad time to retire from the Supremes.

MatthewGallaway (#1,239)

It's mostly depressing to me to consider that SDOC is/was considered a 'moderate' on the Supreme Court, which just goes to show how much our (dumb) country has moved to the right over the past three-five decades.

This is good news for Meg Whitman.

lexalexander (#2,960)

[[They say that because O'Connor recently was on the Ninth Circuit panel that upheld Arizona's proof-of-identity-while-voting law ...]]

Well, there you go. She wasn't recently on the 9th Circuit. She wasn't EVER on the 9th Circuit. She was appointed to the Supreme Court from the Arizona Court of Appeals, without ever having served as a judge anywhere at the federal level, although she served at various times in all three branches of Arizona state government.


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