Mass outbreak of Deanette's Syndrome leads leftists to new and extreme episodes of copropraxia and echolalia. Unable to control themselves, members of Now, the ACLU and others began vomiting back each others phrases while gesturing obscenely at those who tried to ignore them. As the symptoms worsen, one must wonder what the final outcome will be if no remedy is soon forthcoming.
The website of the National Organization for Women opens with an "Emergency Alert" pop-up that warns "Justice O'Connor Resigns ... Women's Lives on the Line."
People for the American Way said it hopes Bush will select a "consensus nominee" after consulting senators from both parties, "but given his track record, the odds are good that he will nominate someone who threatens our rights and liberties ... ."
In that case, the group said, it "will have to mount a tireless campaign this summer to keep that nominee from being confirmed by the U.S. Senate."
"expressed great concern that the Bush administration will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor ... with a nominee whose judicial philosophy is fundamentally opposed to the progress made in protecting individual rights over the past century."
The ACLU said that as a matter of policy, it will only oppose nominees to the Supreme Court "that are fundamentally hostile to civil liberties."
Only two nominees in the group's history have been opposed, Chief Justice William Rehnquist and former solicitor general and law professor Robert Bork.
The ACLU said the new justice could directly affect the outcome of some of the most divisive legal questions the country faces.
"The nominee could, for instance, reverse the court's growing discomfort with the death penalty; grant the president greater authority to detain Americans without charge, trial or access to counsel in the name of national security; and uphold troubling parts of the Patriot Act."
"The nomination battle for O'Connor's replacement comes at a critical moment for civil liberties," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The stakes could be as high as they were during the Bork nomination battle of the 1980s."
"Justice O'Connor has been a voice of reason and moderation on the court," said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the minority leader. "It is vital that she be replaced by someone like her, someone who embodies the fundamental American values of freedom, equality and fairness."
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged Bush to "replace Sandra Day O'Connor with a consensus candidate, not an ideologue."
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who called O'Connor "a mainstream conservative," said Bush's replacement "affects each and every American and has the potential to impact every facet of constitutional law and the freedoms this country was founded upon."
"If the president abuses his power and nominates someone who threatens to roll back the rights and freedoms of the American people, then the American people will insist that we oppose that nominee, and we intend to do so," Kennedy said.
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