J. Matt Barber
Left Smears War Hero Judicial Nominee
© 2007 J. Matt Barber
they lack in originality they make up for in audacity.
Once again, obstructionism is the name of the game as Senate
liberals use the same tired playbook to block President Bush’s
judicial nominees. They have
their marching orders from the usual suspects — Moveon.org, the ACLU,
the Human Rights Campaign, People for the
in point: There’s absolutely no legitimate reason for anyone to oppose
President Bush’s nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In fact, the Senate has already unanimously confirmed Judge
Southwick to his present position as a federal district judge.
Not one senator —
Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative — voted against him.
Since that time, nothing has changed relative to his suitability.
Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy
(D-Vermont) even gave their word of honor — for whatever that’s
worth — to fellow committee member Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania)
that Southwick would be confirmed by Memorial Day.
But that was before the liberal special interests weighed in.
Reid and Leahy have now broken that promise and, along with other
liberal senators, are shirking their constitutional duty to “advise
and consent” by stubbornly blocking a fair up-or-down vote on Judge
Judge Southwick has become the target of a shameless and deceptive smear
campaign by a handful of extremist left-wing special interest groups.
Of course, those groups in no way represent mainstream
all reasonable accounts, Judge Southwick is exceptionally well qualified
and should be immediately confirmed.
He has served our country with distinction and honor as an Iraq
War veteran after requesting and receiving an age waiver explicitly so
he could serve in a combat zone. That
should make him a bona fide
hero in anyone’s book. Furthermore,
Judge Southwick is rated “unanimously well-qualified” by the
American Bar Association.
speaks volumes about Judge Southwick’s eminently qualified status
that, despite placing under a microscope nearly 7,000 cases he ruled on
during 12 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, his critics were
able to find only two opinions upon which to base their flimsy
Judge Southwick wrote neither opinion.
one opinion Southwick’s detractors complain of the court’s use of
the term “homosexual lifestyle.”
According to liberals, that’s a “homophobic” slur, you see.
Isn’t it rich that Bill Clinton — that world-renowned
homophobe — also used the term “homosexual lifestyle” while
announcing his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?
Additionally, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg —
an off-the-charts left-winger — concurred with the majority decision
in Lawrence v. Texas, which
also dared to address the “homosexual lifestyle.”
even more annoying is the fact that — true to form — Judge
Southwick’s attackers are once again playing that worn-out race-card.
By doing so, they’ve displayed their own
anti-Southern-white-male racism for all to see.
Because Judge Southwick is a white male from
course the only case they’ve been able to drum up as evidence of this
offensive and defamatory slur against Southwick suggests nothing of the
sort. The case involved a
state employee’s one-time use of the “n-word” while at work.
Rather than exhibiting proof that Southwick is a racist, as his
opponents would have you believe, the Southwick court actually ruled
that, “unwarranted use by a state employee of any inflammatory or
derogatory term when referring to or directly addressing a co-worker is
an action that cannot be justified by any argument.”
the court ruled that the state cannot apply an, “arbitrary,
across-the-board rule” in determining how to discipline that employee.
That’s it. For
that, Southwick is being falsely portrayed by the left as Larry the
Cable Guy’s cross-eyed cousin with a white hood in his pick-up and a
rebel flag on his porch.
there’s good news. Republicans
in the Senate have said that — as Larry himself might put it —
they’re fixin’ for a fight. They’ve
publicly stated that they’re prepared to go to the mat over President
Bush’s judicial nominees generally and Judge Southwick specifically.
liberals are laboring under a critical misconception (sorry for stating
the obvious). The American
people aren’t as stupid and uninformed as they think.
They’re becoming more and more aware of Judge Southwick’s
impressive credentials and the fact that he selflessly and heroically
gave up a lucrative law practice so that he could bravely and honorably
defend his country during a time of war.
If liberal senators keep it up, there’s little doubt that the American people will be none too happy with them for denying this good man the fair up-or-down vote he so richly deserves.
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.