McCain has decided to drag out the tired and obviously hypocritical assertion that a vote for him, the paragon of Conservatism is a vote against judicial activism. See these links for a small sampling of the ways that Republicans have tried to either use or stack the courts for partisan gain, DPOC: Republican Lawsuit is “Brazen Hypocrisy”, What’s important to Americans, Judicial Activism in a Time of No Irony, Schiavo Judge— Law Day Hypocrisy. Far from a complete case against Republican’s very own judicial activism, but a start. Time after time when you hear the shrill right-wing cries of judicial interference it is almost always the case of judges ruling against some item on the Right’s political agenda. It is near being a scientific theory that Conservatives cannot even talk about judicial activism without bringing up the Right’s absurd assertion that a woman does not have dominion over her own body. No Virginia, the Constitution does not in fact say that each citizen of the United States should have autonomy over their body, only that on reading that great document it is impossible to have or live in freedom without that basic right being implied. Republican arguments about judicial restraints are much like their arguments about free unfettered trade, they mean trade ( and judge’s decisions) done the way they tell their well paid lobbyists that they want it done. Liberals have much more to complain about in that regard – see the 2000 presidential elections for a start. McCain swears to appoint judges like Roberts and Alito,
McCain said Supreme Court Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito “would serve as the model for my own nominees if that responsibility falls to me,” highlighting the gap between Republicans and Democrats on the question of who deserves to sit on the nation’s highest court.
Alito is probably an unqualified jurist and has little regard for ethics, but he is dearly loved by the Wingnuttery for the same reasons normal Americans would find him unqualified for the nation’s highest court. McCain’s love for Alito is a recent finger in the wind moment for Senator McCain of the Straight Talk Express. Conservative hitman parading as a journalist Robert Novak asked, Is McCain a Conservative?
As John McCain neared his momentous primary election victory in Florida after a ferocious campaign questioning his conservative credentials, right-wingers buzzed over word that he had privately suggested that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was too conservative. In response, McCain said he recalled saying no such thing and added that Alito was a “magnificent” choice. In fact, multiple sources confirm that the senator made negative comments about Alito nine months ago.
McCain told the WSJ that Alito ” wore his conservatism on his sleeve.” Conservative king maker Rush Limbaugh implied that McCain was crazy. Maybe crazy like a pandering little fox. That’s the game that Republicans play with the American people, the never ending con job of what and where they stand. McCain is contrary to his media invented “maverick” status just another run of the mill Republican running the same tiresome con. This brings up the general issue of patriotism. If like Limbaugh and McCain so many Republicans so much of the time are liars, hypocrites and manipulators how do they figure their brand of patriotism is red, white and bluer then those that have noticed what scoundrels they are.
Related, When McCain loved Robert Bork
WASHINGTON – A Democratic-led U.S. congressional panel voted on Tuesday to authorize its chairman to subpoena Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff in its probe of possible U.S. torture of suspected terrorists.0506 11 1
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, may issue a subpoena as early as Wednesday for David Addington, who the administration maintains is immune from being required to testify.
If Addington refuses to show up, a court fight is likely, but it may not be resolved until after President George W. Bush and Cheney end their terms in January and leave office.
Despite that likelihood, Nadler, chairman of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, pushed for a possible confrontation.
“Congress has the prerogative and duty to demand the truth,” Nadler said. “Torture is un-American and yet it has been used by this government.”
Without debate, his panel approved a resolution authorizing a subpoena of Addington on a voice vote.
Isn’t Dick Cheney’s mission in life to obfuscate the truth. Thus invoking executive privilege in ways not explicitly stated in the Constitution. Oops that makes another Constitutional blooper for the wing-nut noise machine to explain away.