I See Pattern People
Maybe it's the high-powered tweeds, but much of the reaction today from the left blogosphere to Harriett's nomination just seems to fall into a pattern of behavior I described days ago during my observation of the various primitive dKos tribes:
...the Beltway Democrats are even smarter than us. They have a plan for retaking the US Government that even we canâ€™t fully understand.
And I would add a new pattern for the Beltway Dems:
We'll Stand up for you Next Time
First it was... We're going to let a couple nutball appeals court judges through because we're saving the fight for the Supreme Court.
Then... We're going to save the fight for the Chief Justice.
Then... Oh shit Bush promoted the one we let through.
Then... We're going to save the fight for the time when Bush nominates somebody really, really insane.
Then... He went and nominated his personal lawyer, the one who got him out of his TANG troubles, to the Supreme Court. But it's all good because it's totally strategic if we let her sail through.
The Beltway Dem's plan of allowing Bush and the GOP to take giant smelly poops on the American People, poops big enough to kill thousands and cause untold misery to many others, might actually work. Even brainwashed people will get tired of getting pooped on at some point and go for the option that promises less poop.
But until it does (it's been 5 years), isn't it almost pathological to find any means to excuse the Beltway Dems every time they hand Bush what he asks for on a slightly dusty silver platter?
That her appointment is an act of cronyism is without a doubt, but if that's the price of admission to another Souter or moderate justice, I'm willing to pay it.
Wha? At least Souter has some freaking judgin' experience. The excuse for Roberts was that he had a brilliant legal mind and unimpeachable credentials. Harriet has nothing close to Souter's experience but she must be a "moderate" because the Right Wingnuts are freaking out over her. If by "moderate" you mean she will rule whichever way Bush and the GOP tell her to, then she's probably fairly moderate. Coming from such smart people it sounds like willful suspension of disbelief.