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The accusation that the attempt by conservative members of the Legislative Branch to utilize their constitutional authority to check the Judicial Branch "spurred" threats is one that merits the aplication of a riding crop to this horse-faced liberal jurist.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at March 16, 2006 08:56 PM

"Why is the implication that the Republican legislation is actually -- somehow -- responsible for these threats made by a few lunatics?"

All Ginsburg said was that there was a temporal relationship between the proposed legislation and the threat. She did not say that the legislation was responsible for the threat.

Relationship and responsibility are not the same.

Posted by Dana Garrett at March 16, 2006 11:11 PM

"...they (Republican legislators) fuel the irrational fringe."

Dana, seems pretty clear to me, reminiscent of the accusations that Rush Limbaugh was responsible for Timothy McVeigh.

What's fueling the irrational black helicopter fringe is the idea that activist justices, when they can't find support for their position in the Constitution, have the audacity to cite foreign law or discern emanations of penumbras instead.

Posted by G Rex at March 17, 2006 10:36 AM

your kidding right when you ask "Why is the implication that the Republican legislation is actually -- somehow -- responsible for these threats made by a few lunatics?"

Gee I don't know maybe two pretty powerful people stirred the pot a little last year, b/c the SC didn't agree with them....

After the decision last March that ordered a brain-dead woman in Florida, Terri Schiavo, removed from life support, Mr DeLay said: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behaviour."

The senator she was referring to was John Cornyn, a Bush loyalist from Texas, who made his remarks last April, soon after a judge was shot dead in an Atlanta courtroom and the family of a federal judge was murdered in Illinois.

Senator Cornyn said: "I don't know if there is a cause and effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country ... And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1729396,00.html

Posted by donviti at March 17, 2006 12:27 PM

Sad, so sad that the GOPer thugs want to focus on hateful personal slurs like "horse faced".
Rhymie shows his more seedy side when he expresses his sadist whippery wish.

If I wanted to slide down the common denominator I'd go for all sorts of idiotic comparisons to Bush with Alfred E. Newman as nauseum.

Threats against SCOTUS members is serious stuff and I hadn't heard anything about it until this reading.

Posted by Willy Nilly at March 17, 2006 04:11 PM

This is really weird thinking on your part, my man. Justice Ginsburg alludes to a connection that Republican Sen. John Cornyn already talked about himself months ago...yet it's Ginsburg who's somehow the crazy one. Yowza.

Hey, why not go as far as the nutters over at PowerLine and call for her impeachment! I guess they're trying to keep up with the "Impeach Bush" crowd in any way they can.

Posted by dan at March 17, 2006 07:52 PM

IMO, Cornyn's comments were certainly irresponsible (I think he has somewhat of a small point -- for example, judges who give ridiculous "sentences" to child rapists w/no real lawful basis and then are unaccountable -- but he phrased it very badly for a public statement; and, any such court actions most assuredly don't condone any sort of violence) but that doesn't make Ginsburg's any less so. She doesn't even "allude" to what Cornyn said; as noted, she makes whatever connection she's making directly to Repub. legislation that was offered in the wake judicial reliance on foreign court decisions, that that is what is fueling the "fringe" that has made death threats. That's quite weak and she offers no substantiation. Doesn't she realize that, as we're all told by the Left regarding Executive power, there are three co-equal branches of government designed to check one another?

BTW: it was actually O'Connor who directly referenced DeLay and Cornyn in her own [similar] speech.

Using DeLay's comments, also, is a weak attempt in worrying about "slipping into a dictatorship," as O'Connor said. Cornyn's were worse, IMO, but both of these, when compared to the utter vitriol coming from Howard Dean and the bizarre Left, is kid's stuff. The Right should keep that all in mind when/if they get death threats.

Posted by Hube at March 17, 2006 11:52 PM

'Tis a pitty to be saddled with a nag like Willy whose unbridled contempt for conservatives makes it impossible for him to rein-in his comments in the face of a tongue-in-cheek comment laden with bad puns.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at March 18, 2006 02:29 AM

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