Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2009

Dumbass Quote of the Day

And this time it’s in the form of a question, posed by Ellis Washington, one of the more ridiculous Worldnutdaily columnists (and imagine the competition for that label): “Why have virtually the entire conservative and liberal media so hardened their hearts and closed their bowels of compassion against this magnificent conservative intellectual, Michael Savage?” Michael…

And it can be found, to no one’s surprise I’m sure, in the Weekly Standard, written by someone named Sam Schulman. He attempts to frame the argument as not only non-religious but purely pragmatic, but the argument is so godawful that he simply comes across as a buffoon playing a game of word salad with…

Or his total lack of either of those things, to be more precise. Here’s the transcript of a conversation Levin had with a caller on his show last week. It starts out fairly pointlessly, but not obnoxiously: CALLER: I just wanna say, Obama is a lot smarter than you folks give him credit for. You…

Tom Korologos, a Reagan administration aide who helped Robert Bork in his confirmation fight, peddles some well worn myths about the Bork nomination in this op-ed in the Washington Post. Like this one: The Reagan White House, as well as Judge Bork himself, asked me to assist with his confirmation. Bork had literally written the…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From RNC chairman Michael Steele, who seems to be making a habit of saying dumbass things: “The problem that we have with this president is that we don’t know him,” he said. “He was not vetted, folks. … He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the…

In a major double take moment, Ted Olson – former Solicitor General and one of the grand old lions among judicial conservatives – has joined the legal team fighting in federal court to overturn all bans on gay marriage and argue for a federal constitutional right to marry someone of the same sex. Former Bush…

Mike Lillis notes at the Washington Independent that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) is not only being hypocritical about the possibility of filibustering Obama’s judicial nominees, he’s also being hypocritical about the amount of time necessary to get them confirmed. When Bush was in office, he was all about getting his nominees confirmed quickly and poo…

Conservatives are making a huge deal out of the following statement made by Judge Sotomayor at a conference at Duke University in 2005: “Court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know – and I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know.…

Samuel Alito: Empathetic Judge

While the conservatives are throwing a fit about President Obama thinking that Judge Sotomayor’s rise from humble beginnings might make her more empathetic toward the plight of the less fortunate, Glenn Greenwald digs up proof of their total hypocrisy from the confirmation hearing of Samuel Alito, who made much of his own unprivileged background and…

Leaving aside the substantive issues for a moment, let’s look at the purely political aspects of the Sotomayor nomination. Let’s start with the obvious: Obama has put the Republicans in a bit of a pickle. He knows very well that the Republicans were fully prepared to attack anyone he nominated as a radical, out of…