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Why Are Dems Voting To Confirm A Bush Cabal Judicial Nominee?

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By 59-38, the Senate confirmed that fucking racist shit-heel Leslie Southwick to the seat on the 5th Court of Appeals.

Tell me again: why are the Dems confirming ANY fucking Bushista for any fucking life-long appointment?

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In 1998, Southwick joined a ruling in an employment case that upheld the reinstatement, without any punishment whatsoever, of a white state employee who was fired for calling an African American co-worker a “good ole nigger.” The court’s decision effectively ratified a hearing officer’s opinion that the slur was only “somewhat derogatory” and “was in effect calling the individual a ‘teacher’s pet.’” The Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision.

In 2001, Southwick joined a ruling that upheld a chancellor’s decision to take an eight-year-old girl away from her mother and award custody to the father, who had never married the mother, largely because the mother was living with another woman in a “lesbian home.” Southwick went even further by joining a gratuitously anti-gay concurrence which extolled Mississippi’s right under “the principles of Federalism” to treat “homosexual persons” as second-class citizens. The concurrence suggested that sexual orientation is a choice and stated that an adult is not “relieved of the consequences of his or her choice” – e.g. losing custody of one’s child.

“Just like Pickering and Wallace before him, Southwick appears ready and willing to turn back the clock on fifty years of social justice progress in our nation,” said Neas. “Southwick had an opportunity at his recent hearing to demonstrate a commitment to Americans’ individual rights and freedoms, but he proved that he still doesn’t get it. The Senate Judiciary Committee must reject Southwick’s confirmation.”

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Here's the list of the Vichy Dems who voted to confirm:

Akaka (HI), Byrd (WV), Conrad (ND), Dorgan (ND), Feinstein (CA), Johnson (SD), Lincoln, (AR), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR)

Needless to say, Joe Lieberman also voted for confirmation and not one Republican voted "Nay".