Obama Withdraws Radical Judicial Activist Nominee

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


President Obama suffered a major political defeat last week when he was forced to withdraw the nomination of a radical New York lawyer to an important federal appeals court. More than a mere political win for Republicans, the withdrawal is an important victory against the Left’s gun control agenda and has prevented an anti-Second Amendment jurist from getting closer to the Supreme Court.

With the chattering classes now opining nonstop about two same sex marriage-related cases pending in the U.S. Supreme Court, you may not have heard that the president nixed the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan to the critical District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The circuit court hears many cases dealing with the reach of the federal government and is viewed by some as a stepping-stone to an appointment to the Supreme Court.

Conservatives viewed the twice-filibustered Halligan as radical largely because of her open hostility to gun rights.

Halligan bragged about her opposition to the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which was enacted to stop Second Amendment opponents’ efforts to deliberately bankrupt gun manufacturers through baseless litigation. In 2003 she admitted playing a role in state lawsuits that sought to take the extraordinary step of holding gun makers liable for criminal acts committed using handguns.

“These lawsuits specifically targeted gun manufacturers for liability similarly ludicrous to holding a manufacturer of scissors liable for the foolish, careless, or malicious actions of people who injured others (or themselves) with a pair of scissors,” according to Judicial Action Group.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the idea that gun manufacturers could be held legally responsible for criminal acts committed with the weapons they make was a “dubious legal theory.”

Of course Halligan’s disdain for the Bill of Rights made her an ideal judicial nominee for the Obama administration which has been on an anti-gun crusade since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.

This past Friday the president said he was “deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination.”

Halligan was filibustered twice by Republican lawmakers who denounced her as a dangerous would-be activist judge. On March 6, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to end debate on the nomination, voting 51 to 41 to move to a confirmation vote. The vote not to advance the nomination came after the Senate previously voted 54 to 45 in December 2011 not to allow a floor vote on Halligan’s appointment.

Because Halligan had already been defeated in two votes, “it would have been a slap in the face to the Senate” for Obama to continue pursuing the nomination, Curt Levey, president of a good-government group called Committee for Justice, told this writer in an interview.

Even without the judgeship, Halligan still has opportunities to corrupt the minds of the young by teaching a constitutional law seminar as a member of Columbia Law School’s adjunct faculty.

Predictably, her judicial clerkships leaned left. She was law clerk to Judge Patricia M. Wald of the D.C. Circuit. Wald has since retired and now chairs the Criminal Justice Initiative of George Soros’s Open Society Institute. She also clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The Halligan implosion comes as new polls suggest the American people are tiring of President Obama’s anti-gun hysterics.

Although public support for stricter gun control laws climbed to 57 percent after the attack in Newtown, it has since plummeted to just 47 percent, according to a CBS News poll.

The poll was released a week after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would remove language banning so-called assault weapons from pending gun control legislation.

By preventing Halligan from ascending to the D.C. Circuit Court, Democrats have been deprived of an activist judge through whom they would impose their anti-Second Amendment agenda on an increasingly unsympathetic American public.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wasn't McConnell ready to surrender on this last week? Didn't Schumer say this weekend they would stuff those courts one way or the other?

    • JacksonPearson

      Our federal courts have become disgracefully worthless…including the SCOTUS topping the list!

    • thatsitivehadenough

      Comments like that are worthy of impeachment/recall actions. The PEOPLE can voice their objections in more than one way. Waiting for another election is waiting way too long.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Yes, it was a major defeat. But no one should be foolish enough to believe that gun control won't be pushed to the max, regardless of this smack in the face.

    Not only is it deeply burrowed within ObamaCare – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-… but it is front and center at the UN, with Obama & surrogates fully behind its global thrust – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/09/washington-ve

    They are a patient and dangerous lot.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • truebearing

    It is encouraging to see one of Obama's minions defeated, but when you stop and think of how brazen these enemies of the constitution have become, you know the war is just beginning. The Left knows that tipping the balance on the Supreme court will be the end of this democratic republic, and justice in general.

  • pierce

    Now we have to see more of Obama's minions bite the dust. This charismatic, brazen egoist has gotten away with far too much, and it's about time he suffer a few losses. Maybe, just maybe we will see the tide start to turn.

    • jacob

      It will take one hell of a lot of growing "COJONES" on the Republican and Tea Party
      congresspeople to defeat OBAMBA's agenda…

      What I still wonder is how was his last Supreme Court appointee with her record,
      allowed to vote on the issue she has been defending when publicly asked to recuse
      herself…
      Seems Democrap's sense of decency doesn't exist in their dictionaries….
      And to give us a taste off the kind of supreme judicial authority we have, Justice Kennedy
      commented yesterday that a California poll states 40,000 children live with same sex
      "parents"
      I know if anything bizarre will ever happen anywhere in the world, bet your bottom dollar
      it will happen in California but may I ask, what are these children going to learn ????
      Why is this asinine insistence in making a mockery of the matrimony institution…????
      Woul somebody answer me : Are homosexual relations NORMAL ???
      Aren't homosexuals in this sense FREAKS OF NATURE as are dwarfs, bearded women
      and all of circus freaks ??????
      Is there any offspring from sexual intercourse between subjects of the same gender or
      isn't there even a barren hybrid like a mule…????
      Then where in the hell are they driving at ????
      Couldn't they sign and register a document stipulating their rights and duties under the way
      they live, without going through the travesty of a "wedding" which is nothing but nauseating ??
      WHEN IN THE HELL IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH IN THIS COUNTRY…????????

