One of the bright lights on Fox News has these comments about Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. See if you can follow the bizarre “logic” by which, as always among conservatives, Obama must always be wrong no matter what he says or does.
Judge Napolitano: “I suggest to you that this is not a win for the President. Judge Garland is the most conservative nominee to the Supreme Court made by a Democratic president in the modern era and is put there, in my view, as a nominee to frustrate the process. If he gets on the Court, he is not Justice Elena Kagan; he is not Justice Sonya Sotomayor. He does not think about the law the way Barack Obama does, so Barack Obama does not get the opportunity to appoint Antonin Scalia’s opposite number. If he does not get on the Court, then we’re still at a stalemate, so in my view this is a lose-lose for the President.”
It is to the shame of Fox News that a man can speak such nonsense without being fired. Napolitano assumes that Obama was supposed to try to make the Court more liberal but inadvertently failed by appointing a conservative judge. Why would he make such an assumption? Because that is exactly the way conservatives think. They would be — very obviously — entirely political in choosing a nominee, so they think that’s the way Obama should be. They cannot grasp that Obama might be acting as an American, not as a Democrat.
How utterly juvenile! The President nominates someone who surely represents a compromise who is likely to be acceptable to both sides of the aisle, so that makes Obama a loser.
Why not cheer the President for not making a merely political choice? Why think naming a good candidate frustrates the system, when the real frustrating is done by the Republican refusal to even talk with the nominee?