Liberalizing effect of the right wing

A Reagan-appointed federal judge has become less conservative in response to the Republican craziness:

The latest bit of right-wing goofiness to draw Posner’s ire: the speculation over the Affordable Care Act decision. Posner called the conspiracy theories that seek to explain Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion to uphold the law a “very serious mistake” on the part of conservatives. Roberts, Posner suggested, might also realize that he has no home on the right.

“I mean, what would you do if you were Roberts?” Posner said. “All the sudden you find out that the people you thought were your friends have turned against you, they despise you, they mistreat you, they leak to the press. What do you do? Do you become more conservative? Or do you say, ‘What am I doing with this crowd of lunatics?’ Right? Maybe you have to re-examine your position.”

Posner has spoken out recently against other conservatives on the court, namely Justice Antonin Scalia. After Scalia’s fiery dissent in the Arizona immigration case, in which he took aim at President Obama, Posner wondered whether Scalia was becoming a political actor: “It wouldn’t surprise me if Justice Scalia’s opinion were quoted in campaign ads.”

3 thoughts on “Liberalizing effect of the right wing

  1. Since the goofball r’s have decided to go to the far right of St. Ronnie, who knows what opportunities may begin to open for progressives? Hell, we may begin to see the Capitalists on the street denounce their evil ways and start to do the right thing for the Country (well, I can dream if I want to). 🙂

  2. Outsourcing. Offshoring. Penalty. Tax. Once we rid ourselves of all of the political doublespeak perhaps progressives and the Left can begin to see opportunities. Until then all the Left can do is to tell the truth and lay out the facts. That and ignore the name calling. Bloody commie socialists.

  3. Careful. Posner and Roberts have no more moved left than I have. In this triangulated echo chamber, standing pat is perceived as movement because the center drifts unrelentingly rightward.

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