Apr 202005

OK, so we know that Tom DeLay isn’t all that fond of crazy activist judges like, say, the seven Republican appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court who went along with the "murder" of Terri Schiavo. And we know that DeLay is particularly unhappy with Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy for his votes to uphold Roe v. Wade, to end the execution of juveniles and to overturn laws banning private, consensual sex among men. And he pretty much has it in for everyone in judiciary…never mind the majority of them are Republican appointees.

What we didn’t know is that DeLay was outraged by the fact that Kennedy uses . . . (Oh my God) the internet. As the Associated Press notes, DeLay said during a TV interview Tuesday: "We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That’s just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous." You have to agree…how outrageous for a Supreme Court Justice to actually do research. How did we ever let this happen. I mean, for those people to be doing what we pay them to do.

I can’t figure what has DeLay all that bothered. I hear that even people in Texas use the Web. Heck, I even know a few people in Houston that actually use email. I think it might just be an objection to the internet more generally: When you and your political allies want to roll back the cultural clock to some earlier, darker day, the World Wide Web probably isn’t something that would be considered a friend of the movement. If that’s the case, we’ve got a tip for the house majority leader, Better off the net…even my Mom uses it. I don’t think going after the internet is going to be a bright political move.

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