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  • Well to say that Liberals are herd mentalities and conservatives do not is not exactly true.

    How would conservatives respond to a SCOTUS nomination of a Liberal even though it was shown he was a good judge? I can give you a few conservatives that would argue you can't be a good judge if you are liberal.

    What of the Church community? That can be called a herd mentality. What is that battle cry? "Family Values." How many conservatives scream about states rights and yet were calling for a constitutional amen
    • How would conservatives respond to a SCOTUS nomination of a Liberal even though it was shown he was a good judge? I can give you a few conservatives that would argue you can't be a good judge if you are liberal.

      That is an easy one and is from recent history. Just look at when Justice Ginsberg was appointed. The Repubilcans overwhelmingly voted for her even though she had serious issues. Turn that around with Robert and Alito. The Democrats were having spasms.

      • Ginsburg I really can't comment on as I have not followed her.

        However, I did hear a radio show that talked to ex-court assistents and the one comment I remember is that she is not really a threat and can be "brow-beaten" The fellow said that Scalia has "motivated" her a couple times.

        Part of the screaming is the fact that there could be 4 replacements with this President and the Ideology could fall hard to the right.

        I don't worry about it myself as with American politics; when you swing really hard one dir
        • Ginsburg I really can't comment on as I have not followed her.

          She was a very well-known liberal judge. She was top brass in the ACLU and an outspoken advocate of abortion rights. Everyone knew exactly what they were getting when they voted for her, and the conservatives, including the pro-life ones, voted for her anyway. Again, the vote was 96-3, and the Senate was cotrolled by Republicans.

          However, I did hear a radio show that talked to ex-court assistents and the one comment I remember is that she is not really a threat and can be "brow-beaten" The fellow said that Scalia has "motivated" her a couple times.

          That's nonsense. I actually read many of the court opinions, and Ginsburg rarely ever agrees with Scalia on anything controversial, and usually when they do, it's Scalia who is on the more "liberal" side (such as in the medical marijuana decision, when Scalia voted against the other conservatives).

          Part of the screaming is the fact that there could be 4 replacements with this President and the Ideology could fall hard to the right.

          Yes, it is. And so what? That's one of the reasons why Bush was re-elected, because the people wanted Bush to, in his own campaign language, nominate justices like Scalia and Thomas. Bush got more votes than any Presidential candidate in the history of the United States, in large part based on his pledge to do just that.

          So this is nothing more than whining and sour grapes, arguing against the expressed will of the people. Obviously, I do not expect the liberals to be happy about it, but I do expect them to respect the law and the will of the people, and they do not.

          I don't worry about it myself as with American politics; when you swing really hard one direction ; it tends to swing the other way just as hard.

          Unfortunately, we won't find out. As noted, we do not have a real conservative government right now. If we did, we would not have significantly expanding social programs and ever-growing spending. Even if the Republicans are trounced, this cannot be seen as renouncing conservatism, because we do not actually have conservatism.

          Oh sure, there's some elements of it. Tax cuts are conservative, for example. Then there's some social conservatism, like resistence to cloning in its various forms, tightening up abortion restrictions, and resisting gay marriage. But even the Iraq War was a classically liberal enterprise: we decided that what was best for our future, in the long run, would be to make the lives of Iraqis, and the rest of the people of the Middle East, better. Whether that has happened or will happen is beside the point: the goal was a liberal one.