I intend to nominate judges who have proven themselves worthy of our trust that they take as their sole responsibility the enforcement of laws made by the people's elected representatives, judges of the character and quality of Justices Roberts and Alito, judges who can be relied upon to respect the values of the people whose rights, laws and property they are sworn to defend. (my emphasis)In the Republican vocabulary - which is becoming cult-like enough that those outside the charmed circle don't always catch the meaning of phrases - "Roberts and Alito" is a slightly briefer way of saying:
You can kiss Roe v. Wade goodbye.
But as Joseph Romm recently explained in No climate for old men Salon 02/08/08, despite the Maverick's acknowledgement that, yeah, this global climate change thing is happening, his judicial promises to the Republican right mean that he intends to appoint judges that will shoot down envionmental laws. He provides the gruesome details that remind us that for the Maverick, "Roberts and Alito" has a broader meaning:
You can kiss Roe v. Wade and our coastal cities goodbye.
Yep, that's our Maverick! Oh, and he also thinks it's bonkers to talk about ever getting our troops out of Iraq:
Yep, that's our bold Maverick!
Tags: global climate change, iraq war, mccain