Not as riled as I ought to be, but…


Faced with growing opposition even from their own, the Republican National Committee and the White House held a joint mobilizing conference call to rally their most reactionary supporters behind Harriet Miers, their “get out of conviction on appeal” free card. The point was to assure them that her votes on the Supreme Court were already predetermined. Here is a typically chilling quote from the transcript of that sesssion:

“He and she [the president and Miers] both understand that if she were to get on the court, and she were to rule in ways that are contrary to the way the president would want her to approach her role as a justice, it would be a deep personal betrayal, and would be perceived as such both by him and by her.”

This is absolutely nothing more than a patently crony nomination, and is perceived by even its proponents as exactly that and being sold as such. It is a matter of the utmost urgency that you communicate to your senators that this nomination is not worthy of any consideration at all on that basis alone. As if our members of Congress had not sold the people so far down the river already, do we really need ANOTHER hardcore administration loyalist on our Supreme Court?

We all know how much the reactionaries love their talking points. Here are ours:


Have we not seen the disaster wrought by installation of hardcore administration cronies in positions of the highest responsibility? Must our Supreme Court go the way of New Orleans? There are many jobs in this world where you have to qualify to even GET a job interview. Surely a seat on our Supreme Court is one of them. Some say they need to hear what she has to say. That is just more of the same surrender babble, and is based on two false premises, that we don’t ALREADY know where Miers stands, and that she will disclose anything meaningful under examination. There is nothing coming but another Roberts’ style stonewall, and for all those reasons we say NO HEARING.


It’s time to fight for what we really want on principle. It’s time for those who would presume to represent us to take up that fight. And the American people will tolerate NO MORE extremist far right appointees to our Supreme Court. Every day Bush’s popularity rating sinks to a new record low. It is only his totally corrupt party caucus, now with a temporary majority in the House of Representatives, that has prevented the initiation of impeachment proceedings already for his incompetence and malfeasance. We the people demand that any further nominees be no worse than true MODERATES. That’s our position and we’re sticking to it.


Is there anybody who would want to be elected by cheating? Then why should not everybody want to support real voting reform, so we can make sure all votes are always counted accurately and reliably. Rush Holt has introduced a bill (HR 550) which would make sure that’s what happens from now on.

The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (HR 550)
(1) establishes a requirement for a voter verified paper ballot created for every vote cast;
(2) establishes a mandatory uniform national standard that states that the voter verified paper ballot — the only record verified by the voter rather than the voting machine — is the vote of record in the case of any inconsistency with electronic records;
(3) provides Federal funding to pay for implementation of voter verified paper balloting;
(4) requires a percentage of mandatory random audits in every state, and in each county, for every Federal election;
(5) prohibits use of undisclosed software, wireless communication devices, and internet connections in voting machines;
(6) is required to be fully implemented by 2006; and
(7) protects the accessibility mandates of the Help America Vote Act.

The one click action page above has now been fully dedicated to the message that we will not tolerate any more funny business in our elections. Vote now by sending a message to our members of Congress that we need these long overdue reforms, so that we will actually have a chance to really vote in the future.

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