McMillan: Obama Nominating Judges is Monarchy!

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.

10 comments on this post.
  1. suttkus:

    To be fair, it’s hard to pretend to be rational when you have no idea what it looks like, and they haven’t seen rational in years.

    But you’re wrong about them not being consistent. They are being entirely consistent with the core Republican principle: Obama is Evils.

  2. eric:

    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!

    Sadly, when it comes to executive branch power, the Dems and GOP seem to be mostly in agreement with that ideology. I guess both parties figure it’s better to have free reign when they’re in power and pay the price of the other party getting the same, vs. not having it.

  3. Chiroptera:

    I’m always amused by how much wingnuts claim to love and revere the Constitution while not knowing a thing about it.

    C’mon, Ed. The Constitution says exactly the same thing as their Bible: whatever it is they need it to say at the moment. What more do they need to know?

  4. coffeehound:

    So McMillan really must have been angry when GW “packed” the court with 11 like-minded individuals during his hey day! That usurper!! And we all know how much he idolized Roosevelt, too!

  5. howardhershey:

    When the shoe was on the other foot and Democratic objections were made to some (not as many, but some) judicial appointees by the minor Bush, many (often the same) Republicans pointed out that the Constitution requires a super-majority in only 7 circumstances. Advise and consent of judicial appointees is not one of them. That is simply a matter of Senate internal rules. Have these fine Constitutional experts forgotten that?

  6. John Pieret:

    … when Obama does it that makes him a “monarch” and a dictator …

    But Obama is doing it while black.

  7. timgueguen:

    Hmmm, perhaps this chap thinks Obama isn’t a secret Muslim, but is secretly King T’Challa of Wakanda. That would explain the monarchy thing.

  8. freehand:

    howardhershey: [...] the Constitution requires a super-majority in only 7 circumstances. Advise and consent of judicial appointees is not one of them. That is simply a matter of Senate internal rules. Have these fine Constitutional experts forgotten that?

    No, but they were hoping we had.

  9. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!:

    @1. suttkus :

    But you’re wrong about them not being consistent. They are being entirely consistent with the core Republican principle: Obama is Evils.

    Y’know for a second there I misread that as them thinking Obama is Elvis! ;-)

    (Which would be way cooler.)

  10. dingojack:

    Stevo – are you suggesting that Obama should retire to Las Vegas after Jan 2017?
    ;D Dingo

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