SCOTUS Watch: Democrats prepare to (continue to) politicize the judiciary

Via The Politico

Democrats hope to turn the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings into a referendum of sorts on controversial recent decisions by the Roberts court — portraying the conservative majority as a judicial Goliath trampling the rights of average Americans. 

As President Barack Obama mulls possible replacements for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the administration and congressional aides are gravitating toward a strategy that goes beyond the goals of a run-of-the-mill confirmation fight – to define a corporations-vs.-the-common-man battle between Democrats and the high court.  

In addition to building a defensive perimeter around Obama’s pick — whoever that may be — Democrats will use the hearings to attack what they view as a dangerous strain of conservative judicial activism espoused by Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

“I don’t think people are going to tell the nominee, ‘It is terrible what the Roberts court has done — what are you going to do to reverse it?’” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), laying out the argument to POLITICO on Monday. 

“But I think what people are going to do is say, ‘Do you share our concern about the fact that the court always seems to side with the big corporate interests against the average American?’” he added. “I think there’s going to be more of the public realizing they really do have a stake in who’s on the Supreme Court.” 

Obama himself laid the groundwork for the strategy during the State of the Union speech in February, when he stunned Roberts and Alito by sharply criticizing their 5-to-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which loosened McCain-Feingold restrictions on corporate contributions to campaigns. 

“The justice [Obama] appoints will be a pivotal voice on this court on issues like, for example, the one we just saw, Citizens United, where the court ruled that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individuals and they basically sanctioned a corporate takeover of our elections,” said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Monday

“Massive new spending by corporations — these kinds of decisions affect people’s lives. And the justice he appoints will be there for a generation,” added Axelrod. 

Still, administration officials suggested Obama won’t seek to balance the court by tapping a controversial liberal. 

Those of you who really believe that raise your hands.

I didn’t think so.

The Hill reports that the GOP is sounding off the alarm bells, warning Democrats not to make the confirmation hearings a litmus test on Citizens United:

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to warn Obama that if he uses the campaign-finance ruling as a litmus test in selecting a nominee for the high court, he would face serious Republican opposition. The tough words followed reports that Obama could be searching for a candidate willing to work to overturn the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited funds on individual campaigns.

“You don’t go on to the bench [saying], ‘I’m always going to be against the big guy,’ ” Kyl said, referring to Chief Justice John Roberts. Kyl did not mention the word “filibuster” directly but made the comments in the context of when a filibuster would be justified.

The White House and Roberts tangled earlier this year after Obama criticized the court’s Citizens United ruling during his State of the Union address. Roberts called Obama’s comments “very troubling”; White House spokesman Robert Gibbs fired back that the only troubling thing was the ruling, which he said would lift the floodgates on corporate spending on behalf of candidates in elections.

In a speech delivered on the Senate floor on Monday about filling the Supreme Court vacancy, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) also highlighted the Citizens United case. He specifically mentioned the case as an example of conservatives’ dishonesty when criticizing judicial activism.

“Let’s be candid about the Supreme Court being an ideological battleground today,” Specter said. “That happens to be a fact. When some decry judicial activism, what could be more judicial activism than reversing the 100-year precedent that corporations may not engage in political advertising, as the Supreme Court did in Citizens United?”

Amazing, isn’t it? These hypocrites are actually complaining about alleged “judicial activism” coming from certain (chiefly “conservative”) Justices, while at the same time arguing in favor of …  SCOTUS  judicial activism with respect to the Citizens United case.

You really can’t make this up.

Now, let’s put the shoe on the other foot and just imagine for a few seconds just how the left, and their accomplices in the MSM, would be treating GOPers – and Bush – had been so blatantly obvious in their intent on judicial activism as Democrats are today over the issue of a replacement for Justice Stevens.  Never mind how the MSM did very little in the way of taking President Obama to task over his juvenile, unprecendented slap at a  (literally) sitting SCOTUS during this year’s SOTU, instead choosing to “debate” as to whether or not Justice Alito’s reaction to it was “appropriate” …

Believers in Smearacles: The Tea Party Crashers

As the deadline looms to file your taxes before the tax man cometh, so, too, does the reality that hardcore fare leftists will attempt to infiltrate the Tea Party’s nationwide Tax Day protests – in order to try and paint all of them as racist, homophobic thugs (surprise). The Associated Press reports:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic.
Jason Levin, creator of, said Monday the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15—tax filing day, when tea party groups across the country are planning to gather and protest high taxes.

“Every time we have someone on camera saying that Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen, we want someone sitting next to him saying, ‘That’s right, he’s an alien from outer space!'” Levin said.

Tea party members said the backlash comes from ignorance.

“They can’t actually debate our message and that’s their problem,” said Bob MacGuffie, a Connecticut organizer for Right Principles, a tea party group that also has members in New York and New Jersey.

The tea party movement generally unites on the fiscally conservative principles of small government, lower taxes and less spending. Beyond that the ideology of the people involved tends to vary dramatically.

Levin says they want to exaggerate the group’s least appealing qualities, further distance the tea party from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them.

“Do I think every member of the tea party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not,” Levin said. “Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely.”

The site manifesto says they want to dismantle the Tea Party by nonviolent means. “We have already sat quietly in their meetings, and observed their rallies,” the site said.

My, oh, my. Wouldn’t one of Obama’s biggest influences, Saul Alkinsky, be so proud of these idiots?

Michelle Malkin’s written a more complete picture of the organized Tea Party Crasher movement, and various other Smearacle movements designed to smear any opposition to Obama as birther fanatics, mobsters, “un-American,” Astroturfers, fascists, terrorists, brownshirts, racists, assassins, and Neanderthals.

As I have said so many times before, specifically on the issue of of fake “hate crimes,” if opponents of liberal policies really were as evil and awful as the left makes them out to be, then they wouldn’t have to resort to making up things about them. That they do speaks volumes about these types of tactics, and not in a good way.

And while we’re on the topic, there’s a distinct difference in “infiltrating” a political gathering/movement and observing versus infiltrating it and pretending to be a part of it all the while plotting to make up and stage things about the movement that are untrue. That the far left has resorted to these types of tactics – “in your face” style tactics that candidate Obama himself argued in favor of both during the campaign and as President – is a strong indicator of the desperation of the far left as they try to push and shove and “deem” as acceptable socialist/fascist policies on the American pepole.

Except neither Obama nor his dutiful minions at left wing blogs and indy media sites (and their helpers in the mainstream media, for that matter)seem to have taken into account the inconvenient fact that the Tea Party movement is not just made up of conservatives but of a cross-section of people from all walks of life who are fed up with government intrusion into their lives via their income, taxes, their healthcare, their jobs, what they eat, etc. The more these Alinsky types try and pigeonhole and demonize this movement, the more likely that the electoral bloodbath predictions for this fall will become a reality. And you know what? I hope like hell that it does, because reality for these folks is a b*tch, and I can’t think of a more deserving bunch.