Does anyone else get the feeling that the Republicans are now just throwing out whatever stupid strategy pops into their head and seeing what sticks?
Because the Washington Post is reporting that same-sex marriage might become the new flashpoint for judicial nominees' hearings.
Same-sex marriage carries the same freighted potential to dominate a hearing, conservatives say.
"It is now the flash point where politics and law meet. That flash point used to be abortion. I don't think anybody thinks that's going to be the flash point in this nomination," said William A. Jacobson, a Cornell University law professor and conservative blogger.
It almost seems like they're trying to see what's a good issue to use to oppose Obama's nominee this summer before he's even named that pick. As if they already know that they won't have a good reason to oppose her, but they're going to have to do it anyway. Because there's no way that Obama's nominee would be the justice who tips the Court in favor of same-sex marriage.
Orrin Hatch jumped on board as well:
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), another GOP member of the Judiciary Committee, said conservatives are particularly eager to avoid a Supreme Court ruling akin to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide and has divided the country ever since. "I don't think members of the court, or any of us, ever want to see a decision like that again," Hatch said. Obama assured the senator in a recent meeting that he will not pick a "radical" to replace Souter, but Hatch added: "Presidents always say that. That's why we have the hearing process."
Nice touch from the Post, too, repeating the lie that Roe "divided the country." The Protestant right picked up on abortion happened several years after Roe, so don't blame the Court.
At least we just have that much more proof that they see opposition to gay rights as just a tool to bludgeon their agenda through and grab raw power with. For the most powerful Republicans, it was never about anything other than that.
For a lot of them, it was never personal, it was strictly business.