Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What Scalia's religious freedom speech means for Bernie Sanders fans

Before I start on this one, please remember that I carry a digital card affirming my loyalty: "I Yearn for Bern."

But that does not blind me to the possibility, or probability, that the Democratic candidate in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton. If you now find yourself wanting to head to the retchroom, or searching for the unsubscribe button in this blog, you should instead track the reasoning by veteran progressive political writer Charles Pierce (at esquire.com). Here goes.

What the Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Fail to Realize
Hillary Clinton might be the same as electing a Republican—until it comes time to nominate a Supreme Court Justice.

Pierce quotes Scalia's speech on religious freedom as an example of what we would get from a Republican in the White House - more Scalias - more Alitos - more Clarence Thomases. Get the drift?

For example, Scalia said "God has been very good to us. One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor." Onward Christian soldiers, ruling from the bench.

As all good, authentic progressives know, there only is one thing to do in the election year just dawning upon us. You vote for Bernie Sanders in your state's primary election and then, if (somehow) he is not nominated, you pack up your outrage and sit out the general election, so that someone like Ted Cruz gets elected and proceeds to Heighten The Contradictions. The reason for this is that There Would Be No Real Difference between President Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Tailgunner Ted Cruz and that, after four (or eight) years of the latter, the country will be ready to elect progressive heroes all over the country, and to put Unicorn J. Sparklepony into the White House.

As I mention in the next post, that didn't work out so well in 1968 (Nixon) or in 2014 (McSally). Pierce concludes:

But, like I said, there's not a dime's bit of difference between a president who would not nominate another Scalia, and a president who would nominate three of them. So feel free to exercise your purity of conscience, while you still have a right to do so.

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