Core values (again)
OK, I read these two comments from some pretty prominent voices on the left side of the Democratic Party today. The first from MoveOn. org (via mass emailing):
In the past weeks, Republicans and Democrats have called on President Bush to nominate a moderate for the Supreme Court—someone who would honor the legacy of independent Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. But last night, President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts, a far-right lawyer and corporate lobbyist, to fill her post on the Supreme Court.The second from Markos Moulitsas:
Bush could've chosen a moderate in the O'Connor mold, and he could've kept the pretension that the GOP isn't extreme, isn't out to eliminate hard-won rights. He chose otherwise.O'Connor a "moderate"? An "independent"?? Note that these descriptions aren't designed to put on a face for the national media; these communications are to supporters on the left. I'll quote Nathan Newman who said it best:
It makes me nauseous hearing various Democratic leaders lauding Sandra Day O'Connor as a great heroine of moderation. Yes, she made a few token bows on social issues, but her time on the Bench has been one of unmitigated hostility to working people.Newman said this over a week ago and MoveOn.org and kos are still calling her "moderate". How can I help but believe that the only core value of Democratic Party liberals is abortion on demand?
UPDATE: Just this afternoon I received yet another email, this time from John Kerry with the subject line being "No Sandra Day O'Connor!". The first two sentences are:
This much is clear already. Judge Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor.It's not just liberals in the Democratic Party; it's the leadership as well. Nauseous.
Last night we learned that President Bush wants to replace a woman who voted to uphold Roe v. Wade with a man who argued against Roe v. Wade, and that sends a clear signal that this White House remains bent on opening old wounds and dividing America.