Maybe it is because I am still fighting this damned head cold, which has now morphed into a full fledged cold, but I am just tired of all the acrimony. Every political event in this country is immediately followed by just heaping loads of bullshit. Within minutes of the Kagan announcement yesterday, we learned, depending on the source, that Kagan was the worst most unqualified choice ever or the best, most smartest person in the world. There appears to be no middle ground whatsoever.
I don’t want to sound like David Broder pining for days that never existed, but wading through all the crap is just exhausting. My take on Kagan is that she is obviously extremely well-educated and respected by her peers, is obviously qualified and by no means Harriet Miers, but she does not have the thick kind of paper trail that would assure folks on the left where she stands. I trust that over the next few months, the people who actually spend time interviewing her will get to know her and we will learn more in the hearings. If she bombs her interviews like Harriet, then she probably shouldn’t be confirmed. If she does well in them, and enough Democrats and some Republicans choose to support her, well, then that is that.
I just am sick and tired of battles to the death, with the battle lines drawn instantly and with no wavering. It is no wonder so many people just pay no attention to politics whatsoever.
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And I reject flat out that deferring to the judgment of your Senators and the President is simply “cult like” behavior. WTF did we elect these people to do? Should we just have referendums on Supreme Court nominees now? How is someone like me, with no legal training, supposed to make the kind of informed decision on Kagan’s legal logic? I have a job and a yard to mow and pets to take care of and bills to pay- I don’t have time for a direct democracy. Obviously, that does not mean just greenlighting whatever your elected officials do, but the idea that saying “Hrmm- Sanders, Obama, Feingold, Sherrod Brown, Leahy, and a lot of others whose opinions I respect and who know a helluva lot more than me about this all think she is a good fit” is cult-like behavior is just pure bullshit. That is how our system is supposed to work. And where we have tried real direct Democracy, in places like California, where it takes a referendum to do anything- well you all know what a dysfunctional disaster that place is.
If something comes up and if someone can make a persuasive case she should not be the next Justice, I’ll listen. She doesn’t deserve the seat just because Obama nominated her. But I’m not going to spend the next few months chasing down every single person’s pet peeve or biting on everyone’s distorted view based on a selective quotation of one thirty second speech and then pitching a fit that Kagan is the worst person in the world.