TLP: This Won't Last Long
Rick Santorum is doing a good job making the 2012 presidential decision easier for Republicans. Pennsylvania voters finally decided he was too fucking annoying or weird to be their U.S. senator and got rid of him out a few years ago. Since then, he's mostly been a curiosity, popping up at hardcore right-wing events to spout off on whatever it is those groups want to hear.
Now, he's got the GOP nomination in mind. But you have to wonder what else is in his head when you hear some of the things he says. Like mixing race and President Obama into an odd discussion of abortion. And this week, he proposed eliminating a federal appeals courts, the one that makes decisions he doesn't like.
The Huffington Post:
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, would do away with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals if he was elected to the White House, he said Wednesday.Where to start? The guy is a law school graduate, for fuck's sake. But hey, there is a process for addressing court decisions you don't agree with: you appeal them. And people actually appeal decisions from the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court settles things. Like it just did.
Speaking to small gathering of Tea Party members in South Carolina, Santorum said he thinks the federal government's judicial branch had obtained too much power.
From the Myrtle Beach Sun News:
"The courts were supposed to be the most insignificant branch of the government," he said. Congress has the power and the right to declare what is constitutional or not, he said, and added that since Congress created all of the courts, other than the Supreme Court, it has the power to disband them.
If such a measure were to be passed and arrive on "President" Santorum's desk, the former senator said, he wouldn't hesitate to sign it.
"I would sign a bill tomorrow to eliminate the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals]. That court is rogue. It's a pox on the western part of our country," Santorum said, according to the Sun News.
The Washington Post:
Sometimes the Supreme Court simply decides cases, and sometimes it seems to have something bigger in mind. In the past two weeks it has been in scold mode, and its target has been the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.What do you know? The system works. Maybe that's a little too orderly for people like Santorum, but it won't be long before he'll have lots of time to blather on about whatever he wants and pretty soon, people will stop paying attention. Even the Tea Party.
In five straight cases, the court has rejected the work of the San Francisco-based court without a single affirmative vote from a justice. The nation's largest court, stretching from Montana to Hawaii, the 9th has jurisdiction over nearly 20 percent of the nation's citizens. Not surprisingly, it routinely supplies the largest portion of the cases the court reviews each term.
As the most liberal circuit in the land, its work quite often is at odds with an increasingly conservative Supreme Court.
But some of the recent reversals have been delivered with a lash that those who closely watch the courts say reflects more than just a disagreement of law.