Monday, April 19, 2010

The Herald On Replacing Justice Stevens (Yawn)


Happy wet Monday, kids.

Did you see this controversial, bold, assertive Herald editorial on replacing Justice Stevens?

Neither did I.

Instead we got the usual opinion-free, can't we all get along, both-sides-are-to-blame, warmed-over Broderisms that reflect an alternate reality far apart from the one the rest of us inhabit.

Consider this hard-hitting statement:
Republicans, for their part, have an obligation to hold their fire unless there are well-founded reasons to object. If Mr. Obama makes a centrist choice, the nominee deserves to be treated as such.

Is there anything at all in the air to suggest something different this time around?

Granted, the Herald's editorials have always been for the most part inoffensive, milque-toast expressions of conventional wisdom, tentatively expressed.

But this one literally adds zero to an important issue that requires an accurate -- as opposed to idealized -- understanding of today's political landscape.

If wishes were ponies.....

13 comments:

  1. Perfect on a day when the Herald highlighted your blog!!

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  2. The Herald's been pretty good lately, not trying to bust on them, but I'd like to see a bit more analysis in terms of how to get to the state of blissful happy bipartisanship they seem to want on this appointment.

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  3. The herald highlighted this blog and it was not posted? WTF?

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  4. 11:32-- SFL is modest.

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  5. 7th Circuit 'radical' Diane Wood is my choice.

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  6. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya wins Boston Marathon.

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  7. The ol' Gunner, Steve Gunderson would be a good choice.

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  8. Need some tunes SFL–-

    Showers washed
    All my cares away
    I wake up to a sunny day
    'Cos I love a rainy night
    Yeah, I love a rainy night
    Well, I love a rainy night
    I love a rainy night
    Well, I love a rainy night
    You can see it in my eyes
    Yeah, I love a rainy night
    Well, it makes me high
    Ooh, I love a rainy night
    You know I do, yeah, yeah
    I love a rainy night

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  9. SFL you may get your wish– Glenn commenting on your blog.

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  10. I'd pay to see Garvin step into the ring here, his beard and crummy glasses flying from the verbal pummeling he richly deserves.

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  11. fake Glenn GreenwaldApril 19, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Although many progressives would likely choose a more ideological or left-wing legal theorist if they had free reign to pick, an objective review of Wood's record -- as a Clinton DOJ official prosecuting anti-trust cases, as the first female tenured faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School, and as an appellate judge for the last 15 years -- reveals what a truly ideal replacement she would be for Justice Stevens. Having spent much time reviewing her clear, lengthy and substantial record, as well as interviewing former clerks and colleagues (all on the record), there is ample compelling evidence demonstrating why she would be such an asset on the Court:

    Wood's ability to craft legal opinions to induce conservative judges to join her opinions is renowned, as is the respect she commands from them through unparalleled diligence and force of intellect. As a political matter, she'd have a long list of right-wing judges and professors at Chicago (where she still teaches) lined up to vouch for her, thus blunting efforts to depict her as some kind of Far Leftist. Her expertise in anti-trust and business law is (a) especially relevant now given the cases likely to come before the Court in the wake of the financial crisis and (b) rare for a federal judge on the liberal/Democratic side. The similarity between her jurisprudence and Justice Stevens' is striking and easy to document, thus ensuring that (at the very least) she will maintain the Court's balance; unlike a Kagan selection, there is no risk Wood will move the Court to the Right and, in some important respects, could very well do the opposite.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/04/19/wood/index.html

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  12. Quite a stand by the Herald. True courage by the weenies hiding in Gary Hart's bushes.

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