  • Adheeb

    Remember ObamaCare, we thought it was dead on arrival but suddenly it was alive again.

    • Smitty

      Most people didn't want O-care, nor did they need it. That didn't faze Obama, however, and it continues to hover over a nation that can't afford it. God help the employers who have to stay in business with yet another egregious tax on them. You employees who expect a salary raise: forget it.

  • pinnie

    these peeps that dont up hold R constitution are treasonous vermin…HOW IN THE HELL ARE THEY ADVANCING..THIS IS ABOUT R FREEDOM AND R "GOD" DONT KID YOURSELF THAT IT 'S NOT!

  • theleastthreat

    If you want to change the Constitution, use the amendment process. So what if it's hard to do. Chipping away at it will only leave a shredded document.

    • Smitty

      Ummmm…..it already has.

  • Rdlake1

    Chalk one up for the good guys. One down, one to go. Thomas Perez is as bad or worse than Halligan & must be kept as far away from the Sec of State position as possible.

  • scott smith

    You people are such idiots. No one, including Obama or his minions, is after the 2nd amendment. It guarantees the right to bear arms. No one is trying to take that away. It does NOT spell out what kind and how many which needs to be determined today.

  • Arlie

    9 steps in 0's fast-track 10 step plan are accomplished. Seizing American weapons & savings is all that's left to accomplish.
    1. Destroy American Economy
    2. Import Jihadists
    3. Place known traitors at the helm of U.S. Policy
    4. Dismantle American Military
    5. Destroy National Security
    6. Turn law enforcement against average Americans
    7. Protect & Fund Jihadists Everywhere
    8. Rob Americans of their Resources and Rights
    9. Arm the FED for Civil Disobedience
    10 Disarm all law abiding Citizens before they figure out what's happening here.
    http://www.newswithviews.com/JBWilliams/williams243.htm

  • thatsitivehadenough

    http://onceuponatimeinthewest1.wordpress.com/45-g
    45 Goals of Communism
    1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
    2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
    3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
    4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
    5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
    6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
    7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
    8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
    9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
    10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
    11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
    12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
    13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
    14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
    15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

  • thatsitivehadenough

    16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
    17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
    18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
    19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
    20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
    21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
    22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
    23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
    24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
    25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
    26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
    27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
    28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
    29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
    30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
    31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
    32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
    33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
    34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
    35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
    36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
    37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
    38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
    39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
    40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
    41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
    42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.
    43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
    44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
    45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

    – U.S. Congressional Record, Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963

  • Taxpayer

    All that this will accomplish is to teach the liberals to keep their lips zipped.

  • Chippy55

    This is what happens to a once great nation when radical homosexuals take over and an illegal alien smooth talker convinces his loyal band of mindless low-information followers to utilize voter fraud to keep him in power. Obama, homosexual "Safe School" Czar Kevin Jennings, Kagan, Big Sis, Screaming Weiner, Barney Frank, basically anyone who Obama nominates or who supports him is a non-heterosexual including himself. Go look on the web for pictures of him sitting next to his Pakistani boyfriend. Look how long he had Reggie Love as his "body man" and whom the Lib media would not film. Ask yourself what goes on behind closed, Sec Service-guarded doors at all those club houses where Obama is golfing. Go on Youtube right now and watch the video of Jimmy Kimmel axing Obama if he was showering with Reggie Love. "We don't want to go there" says Obama. Because it's the truth.
    Scientists have irrefutably proven that hoosexuals have a defective brain. If everyone were homosexual the human race would cease to exist, except they would enslave heteros to reproduce more homosexuals for their anal pleasure. Who in their right mind would insert an erect penis into the anal cavity, you might as well insert it into a clogged commode. In Obama's homeland of Kenya and also in Nigeria the number of people with AIDS is 70%. Missionaries tried to introduce condoms but were rebuffed, men said "it doesn't feel right". And so STDs spread among both sexes, lok at New York City: 50% of all teenage minorities have an STD, and across the Untied States there are 19 million cases per year, over 110 million total STD case in all. How many of these cases are from homosexual men who give he appearance of being hetero and married but have a gay lifestyle and spread the disease? Folks, those are Government statistics.
    1) The Cold Case Posse has irrefutably proven that the birth certificate and draft are phonies.
    2) Obama's own grandmother said she was in the room in Kenya when he born.
    3) Obama told his own literary agent that he was born in Kenya.
    4) Obama can be seen on Youtube right now addressing a group of students stating unequivocally, "I am not an American, I was born in Kenya, not Hawaii".
    5) The Cold Case Posse has irrefutably proven that Hawaii is a birth certificate factory.
    6) Moochelle Obama, on one of their many vacations, this time to Kenya, said Obama was glad to be back in his homeland.
    7) Obama Sr. was deported back to Kenya for being illegal, a bigamist, and failing to pay tuition.
    His Aunt Zetuni was given a stay of deportation by a Liberal activist Judge, his Uncle Onyango eluded capture for 43 years until arrested in Liberal Massachusetts in DUI and Obama interfered in the deportation order and has had it delayed until December. His Uncle still works in the liquor store in Massachusetts, thumbing his nose at Jesse Watters, the Law, and you the taxpayer.