The Worldnetdaily’s Craig McMillan combines the right wing’s two favorite things, lying about Obama and pretending to support the Constitution while actually arguing against it. It’s the usual inanity about Obama “packing” and “stacking” the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, prompting howls of faux outrage:
Stacking a court with ideologically sympathetic judges isn’t a new strategy. During America’s earlier “never waste a good crisis” economic moment, known as the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after being rebuffed by the Supreme Court for his efforts to expand government beyond its constitutional bounds, took another approach: He attempted to turn the nation’s highest court into a rubber stamp for his utopian dynasty.
Yes, and that was an actual attempt at court-packing by establishing a bunch of new seats so that he could fill them. Which has precisely nothing to do with Obama trying to fill vacancies that exist in the judiciary.
Picking the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals as the packing victim was a good strategy for someone with disregard for the rule of law. Roosevelt was busted for his effort to stack the Supreme Court, so why not drop down one level and try it again? After all, the D.C. court decides lots of government-overreach lawsuits. Why not pack it with ideological sympathizers, so the answer is always the same: The feds can do anything they want, Constitution and all and the rest of you be damned!
I’m always amused by how much wingnuts claim to love and revere the Constitution while not knowing a thing about it. The Constitution explicitly gives the president the authority — responsibility, in fact — to nominate judges to fill vacancies on the federal court. That’s not “court packing,” it’s just doing his job. That is exactly what the Constitution requires, but when Obama does it that makes him a “monarch” and a dictator. They aren’t even pretending to be consistent or rational at this point, they’re just shoveling out the bullshit as fast as they can.