But it's not liberals.
I was reading this today and I had a sudden flashback to the whole sad and bizarre Schiavo fiasco that right wing nuts forced down America's throat.
And pretty much caused real Americans to puke.
In case you've forgotten, or if the details have grown a little vague, this is just a sample of how spittle flying, deranged conservatives got at the time.
They wanted to overhaul our entire judicial system, impeach justices, and they bought and sold a lot of Cafe Press t-shirts involving ropes, trees, and judges. A very popular book with conservatives at the time was "Men In Black; How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America".
All because conservatives didn't get their way in a case involving a woman whose brain so irreversibly damaged it was, at the time of her death, about half the size of a normal human brain.
And for that singular tragedy, conservatives were ready--hell, they were eager--to dismantle an entire branch of our government. And it wasn't just any conservatives. It wasn't just some anonymous kooks on the internets. It was all of them. Right up to the Republican House and Senate majority leaders.
They wanted to start impeaching justices(if they couldn't hang them). They wanted to start dismantling the courts. They wanted to start limiting federal courts' jurisdictions. They wanted to bring on a full blown Constitutional crises that would so profoundly alter our form of government it, frankly, might have wrecked it entirely.
And they were comfortable with that.
They were, again, eager for the fight.
Despite the fact that they were totally, demonstrably, conclusively wrong.
Despite the fact that there had been only two Justices nominated by Democrats in the last forty years, Republicans were outraged by the out of control liberal bias of the Supreme Court, which was destroying America.
Our entire Federal judiciary is packed with conservative judges. Seven out of nine of our Supreme Court judges are conservatives appointed by Republicans. And yet, somehow, Republicans can still convince themselves that they're being oppressed by an out of control, activist liberal judiciary that doesn't represent Republicans.
Talk about deranged.
Can you imagine what these people would be like if seven out of nine Supreme Court judges were Democrats? Every oral argument would consist of ten seconds of questions and thirty minutes of clearing the building so the bomb squad could do its work.
As Bush's disastrous presidency winds down, as the hysteria and fascistic war fever of 9/11 fades, I find that conservatives want to pretend that they never acted the way they actually acted. They want to pretend that they were level-headed and cool, and open to bi-partisan reasoned debate.
But, for some crazy reason, liberals got so darn emotional! Liberals got so moonbatty out of control to the point where you couldn't even talk sense to them! You couldn't even figure out how or why they got so upset! After all, we're just talking policy here. It's just politics as usual! What are these liberals so excited about?
The only possible explanation is that liberals must be suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome!
It couldn't be anything else!
[Sandra Day O'Connor] was appalled, for instance, by former Attorney General John Ashcroft, whom she considered extreme, polarizing, moralistic and — to use her favorite word — “unattractive.” She was appalled by how the Bush administration pandered to the religious right in the Terri Schiavo case. She was appalled by the nomination of Harriet Miers. And she’s been appalled, too, by Bush’s stances on affirmative action, the war on terror and the war in Iraq. And how did she feel when Bush brushed off the report of the Iraq Study Group, to which she belonged? She was appalled. And she was really, really appalled that the lower-court judge whose dissent in one crucial case she deemed “repugnant” — he’d have upheld a Pennsylvania law requiring wives to notify husbands before getting abortions — was the very man Bush picked to replace her: Samuel Alito.
That's an old school Republican, appointed by the Sainted Ronnie Rotten, and she cast the deciding vote for Bush in the most embarrassing Supreme Court decision since the Dred Scott case.
Gee, must be something in the water.
Sandra Day might have run short of words to describe The Accidental President, but haven't we all? Appalling is about the only thing you can say anymore about the last seven years. A hundred years from now, historians will call this the Appalling Administration or The Appalling Years.
And, again, Sandra Day aided and abetted this presidential catastrophe. She's only being candid now in a desperate Hail Mary to somehow distance herself from the awful, awful events she helped unfold. Old people realistically imagining their places in history books with chapters titled The Appalling Years often feel the need to suddenly be brutally honest.
So don't let anybody tell you that you're deranged. The only deranged people in this country are the 24% dead enders who still think Bush is doing a heck of a good job and that anyone who disagrees must just hate Bush--because they're crazy!