Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Serious Concerns"

Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative from Alabama, says he has "serious concerns" about the judicial philosophy of Sonia Sotomayor, the recently-announced Supreme Court nominee.

Really? Well, that's what we commonly refer to as "tough shit." The rest of us had "concerns" about John Roberts back in 2005, but President Bush and his band of jug-slurping conservative cronies shoved him in there anyway. After eight years of hijacking both sides of Congress, the conservatives are now complaining about the same treatment.

Sucks when the shoe's on the other foot, doesn't it, Jeff? Well, you'll just have to suck it up, because that's the Chief Executive's prerogative: to appoint members to the Supreme Court that suit his beliefs and philosophy. Just as the Bush and his father had a penchant for conservative minority yes-men, Obama has a penchant for people with humble roots who can rise from unlikely beginnings through sheer intelligence and hard work to achieve great things. Those are the people we're going to need during times of progress. (They'll help balance out dinosaurs like Scalia.)

She will have to be confirmed by you men and women of the Senate, but I foresee little difficulty there, as the Democrats kinda, sorta, CONTROL it now. (And didn't you just lose Arlen Specter a few weeks ago? Ouch, Jeff!)

Well, take heart: as one who has lived through unpalatable federal appointments several times, I can attest that you will, likewise, live through this.

And if you don't? So what?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama (that still feels good to say) couldn't be expected to pick a conservative bigot like the ones Faux news wants in the supreme court.
The thing I'm most concerned about is the General I saw on the news saying we may need to keep troops in Iraq for decades. Obama is the head of the armed forces and will be held responsible come the next election day if things haven't changed by then. ed

3:28 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Well, he sort of accepted that that would be the case when he got in. He knows he's expected to work miracles in four years, and stated openly that he realizes he won't get re-elected if things aren't drastically better by then.

I have a feeling that Iraq will end up being another Afghanistan, where things start to go to hell if we leave, and we'd have to go back anyway. They should take some lessons from Pakistan, which seems to be gaining some traction against its insurgency, with no help from us (of course they're battling the Taliban...Iraq is battling itself and its selves are battling each other!)

5:30 PM  
Blogger American Girl said...

Jug-slurping is my new favorite phrase. I'm going to work it into conversation tonight.

Ms. Hasselbeck kept pounding on the word "emotional" this morning when talking about Sotomayor. I have begun to believe that's meant as a Republican slur since Sotomayor is a woman (and you know how us girls get every month).

Things will go to Hell on whatever day we leave. History shows colonial power vacuums create civil wars.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

It's true about the colonial power vacuum...and unfortunately, we've been the major "glue" that's held whatever order they HAVE had, since there's no real cohesion there.

It's also a sad fact that, however orderly it might keep things, colonial power is always resented by the natives. We're seen as intruders and bullies (in some cases, rightfully so), and the bad stuff is always simmering right under the surface.

And, of course, this is a region that's always known conflict throughout everyone's living memories (and before)--I doubt that a few years of American-style democracy will put that right. So I think you're right...but it probably shouldn't have been our responsibility. (Precisely because of their prior history.)

1:08 AM  
Blogger American Girl said...

Fuck! I forgot to say jug-slurping last night!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

That's OK, you always have time!

10:20 AM  

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