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Wanted: Lugar Doctrine on Nomination Votes

From HoosierAccess:

Credit where due; Dick Lugar voted against the nomination of the absolutely awful Goodwin Liu to the already absolutely awful 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But this vote raises an important question. What is the Lugar Doctrine on judicial nominations (and other presidential nominations for that matter)? Previously, we have been told ad nauseam that Lugar votes for absolutely awful left-wing radicals (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all come to mind) simply because he believes in the President’s prerogative under the Constitution to appoint whoever he wants. Recently, Lugar was the lone Republican to vote for Obama’s nominee for Deputy Attorney General, James Cole, a lefty that believes that terrorists were best dealt with in courts (rather than killed with missiles from drones or shot dead in their mansions in suburban Pakistan).

For Dick Lugar, “advise and consent” has always meant and been read as “rubber stamp.”

No longer. Apparently, what we once believed to be Lugar’s standard on judicial nominees is no longer in effect. Lugar’s vote against Goodwin Liu has proven that to us.

So there must be some other criteria for determining why Lugar votes for a nominee. Perhaps the liberalism, meager careers, and shallow records of Kagan and Sotomayor were sufficient for him whereas Goodwin Liu’s was not. Who knows.

Winston Churchill supposedly once asked a woman if she would sleep with him in exchange for five million pounds. She answered that she would, pending agreement on specifics. Churchill then asked her if she would sleep with him for only five pounds. The woman became angry, and demanded to know just what sort of woman Churchill thought she was. Churchill replied that the matter of the kind of woman she was had been settled; all that remained was haggling over the price.

So it is with Dick Lugar. The fact is that he will vote against some judicial nominees, whereas he has in the past voted for others. All that remains now is the explanation of why some liberals are acceptable to him, but others are not.

And I’m sure Richard Mourdock’s primary challenge had nothing to do with it.


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