Late Night: Beware the Tyranny of the Bitchy and Uninformed.
Even as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh were backpedaling on their ludicrous accusations of racism leveled at Sonia Sotomayor, South Carolina Senator and John McCain’s buttboy Lindsey Graham ratcheted up the inflammatory rhetoric today:
In his post-meeting news conference Graham also raised questions about Sotomayor’s temperament. He said that while she was friendly in the meeting, he could not simply ignore reports from other lawyers she’s dealt with that she has a fiery temper.
“I believe she does have the intellectual capacity, but there is a character problem, there is a temperament problem,” he said.
Poor Miss Lindsey. It seems that he’s been so busy redecorating his closet that nobody told him the "Sotomayor, the Menstrual Monster" trial balloon had been shot down faster than McCain’s A-4E Skyhawk.
But Lindsey was just getting started pulling Sotomayor‘s hair:
If I use the same standard that Sen. [Barack] Obama used [with Roberts and Alito], then I would not vote for you, quite frankly.”
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Graham argued that Obama had voted against Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito because they differed with him on ideology, and that going by that standard, he would not be inclined to support the presumably far more liberal Sotomayor. [Emphasis mine.]
Ah, Lindsey’s "personal ideology" argument is so much dryer lint. This is what Obama said about Roberts:
[I]t is my personal estimation that he has far more often used his formidable skills on behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak.
On ScAlito, Obama was more direct:
But when you look at his record – when it comes to his understanding of the Constitution, I have found that in almost every case, he consistently sides on behalf of the powerful against the powerless; on behalf of a strong government or corporation against upholding American’s individual rights.
One would hope that being able to identify and uphold one of the most basic tenets of a democratic society would be a job requirement for SCOTUS, but not according to Lindsey. What really matters to him is whether or not the nominee would have a hormonal meltdown on the bench.
P.S. Maybe the Lindster is having his own PMS – later today, Graham told Fox News that he thought Sotomayor’s character was "sterling." Oh, make up your mind, Lindsey. You’re as fickle and emotional as a teenaged girl.