Olivia’s comment: These battles seem to have begun in earnest during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Robert Bork, a right-wing authoritarian fanatic. People with such narrow minds do not belong in high government posts. Since then the Republicans have turned confirmations into a blood sport. What their actions say is that: when we are in control, we can appoint any old nutcase we want. Plus, no matter who is in control, our job is to make sure that effective leaders will not be appointed. Therefore, it’s a trifecta! * As a right-wing politician, you have another trifecta! You can pander to your corporate masters, score cheap political points with your base, and enhance your argument that government does not work by making it unworkable.
George W. Bush after 911: