UIUC College Dems

This blog is published by the UIUC College Democrats. We focus on state and local politics, but are willing to discuss pretty much anything.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Rauschenberger and Brady

State Senator Steve Rauschenberger (R-Elgin) and State Senator Bill Brady (R-who cares) are set to officially join the ever more crowded "Who wants to lose to Rod Blagojevich contest?" Rauschenberger, who has already announced his intention to explore a bid, and announced his intention to announce his intention to run, will make it official next week. Brady is set to make it official this week. I personally think that Rauschenberger is the best of the GOP wannabes, although not good enough to beat Blago. Will Rauschy, Brady, and Oberweis split the conservative base vote and throw the nomination to Judy? Will Edgar jump in at the last minute? My guess is yes for the first one and no for the second. Judy base vote is around 27% (what Corrine Wood got in 2002), which is already close to enough to win in what could be a seven way race. Thoughts?

Dubya and the Supremes

What do you think about Bush's Supreme Court pick? As a partisan Democrat, I think it was a brilliant pick. Why? 1. Roberts pleases his conservative base. While he isn't as rabid an anti-choicer as they would like, the right-wing is pretty happy that he didn't pick Alberto Gonzales. For a while I thought Bush would pick Alberto out of spite 2. Roberts will be confirmed easily. Some of the more liberal Dems will make a stink for a while to please the base (People for the American Way, NARAL, etc.), but Roberts will get at least 75 if not 90 votes. He was confirmed unanimously to the Court of Appeals in 2003. The only Dems who could vote no without looking stupid are Durbin, Schumer, and Feingold, who voted against him in the Judiciary Committee. 3. The timing of the announcement got Karl Rove off the front page. This is yet another example of the national media having A.D.D. It's too hard to report on Karl Rove, that girl in Aruba, and Roberts all at the same time, so they had to pick just one. This plan seems to have worked like a charm. What are your thoughts? How many votes will Roberts get? Should Democrats try to block him? What effect will he have on the balance of the court?

Friday, July 01, 2005

Obama commentary on Lincoln

This commentary on Abraham Lincoln by Senator Barack Obama was published recently in Time magazine. The piece has been attacked by many conservatives, including Peggy Noonan, because it dares to mention some of Lincoln's flaws and deviates from the conservative hero-worship interpration of American history. Check it out for yourself, but unlike Noonan, you should read the entire article.

O'Connor Retires from Supreme Court

Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, announced her retirement today after 24 years of service. O'Connor is widely regarded as the swing vote on the court, often casting the deciding vote in rulings on controversial cases. Who will President Bush appoint to this seat? Appointment of a Scalia/Thomas type justice would change the balance of the court, endangering Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, etc. Although Bush has long been rumored to favor elevation of Alberto Gonzales to the highest court, he is being pressured heavily by his right-wing base to appoint a more hard-line conservative.