I mentioned recently Roman Hurska’s famous claim, in defending the hapless Nixon nominee Harold Carswell, that we “can’t have all Brandeises and Cardozos and Frankfurters and stuff like that there.” As I looked at this Media Matters piece, (via Atrios) I noted that Bill O’Reilly seems to be taking a page from Hruska’s playbook:
By the way, if Alito is confirmed, that will be a good thing for conservatives. That’s the bottom line. Because Alito will take a more traditional view than a [Supreme Court justices Stephen G.] Breyer or a [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg. OK? He’ll look at things, and he’ll say, “You know, the Founding Fathers didn’t want partial-birth abortion. The Founding Fathers didn’t want all mention of Christmas stricken from the public arena.” That’s what Alito will do. He’s a traditionalist. He’s going to rule that way.
Hmm, the Court, on the issues he discusses, has four-person liberal block. And on the church-and-state issues that are most relevant, Breyer is the most likely to join the conservatives. So I wonder why we would name those 2 justices in particular, in the context of how liberals are trying to destroy Christmas? What an odd coinky-dink.
And here’s a relevant flashback:
O’REILLY: All right. Because black birth rate is fairly stable, right?
MCMANUS: Proportionately, black birth rate and increases in their population will level out and be less significant in growth in that time period. I think Bill will be able to address the numbers better than I can, but…
O’REILLY: OK. And how about Asian? What’s the situation with that?
MCMANUS: Asian — we’re going to see a 213 percent increase, according to the Census Bureau projection, and so that will be a very rapid increase of the percentage of their population in the U.S. as well.
O’REILLY: All right. Now, Doctor, the Census Bureau really doesn’t tell us how this is going to affect the country. Do you have any theories on it?
WILLIAM FREY, PH.D., BROOKINGS INSTITUTION: Well, I really think what’s happening is going to be this phasing out or fading out of the white baby boom population. It is a 50-year time period we’re talking about…
O’REILLY: Yes. We’ll all be dead. Thank God, right?
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