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The Left Loses Ginsberg

The Left Loses Ginsberg
September 18
18:52 2018

If you want to get an appreciation of just how badly the Senate Democrats behaved during the Kavanaugh hearings – and even after – consider the response by liberal icon and feminist goddess, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. When asked her assessment of the Kavanaugh hearings, Ginsberg put it very succinctly. “The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong.”

According to Ginsberg, “That’s the way it should be (non-partisan), instead of what it’s become, which is a highly partisan show. The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back.”

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Though she, herself, took a non-partisan general view in chastising both parties, it seems that her criticism is largely directed at the Democrat minority and, by extension, those senators who played the most strident partisan roles. That arguably would include Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein, of California, Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, and Dick Durbin, of Illinois – although there was nary a Democrat who took the high ground.

We can safely assume that Ginsberg had her fellow Democrats in mind by her examples of the process working properly – when things were “right” in the past. She noted that in her own hearings, she received 96 votes – including a lot of Republican votes – even though she represented the opposite view politically and philosophically. Democrat Bill Clinton was president and voters gave him the right to make the selection. Republicans respected that.

That vote was in keeping with the tradition of the opposition basing a vote on the fitness of the person to serve, not on their philosophic bent or past political membership – and especially not how they MIGHT vote on theoretical cases. Picking the candidate is the prerogative of the president and the expectation of the people who elected him. (Note to the political correctness police: I will stop referring to the president as “him” as soon as a woman is elected to that office. I, too, look forward to that day, so just calm down in the meantime).

Ginsberg conversely noted how her Democratic Party behaved better in days of yore by noting that Antonin Scalia received the votes of all Senate Democrats despite his very conservative record and views. They properly judged the judge on qualification, not politics.

Rather than checking out and confirming the president’s choice – barring any serious evidence of personal unfitness – today’s Democrats want to use an ability to block a nominee as a means of making the choice themselves. If a president does not appoint a candidate for the Court who reflects left-wing Democrat ideology, that candidate must be rejected according to them. They believe that only their partisan opinions should have consequences – not elections.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Graeme
    Graeme September 19, 08:46

    Well, I’m from Canada and we just love to watch your politics. Canadians assume they are better at politics, but they aren’t. Still, wasn’t an Obama delegate thwarted by Republicans refusing to hold a vote? The details are not clear in my mind. But I am sure of the result. More incivility and non-cooperation. Maybe we do it better in Canada after all.

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    • Mitch
      Mitch September 20, 07:35

      The Obama delegate you refer to was nominated by Obama with less then one year left in his term. By an unwritten rule of the senate (called the Biden Rule after Joe Biden, then vice president) which had been followed for years, should a supreme court spot open during the last year of a president’s term the choice will be left for the newly elected president. Until Obama and his underhanded crew decided they did not want to honor the terms of an agreement they originated. When McConnell refused to allow Obama’s appointment in typical progressive fashion they threw a hissy fit.

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    • marty
      marty September 20, 15:56

      You voted in Trudeau that says it all. No experience just name recognition

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      • Alice
        Alice September 23, 20:48

        Trudeau is like an obama. Too liberal, too immature, and no experience.

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        • Russ
          Russ January 26, 18:07

          Obabma was immature? And I suppose your orange messiah, trumpie boy is the paragon of maturity. God you people are delusional beyong imaginging. The GOP is dying along with old white people (of which I happen to be one). It concerns me only in that we need two parties for checks and balances since they both s— the bed when they get too much power. Trump is killing the GOP single handedly. The first hint of it was the midterms. 2020 will be an even worst whipping. You’d better get rid of trump…and fast…or we’ll be headed for socialism.

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    • Bill Maher
      Bill Maher October 02, 01:21

      Yes, however, this was due to a precidant established by the Democratic party that no supreme court justice should be voted for on a presidential election year.

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    • Roy
      Roy March 16, 20:56

      According to all the people I hold as dear friends , family , and other interested parties , you just told a big fib !!! None a my business but WHY do women who work for your boy prince keep jumping ship and his “appeal” to women who once went Gaga at the mere mention of his name now seem to wish they had never heard his name !! Just wondering !

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    • Let’snotpretend
      Let’snotpretend March 26, 01:24

      Precisely. Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick for SCJ and it’s gone down hill from there.

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  2. Gordeaux
    Gordeaux September 20, 14:22

    Yes, it’s entirely the Democrats fault that the process was politicized. After all, they stole the seat from President Obama. Oh, wait,…

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  3. Voice of Reason
    Voice of Reason September 20, 15:25

    Why do you not write about your party blocking Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court just a couple of years ago. All’s fair as long as it favors your party. We need to find fair common ground in our government instead of hate mongering rhetoric from sell out politicians on both sides. Be fair and honest, Larry, in your articles if you want to be judged as a truth speaker instead of a puppet to the hatred dividing this country.

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  4. Dana
    Dana September 20, 15:51

    Lots of blame on both sides. Democrats voted for conservative Scalia. Republicans would not deal with Obama’s nominees nominee. Now, Dems are simply pulling the same nonsense.

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    • Bill Maher
      Bill Maher October 02, 01:26

      If you read the article the Republicans voted for democratic nominees in the past including Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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  5. Voice of Reason
    Voice of Reason September 20, 20:15

    Who is behind this hate that has divided America? Who benefits from dividing this great country and weakens our will to stand strong against our foes? Vladimir Putin! And he has already weakened our influence in the world where we have been the leaders. Now Putin is taking over the leadership. Wake up America! We may be heading toward our fall as a great country! Only united can we stop power mad despots like him.

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    • Bill Maher
      Bill Maher October 02, 01:28

      Ha, ha, ha, ha…what kind of crap have you been injesting? At least we know who has been feeding you….

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  6. tomJwright
    tomJwright September 21, 21:16

    The liberal democrats have demonstrated they do what unity in governments, unless it is their way… which will destroy democracy and bring in socialism

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