The Demonization of Deborah Cook
UPDATE: Deborah Cook was approved by the committee on a 13-2 vote. She now awaits a vote in the full Senate. No vote has yet been scheduled.
The (U.S.) Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this morning on the nomination of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook to sit on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Almost two years have passed since she was first tapped by President Bush to join the federal bench.
The Akron Beacon Journal has published a lengthy editorial denouncing the hack job that the nation's media (including today's New York Times) has done on Deborah Cook's record.
While it is refreshing to see the BJ stand up for what's right by denouncing this political partisanship, we wonder why they apply their complaints only to Ms. Cook, who is from Akron, and not to the other federal judges that are being "Borked" by Democrats in the U.S. Senate, and not to state issues that are subject to just as much media bias.
As we've been reporting for some months now, the outcome of this national debate will present interesting dynamic for Ohio's Supreme Court, and thus for the CCW ban Hamilton County constitutionality lawsuit, for which OFCC is a funding co-plaintiff. If Cook receives her appointment, Gov. Bob Taft will appoint her replacement to the Ohio Supreme Court.