May 21, 2005


Senate Republicans see Brown as model for fight (AP, 5/19/05)

Janice Rogers Brown, a sharecropper's daughter who became the first black woman and most conservative justice on California's Supreme Court, is a model jurist for U.S. Senate Republicans fighting judicial filibusters.

So while another of President Bush's judicial nominees, Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, is likely to be the flashpoint for a showdown over whether Democrats should be able to stop appointments to the nation's highest courts, Brown is being debated just as much on the Senate floor this week.

In many ways, Brown's court rulings and speeches mirror the thinking of Bush and conservatives coast to coast.

An outspoken Christian conservative from the segregated South, she supports limits on abortion rights and corporate liability, routinely upholds the death penalty and opposes affirmative action.

Odd choice of tense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2005 11:30 AM

Such a Supreme is totally toxic for the Left. A Black, female conservative effectively burns not one, but two of their two quota seats.

Their game is so vapid, so trivial that it is easy to comfound.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 21, 2005 12:17 PM

You know, I keep wondering why Janice Rogers Brown is not put on the TV talk-show circuit to at least explain her background and some of her writings. I would think this would help gain more support for her and make the Dems look even more stupid.

Or is not doing this one of those hallowed "Senate Traditions" that should not go the way of the 8-track tape?

Posted by: Brad S at May 21, 2005 12:59 PM

It's sad that California has become the segregated south. Shows what snob zoning and a Democrat majority in both legislative houses can do.
Yes, Brown should be on tv more. She did give a good commencement speech a few weeks back though.
I'd prefer that she be the lead nominee, rather than Owen. It would underscore that the Democrats are using the filibuster just like they used to: now to stand in the courthouse door and say "only blacks who know their place allowed."
Owen does underscore that the Dems are scorning majority opinion on abortion, though.

Posted by: Steve at May 21, 2005 2:11 PM

"Odd choice of tense"? Why?

Posted by: SP at May 21, 2005 2:32 PM