Certainly New York City dwellers would argue that they struggle with ordinary concerns, just in a more dense environment. But New York, like other urban areas, tends to be more liberal than the vast rest of the country. More than half the country also happens to be Protestant, yet with Kagan, the court will feature three Jews, six Catholics and nary a Protestant. Fewer than one-fourth of Americans are Catholic, and 1.7 percent are Jewish.And Parker won a Pulitzer for stuff like this, people (i.e., how “ordinary” is anyone in Washington anyway?).
One does not have to be from a rural Georgia backwater (Clarence Thomas), or the child of recently arrived immigrants (Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito), to qualify as a justice, though it might help in claiming identity with ordinary people. One could even argue that it matters only that one regard the law with utter neutrality.
But the president adheres to the ordinary-people principle, and so the question must be asked: Does Kagan meet the standard? She may have other qualifications, including her willingness at Harvard to invite conservative scholars to her faculty. But a New York City girl who attended a prep school, Ivy League colleges and law school -- who once barred military recruiters from Harvard's recruitment office and was an adviser to Goldman Sachs -- can't be characterized as anything close to mainstream America.
Either Obama may want to tweak his operating narrative -- or geography may well be Kagan's wound.
Last week, state House Rep. Daryl Metcalfe introduced House Bill 2479, described as an Arizona-style immigration law that would give police new, wide-reaching power to enforce immigration laws.As noted here, Metcalfe also protested a resolution to recognize last October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month because “it has a homosexual agenda,” and he called Iraq and Afghanistan war vets “traitors” for opposing his energy policy here.
GOP lieutenant governor candidate Daryl Metcalfe is running on a simple platform: the governor should do what the Butler County state lawmaker believes Pennsylvania residents want - or else.
And, what Metcalfe, 47, believes Pennsylvanians want is the person running the state to protect their pocketbooks and personal freedoms.
And by the way, Metcalfe’s own version of Arizona’s “illegal to be brown” law is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); not really surprising I guess since FAIR was involved in the Arizona law.
However, did you know that, as pointed out here, the Southern Poverty Law Center that FAIR is a hate group whose "key staff members have ties to white supremacist groups”?
The Courier Times tells us that the current leader in the Repug Lieutenant Governor’s race is none other than Bucks Commish Jim Cawley. However, given the fact that the ticket with presumptive Repug gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett would likely implode with a teabagger-simpatico wingnut on the ticket, I have only this to say.
What I do know is what I learned from here, and that is the fact that our tax burden in this country is at its lowest level since 1950.
Still, though, those zany teabaggers with their funny hats and their oh-so-clever signs will always complain about how our Kenyan Marxist president who won’t reveal his Hawaiian birth certificate (snark) is such an oppressor to them. And with that in mind, I came across the following in this New York Times story…
The rise of Tea Party advocates, accompanied by protesters across the country waving copies of the Constitution as they demonstrate, underscores the degree to which voters could be aroused by debate at the confirmation hearings over interpreting the Constitution.I should tell you that I read that sentence three times and still didn’t understand it. However, I should also point out that, if the teabaggers were supposed to be such experts on the Constitution, they would know that Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 clearly states as follows, as noted here…
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.Gee, I hope nobody tells Glenn Beck. He might have another one of his crying jags leading to a nervous breakdown (hmmm – on second thought…).