Friday, July 01, 2005

It's Put Up or Shut Up Time!

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, announced her retirement today. It is to become effective when a replacement has been nominated and confirmed. If past history is any indication of future events, she won't be leaving any time soon.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Bush Administration to create a lasting legacy and the Republican Party to show or grow some backbone. President Bush needs to nominate a true conservative to replace the moderate O'Connor; someone who will actually read the Constitution instead of rewriting it. The Republican Party needs to fight to ensure the nominee is confirmed instead of making back room deals that help ensure further obstruction.

It's really fairly simple. There is no excuse for letting political capital sit on the shelf and collect dust. Use it! Do not save it for a rainy day: This is the rainy day! One really has to look no further back than last week to see just how critical this nomination is.

It doesn't take a genius to know the Democrats next move: OBSTRUCTION! Don't let them get away with it. It is time for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to get the seven dwarves in line and go nuclear. They are holding both sets of keys and the launch codes for Heaven's sake! Don't talk about it, don't seek common ground, don't try to promote comity. These tactics don't work. The Democrats have proven it time and time again. The only thing that will work is ACTION!

President Bush has the opportunity to make a significant difference in the makeup of this court and the Republican party has the responsibility to take up arms and fight as if their lives were at stake. Their lives may not be at stake, but their political future may indeed be.

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