The New York Times has an unintentionally revealing headline “Democrats Warn Bush on Choosing Successor to O’Connor”.
It’s quite clear that the Democrats want to determine the successor to Justice O’Connor. Apparently reading the Constitution is too strenuous for them, since they’ve managed to ignore both the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and Article II, Section II, Clause 2 of the Constitution in the space of less than two weeks.
The audacity of the Democratic Party is boundless. President Bush has the Constitutionally-enshrined right to select Justices to the Supreme Court, just as President Clinton did. Justice Ginsberg, who is far, far to the left of the American political mainstream passed the Senate by a vote of 97-3.
The horrendous Kelo decisions has illustrated how vitally important it is to get a principled defender of basic Constitutional principles into the Supreme Court – and if the Democrats don’t like that, then the elected Republican majority should tell them to go to hell. The GOP has already compromised its basic principles in the ultimately futile hopes of achieving political comity once this year — that foolish notion will be smashed soon enough.
Politics is a slightly more civilized form of warfare. It’s time for the Republicans to defend the values that made this country what it is. President Bush needs to find a solidly conservative nominee who will defend rather than ignore the Constitution, and the Senate Republicans should support that nominee to the utmost. It’s going to get ugly, but the value of a party is not in merely playing it safe but in transforming American politics and society for the better.