Saturday, April 10, 2010

Obama And the Supreme Court; Get Ready For Rightist Foaming

The summer's political scene will center on this dynamic: President Barack Obama will nominate an esteemed and experienced legal figure to the US Supreme Court, and the GOP, eager to please the Tea Partiers, Fox News and talk radio, will say "No."

And threaten a filibuster unless Obama nominates someone off the legal staff of the US Chamber of Commerce - - the equal, say, of Michael Gableman.


Ron R said...

The fact that you believe that the nominee will be an "esteemed and expierienced legal figure" just because Obama appointed him/her is as sad as the fact that the GOP will say "NO" because Obama appointed him/her. Who are you kidding, if Obama appointed Gableman in a fit of insanity, you would think he was supremely qualified because he was Obama's choice and Obama can make no mistake.

James Rowen said...

To Ron R. I beg to differ. Obama was a professor of constitutional law and is known to have spent considerable time selecting Justice Sotomayor. I expect he will again find a highly-qualified nominee to replace Justice Stevens, in part because Obama has a background in constitutional law.

Anon Jim said...

Assuming Obama's nominee is sufficiently qualified (i.e, not a Harriet Miers) and doesn’t have any skeletons in their closets (i.e. all of Bill Clinton’s failed A.G. nominees pre-Reno) this confirmation should go like many others of recent vintage.

Plenty of foaming and counter-foaming on both sides and in the end the person is confirmed.

Since the Dem’s no longer have their filibuster proof majority in the Senate, the Republicans can threaten it but that is a hollow threat imho – does anyone seriously think all 41 of them will band together and vote no?

So this will all be just a bunch of media and blog fueled kabuki theater.