November 4, 2005


What's Too Conservative? (Michael Kinsley, November 4, 2005, Washington Post)

The Republican counter-argument will be fourfold: (a) He is not very conservative; (b) no one knows how conservative he is, and no one is going to find out, because discussing his views in any detail would involve "prejudging" future issues before the court; (c) it doesn't matter whether he is conservative -- even raising the question "politicizes" what ought to be a nonpartisan search for judicial excellence; and (d) sure he's conservative. Very conservative. Who won the election?

Actually (d), the most valid argument, is one you will never hear, although the Harriet Miers detour showed what happens if Republican activists suspect that a nominee really might not be on board the ideological train.

The other Republican arguments are laughable. Of course Alito is very conservative. That's why he got nominated. The process of choosing justices is no more political in the Senate than it is in the White House. Alito has been a judge for 15 years and has written opinions on hundreds of subjects. If that is not "prejudging," answering questions at a confirmation hearing certainly is not.

So how conservative is "too conservative"? Democrats like the phrase, "outside the mainstream." They also like to emphasize that the next justice will be replacing Sandra Day O'Connor, an icon of swing-vote moderation.

The notion is that presidents of all stripes are under some kind of vague, floating obligation to keep the court in ideological balance. This, unfortunately, is a party-out-of-power fantasy.

If you take those away what do Democrats have left?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2005 10:54 AM

Hate and evil?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at November 4, 2005 11:04 AM

cash from

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at November 4, 2005 12:16 PM


Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at November 4, 2005 1:08 PM

They'll always have Paris.

Posted by: Mikey at November 4, 2005 1:38 PM

Mikey: not if it burns down in the next week or so.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 4, 2005 2:09 PM

Cindy She....oh, wait.

Posted by: John Resnick at November 4, 2005 2:25 PM


Posted by: tefta at November 4, 2005 3:15 PM

Camelot. Camelot. Camelot.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 4, 2005 3:25 PM


Cindy is in Argentina, protesting it up with the Latin lefties. If only we could put poison on her lips before she kisses Chavez.....darn! - now I will be lumped in with Pat Robertson.

Posted by: ratbert at November 4, 2005 3:27 PM

I thought you were Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at November 4, 2005 3:49 PM

I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright!
And I pity
Any girl who isn't me tonight.

I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It's alarming how charming I feel!
And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I'm real.

See the pretty girl in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face,
Such a pretty dress,
Such a pretty smile,
Such a pretty me!

I feel stunning
And entrancing,
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I'm loved
By a pretty wonderful boy!

Posted by: Cindy Sheehan at November 4, 2005 3:57 PM


Bite your tongue!


I hope you aren't singing about Diego Maradrona.

Posted by: ratbert at November 4, 2005 4:12 PM

it's Hugo or nothing for this leftist dream date

Posted by: Cindy Sheehan at November 4, 2005 6:48 PM