Beyond that, have you ever considered the underlying substance of the positions liberals are trying to pass off as mainstream? To them, any nominee who is likely to adhere to the role the Framers envisioned for appellate judges is a right-wing extremist. Any judge who pledges to interpret the Constitution according to its plain meaning and the Framers' original intent will be deemed an extremist. Any nominee who just might be have the audacity and independence -- a trait they pretend to admire -- to reject the Roe v. Wade abortion precedent, will be stamped an extremist. Only those certain to blindly follow the abominable, unconstitutional line of cases Roe ushered in will be hailed as a "consensus building" mainstream, centrist judge "who will bring us all together" -- as if that's the function of a Supreme Court justice.
Do you suppose it's ever occurred to these people that abortion was not quite as divisive an issue when its legality was determined by the bodies politic of the several states -- a cabal liberals simply cannot afford to entrust with policy decisions?
The dirty little secret is that the liberals are the extremists in this whole process. They are the ones who deny popular sovereignty by using the unelected courts to thwart the will of the people. They refuse to allow state legislatures to set policy when it is not consistent with their superior enlightened vision and they refuse to allow the Senate majority to perform its advice and consent role by their unprecedented partisan filibustering of judicial nominees. They won't even admit their liberalism, which is quite curious if they truly believe their ideas are mainstream.
They are afraid to leave the battles of the Culture War to be waged at the level of the culture and by the duly elected political branches. They insist on using the courts to cram social change down the people's throats -- because they know what's better for them. They are the ones who want the Court -- without any constitutional authority -- to foist customs and laws of foreign countries onto our jurisprudence.
So the next time these lockstep liberals tell us they are in the mainstream, remember that they not only aren't mainstream, they have contempt for those who are and for the expressed will of the people. And, they'll use any means necessary -- including propaganda -- to subvert the will of the people they pretend to honor.
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