Monday, April 12, 2010

Republicans Say Obama SCOTUS Pick Must Be "Mainstream"

Hogwash. Barack Obama won the Presidency, and he won it in a walk. His party controls both chambers in the Congress. While he does not have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, he has a large majority.

Of course I would like to see a "mainstream" nominee from Obama--but Republicans have no right to expect it. ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, and we got pasted in 06 and 08. And by the way, I hardly think our friends on the left think John Roberts and Samuel Alito represented "mainstream" picks by George Bush--and we didn't care. We had the whip hand, and we used it.

What do we have? Well, we have the filibuster, and we ought to use it. But we shouldn't go around hoping that President Obama will all of a sudden see the light and nominate a moderate to the Supreme Court. That's lunacy.


"The Hammer" said...

Let's take a stroll down memory lane shall we?

•Earl Warren (liberal) nominated by Dwight Eisenhower.
•William Brennan (liberal) nominated by Dwight Eisenhower.
•John Harlan (liberal/swing) nominated by Dwight Eisenhower.
•Harry Blackmun (liberal/swing) nominated by Richard Nixon.
•Haynsworth and Carswell (conservatives) nominated by Richard Nixon, rejected by the Senate.
•John Paul Stevens (liberal) nominated by Gerald Ford.
•Sandra Day O'Connor (liberal/swing) nominated by Ronald Reagan.
•Anthony Kennedy (liberal/swing) nominated by Ronald Reagan.
•Robert Bork (conservative) nominated by Ronald Reagan rejected by the Senate.
•David Souter (liberal) nominated by George H.W. Bush.
•Clarence Thomas (conservative) we all know how that turned out.

The notion that we should just roll over and accept what the hell Obama sends us and write it off as a "consequence of the election" is complete and utter bullshit! Give 'em hell and fight every inch of the way!

Allysen said...

Amen! That's what the political process is, conflict. Make dumb decisions as difficult as humanly possible and if it fails to work, point out the stupidity of the decision daily.

The Conservative Wahoo said...

Hammer, Big Al--no one said "roll over and accept". I said not to say stupid things, like "he should nominate someone in the mainstream". He won't, we know it. Saying it won't make it so.

Yes, point out the error of his ways and his thinking. Fight the nominee, filibuster, yes, yes, yes. Just don't say dumb things.

"The Hammer" said...

All I'm saying is they might owe us one. I don't expect a right of center nominee but I would DEMAND a moderate. If he sent up another Ginsberg I'd burn down the house.

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