Saturday, July 02, 2005
Life (sadly) imitates art
The humor site Scrappleface posted a parody, titled "[Senator] Kennedy Slams Unnamed Supreme Court Nominee." (via Volokh). It starts off:
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-MA, today criticized President George Bush's as-yet-unnamed replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as a "brutal, Bible-thumping, right-wing ideologue who hates minorities, women and cocker spaniels." "He or she is clearly outside the mainstream of American values," said Sen. Kennedy.
It's a decent little short-humor piece, playing off of the fact that the left seems at times to be so reflexively anti-Bush that they would already be opposed to a not-yet-existent nominee. That's pretty funny, in a way. But the left would never actually do something so inane, would they?
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Pretty funny -- I like a good parody more than the next guy -- but while it's fair to make fun of Kennedy for jumping the gun, is he really doing so? (A) Bush specifically has said his model for a Justice is Scalia/Thomas; (B) All the socially/religiously conservative/religious interest groups are insisting upon a veto of anyone like Gonzalez who isn't a provable 100% social/religious conservative; (C) Bush has a long track record of doing what the groups in (B) want.
So it's clear that Bush is leaning, or at least (let's assume we want to give Bush the benefit of the doubt here) is being pressured, toward a Scalia/Thomas-esque appointment. Arguably, pressure now is more likely to be effctive than pressure later, after the nomination is made....
Posted by: Scott Moss | Jul 3, 2005 8:18:10 PM
Isn't it funny, though, that the Volokh conspirators etc. are attacking the left for attacking the right before their supreme court nominees get in before the left actually does such an attack? (Yes, I know that's a hard sentence to parse. Sorry.)
Posted by: Paul Gowder | Jul 3, 2005 8:59:17 PM
Meet the Press had a funny bit about Bush appointing George Washington and the Democrats attacking him for his environmental views because of his cherry-tree chopping past.
Posted by: Jeff V. | Jul 4, 2005 4:47:10 PM