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One B+ In All Of College (The Case For Priscilla Owen).


Watching Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison speak on Priscilla Owen earlier, she noted that Owen had a less than perfect academic record.

Owen earned a single B+ in all of college and law school, graduating at the top of her class at Baylor University.

Owen also received the highest (superlative) score on the Texas Bar exam after law school. In her latest election (we have elected judges in Texas), earning the endorsements of every major newspaper in the state, Owen received 84% of the vote.

Justice Owen was rated unanimously by the American Bar Association (ABA) as "Well Qualified" (.pdf), its highest rating possible.

Harry Reid and other Democrats, meanwhile, continue to make the discredited claim that Alberto Gonzalez called Priscilla Owen a judicial activist, even though Gonzalez, as President's Bush's White House Counsel, played a key role in recommending Owen's nomination.

Other Democrats, knowing next to nothing about Owen, but fed propaganda by left-wing interest groups, try to paint Owen as extremist. This is just so incredibly mind-boggling, given Owen's support from prominent Texas Democrats who know her and her work. The only extreme thing about Priscilla Owen is her extreme awesomeness.

In the past two elections, one of the key issues has been obstructionism and judges. Each time, Republicans made gains in the Senate. Do Democrats not even pay attention to election results?

Owen has the support of a majority of Senators. She's brilliant. She is profoundly qualified. It's time to give her an up or down vote.


National Review sums it up rather succinctly:

The liberal minority in the Senate is trying to keep the courts in the business of imposing the left-wing agenda that the public won’t vote for on its own.

Posted by Will Franklin · 18 May 2005 01:04 PM


Will, I noticed that in your NOW link, they link her to ENRON!!


Great stuff. I bet you anything that those court rulings were overturning tax rolls where Enron was being over assessed in property taxes. It's common practice (moreso in CA) to cry foul when oil/energy companies sue to get their tax rolls lowered because they are over-assessed.

Of course when they do and win, detractors cry foul and invoke "the children" (TX school systems being funding by property taxes).

"Owen wrote the majority opinion that reversed a lower court order and reduced Enron's school taxes by $15 million..."

That's probably $15M more than they were required to pay by law. But nevermind that.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at May 18, 2005 03:13 PM

The nomination of Priscilla Owen on the Senate Floor is another fiasco!... It is very unfortunate.
The Senate Democrats are trying to place this fillibuster on the GOP... The Senate Dems. are trying to attach varying degrees of blame suddenly on what they call outside the main stream! Priscilla Owen is not outside the main stream. We couldn't get any better than Priscilla Owen! I believe there is no justification for this nomination not to go through other than the grudges held on a partisan level!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 19, 2005 10:55 AM

A yes or no vote would be nice! Get on with the business of America...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 19, 2005 12:45 PM

When a man like Robert Byrd gets up on the Senate floor and opposes a judicial nominee such as Priscilla Owen stating her views are out of the main stream there is really something wrong! Radical? Woo woo, woo woo! Priscilla is a wonderful choice! Our country should be honored to have her! Four years is a long time to wait! Yes or No? STOP the fillibuster and get on with the business of America!

Posted by: Ishka at May 19, 2005 03:55 PM