Activist judges!!

Friday, October 31st, 2008 @ 12:36 pm | Uncategorized

TPM has a semi-comprehensive list of failed GOP efforts to suppress votes in key swing states around the country. Some local happenings:

In Indiana, for instance, a Superior Court judge declined to support a GOP bid to shut down early voting centers in Democratic-leaning cities in Lake County, and the state Supreme Court chose not to immediately intervene.

In Wisconsin, a suit brought by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen — which he later admitted had been requested by the Republican Party — seeking to force the state election board to re-confirm all newly registered voters was thrown out by a county court.

The list goes on. What this means is that the wingers will be dusting off that old 90’s chestnut about “activist judges” forcing their will upon the honest and decent people of America. The line was most recently trotted out to describe U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones who ruled that so called “intelligent design” could not be taught in public schools. He had to be protected by federal marshals after he issued the decision. So did Judge James Whittemore when he refused to intervene to prevent the removal of Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube. I’d like to think that those days are behind us but with the modern GOP backed into a corner they’re bound to try anything and everything.


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