July 3, 2007


Standing in the courthouse door (E.J. Dionne, 7/03/07, Seattle Times)

Just say no.

The Senate's Democratic majority — joined by all Republicans who purport to be moderate — must tell President Bush that this will be their answer to any controversial nominee to the Supreme Court or to the appellate courts.

The Senate should refuse even to hold hearings on Bush's next Supreme Court choice unless the president reaches agreement with the Senate majority on a mutually acceptable list of nominees.

Hard to unwind all the idiocy here, starting with the departure from so much as a pretense of respect for the Constitution, but if Mr. Dionne thinks the Democrats who just helped the far Right spike immigration reform are going to the mattresses to defend racial quotas that favor blacks, he must be doing PCP.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 3, 2007 3:33 PM

If the PBA-ban decision by the SC is so horrific and out-of-the-mainstream, why don't the Dems repeal it now that they're in the majority?

Posted by: b at July 3, 2007 4:54 PM

Smell the fear.

Posted by: ratbert at July 3, 2007 5:11 PM

How about the friggin' headline? It'd be sweet if Bush nominated a black or Hispanic and we could throw that back in Dionne's face. That's the promotional line that will catapult you to victory, Dionne! How can you lose?

To plagiarize a line from Ben Domenech (ahem), Dionne has outperformed all pundits to attain the coveted title "wombat of idiocy."

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 3, 2007 5:48 PM

Except that he's a Super Bright. From Boston, yet. Oh, wait ...

Posted by: ghostcat at July 3, 2007 7:12 PM

When Dionne says "controversial" he just means "conservative."

But Matt, remember that to those on the left, a black or Hispanic isn't really "authentic" is he or she is conservative. They can be attacked like any other conservative, if not more so.

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 3, 2007 7:25 PM