viveutvivas saidWhat's sad is that Obama does not have the stones to nominate someone who could be a liberal counterweight to the raging right-wingers Bush installed.
This may be the last chance for Obama to make a mark on the supreme court that matters, given the likely results of the midterms.
Instead, he elected to be a pussy, like on so many other fronts.
I don't agree.
I think she's a stealth candidate - just like Roberts and Alito.
Roberts and Alito have turned out to be FAR more right-wing than they appeared to be during the confirmation process.
Bush picked two guys who he knew are harshly far-right in their views, but who didn't have an extensive track record proving that - that could be used by the Dems to stop their confirmation.
They LOOKED quite moderate, even though Bush knew that they're NOT.
I have zero doubt that Obama has followed the same path, and has chosen someone who he's known for many years personally, and who he knows he can rely on to be a dependable progressive as a justice.
But, she also doesn't have a lot of baggage that can be used to paint her as a left-wing extremist.
Given the record she has of standing against anti-gay discrimination, I think gay Americans will be well represented by her on gay issues.
She may be a centrist on some other issues - but nominating a centrist progressive does NOT make Obama a pussy.
He is a centrist progressive too, and as president he has the right to pick someone he feels comfortable with.