Resolution in Honor of Bobbi Green Whereas Bobbi Green has been a steadfast worker for the Republican Party and conservative values; Whereas Bobbi Green has established herself as a leader among Republican Women; Whereas Bobbi Green has given years of service to the Virginia Federation of Republican Women; Whereas Bobbi Green has faithfully served as President of multiple VFRW clubs over the years; Whereas Bobbi Green has served as District Representative for the VFRW’s Eleventh Congressional District over the past four years; and Whereas Bobbi has led us with faithfulness, gentleness, and kindness; now, thereforebe it Resolved that the Barbara Bush Republican Women, the George Mason Republican Women, the King’s Highway Republican Women, the Monticello Council Republican Women, and the New Providence Republican Women jointly express our sincerest gratitude, admiration, and well wishes to Bobbi; be it also Resolved the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women, Linda Bartlett, honors and thanks Bobbi for her many years of service to the VFRW, the Republican Party, and conservative principles; and be it also Resolved that the Virginia Federation of Republican Women President Ellen Nau, honors Bobbi for her many accomplishments as the Eleventh District Representative, and thanks Bobbi for her many hears service to the VFRW.
Honoring Justice Antonin Scalia and the Implications of his Passing
I know that we are all deeply saddened by the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice, Antonin Scalia. The longest serving justice on the Roberts court, Justice Scalia was an unwavering, faithful conservative warrior. He consistently interpreted the Constitution in the spirit of the original intent of the framers and was a staunch strict constructionist and textualist. Please join me in keeping his family and loved ones in prayer.
With the passing of Justice William Rhenquist in 2005 and retirement of David Souter in 2009, The Obama Administration has successfully seen two nominees confirmed to the Supreme Court - Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan. The outcome of the Obama appointees has been a delicate balance on the court: four liberal- leaning justices and four conservative. The liberal justices are Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. The four conservative were Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito. This leaves the ninth justice, the justice that is known for swing voting, Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy's recent voting record has been trending away from that of the court's more conservative justices, however. See the first graph attached below. Similarly, reflecting the deepening schism American political culture, the Rehnquist and Roberts courts have seen increases 5-4 decision trends and the trend appears to be increasing. See the second graph below.
It is because of these trends that Justice Scalia's passing is so chilling. If Senate Republicans are able to delay the appointment of new Supreme Court justice and if a Republican is elected to the White House in November, the Republicans would have to maintain a majority in the Senate to have the votes to confirm a new justice in Spring 2017. The problem is, is that if a Republican were able to fill Scalia's seat, it would only preserve a precarious balance, and it is a precarious at best. We would not really gain any ground. We would just be "maintaining".
Now, let's take this a step further. If Senate Republicans are indeed able to forestall a third Obama appointment, what would the cost be in a critical election season? At the moment, Republicans are enjoying wide-spread angst over the Obama Administration's failed policies and empty promises, an overtly socialist candidate, and a candidate that is under investigation for the callous disregard for the United State's most sensitive intelligence. In this, up until today, we were in a strong position to elect a Republican in the fall. Now, we see two branches of government, dominated by different parties, promising to use the power that the Constitution affords them to move forward with or delay the selection of a new Associate Justice. Knowing how the liberal media has handled Democrat/Republican show-downs in the past, Senate Republicans are likely to come out of this imminent battle with a PR black eye and having made a withdrawal on some of the recently gained public good will. The question is, how big will this withdrawal be and will it be enough to tip the scales back in the direction of the Democrats?