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The left begins to attack Obama’s Supreme Co

Mr Pink Eyes (1665805) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Mr Pink Eyes (1665805) writes "Could this be Barack Obama’s Harriet Miers moment? When President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court the backlash was immediate and swift. But the reaction came from the right, as conservatives warned that her conservative credentials were in question. There was no paper trail for Harriet Miers, and President Bush was accused of cronyism as he asked Americans to trust him on Miers’ conservative views. Eventually Harriet Miers was forced to decline the nomination and Samual Alito was soon confirmed as President Bush’s second Supreme Court appointee.

    The parallels here are intriguing to say the least."

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Big differences too (1)

nbauman (624611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32164404)

The contrasts between the Bush and Obama administrations are more significant.

The Republicans push policy further and further right, while the Democrats move towards the "center," i.e., also towards the right. (Maybe you could call that a parallel.) Ralph Nader said that on domestic policy, the Democratic party is to the right of Richard Nixon. (Look up Nixon's policies on health care and welfare, which were basically written by his secretary of HEW, Pat Moynihan.)

As Glen Greenwald for example has been saying http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/05/10/kagan [salon.com]

The Right appoints people like John Roberts and Sam Alito, with long and clear records of what they believe because they're eager to publicly defend their judicial philosophy and have the Court reflect their values. Beltway Democrats do the opposite: the last thing they want is to defend what progressives have always claimed is their worldview, either because they fear the debate or because they don't really believe those things, so the path that enables them to avoid confrontation of ideas is always the most attractive, even if it risks moving the Court to the Right.

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