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GOP Lauds Feinstein as "Linchpin" Vote for Racist Bigot Judge

Judge Leslie Southwick, seen by many as a racist bigot, was confirmed to a federal appeals court seat in Mississippi. Breaking from the Democrats, Dianne Feinstein voted in August to confirm the judge, a vote Republicans saw as a "linchpin" in the nomination according to The Politico.

Southwick_2Southwick, who believes children should be taken from gay parents, cleared the Senate on Wednesday by a 59-38 vote.

At a press conference, which Feinstein attended GOP leaders heaped praise upon her.

Said Arlen Specter: "This may be out of precedent, but if I may, with the concurrence of the home-state senators, yield to the hero — the lady — of the day, Sen. Feinstein."

Trent Lott actually wept with joy: "She took a tough stand and showed a lot of courage. It is emotional for me because this is a good man, and he will make a great judge on behalf of my state, which I feel has been maligned in this and other instances."

LottThe Politico reports: "The story of how the contentious nominee of an unpopular president made it through a Democratic-controlled Senate centers on several main characters. Specter gathered a dozen conservative groups early on and urged them to fight for Southwick. Lott appealed to Republican senators one on one and reached out to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the Senate’s most conservative Democrat. Nelson, in turn, rallied members of the Gang of 14, the bipartisan group that agreed in 2005 to avoid filibustering judicial nominees except under extraordinary circumstances. There were discussions about Republican cooperation on appropriations if Democrats agreed to back Southwick. Lott kept talking with Feinstein, too, whose vocal support proved critical by providing cover to others in her party."

Said Feinstein: "Is he not a person inclined to protect civil rights? For some, is he a racist? I looked very carefully at him.I really came to the conclusion that he is none of the above."

Senate Confirms a Bigot as U.S. Circuit Judge [oped news]

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  1. Um, so what exactly was the point of electing a Democratic Congress? I know that we don't have a real majority in the Senate, but damn people, we do have SOME power and should use it to prevent bigots from taking a LIFETIME appointment to the Federal bench.

    I am NOT pleased with this outcome, and the fact that folks like Trent Lott and others are "weeping" with joy clearly tells me that Southwick is a real danger to our civil rights. Lott and the other neocons in the Senate wouldn't be weeping with joy over a liberal judge, now would he?

    Look, Dubya is a lame duck. We have a good majority in the House and an operating majority in the Senate. IT IS TIME FOR THESE PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND STOP THE RIGHT-WING TAKEOVER OF OUR COURTS!!!!!!!!

    I know we're not Republicans and we don't march in lock-step like they do, but can we not at least stand together to keep bigots off the bench?

    Posted by: Jonathon | Oct 25, 2007 8:44:53 AM

  2. feinstein supported iraq war, supports immunity for telecom industry in eavesdropping without warrents on americans, voted to continue to allow bush to perform illegal wiretaps on americans without going through FISA court, supports kyle leiberman bill which basically gives bush the path to attacking iran, and was the linchpin to this dude getting out of committee

    It is past time for this fascist repub lite to be tossed out of office by a challenger from a more progressive candidate.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 25, 2007 9:41:11 AM

  3. Fienstien is as bad as that guy from Connecticut, whose name I can't recall but, he climes to be a democrat but, votes straight GOP. she's a Republican, and, I for one will NEVER vote for her again. I guess at her age she was not able to red some of his comments, where he says its ok to use racial slurs in the work place? I guess she can't or her staff could not do a google search of his anti-gay remarks?

    I guess Trent Lott wept those tears of joy as he has a Dixecrat on the bench, and, the good old days are back.

    The last place for justice is the judicial system, and, now that Bush has stacked it with his brand of activist judges, anti gay, anti- people of color, anti-poor, no place left for the next 25 or 30 years to get justice for acts of discrimination.

    This whole Congress is disgusting, and, at this point, the Repugnant's were better than this coward of cowards with no backbone, and, they will find it out in the next election, since I don't se why any Progressive, or Democratic would even go to the polls.

    Just disgusting.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Oct 25, 2007 10:06:00 AM

  4. Feinstein has never been a huge defender of anyone's civil rights.

    She authored the bill, along with Orrin Hatch of Utah and that psychopath John Ashcroft, that would allow the federal government to jail for up to ten years anyone who posts on the Internet or otherwise publishes any information about the manufacture of methamphetamines or any other "controlled substance."

    Ultimately, however, she's just a slimy politician . . .

    Posted by: GM | Oct 25, 2007 10:29:57 AM

  5. So much for "San Francisco values".

    Posted by: Rey | Oct 25, 2007 10:31:45 AM

  6. First off, I just want to say that I don't want a whacko right-winger on the bench or a pinko commie liberal - just someone intelligent who is able to apply the laws of our country.
    This judge is satan and he is incapable of keeping his personal views out of his decisions. Decisions that are supposed to be based on law. That alone should have kept him from being confirmed.
    We all need to learn from this before we go to the polls. I hope Feinstein and the other rotten Dems who voted for this nazi judge rot in hell.

    Posted by: shane | Oct 25, 2007 10:32:19 AM

  7. I haven't truly had my feelins' hurt by a politition in years. Diane Feinstein is going out as a big disappointment to many of us.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 25, 2007 10:39:08 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 25, 2007 10:53:19 AM

  9. Feinstein is HORRIBLE and as a San Francisco resident I am COMPETELY OVER HER as I have been for years. She AND Nancy Pelosi need to go! They are spineless, result-less, pandering, selfish, money-hungry, power-hungry loafs that need to be replaced in the next election. Wake up San Francisco!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Oct 25, 2007 10:57:48 AM

  10. Dianne Feinstein would throw her best friend under the bus if she thought it would gain her political advantage.

    She was at best indifferent to gays during her time as mayor of San Francisco and nothing has changed since then.

