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Monday, August 18, 2008

John McCain vs. the Supremes

posted by on August 18 at 10:28 AM

As Eli noted, John McCain’s fire breathing performance at this weekend’s Forum on Faith is starting to raise all sorts of questions about his attempts to reform his image from ‘ye of little faith’ to darling of the religious right.

Aside from possibility that he cribbed a transformational life experience from a seminal work by Solzhenitsyn, McCain also wandered into hot water with his answer on who he wouldn’t have appointed to the Supreme Court: Ginsburg, Souter, Breyer, and Stevens. That’s every member to the left of Samuel Alito, sans Justice Kennedy.

The implication? John McCain’s going to have one hell of a litmus test for who he would nominate for the court.

The problem? John McCain voted for the confirmation of Justices Ginsburg, Souter, and Breyer.

You can almost deal with the mendaciousness on Souter—who was foisted on McCain by closet pinko George HW Bush—but it would seem hard to explain how McCain could have had any ideological doubts about which way Breyer and Ginsburg would be voting if confirmed.

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As long as McCain speaks in tounges and prays over the nation before all speeches announceing his court nominees and practices the "correct" form of Chritianity then we will all be fine. PRAISE JESUS! *ahem*

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 10:54 AM

Big surprise. Weren't those the four Gore votes in Bush v. Gore (2000)?

Posted by DOUG. | August 18, 2008 10:56 AM

1. was this post rewritten ?

2. please quote the passage that presents the "possibility that he cribbed" the story about drawing a cross on the ground. There's no link and even in Eli's story there's no link. We wouldn't want to just crib unsubstantiated statements just because the're on the internets. Let's see the passage that was supposedly cribbed we can have more facts please.

Posted by PC | August 18, 2008 11:00 AM

And this is precisely the reason that any Hillary supporters planning to vote for McSame need to pull their head out of their a**e* and get with the program. Unless of course they like rich white men to tell them how to act and what to do with their bodies.

Posted by Chris from N.O. | August 18, 2008 11:09 AM

@2: there's some research at dailykos but the gist of it is that he made no mention of this story until he first ran for President and has changed details over the years.

Posted by ru shur | August 18, 2008 11:27 AM

There's no "mendaciousness" here. There's an enormous difference between who McCain would *nominate* to the Supreme Court and who he'd be willing to merely *confirm.*

You might recall Al Gore voted to confirm Scalia. That doesn't mean Gore would ever have nominated someone like Scalia, despite what some of those asshole Nader voters would have had you believe back in 2000.

Incidentally, Scalia was confirmed 98-0.

Posted by donkeykongjr | August 18, 2008 2:32 PM

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