Giving Chuck Norris a weekly column to spout his political opinions is a lot like giving me a vegan food cart, but the Worldnetdaily did it anyway. The result is conspiracy-laden columns full of half-baked thoughts and meaningless drivel, like this one focusing on retiring Attorney General Eric Holder. He reads a quote from Justice Ginsberg to mean the exact opposite of what she meant by it.
I know Ginsburg has said repeatedly that she will not retire, but, then again, not exactly. In her own words, she gave a rare interview to Elle magazine right before Holder resigned, in which she stated (note the time frames):
“Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Republicans] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam … I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.”
The key phrases in her words are “at this time” and “any time this year.” But what about in 2015 or 2016?
No, actually, they’re not. Does he think it would somehow be easier in 2015 or 2016? The Republicans may well take control of the Senate in November and even if they don’t they will reduce Democratic control of that body down to perhaps a single vote. It will be much harder after the midterm elections to get a liberal Supreme Court nominee confirmed, not easier.
Are we so naïve to believe that Obama isn’t eyeing his Cabinet chess pieces to accommodate this next high-court move? Did Holder just randomly choose to step away from finishing a hallmark African-American duo’s political fight and legacy in Washington? If you believe that, I have a London Bridge to sell you in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.!
Rush Limbaugh was right when he explained, “[I]t would be much easier for Eric Holder to make the jump from private sector law firm rainmaker after six years at DOJ to the Supreme Court, than from DOJ straight to the Supreme Court.”
Uh, why? Neither Limbaugh nor Norris even attempt to explain why it would be easier to get Holder confirmed if he goes into private practice for a few months. Can you even remember the last time a Supreme Court justice came from private practice rather than either a judgeship or a government position? It’s been quite a long time. And both of them ignore the fact that Holder is 63 years old, which makes it highly unlikely that he would be nominated regardless of the situation in the Senate. Presidents these days are naming younger justices in order to maximize their impact on the Supreme Court.