Monday, April 25, 2005

Loonies R Us

How crazy are these people?

This crazy.

"The majority on the Supreme Court are unelected, unaccountable, arrogant, imperious, want to redesign culture according to their own biases, are out of control, and I think they need to be reigned in." -- Dr. James Dobson, Founder and Chairman, Focus on the Family

Do you realize who he is talking about? He's talking about the SUPREME COURT. Rehnquist and Scalia's Supreme Court. And he thinks that they are radical liberals. Out of control. Wanting to redesign culture according to their own biases. (Not much projection there, eh?) The Supreme Court.

Oh, and he's also upset that they're unelected. Hey, you ignorant clown, of COURSE they're unelected. They're SUPPOSED to be unelected. That's what it says in the Constitution. You've heard of it? See, the IDEA is to keep REAL radicals - that's YOU loonies - from causing real damage by going on a mob frenzy. "What? We're in charge this year? Oh, boy! Let's dismantle the Constitution!"

See if you could do that, the Constitution wouldn't still be with us after 217 years. We have checks and balances. Keeps the theocrats down.

By the way, apparently the Republicans have discovered that the phrase "nuclear option" doesn't poll well. Suddenly, they are declaring that that's what Democrats call it:

Democrats say such an action would be a "nuclear option" that would force them to bring the Senate to a virtual standstill, except for action on national security legislation.
"Democrats call that the "nuclear option," but Frist says it's just democracy."
“Now if Senator Reid continues to obstruct the process, we will consider what opponents call the ‘nuclear option.' - Bill Frist

Well, the Republicans were the one who started calling it that when they first proposed to idea.

I went hunting around cyberspace and found this from the New Yorker, courtesy of Josh Marshall:

Changing the Senate’s rules on judicial filibustering was first addressed in 2003, during the successful Democratic filibuster against Miguel Estrada, whom Bush had nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ted Stevens, a Republican Senate veteran from Alaska, was complaining in the cloakroom that the Democratic tactic should simply be declared out of order, and, soon enough, a group of Republican aides began to talk about changing the rules. It was understood at once that such a change would be explosive; Senator Trent Lott, the former Majority Leader, came up with “nuclear option,” and the term stuck.

And this from Eschaton

If we continue to see obstruction where one out of three of the president's nominees to fill vacancies in the circuit court are being obstructed, then action would be taken. One of those is the nuclear option. - Bill Frist

Gee, Trent Lott came up with the phrase. Frist has used it. So why are the Republicans afraid of it now, and why are they pretending that it's only a phrase that Democrats use?

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