Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Thursday, February 28th, 2013.


People Who Need to Retire: Antonin Scalia

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Supreme Court

I had heard that Scalia wants to strike down the Voting Rights Act, but I didn’t know how off the wall he had gotten until I read Dana Milbank this morning

The acerbic Scalia, the court’s longest-serving justice, got his latest comeuppance Wednesday morning, as he tried to make the absurd argument that Congress’s renewal of the Voting Rights Act in 2006 by votes of 98 to 0 in the Senate and 390 to 33 in the House did not mean that Congress actually supported the act. Scalia, assuming powers of clairvoyance, argued that the lawmakers were secretly afraid to vote against this “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Kagan wasn’t about to let him get away with that. In a breach of decorum, she interrupted his questioning of counsel to argue with him directly. “Well, that sounds like a good argument to me, Justice Scalia,” she said. “It was clear to 98 senators, including every senator from a covered state, who decided that there was a continuing need for this piece of legislation.”

Scalia replied to Kagan, “Or decided that perhaps they’d better not vote against it, that there’s nothing, that there’s no — none of their interests in voting against it.”

You may need to read that two or three times to get the full impact of what Scalia is saying here. Joan Walsh quotes him some more:

I don’t think there is anything to be gained by any Senator to vote against continuation of this act. And I am fairly confident it will be reenacted in perpetuity unless — unless a court can say it does not comport with the Constitution …They are going to lose votes if they do not reenact the Voting Rights Act. Even the name of it is wonderful: The Voting Rights Act. Who is going to vote against that in the future?

In other words, he seems to think he would be doing Congress a favor by striking down the Voting Rights Act, because then they wouldn’t have to keep voting for this law they secretly don’t like but lack the courage to say so.

Scalia has said several things lately that are not just right-wing but even lack internal cohesion. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Constitution provides for forcing justices to retire because of dementia.

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Why Am I Not Surprised?

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Obama Administration

Texas school employee shot in gun safety class.”

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Fish Gotta Swim, Birds Gotta Fly …

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Republican Party

The article makes no sense, but the headline made me laugh — “Republicans need to go negative.” Basically, the author thinks Republicans are not trying hard enough to explain to people that Obama is Bad.

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People Who Need to Retire: Bob Woodward

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Obama Administration

Bob Woodward: A Book Too Far. Bob Woodward, one-time investigative reporter turned stenographer to Beltway insiders, has been pushing a certifiably bogus story about how the sequester happened. Now Mr. Beltway is claiming the White House “threatened” him, when it sounds more like a suggestion that Woodward is just embarrassing himself by being such an obvious tool.

Further, Woodward seems to think that Presidents can seize dictatorial power and ignore the laws of Congress whenever they are in the mood. Obviously, he spent way too much time hanging around the Bushies. The amusing thing about this is that you can find no end of rightie “We Worship the Constitution” bloggers who agree with Woodward.

Because Obama Derangement Syndrome is about freedom.

See:

Henry Blodget, Business Insider: Oh, Please, The White House Didn’t ‘Threaten’ Bob Woodward

Dave Weigel, Slate: How to “Fact Check” Without Any Troublesome Fact-Checking

Dave Weigel, Slate: Bob Woodward Asks Why Obama Won’t Become a Dictator and Ignore Budget Control Act

Alex Pareene, Salon: Bob Woodward demands law-ignoring, mind-controlling presidential leadership

Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: Bob Woodward Has Now Picked the Most and Least Important Fights with a POTUS

Bob Woodward is now the John McCain of journalism.

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