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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Romney Adds Bench Strength

So, where are members of Fred Thompson's brain trust going now that their man has dropped out? Well, it seems that a number of them are joining the Mitt Romney campaign:
Governor Romney Announces Additions To The Advisory Committee On The Constitution And The Courts

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced new additions to the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts. This group, chaired by Professor Douglas W. Kmiec, former constitutional legal counsel to President Ronald Reagan, has been advising Governor Romney on the important legal issues confronting the country today.

Joining Romney for President after having served as National Co-Chair of Lawyers for Fred Thompson, Victoria Toensing said, "Appointing strong judges is one of our President's most important responsibilities. The next President will make a number of appointments, and I am confident Governor Romney will nominate judges in the mold of President Bush's nominees, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. I am proud to work with Governor Romney and this outstanding group of legal minds."

Also joining the Advisory committee from Lawyers for Fred Thompson are Lizette D. Benedi, Rachel L. Brand, Reginald Brown, Charles J. Cooper, Joseph E. diGenova, Michael R. Dimino, Viet D. Dinh, Noel J. Francisco and Eileen J. O'Connor.
Does it still matter to Republicans what sort of judges are appointed to the courts? If it does, then this news from the Romney campaign should provide GOP primary voters with a high level of confidence in judicial appointments from a Romney administration.

If, on the other hand, you just don't care any more about judicial appointments, then you're probably likely to support John McCain. I say this because of McCain's close association, past and present, with former GOP Senator Warren Rudman. He served as McCain's campaign chair in 2000 and served as the co-chair of his presidential exploratory committee in 2007. Take a moment to read the following 2000 article from the National Right To Life Committee. Ponder the fact that McCain in 2000 considered Rudman as a possible Attorney General in his administration. Do you believe that McCain would not make the same consideration today, or consider appointing someone with similar liberal proclivities?

Rudman is the man who pushed David Souter on George H. W. Bush and stated that, had his vote been decisive, he would voted against the nomination of Clarence Thomas. Republicans shouldn't want him anywhere near the judicial appointment process, and yet I fear that he would have a significant role in a McCain administration vis-a-vis the courts.

Let's put it this way. When President George W. Bush appointed John Roberts to the Supreme Court, he chose Fred Thompson to guide him through the nomination process. If McCain were to make a SC appointment, it isn't hard to envision him enlisting Warren Rudman to serve the Thompson role. The contrast in judicial outlook couldn't be starker or more unsettling.

Update (1/24/08 11:30 AM): It seems that Hugh Hewitt addresses this exact same issue here.


Blogger Right Hook said...

Nice post. I wasn't aware that Rudman had pushed Souter and, more troubling, his view on Justice Thomas.

As Uncle Rush pointed out yesterday a true strict constructionist judge would reject McCain-Feingold on its face. Can we trust McCain to appoint a judge that would torpedo what he still considers one of his hallmark pieces of legislation? I don't think so and am inclined to believe that we can't take the chance.

If one digs deep enough into the record of any candidate they can usually find a few things that could be interpreted as a red flag by a reasonable person. An occasional red flag, if researched and satisfactorily cleared, is not a reason to blackball a candidate but in McCain's case the red flags are numerous and most of them have been proven to be warranted.

Hillary would be a major disaster, but McCain would also be one of maybe a slightly lesser magnitude. Senator McCain's viability to become the GOP nominee needs to be quashed as soon as possible.

Romney is not the ideal nominee but, given the remaining field, he is the best we can do.

I'm still holding out hope for the slim possibility of a brokered convention in which the GOP can nominate a true Conservitive.

1/24/2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

Try that again:


1/24/2008 11:43 AM  
Anonymous G-PoK said...

I think a brokered convention might be our best bet. And it looks like that's not an uncommon idea among conservatives. In fact, it's been suggested that Fred's really not out of the running.

So what can we do to try to encourage the brokered convention and avoid a McCain nomination?

1/24/2008 1:55 PM  

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