Friday, April 9, 2010

Republicans surge back in Beneath Contempt competition

With the announcement that Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court will retire sometime this summer, conjectures about his replacement are beginning to surface. Senator Orrin Hatch (R. Utah) announced that Obama would face a "whale of a fight" if he nominated an "activist" judge. The usual cast of PTR mouthpieces seconded his opinion e.g. Mitch McConnell.

Who could be more activist than Chief Justice Roberts who decided, out of whole cloth, that corporations are like individuals, and enjoy the benefit of the Bill of Rights. Hardly a position that Madison and Jefferson and Franklin had in mind. In fact, Roberts went out of his way to set up the decision -- 5 - 4, hardly ringing -- by soliciting opinions when there was really no case that couldn't have been decided in a less radical way.

So the Republicans have retaken the lead from the Catholic hierarchy in the "What part of beneath contempt don't you understand" competition.

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