Ginsburg Unhinged

| Fri Jun. 24, 2005 4:37 PM EDT

Speaking of Supreme Court justices, while I realize that it's not Mark Levin's fault for parroting GOP talking points—they do sound so convincing—this bit is just silly: "Bill Clinton and his Senate friends didn't accept replacing [retiring Justice] Byron White with another who shared his judicial philosophy [in 1993]. No, they aimed for the fences and hit a homer with Ruth Ginsburg." Um, right. Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the same Ruth Bader Ginsburg who criticized Roe v. Wade for harming legislative progress on abortion rights—was "aim[ing] for the fences." The same Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by the way, who has struck down fewer laws than anyone else on the Rehnquist Court, and is hence the least "activist" judge there. Ginsburg was also, mind you, Clinton's last choice to fill the vacancy (Then-New York Governor Mario Cuomo was his first.) Where do they come up with this stuff? Levin is entitled to be a shill. What he is not entitled to is his own set of facts. I assume that in the coming weeks we're going to hear a lot about how Bill Clinton nominated a set of unhinged radicals to the Supreme Court, so there's no sense in Bush restraining himself. It's charming, but not true.

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