Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Next Supreme Court Justice

Here are the rules for President Obama in selecting the next Supreme Court justice.

First, she/he must strictly interpret the Constitution and not be an "activist judge". None of this overturning 100 years of legal precedence allowing corporations to finance elections.

Second, she/he cannot be a liberal. Only conservative Presidents are allowed to select conservative justices. President Obama must pick someone who is right-of- center, that is plenty liberal enough.

Third she/he shouldn't be too smart. Smart people are "elites". We need someone with common sense, like a member of the tea party. Pick someone with the brain power of a, I don't know, Clarence Thomas?

Fourth she/he should not be a she or a minority. White men rule.

Fifth he needs to consult with the leaders of the conservatives...Limbaugh/Beck/Hannity before he makes any decision.

However, even if President Obama follows the above rules, he can be certain that his nominee will face a filibuster.

Like Ezra Klein says
President Obama could nominate the guy on the Quaker Oats box and Glenn Beck would find a way to connect him to Trotsky on his blackboard ("you know who else liked oatmeal!?").
Since we know Republicans are going to filibuster anyone who President Obama nominates, my suggestion is to pick a young, far-left, highly qualified black woman. It would be fun to watch Republican heads explode.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

What's Happened to the GOP?

I stumbled across this piece by Chris Curry at Here is a very small sample of his post.
Then something happened in the 1990s. The leaders of the GOP grew belligerent. They became too religious, almost zealots. They became intolerant. They began searching for purity in Republican thought and doctrine. Ideology blinded them. I continued to vote Republican, but with a certain unease. Deep down I knew that a schism happened between the modern Republican Party and the one I grew up with. During the fight over the impeachment of President Clinton, the ugly face of the Republican Party was brought to the surface. Empty rhetoric, ideological intolerance, vengeance, and religious zealotry became the common currency. Suddenly, if you are pro-choice, you could not be a Republican. If you are for smart and sensible taxes to balance out the budget, you could not be a Republican. If you are pro-civil rights, you could not be a Republican.

It started with minorities: they left the party. Then women; they divorced the GOP and sent it to sleep on the couch. Then, the young folks; they left and are leaving the Republican Party in droves. Then, someone stood up and told my niece and my grandchild that they are not fully Americans — just second class Americans because they are homosexual. They wished hell and damnation upon my loved ones just because they are different. Are we led by priests or are we led by rational politicians? Now, we have became the party of the Old Straight White Folks. We should rename the Republican Party the OSWF rather than the GOP.