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:
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.
“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.”
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.