May 082009
 

The ink is barely dry on Justice David Souter’s letter of resignation from the Supreme Court, and the wingnuts in Rush Limbaugh’s Republican party are already complaining about Obama’s nominee for his replacement. The talking points are all so similar, it’s clear the effort is coordinated.

  • One Senate Republican says the nominee is “far to the left.”
  • A conservative group says the nominee is, “A hard-left judicial activist.”
  • Another Republican Senator warned: “The nominee better remember that judges have to “subordinate themselves to the law.”
  • Jeff Sessions, just elected the Republicans ranking member on the Judiciary committee, magnanimously allowed that the nominee could be a Democrat, but went on to say, “They can be liberals. As long as they have a deep commitment to the law and recognize that when they put on the robe, that they go beyond politics and they’re required to subordinate themselves to the law as written.”

Now Sen. Sessions was once nominated for a federal judgeship himself. He didn’t make it for a number of reasons. One of the reasons had to do with comments Sessions made while serving as a U. S. Attorney. According to people in the office Session said he, “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers.”

Sessions had previously demanded an up-or-down vote on Alito’s Supreme Court nomination. We’ll see if he insists on it for Obama’s nominee.

So, with all the huff and blow going on now, I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when the President actually sends up a nominee. God help us all.

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