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One of the largely unasked and unanswered questions of this campaign is: Which man would you rather have over the next four years nominating (to lifetime jobs) the next 200 federal judges?…
We’ve seen what the Obama appointees look like on the federal bench — they look like the America of today, not the America of 50 years ago. Rightfully maligned by the left for his lack of enthusiasm on judicial appointments, the president still has appointed at least 82 women to the federal bench, 31 of whom are women of color, In so doing, he has begun to address the enormous gender and race gap on the federal bench. Today, women make up roughly 31 percent of active appeals court judges and 30 percent of all federal trial judges.
And we know what the Romney appointees will look like. The candidate told us a few weeks ago that his models are the four most conservative justices of the Supreme Court. Three of the four voted to strike down the federal health care law, and none have shown an ounce of interest in challenging the president’s drone policy…
Under Obama, the next four years will see a continued push toward ideological balance on the federal appeals court, where Democratic appointees still lag their Republican counterparts by 36. Under Romney, the next four years will see a push toward ideological balance at the federal trial court level, where Republican appointees lag their Democratic counterparts by 52. Which new federal judges do you want ruling on new abortion laws, new voter ID laws, new immigration measures, new workplace rules? There is real contrast here.
I believe we are nearing one of those rare times in the history of the [Supreme Court] where meaningful ideological realignment is possible. The next four years, it’s easy to argue, will either cement the conservative hold over the Court for another generation or break it apart. So the question is: Which man do you want to shape that future? Which man’s legacy do you want to shape the lives or your children and your grandchildren?
— Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with reporters. She added that Romney “wanted to be president of the United States, but he’s never had any call to service, any aspirations. He just wanted to be president.” Earlier this month, Pelosi made similar comments. (via shortformblog)
Ricky Watson of Littleton, Colorado wipes tears from his eyes after he thanked President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado, September 13. Watson was kicked out of the Air Force 25 years ago for being gay.
Political reasons aside, including his stance on gay marriage, which I feel is a huge deal and makes him one of my personal heroes, I’m voting for Obama because I feel like if our paths ever crossed, he’d actually give me the time of day.
Seriously. I feel like he’d not only listen to what I had to say, he’d actually care. I feel like he’d listen to my story and actually hear it, that he wouldn’t blink an eye when I told him that I’m a middle class American in a same-sex marriage who wants to have a kid, that he’d acknowledge the struggles my wife and I have, both as lesbians and as a middle-class couple trying their best to do everything right, to pay off bills and save money and budget and eat right and exercise and be good people, and I feel he’d be happy for us when we told him all our careful living has afforded us the opportunity to become homeowners.
I feel if my path crossed with that of Mitt Romney and/or Paul Ryan, I’d be invisible, unworthy of their time.
The man who cares about people like me gets my vote. It may not seem like much given the big issues he and our country are currently facing, but feeling like my voice would matter to a man like Barack Obama is worth more than I can express.
Also, I adore his wife beyond reason. Michelle Obama is one of my favorite people ever. So really, if you ask me, it’s win/win situation
ifwhen he gets re-elected.
In a recent statement that was both factually inaccurate and horribly offensive, Republican Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark — but the fact is they’re in lockstep with Akin on the major women’s health issues of our time. Just this morning, the Republican Party voted to include the “Human Life Amendment” in their platform, calling for a constitutional ban on abortions nationwide, even for rape victims. Several Romney supporters and advisers stood silently by while this vote took place, and the Los Angeles Times reports that the platform “was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
President Obama spoke out in response to Akin’s comments: “What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.”
This controversy is not an accident, or a mistake, or an isolated incident. It’s a reflection of a Republican Party whose policies are dangerous for women.
There is a clear choice for women in this election: Stand with President Obama.
I entered this national debate on women’s rights in February, when, as a Georgetown Law student, I testified before members of Congress on the issue of contraception.
Without knowing me or my story, Rush Limbaugh called me a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his radio show.
Many Americans stepped forward to tell me they agreed with me, and supported my right to speak out without being verbally attacked. President Obama stood with us.
Mitt Romney, on the other hand? He didn’t even condemn the remark, instead saying only: “It’s not the language I would have used.”
Since that moment, I’m even more resolved to continue the fight to make sure every single woman — and every man who cares about the women in his life — knows exactly what’s at stake in this election. The Republicans are frighteningly clear on these issues.
The party platform itself includes a “salute” to states that have pushed “informed consent” laws, such as those that force women seeking an abortion to first undergo an invasive and medically unnecessary ultrasound.
Just last year, Paul Ryan joined Todd Akin and more than 200 other Republicans in co-sponsoring legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape, limiting which victims of rape were “legitimate” enough to receive financial assistance for access to abortion care.
Mitt Romney famously says he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. And both Romney and Ryan pledge to go back to a system where insurance companies can discriminate against women and charge us more than men for the same health insurance.
Akin’s comments shouldn’t be surprising. But this isn’t about him — just like it was never about me.
President Obama has told us what he’s fighting for: “I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”
Republicans, led by Romney and Ryan, have made it clear that they want to make our decisions for us.
President Obama trusts us to make our own.
It’s as simple as that."
What a douchebag.
Cool, I was elected president of a thing. Forever treasurer/secretary, branching out a bit!
Ten years out of j-school and five years away from the paper, I still struggle to not write paragraph “graf,” headline “hed,” or lead “lede.”
The same older lady in Accounts Payable who wears sequined cat sweaters and offered to loan me her copy of the 3rd Walking Dead novel just showed me...