    Posted by: Frank L | Oct 25, 2007 11:53:13 AM

  11. How is this any different from the current batch of "Republicans" claiming to be conservatives? Compare today's "Republicans" to the GOP of the 80s and there is virtually no resemblance. I guess now the Dems are having the same problem.

    It's really easy to say "I'm a Democrat," then vote along Republican lines. It just means she'll be voted out next election when her constituents realize what a lier she is.

    Posted by: Iko | Oct 25, 2007 12:49:55 PM

  12. Hey Andy, Thanks for the coverage of this issue. I am ashamed to have Feinstein as my home state Senator. I wrote a letter to each of the 9 Democrats who voted to confirm Southwick, and a letter to the 3 Democrats who did not vote that day (Kennedy, Boxer, Dodd) asking them to explain their vote to confirm or lack of vote. I even called Feinstein and Boxer the day before the vote urging them not to confirm Southwick. Diane Feinstein consistently falls on the wrong side of important issues. She's up for reelection and I think it's time she was replaced by someone better. Unfortunately, given that she's like the 5th richest Senator and has amazing name recognition in CA, she's likely to be very hard to unseat in the Dem primaries.

    Posted by: Logan | Oct 25, 2007 1:47:54 PM

  13. It's time for Feinstein to go...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Oct 25, 2007 2:21:43 PM

  14. It’s been quite a week and it’s not over yet.

    If the comments in the GLBT blogosphere and press are any indication more and more people recognize that it’s brainless and self destructive to waste votes on the known enemies of GLBT equality. They’re angry because politicians on both sides of the aisle are lurching to the right. No one should be surprised.

    Clinton and the Democrats gave us DOMA and DADT (with a little help from their Republican cousins.) Since voting to support the invasion in 2003 most Democrats have been marching in lockstep with Bush while 650,000 Iraqis were slaughtered and 3837 GI’s killed.

    Democrats, including Hillary Clinton voted for the war precisely because it’s an economic war of aggression, and voted to extend it to Iran, to fund it every step of the way, to arrogantly demand that the Iraqis divide their nation into three procounsular colonial regions and to surrender their petro assets to American companies. The brutal oil pirates of both parties are digging in for a permanent conquest, but like Democrat LBJ's war in Vietnam they’re going to get slapped down by the combined efforts of Iraqi resistance fighters and trade unionists, unruly GI’s and the US antiwar movement. That will shut up the prowar Chickenhawks who back Bush and his friends in Congress.

    Until then Bush’s US armed jihadist death squads, with the blessings of Congressional Democrats and Republicans will continue to hunt down and put to death GLBT folk in Iraq.
    If you want to contribute the Iraqi safe house shelter program funds are urgently needed.
    This week political treachery and backstabbing escalated across the board. Pelosi and Frank are ramming the results of their tawdry backroom deal on ENDA through Congress. It will effectively deny civil rights to transgendered people entirely. Their Democratic version of ENDA is a toothless wonder but that’s what the bosses who mint money underpaying us wanted and thanks to Frank and Pelosi that's what they got. Now the Bigot in Chief says he’ll even veto this pathetically weakened Democrat version of ENDA.
    This week also saw Obama use the time honored political con game of pandering to bigots to get their votes while denying he was doing it, just as the Clintons did. Then came the news that several Democrats, led by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, crossed the aisle and voted with jubilant Bush supporters to appoint homobigot and racist Leslie Southwick to the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

    On the other side, denizens of the Republican Clown Car were scurrying around courting christian bigots, supporting the war, voting for bigot judges and etc. just like their cousins’ across the aisle. They supported Bush’s veto of children health care and now people realize that what he really means is ‘No Child Left Standing.”
    Its politics as usual, and that’s deadly because both parties are moving further and faster to the right. going after Iran
    Iraq war as bipartisan economic aggression and mass murder
    650,000 dead
    650,000 dead
    political corruption
    the bipartisan DOMA

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Oct 25, 2007 2:44:02 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 25, 2007 10:53:19 AM"

    David, do we have to use sexist epithets to attack Feinstein? There are dozens of others of adjectives to describe her: scum, sleaze, sellout, creep, slimebag, asswipe, duplicitous, power hungry, etc. Using bigoted terminology to attack someone who supports bigotry debases your argument. Attack her character, not her gender.

    Posted by: noah | Oct 25, 2007 3:00:38 PM

  16. In the case of S.B. v L.W., Southwick voted with the majority to uphold a chancellor's decision to grant sole custody of an eight year old girl to her father because the girl's mother was a lesbian who had had several partners during the child's life. Southwick did not author the opinion, but he did sign his name to it. The opinion reads as follows:

    "33. I do recognize that any adult may choose any activity in which to engage; however, I also am aware that such person is not thereby relieved of the consequences of his or her choice. It is a basic tenet that an individual's exercise of freedom will not also provide an escape of the consequences flowing from the free exercise of such a choice. As with the present situation, the mother may view her decision to participate in a homosexual relationship as an exertion of her perceived right to do so. However, her choice is of significant consequence, as described before in the discussion of our State's policies, in that her rights to custody of her child may be significantly impacted."

    I sent an email to Feinstein's office telling her that, as a California resident, I am disappointed in her vote for a racist, homophobic bigot. I hope everyone else will go to her website to do the same.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 25, 2007 5:27:54 PM

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