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"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is," Dean said, not mentioning that until he nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court this week, Bush had not appointed anyone to the high court.
Dean's reference to the "right-wing" court was also erroneous. The four justices who dissented in the Kelo vs. New London case included the three most conservative members of the court - Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the fourth dissenter.
The court's liberal coalition of Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer combined with Justice Anthony Kennedy to form the majority opinion, allowing the city of New London, Conn., to use eminent domain to seize private properties for commercial development.
"We think that eminent domain does not belong in the private sector. It is for public use only," Dean said.
Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
When you have a media system, both left and right, based upon sound-bites, you get this sort of thing. Pols can get by with stating falsehoods if they sound nice, and if they say them to the right people. They need to be held more responsible, and it's good to pick up on this sort of thing. That being said, however, it's not healthy to dwell on this sort of thing, or on the "he said she said" aspect of politics.
Originally posted by junglejake
His original excuse was, if I remember correctly, that his comments weren't meant for the public, they were for his supporters. Whoops!