The Nuclear Option…
…judicial activism, blah, blah, blah. In watching this soap opera unfold I can’t help but feel that both sides are being amazingly hypocritical. Of course, this is not in the least surprising since we are talking about politicians and we must always remember the primary law of politics:
Politicians: they lie.
So we see the Democrats, who under Clinton were making the exact same arguments the Republicans are now making, have shifted their views 180 degrees. The Republicans, during the Clinton Presidency, are now making the exact same arguments that the Democrats were making. Both sides are comprised of nothing but shameless hypocrites. Basically I think Megan McArdle has summed it up nicely,
The fact is that Republicans are going to shove conservative judges down liberal throats because they can, not because there is some cosmic principle of justice involved. And Democrats should tone down the histrionics about the fundamental illegitimacy of Republican court-packing, when the reason the Republicans are so determined to pack the court is that it is the only way Democrats have left them to undo the quasi-legislation that liberal judges wrote after Democrats packed the court decades ago. Having remade the rules about how legislation gets made, you can’t just tell the Republicans that it’s some sort of metaphysical abuse if they try to touch the ball.