Quick Hits

 Here are some other stories making news today.

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post writes that with today's vote by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to confirm Elana Kagan as a Supreme Court Justice it all but assures that he will face a primary challenge come 2014 when he nexts faces the electorate. Cillizza also posits the names of some possible challengers including that of disgraced Governor Mark Sanford.

The editorial in today's New York Times gets to the heart of the matter as to why much of the GOP is so adamant to take a stand against Elana Kagan.

 

Yet dozens of Senate Republicans are ready to vote against her, and many are citing her interpretation of the commerce clause of the Constitution, the one that says Congress has the power to regulate commerce among the states. At her confirmation hearings, Ms. Kagan refused to take the Republican bait and agree to suggest limits on that clause’s meaning. This infuriated the conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee because it has been that clause, more than any other, that has been at the heart of the expansion of government power since the New Deal.

 

Joseph Paduda of Managed Care Matters has a short brilliant piece on the hypocrisy of the GOP in a post entitled Demagogues, Deficits and Healthcare.

Uber wingnut Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will hold her first meeting of the Tea Party Caucus tomorrow. Politico has the details on who is in and who is sitting this one out. Indiana's Mike Pence is in but apparently Eric Cantor of Virginia has opted not to join.

America's recent past may have been Mayberry RFD but perhaps our future is like that of Maywood, Califronia. The story in the New York Times.

 

Erick Erickson's Confirmation Treason

Erick Erickson, the editor of Red State and a paid political analyst for CNN, concludes in Human Events, the weekly magazine that has showcased radical right wing inanities since 1944, that the Obama nominated "Elena Kagan is too radical for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court" and that "Senators would be committing a high act of confirmation treason if they allow this nominee to go on the court without attempting to filibuster her nomination."

What does "a high act of confirmation treason" even mean? And how is it that someone who upon the retirement of Justice David Souter back in May 2009 tweeted that the "nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court" is a paid political contributor to CNN?

Have we reached the point where every Supreme Court nomination is a pitched battle so much so that accusations of treason are leveled without so much as a thought? What is Erickson going to do when say Senator Olympia Snowe votes to confirm Elena Kagan? Is he going to take to the airwaves and call for her execution by a firing squad? Temperance has been a civic virtue since the glory that was Athens, but the lack of temperance of the rabid right will tear this country apart if it is not reprimanded for its verbal excesses. CNN needs to hold Erick Erickson accountable for his poisoning of the national discourse.

 

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