July 7, 2004
George W. Bush indicated what kind of federal bench he wants to install if he wins in November when he pushed through the Senate the appointment of J. Leon Holmes.
Here's a guy who compares abortion to the Holocaust and slavery.
Here's a guy who insists that it is the obligation of the wife "to subordinate herself to her husband."
Here's a guy who once claimed that "concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami," though he later apologized for that whopper.
Here's a guy who opposes in vitro fertilization.
Here's a guy who was president of Arkansas Right to Life and a founder of the Pro-Life Educational Alliance.
This is Bush's guy.
And unfortunately, the Senate confirmed him, 51 to 46, after a grueling, 14-month process.
What this says is that Bush will continue to appease the far right of his party by stacking the federal bench with some of the most reactionary people ever to sit there.
I was at the Green Party convention, and even the most ardent Ralph Nader supporter and all but the most doctrinaire Greens recognized that on this issue, anyway, there is a big difference between Bush and Kerry.