Carol Platt Liebau: Judicial Travesty

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Judicial Travesty

You know it's bad when even the LA Times is appalled that a Republican judge has been thrown out of office.

The story is a clarion call for two different things:

First, local parties should do a better job of identifying effective judges -- the one recently voted out was targeted because she was a Republican (and, not incidentally, was one of only two of the 28 in LA County to be rated "Exceptionally well qualified").

The victor is a Democrat who only reactivated her membership in the state bar last year, after 20 years in abeyance. In the interim, she has owned a bagel shop.

But she bought space on fliers that are designed to look as though they represent endorsements from the Republican Party. And so the second agenda item would be for the parties to do a better job of making sure their voters know that simply because a judicial candidate appears on a paid mailer that endorses Abel Maldonado for state controller, that doesn't mean that she's been endorsed by the party.

11 Comments:

Blogger Duke-Stir said...

I agree, it's a horrible tragedy when someone gains office under false pretense...

I remember one election when a very small man campaigned as a "compassionate conservative" -- "a uniter, not a divider." He also famously said he didn't believe in nation-building by our military.

That was before the neocon pod people took over his body and he became the pandering puppet of bigots known as "the decider."

9:23 PM  
Blogger amber said...

Duke, I agree, it is a horrible tragedy when anyone misrepresents themselves, you included.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

I misrepresent myself? And how would that compare to, say, impersonating a teacher?

6:19 AM  
Blogger jeankelly said...

Duke-stir hit the nail on the head and did so in a polite manner.

Bush wasn't qualified to be president and his father's buddies at SCOTUS should have counted the votes because Gore clearly had won.

7:05 AM  
Blogger amber said...

Impersonating a teacher? huh? Who did that?

The article is not about Bush, youare commenting on another issue you have that has nothing to do with this article. That is my point. You were being sarcastic. I find it odd that everytime someone says something about an injustice, liberals have to link it somehow to President Bush. This seathing hatred for our president does nothing for our country. Look at the issue, comment one the issue, Bush was not the issue and by commenting on him you are detracting fromthe issue. Is there no other injustice in this country than the ones you perceive the President created?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

And I find it equally odd that the only injustices you and Carol ever seem to notice are ones created by liberals. Carol is a flame-thrower and as such only understands the same. (When have carefully constructed, on-point arguments by anyone on the left ever been responded to by her?) She does not recognize nor "reward" polite discourse with polite discourse.

Instead, it's always just more of the same attacks on us terrorist-abetting liberals, "rooting for us to lose the war." Incendiary and specious claims only invite same.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

And by the way, Amber, what did you do during the '90s to combat the "seething hatred" your party had for Bill Clinton? It permeated everything they did and said. Remember Ken Starr? Remember the glee of Republicans the day Clinton was subjected to the humiliation of being deposed about a blowjob?

Now, oddly enough, we have martial law under which any criticism of the President is seen as traitorous and results in death threats, which "just happen," right? At least that's how you reacted to the ones received by the Dixie Chicks.

More hypocrisy from the right.

11:01 AM  
Blogger amber said...

I was serving in the military, just a fact, don't read any moral supperiority into that. I thought he should be held accountable for his actions, but I never said he should be killed, he was still the President of The United States and it is my job as a citizen to repect the office he held and that meant respect him. Just because I never voted forhim did not mean he was not my President.

I see a lot of injustices in the world, but I only comment on the ones Carol types up. You are assuming things about me that you could not possibly know. But, since you asked: I think it is wrong that CEOs take home millions in bonuses when their employees make $6 an hour and are trying to support a family of 4 (I do not think it is the government's job to correct that, us as consumers and shareholders should), I think it is appauling how the acheivements of women have been left out of the history books (for example, Sybil Luddington rode farther than Paul Revere to warn the Yanks of the BRitish, but did you know her name? Or Ida B Wells-Barnet, or Deb Gannet, or Sojourner Truth.)I think the USDA should tell the truth about biodeisel (soybeans are the lowest yeilding crop (30 gal per acre versus 150+gal for Safflowers) for producing Biodeisel)I am saddned at how women are treated throughout the world. I love wind power and think more should put up windmills. I think farmers should not be allowed to farm all of the way to the edge of lakeshore, it erodes the land and the chemicals destroy the lake and fish. I think the price of housing has gone way too high (I am just talking about normal houses, that a family making 50,000 a year should easily be able to afford. I think the greatest way to solve much of our violence and teens issue is by making service to your country mandatory for 2 years after high school, I am not talking just military, people could do peace corp work, voluntear at a police station, a fire department, work with Habitat for Humanity, anything, just serve someone other than yourself. I buy eggs from local farmers and prefer fresh local produce to the stuff from the grocery, I grow mushroom because they are good (not the button or portabellos, I like oyster, morels, and sitake, porccini too). I live on a farm with cats, but is angers me that other farmers allow their cats to produce and produce and do not take care of them so eventually they become feral and disease ridden.

I could keep going, but what is the point, Carol has not brought up any of these issues.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

And I like you even more because of all these things you have shared, Amber. They humanize you.

Such humanization of others is what is sorely lacking around here, however. The blogger only takes potshots at liberals, demonizing the whole lot of us with broad strokes. I started out here months ago making specific, precise arguments regarding the various issues presented by the blogger. They were disregarded. It is much easier -- or fun -- for the blogger to just portray the world in her black and white terms, making no acknowledgments of any gray areas, never indicating that she might be torn over a certain issue, ignoring any nuances that muddle the picture in any way. Indeed, she even ridicules as weak any leader who would acknowledge these same complexities and spend any time agonizing over them. (Would that we had someone running our country who actually knew what a pensive moment was.)

No, it's like she's programming a bunch of kindergartners with the liberal/feminist/unions are bad, Republicans good ethos. I am quite all over the place on a number of issues much like you. But such complexities are forbidden in Partisanville, which she eagerly serves. They are not conducive to preserving her wealth, her place in society, the status quo that she reaps so much from.

But I like you, Amber. Thanks for sharing your humanity.

5:00 PM  
Blogger RovingWireTap said...

I thought duke-stir did well in pointing out the pink elephant in the room called hypocrisy.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Rovingwiretap wrote, "I thought duke-stir did well in pointing out the pink elephant in the room called hypocrisy."

But without hypocrisy there would be no CarolLiebau (the blog, not the woman). Oh the humanity.

2:25 PM  

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