Archive for June 24th, 2010

Conservative Hypocrisy? No One Could Have Anticipated…

This is great.  Nitpicker collects a whole bunch of National Review quotes full of outrage against MoveOn for comparing Bush to Hitler (and by MoveOn, of course we mean a couple of anonymous make-your-own-campaign-ad contestants whose entries were taken down as soon as MoveOn became aware of them).  My personal favorite is by the guy who wrote that book about how liberals are just like Hitler:

…in polite and supposedly sophisticated circles in America today it is acceptable to say George Bush is akin to a Nazi and that America is becoming Nazi-like. Indeed, in certain corners of the globe to disagree with this assertion is the more outlandish position than to agree with it.

[…]

I don’t say this because I feel a passionate need to defend George Bush. I would make the exact same points if Al Gore were president. I would make the exact same points if anybody running for the Democratic nomination were president. This has nothing to do with partisanship. It has to do with the fact that such comparisons are slanderous to the United States and historical truth and amount to Holocaust denial. When you say that anything George Bush has done is akin to what Hitler did, you make the Holocaust into nothing more than an example of partisan excess.

That’s awesome.  As Nitpicker points out not only has Jonah not “[made] the exact same points” now that his fellow conservatives are comparing Obama to Hitler, but he wrote an entire book that does exactly what he claims to find so nonpartisanly despicable.  I can’t wait to see Jonah’s incoherent and snotty rationalization of his epic hypocrisy, but I probably never will.

2 comments June 24th, 2010 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Conservatives Vs. Kagan

Personally, I think Robert Bork attacking Elena Kagan is just about the best thing that could happen to her, at least in terms of bolstering her (near-zero) credibility as a progressive, but it’s the non-Bork part of the story that really jumps out at me:

Gerard Bradley, a Notre Dame law professor, and William Saunders, senior counsel of Americans United for Life, added that Kagan’s admiration of Thurgood Marshall – the first black Supreme Court justice – indicate she would bring pro-abortion rights views and a political agenda to the bench.

“No one would describe Justice Marshall as particularly analytically driven,” Bradley added. “They would describe him as a particularly politically driven justice.”

“We are concerned that [Kagan] is quite extreme on the abortion issue and that she would be an agenda driven judge,” Saunders said.

Because if there’s one thing conservatives can’t tolerate, it’s judges who issue rulings based on politics and ideology rather than impartial legal analysis.

Also, props to Politico for this little zinger at the end:

Tuesday, the New York City Bar Association rated Kagan as “highly qualified” according to their 140-year history of evaluating judicial nominees. The only candidate that they have not rated either “highly qualified” or “qualified” since 1987 was Robert Bork.

I still don’t want to see her on the Supreme Court, but that was a thing of beauty.

June 24th, 2010 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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