War of the Worlds over O’Connor’s successor
By guest blogger Paul Froehlich, State Representative, 56th District
Suppose President Bush nominates someone who is no further to the Right than, say, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to the Left? Will Democratic senators be as cooperative with Bush’s nominee as Republicans were with Clinton’s?
The vast majority of Republicans voted to confirm Ginsburg in 1993 (the vote was 96-3). My prediction is that Democrats won’t give this President nearly as much slack on Supreme Court nominees as Republicans accorded Clinton. Moreover, I suspect many readers of Dan’s blog hope Democrats will not give Bush the same consideration that Clinton received. Readers may even want a partisan filibuster to stop any conservative, even if she is no more out of the “mainstream” than Ginsburg.
Obviously, the rules have changed since the Clinton years. Just as a change in the filibuster would come back to haunt Republicans some day, so this change in advise and consent of Supreme Court justices will some day affect a Democratic president.
On a legislative note, Rep. John Millner was appointed on July 1 to be Senator Millner, 28th District, filling a vacancy created when Kay Wojcik resigned. As Schaumburg Township Committeeman, I cast 36% of the weighted vote, and I cast it for Millner. I have only 2% of the weighted vote in Sen. Sullivan’s district. The leading contender for appointment to Millner’s vacant House seat is Randy Ramey, Pate’s stepson.