Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Supreme Court Musings
Gov. Matt Blunt pulled the trigger on the Supreme Court. He appointed Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Breckenridge, with only a minor slap in the face.
Blunt said she was "the best candidate of the three candidates submitted to me." You know what, neither Bond nor Ashcroft when appointing Breckenridge to judgeships back-handed her like that. She is smart, qualified and deserving. She's a R, I'm a D, but as an advocate of good government I am proud that the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan worked well, ONCE AGAIN. It worked for Ashcroft, Blunt, Carnahan and Holden; why is it only broken for Blunt? Maybe because Blunt doesn't understand that everything isn't supposed to be partisan. Blunt said "I believe that Judge Breckenridge can improve the Missouri Supreme Court by replacing one of its most liberal members." Who said it needs improving? If it does, it will be because of intellectual fairness and protecting the Constitution, not by appointments of partisan conservatives (which, Breckenridge is not)
It is important to note that this was a fight started by Matt Blunt and Jeff Roe and financed by folks who want to purchase justice.. Jeff Roe took out Judge Brown in Cole County and this movement grew wings. The opposition is not Democrats. Blunt/Roe's opposition are people who want fair judges, people who want good government (i.e. good Americans, both R & D). Jeff Roe's Missouri Political News Service says Judge Breckenridge is "the best choice with a poor system." OUCH!! The Adam Smith Foundation says she takes "her post on the Supreme Court under a cloud of doubt." BAMMM! Ultra-conservative groups are beating on Blunt stating "Gov. Blunt has evidently caved in and decided to abide by that very process. Too many politicians have suffered the fate of trying to have issues both ways, and this may be the final strike for Gov. Blunt." ZINGGG!
The group that formed to defend our justice system - www.protectjustice.com - has both R's and D's. Chip Robertson was an Ashcroft appointee to the Supreme Court and issued this statement:
Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts applaud the governor for upholding his duty and exercising his prerogatives under the constitution.
Gov. Blunt has demonstrated his allegiance to the Missouri constitution and to Missouri’s 70-year history of leading the nation in selecting judges according to a nonpartisan selection method. The Governor took an oath to uphold the Missouri constitution and he has upheld that oath by selecting one of the Supreme Court nominees from a panel put forth by the Appellate Judicial Commission.
Well, that's an olive branch. I love a conspiracy, but I can't make sense of this. Republicans attacking Blunt for appointing a Republican. You can bet this only helps out Attorney General Jay Nixon. Let's just hope that the Republican representative who work at Shook Hardy & Bacon (Rep. Pratt and Yates) realize that this is a dead issue and they do not attempt to amend the Missouri Constitution.