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May 7, 2009

PARTISAN SCRUTINY.... Karl Rove thinks Democratic senators are much meaner than Republican senators when it come to Supreme Court nominees.

Republicans ... generally do not treat Supreme Court nominees as roughly as do Democrats. Consider their treatment of President Bill Clinton's picks for the high court. Ruth Bader Ginsberg [sic] was confirmed by a 96-3 vote in 1993. The following year, Stephen Breyer was confirmed by a vote of 87-9. There were no fireworks at either hearing and nothing close to what Democrats did to Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

That's one way of looking at it. The other way is to realize that Ginsburg and Breyer were consensus choices that Orrin Hatch had endorsed before Clinton even nominated them, while Bork was a radical ideologue that even many Republicans were uncomfortable with, and Clarence Thomas was a right-wing jurist who apparently sexually harassed Anita Hill.

Other than the overwhelming differences, though, Rove's comparison is the kind of sharp insight we've come to expect from the Wall Street Journal columnist.

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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Rove's comparison is the kind of bullshit we've come to expect from a right-wing nutjob.


Posted by: Screamin' Demon on May 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

But if I can't make false equivalencies, how will I make my arguments?

Posted by: Karl on May 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, how DARE Ruth Bader Ginsberg have the audacity to not leave a pubic hair on the soda can of a subordinate thus allowing the Democrats a smoother confirmation processforfuckssake why are we listening to Karl Rove?

Posted by: August J. Pollak on May 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

I guess Obama should nominate a fire-breathing liberal then, so Karl's buddies can approve him/her without a lot of fireworks.


I'm glad Karl Rove is still stinking up the airwaves, he serves to remind everyone that the Republicans simply lie all the time, and logic is not their strong suit at all.

Posted by: Racer X on May 7, 2009 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Thomas was confirmed, IIRC, by 52-47. The same count that existed before the Anita Hill allegations broke.

The problem was Thomas was that he was -- and is -- so intensely unqualified for the job. He was -- and is -- clearly someone picked because a) he was black, and the replacement for Thurgood Marshall had to be black, b) was young by SCOTUS standards, so he would likely have a long time on the court, c) had sold his soul to the racist wing of the Republican party in exchange for a cushy career as a token, and d) given his lack of any intellectual ability whatsoever, he simply agreed to have his clerks write opinions that endorsed whatever Scalian had written.

THAT was the problem with Thomas.

In a way, Thomas was a precursor to Bush 2, Palin, etc. A Republican puppet who was not up to the level of the job but was picked because he would be easily controlled.

Posted by: Jupiter on May 7, 2009 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

It's not an article for the sake of information, truth, whatever. it's a talking-point for the business class, that needs something to make their own party of greed more tolerable ("we're not a party of hate and intolerance! That's those mean 'ole Dems!")

Posted by: eadie on May 7, 2009 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Let us never forget that Hatch stonewalled a bunch of Clinton's other federal court nominees, then screamed about a crisis in the judiciary after Bush was elected, suppposedly requiring all of his wingnut nominees to be approved immediately.
I don't care what Hatch says now or ever, or if he's best buds with Ted Kennedy, I have absulutely zero respect for him, he's worthy of none.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on May 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

I would just echo what David Plouffe said:

"This is like getting interview lessons from Sarah Palin -- a lecture on bipartisanship [from Karl Rove]."

Posted by: Ohioan on May 7, 2009 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

what Jupiter said! KKKarl, you keep on spewing bullshit to your ditto-headed, 'please think for me, I can't bear to', reich-wing, psychologically disturbed mobs. The approx. 80% of the U.S. who aren't eating the crap your spooning out are being more convinced by the day that you and your ilk care about one thing and one only, YOURSELVES. You lying sack of rotten shit. Oh, by the way, I heard KKKarl had an illegitimate black baby. Anyone else hear that? Prove you didn't KKKarl. I'm not say'in it's true, but lots of people say it is, so I'm just say'in.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on May 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

BTW, Karl seems to have forgotten how mean those cruel Republicans were to poor widdle Harriet Miers. An odd memory lapse considering he was at the hart of that storm.

Posted by: chaboard on May 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

I would love to see Obama nominate Anita Hill for SCOTUS...just to watch Thomas's head explode. :-)

Posted by: MsJoanne on May 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

Not only Rove's head, but that of SPECTRE, er Spector, as well.

Posted by: berttheclock on May 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

It was also so totally the Dems that torpedoed Bush's cleaning lady also, right? Selective memories these days are all the rage.

Posted by: Awktalk on May 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

I believe Bert forgot Long Dong Silver's head.

Posted by: paulfromportland on May 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

How about a former presidential candidate? Would Republicans have a problem with that? You know who I'm talking about, right? Well of course, Dennis Kucinich! Perfect choice for Rove and his buddies to not go apeshit over.

Posted by: Awktalk on May 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Karl has Obama confused with the Congressional Democrats who puddled in their pants whenever the Bush Administration made a threat. He doesn't realize that nobody cares what he says, or writes, any more. But it's so much fun to watch him try. As long as I ignore what his paycheck must be.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on May 7, 2009 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

As Steve points out, Rove's argument only seems to strengthen the point that the Dems at least try to seek bipartisan consensus (getting Hatch's OK) while the Repubs will do whatever the h*ll they please and force the issue.

Speaking of Thomas, I remember with disgust Arlen Specter's treatment of Anita Hill. It would be interesting to know what Specter actually thought about her claims, and about Thomas, since it was clear that he had a job to do (getting the president's nominee through) but still... I disliked him intensely at that point in time.

Posted by: Hannah on May 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

MSM, bought and paid for by the Rethugs. They lie and the MSM repeats the lie and makes it the truth for the ignorant.

Posted by: SteveA on May 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

I would love to see Obama nominate Anita Hill for SCOTUS...just to watch Thomas's head explode


Of course, I have no idea if she's qualified. Last I heard she was still teaching law, which is great, but usually you need at least some time behind the bench.

Sure, she's more qualified that Thomas -- but who isn't? Hell, I don't have a law degree, just years working with lawyers on biz contracts, and I understand the law better than Thomas.

Posted by: Jupiter on May 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Karl Rove is the cranky old ghost of the administration past, trying desperately to remain relevent and lashing out against the living. Turdblossom should be able to see the handwriting on the wall. Now that the full story and the proof is coming out, there is no glory in having served as Bush's brain. It's become extremely doubtful that Rove will hold a prideful place in history. There is no glory in having served as the kingmaker of the most incompetent administration in U.S. history. David Plouffe is right. Karl Rove has no credibility; no one cares what he has to say. He needs to just go away like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Carol A on May 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK



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