Friday, August 24, 2007
Republicans Stand up to Blunt to Protect Impartial Judicary
Gov. Matt Blunt and Jeff Roe (Matt's version of Karl Rove) have massively miscalculated their attacks on the neutral and independent judiciary in Missouri. Blunt/Roe are taking a page out of the Bush/Rove book - attack a neutral governmental group (Blunt picked the judges, Bush picked the Department of Justice) and then destroy it for political gain.
KC Blue Blog and the St. Louis Post Dispatch are both reporting on a split in the GOP over the attacks on judges. Former Representative Mark Wright (R) from Springfield (Matt Blunt's hometown) says Republicans like Blunt can't identify a single "activist" opinion by the Missouri Supreme Court. He says his fellow Republicans really just think that liberals are on the Court (don't tell Rush Limbaugh, his cousin is on the Missouri Supreme Court).
Gov. Blunt didn't hold open meetings under the Sunshine Law when he hired his lawyer, Ed Martin. Yet, Gov. Blunt released the text of some of the 111 questions he asked to the three people interviewing for the Supreme Court opening. Some of the better answers to the questions: Worst Missouri Supreme Court opinion - "Scott v. Emerson (The Dred Scott case)" - Judge Ron Holliger. Member of the group that discriminates based on age, religion or sex - "the Girl Scouts" - Judge Judith Baker. Have you ever worked for an employer that hired illegal aliens - "The State of Missouri" - Judge Judith Baker. Who appointed you to judge - "Gov. Ashcroft & Gov. Bond" - Judge Patricia Breckenridge. How is it the someone appointed by both Bond and Ashcroft isn't considered Republican enough? Is Blunt so much more of a Republican that he is better than a sitting senator and a former Attorney General?
What can you do? Join http://www.protectjustice.com/ That is the no-partisan group committed to keeping the Missouri courts fair and neutral. Keep informed. The first step to totalitarianism is to pack the court with your judges.