Monday, May 17, 2010

A Fair Hearing

Via Digby, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the chat shows that unlike the Democrats, the Republicans would give Elena Kagan an easy time in her confirmation hearings.

McConnell also said that “Republicans have treated Supreme Court nominees a lot better than the Democrats have.”

“I can’t think of a single Supreme Court nominee by a Democratic president who’s been treated the way Robert Bork was, the way Clarence Thomas was, the way Sam Alito was, who was filibustered by the president, the vice president, the Democratic leader and the … ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. I’ve never filibustered a Supreme Court nomination,” he said.

That may be because the Democrats have never nominated radicals like Judge Bork, whose confirmation hearings in 1987 became the litmus test by which all Supreme Court justices must, according to the right wing, be judged. To this day they’re still outraged that a man who was in favor of the poll tax and against the public housing requirements in the Voting Rights Acts was considered to be outside the mainstream. (Peggy Noonan thinks Mr. Bork is “colorful.”)

I wish the Democrats would nominate someone as radical as Robert Bork to the court. It would be a refreshing change from the blanditocracy they’ve served up in their last two administrations, and it would be fun to watch the head of Mitch McConnell explode on TV.