Monday, July 05, 2010

Republicans Aren't Touching 'Judicial Activism'

Was this a 180 degree change in arguments for and against a Supreme Court nominee? Sounds like it and it sounds good. Who's not talking about 'judicial activism' now? And who's coming off sounding like 'power to individuals'? Here are the last couple of paragraphs from E. J. Dionne, Jr. in the Washington Post:

"While Republican senators dominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor's hearings, Democrats this time displayed a degree of discipline you just don't expect from a party that so often sees discipline as a dread disease.

One Democrat after another reinforced the argument that a conservative court could bring us back to the Gilded Age by ceding power to corporations and undercutting government's ability to act as a countervailing power on behalf of individuals with weak bargaining positions.

Having once made it easy for their opponents to cast them as elitists, progressives are behaving like small-d democrats again. Now that's a change we can believe in -- and an approach that might even win."

Think of that.

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