Monday, October 24, 2005

Good Morning to all of you in the Internets

Just a couple of quick comments this a.m.

First, speaking of the internets, I remember when Pres. Bush told Nickie Goomba that he was "king of the internets". Well, it is true. More evidence here.

To shore up flagging support for the Miers nomination, the WH has apparently dug deep in the press relations pool to move this baby forward. (h/t confirmthem.com).

And shifting gears a bit ... to the Political Prosecutions Division ... Check this out. In a hearing on a motion to recuse the trial judge in the case last week, Delay's lawyer Dick DeGuerin told Judge Bob Perkins, "But I noticed yesterday that MoveOn .Org, to which you have contributed, was selling T-shirts with Mr. DeLay's mug shot on it to raise money."

The judge, however, sees no problem with his affiliation with Moveon.org, noting that the last time he gave money to them (way back in Fall 2004) they were mainly campaigning for Kerry.

Let me ask you a simple question, though: Do you think it looks bad for a judge to be sitting on a case if it at least appears he may be rooting for one side or the other? Do you think it is unreasonable to question Judge Perkins' impartiality here?

See the Judicial Canons of Ethics for yourself. Note the following, at Canon 3(c)(1):

A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including but not limited to instances in which:

(a) the judge has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party ...

Only a lawyer in a robe could believe that he could be a Moveon.orgite and not have a bias against Tom Delay in such a politically-charged case. Here's hoping the the judge hearing the recusal motion gets it right and removes Judge Perkins.

Memo to Judge Perkins: If you can't see how there is at least an appearance of partiality by you in this case, then you are probably not impartial.

Update: News reports indicate that President Bush has nominated his long-trusted adviser on hanging sliders, Brad Lidge, to be the next Fed. Chairman. Democrats are suspicious that the President may have other motives. Okay, a little (I said little) mirth is in order, to assuage the pain of the weekend. I feel for Brad Lidge, too. And I think he'll get it going at Minute Maid. Stay tuned. The Astros have had plenty of cemetery dirt thrown on 'em before.