July 14, 2005

LINDA CHAVEZ?:

What Americans want in O'Connor court vacancy (Susan Page, 7/14/05, USA TODAY)

"A Hispanic woman," [Phil] Estis, a 53-year-old management analyst with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, suggested without hesitation as he paused across the street from the state Capitol here. "Men have had a chance to run the government for years."

Despite divisions on ideology, most Americans agree with Estis. The latest USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll, taken July 7-10, showed overwhelming support for putting another woman on the court. Three of four favored appointing a woman to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

Two-thirds of those surveyed liked the idea of naming the first Hispanic to the Supreme Court, too.

And an equal number didn't want Roe v. Wade, the decision recognizing abortion rights, overturned by the court.


The Roe bit is a function of how they phrased the question--the other numbers are interesting.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2005 8:18 AM
Comments

Wasn't Cardozo the first?

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 14, 2005 8:20 AM

In about the same way that Clinton was the first black president. Cardozo was a Shepardic Jew whose family came to the US in the 1700s. Not what we generally consider as Hispanic. The Cordozo theme is an attempt by liberals to deny the President the honor/benefit/credit of naming the first Hispanic.

Posted by: Bob at July 14, 2005 9:23 AM

I'd be interested in seeing the results of a poll question that read 'Do you believe that the question of abortion rights should be decided by individual states or by the Federal government?'

Posted by: bart at July 14, 2005 9:26 AM

The Left wants the Court; the Right wants democracy:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/15/AR2005061501836.html

Posted by: oj at July 14, 2005 9:34 AM

Ali:

The comments I have seen indicate that Cardozo was of Portuguese descent.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 14, 2005 10:37 AM

bart: You're leading the question by using the word "rights". And to be fair "Federal government" should be replaced by "the Supreme Court".

Posted by: b at July 14, 2005 10:39 AM

The comments I have seen indicate that Cardozo was of Portuguese descent.

Most of the histories I've seen indicated that he was from a Sephardic Jewish family in Portugal that had nominally converted to Catholicism when Jews had to or else, but continued practicing their faith in secret in private, and that his family was an old, old US family, as mentioned above. Wikipedia agrees with that view.

Posted by: John Thacker at July 14, 2005 11:25 AM


bart: I'd rather the question be in two parts and read:

a. Do you believe that the question of abortion should be decided by the:

- The government of the individual states;

- The federal government;

- The woman involved in consultation with her family and doctor without interferrence from any governmental agency.

b. Do you believe that the question of euthanasia should be decided by the:

- The government of the individual states;

- The federal government;

- The people involved in consultation with their family and doctor without interferrence from any governmental agency.

Posted by: erp at July 14, 2005 11:29 AM

Linda Chavez on the Supreme Court. Love it!

Posted by: erp at July 14, 2005 11:38 AM

Linda Chavez = 2-fer.

Posted by: John Resnick at July 14, 2005 12:41 PM

She has a nanny problem and Bush thinks she misled him. She's out.

Posted by: h-man at July 14, 2005 2:19 PM

Does the US constitution speak about abortion? It does not. Have the states always regulated such matters? Yes they have. Does a rather unique defintion of 'privacy' act as the proper basis for negating the laws of the states? Only if a judge believes he should have the power to do so, whether granted or not. The case for arbitrary rule of the many by the few is as logical as the decision rendered in Roe v Wade.

Posted by: at July 14, 2005 4:01 PM

Victoria Toensing.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 14, 2005 5:28 PM

Why should anyone listen to Mr. Estes, seeing as how he thinks the proper function of a Supreme Court justice is to "run the government"?

Bleah.

Posted by: at July 14, 2005 9:21 PM

erp:

a c, but only if the baby gets to speak for himself.

b. c, but only if the doctor follows the maxim,

Primum non nocere and the Hippocratic Oath
.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 14, 2005 11:43 PM

The American voters re-eldected the candidate who said that he would appoint justices like Scalia and Thomas. Reneging on this would be like Bush 41 repudiating Reaganism with the words, "kinder, gentler nation." As Arnold says, "Big Mistake!"

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 15, 2005 12:44 PM
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