"Under the Bush administration ... "They consulted the Federalist Society. Cry us a river, Uncle Jimbo.
"The people of Wisconsin deserve better."Why do these conservative Republicans insist on attacking good people? Go and bother one of your own, like maybe David Vitter.
* (R-Mequon Country Club).
** Gableman managed roughly 9% of registered voters in the election to which Rep. Sensenbrenner refers. Quite the powerful mandate and, believe it or not, the basis for Sensenbrenner's "argument."
He's also neck-deep in battling charges he lied about his opponent.
Even so, it was fully 9% more than either Clarence Thomas or Antonin Scalia or John G. Roberts ever collected in their lives, yet I don't hear Mr. Sensenbrenner complaining about any of those three perfectly legitimate exercises of a duly elected president's executive power.
eta: A commenter at a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel politics blog reminds us and Mr. Sensenbrenner how former Attorney General John Ashcroft was defeated in a popular election "by a CORPSE."
Which is amusing, but not analogous to the meritoriousness of Louis Butler's nomination, although the usual partisan hacks will assert otherwise. Hopefully the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are able to restrain themselves during Butler's hearing.
Given the presence of Tom Coburn and Jon Kyl, there's no guarantee.
Oh, and one more thing:
The voting public does not have the slightest idea which candidates are qualified or what are the qualifications for a good judge."Elitist"? Perhaps. But in complete accord with the Framers of the Constitution. Who also limited F. James Sensenbrenner to two-year terms and kept him away from the judicial selection process.
In their wisdom.