Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ready, Fire, Aim

The Republicans are all geared up to fight to the death against President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

The person President Obama wants to put on the Supreme Court is “far to the left,” says one Senate Republican. A “hard-left judicial activist,” a conservative group says. The nominee better remember that judges have to “subordinate themselves to the law,” another GOP senator warned Tuesday.

Imagine what they’ll say when they actually know who the nominee is.

Boy, it would really chonk them off if the president chose a pragmatic non-ideologue. Of course, the definition of “activist” depends on your point of view: to the right wing, it was judicial overreaching on a titanic scale when the Court ruled that a woman’s uterus was hers to do with as she and her family decide, but it was perfectly acceptable to park the Constitution on top of the Florida election laws when it looked like their guy was about to lose.

The Republicans may think that this pre-emptive carpet-bombing of whomever it is that President Obama picks will warn him off from choosing someone like 2nd District Appeals Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is already the victim of some anonymous slurring. What I think it will do is reinforce the image of them as the Party of No, regardless of what the question is. That’s more along the lines of a two-year-old having a tantrum rather than the loyal opposition. What’s more, they’ll probably lose the fight against the phantom nominee and then gripe about the lack of “bipartisanship.”