Goldberg: Obama Would Appoint ‘Lesbian Transgender Poet’

Jonah Goldberg, only the second most pathetic editor at the National Review (Rich Lowry seeing starbursts when Sarah Palin winked at him means he’ll never relinquish that title as long as he lives), went on Fox News and reacted to President Obama urging people to keep the Senate in Democratic hands for potential Supreme Court appointments. Here’s what Obama said:

“We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments,” Obama told donors at a fundraiser in Tisbury, Mass. “And there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate.”

Pretty standard political pitch in a midterm election year. Goldberg then ran with it:

“I think that he very much would love to appoint, pick some incredibly exotic identity politics wedge issue kind of guy to rev up the base, or gal, or to be determined, or in between, the first lesbian transgender poet Supreme Court justice or something.”…

“Everything is possible. But all I’m saying is that he would love to do that for the same reasons that he wants people to declare war on women, it would be to put the Republicans in a very difficult place of having to sort of seem like they were being racist, or sexist, or homophobic. And those are the games he plays these days, and that crowd ate it up.”

Funny how he thinks that identity politics wedge issue only exists for Democrats. He knows damn well that no matter who Obama were to nominate, the Republicans would unite against them. And he further knows that if he were to nominate, say, the first openly gay justice, Republicans would use that very fact as a reason to vote against them — never mind whether they’re actually qualified or not. You know exactly what would happen, the Bryan Fischers and Tony Perkins’ of the world would immediately declare them to be a “radical homosexual” (because every homosexual is radical, even if they aren’t) who would destroy religious liberty.

When you vote against someone because they are a member of a minority group, you’re playing “identity politics” to the exact same degree as when you vote for them for that reason.

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  • Chiroptera

    “I think that he very much would love to appoint, pick some incredibly exotic identity politics wedge issue kind of guy to rev up the base, or gal, or to be determined, or in between….”

    Or it’s possible that a President may feel that it’s important that the discussions and debates among the Supreme Court justices include view points from people other than conservative white Christian men.

  • dingojack

    “I think that he very much would love to appoint, pick some incredibly exotic identity politics wedge issue kind of guy to rev up the base, or gal, or to be determined, or in between, the first lesbian transgender poet Supreme Court justice or something.”…

    And this would be bad for what reason?

    “But all I’m saying is that he would love to do that for the same reasons that he wants people to declare war on women, it would be to put the Republicans in a very difficult place of having to sort of seem like they were being racist, or sexist, or homophobic.”

    The PoG can show it’s ‘being racist, or sexist, or homophobic’* all by itself. Obama doesn’t have to do a thing.

    Dingo

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    * All three in fact

  • Chiroptera

    To continue dingojack’s riff:

    … it would be to put the Republicans in a very difficult place of having to sort of seem like they were being racist, or sexist, or homophobic.

    Actually, Goldberg, your article itself shows quite clearly that the Republican politics are dominated by people who are racist, sexist, and homophobic.

  • scienceavenger

    Goldberg lives a life of projection.

  • flex

    … first lesbian transgender poet Supreme Court justice ….

    And what difference would that make, other than maybe better written dissents.

  • Abby Normal

    Hmm, I don’t think I know any transgendered lawyers. But I do know a lawyer who is black lesbian poet. She’s also a Christian minister. I think she’d be a wonderful choice for Supreme Court Justice.

  • dugglebogey

    Did you hear the part of the Nixon tapes where he was hoping the woman he picked to be nominated to the supreme court would not be qualified so that he could say he wanted to nominate a woman but none that were qualified could be found?

    THAT’s some serious identity politics. “I hope the woman we picked isn’t qualified so we don’t have to have a bitch on the court!” (I’m BARELY paraphrasing.)

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    A transgender lesbian poet would almost surely be more articulate and coherent than Goldberg.

    But I do know a lawyer who is black lesbian poet. She’s also a Christian minister. I think she’d be a wonderful choice for Supreme Court Justice.

    The sound of Christofascist heads exploding in response to such an appointment would be music to my ears (not sure about the smell though). Poetic justice, as it were.

  • John Pieret

    for the same reasons that he wants people to declare war on women

    Fortunately, the Republicans have already taken care of that for him.

  • psweet

    @7: That sounds familiar. Remember Harriet Miers?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Decisions rendered in rhyme would merit a lot more quotation than the present prosaic pronouncements.

    Does The Digital Cuttlefish display any legal leanings? Certainly that hide-in-a-cloud-of-ink trick provides abundant qualification…

  • marcus

    “Goldberg: Obama Would Appoint ‘Lesbian Transgender Poet’”

    Works for me.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    But all I’m saying is that he would love to do that for the same reasons that he wants people to declare war on women, it would be to put the Republicans in a very difficult place of having to sort of seem like they were being racist, or sexist, or homophobic.

    You mean, what you and your magazine actually did when he nominated an Hispanic woman, by going on a prejudicial tirade in which her ethnicity and gender were the focal point of all your criticisms? No one forced you do do that, you know.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    They already accused Elena Kagan of being a lesbian. One piece of evidence was a photo of her playing softball.

  • martinc

    They already accused Elena Kagan of being a lesbian. One piece of evidence was a photo of her playing softball.

    Has anyone ever seen her … rhyming?

    Seriously, poets around the nation are probaby looking at “lesbian transgender poet” and thinking “how the hell did WE get Niemollered into this?”

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    the first lesbian transgender poet Supreme Court justice or something

    I’m a shoe-in!

  • mithrandir

    Gee, Mr. Goldberg, if Obama nominated a black lesbian transgender poet to the Supreme Court just to make Republicans look racist, sexist, or homophobic, why don’t the Republicans just not attack the nominee’s race, sex, or orientation? Boy would that make Obama look stupid!

  • Holms

    I like the fact that he includes poet on the list of ‘deviant’ characteristics.


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