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ITEM: "Judicial Picks Remain Divisive in Senate," said the Washington Post subhead to a March 1 wire-service account. That Associated Press lead began: "President Bush's decision to recycle the name of a previously rejected federal judgeship nominee shows the White House isn't ready to work with Democrats on filling bench vacancies, Senate Democrats said...."

CORRECTION: The Senate did not previously reject the appellate nominee in question, William G. Myers III. Rather, left-wing senators refused to allow a vote on Myers by the full Senate--in much the same fashion as the Democrats have prevented the Senate from considering about one-fourth of the president's nominations to the appellate courts, through filibustering.

The filibustering against Myers, who was blocked last term and renominated for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, centers on the fact that when he was a lobbyist for mining and grazing interests during the 1990s, he dared to raise his voice against autocratic federal regulators. The Democratic leadership and special-interest activists, as well as the New York Times and Washington Post, all have feigned alarm that Myers once compared intrusive government regulations to "the tyrannical actions of King George" against the American colonies. Shocking stuff, eh?

According to leftist Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a nominee with these views is "so far out of the mainstream that he can't even see the shoreline"--and is, apparently, unworthy of being granted a vote by the Senate.
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Title Annotation:Correction, Please!; appointment of William G. Myers III
Author:Hoar, William P.
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 4, 2005
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