- Mark Begich (D-AK) – (202) 224-3004
- John Walsh (D-MT) – (202) 224-2651
- Mark Pryor (D-AR) – (202) 224-2353
- Kay Hagan (D-NC) – (202) 224-6342
- Mark Udall (D-CO) – (202) 224-5941
- Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – (202) 224-6154
May 16, 2014
We are hearing that Reid may not have the votes right now, but we need to keep the pressure on to make sure he doesn’t get them. Call your senators, focusing on the following:
Mark Begich (D-AK) –(202) 224-3004
Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – (202) 224-4814
Kay Hagan (D-NC) – (202) 224-6342
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) – (202) 224-2043
Joe Manchin (D-WV) – (202) 224-3954
Mary Landrieu (D-LA) – (202) 224-5824
Mark Pryor (D-AR) – (202) 224-2353
John Walsh (D-MT) – (202) 224-2651
Mark Udall (D-CO) – (202) 224-5941
A perfect example of what President Obama wants to achieve is his selection of David Barron for the U.S. Circuit Court for the First Circuit. Barron is a Harvard Law professor who strongly advocates judicial activism on behalf of liberal causes. Embracing the progressive view of the Constitution as a “dynamic document,” Barron expresses contempt for the idea that a judge’s decisions should be restrained by the Constitution and laws as written.
Barron celebrates judicial activism for promoting abortion and gay marriage, even as he admits its costs: “Unfortunately, clarity, candor, and activism cannot co-exist without raising serious democratic objections . . . Thus, given the costs of foregoing activism, candor and clarity seem a preferable choice for sacrifice.” Barron cannot be entrusted with a seat on the bench if we aspire to be a nation of laws and not of men.
Barron’s work in the Obama administration’s Office of Legal Counsel also raises serious concerns. He aggressively criticized President Bush’s assertions of executive authority in the War on Terror, but as a Justice Department lawyer, Barron provided legal justification for the unprecedented targeted killing of American citizens by drone strike. This expansion of government authority is troubling, especially in light of Barron’s hypocrisy about which president calls the shots.
Because of Harry Reid’s nuclear option, judicial and presidential nominations now only require a majority vote. We were very successful before this egregious usurpation of power in stopping some of the President’s most radical nominations, but once the rules were changed, those individuals were immediately confirmed. David Barron’s radical views, however, could yet prove too much for the Senate.