Friday, May 20, 2005

Talk about a nightmare

In all of this talk about "conservative extremists" who are "outside of mainstream America," the Democrats opposing Bush's nominees forget their own sullied histories.

The link above goes back to a post on a new NRO blog on judicial matters, Bench Memos. The story begins as a playful exercise in postulating an "extreme left" judicial candidate, someone who ruled in ways or opined on cases things that would make most Americans' toes curl. Things like constitutional rights to prostitution and polygamy; mandating an end to Mothers' and Fathers' days because they are discriminatory, to be replaced by "Parents' day;" calling for the integration (of sexes) of both the Boy/Girl Scouts and the prisons (well, not integrated together . . . that would be really bad). Those sorts of things.

Turns out that this isn't an imaginary judicial boogeyman. This is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Well, not quite. The hypothetical nominee I have just described is, in every particular except his sex, Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the time she was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993. President Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 22, 1993. A mere six weeks later, on August 3, 1993, the Senate confirmed her nomination by a 96-3 vote.

I shudder when I think of people with such opinions making the decisions that guide our country. And Bush's nominees are too "extreme?" Give me a break.

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