The Republican Party was out in force yesterday, bombarding the Sunday political talk shows to talk about the Supreme Court. After Friday’s announcement that oldest-living human, Justice John Paul Stevens (he was actually in the stands at the game where Babe Ruth called his shot), planned to retire, Senate Republicans started flexing their little muscles and threatening to filibuster Obama’s nominee if he or she isn’t “mainstream.”
Aren’t those Republicans adorable!? Don’t you just want to squeeze their fat white cheeks!? They think they’re still in charge!
Senate Republican leaders declined to rule out a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, if they think the pick falls outside the judicial mainstream.
While calling each of the most commonly mentioned candidates to succeed Stevens “nominally qualified,” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) would not take the filibuster off the table. But he said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that it is “unlikely” Republicans will use the procedural move to block the nominee except under “extraordinary circumstances.”
“Nominally qualified”? Who are these “commonly mentioned candidates”? Is Obama considering Bill Ayers? Well, no, he’s actually said to be considering Solicitor General Elena Kagan, two federal judges and Janet Napolitano — a former FULL-TERM governor and current secretary of Homeland Security. Nominally qualified? I mean, yeah, they’re certainly not Harriet Miers-level qualified, but they’d probably do.
As far as “mainstream” goes, that’s another story. As we know, a “mainstream” Republican nominee is a justice who thinks a corporation is a person, and should be free to play an unlimited role in U.S. elections. Crazy leftist nominees like Obama would probably consider presumably would disagree. To each his own.
It’s all just more evidence that Washington is broken. The most liberal justice will be replaced — probably — with someone less liberal, and it’s got Republicans going insane. Some have already said there’s opposition, and the entire process is already being used as a fundraiser. Meanwhile, When Justice Stevens was confirmed 900 years ago, the vote was 98-0. Go figure.