Saturday, February 27, 2016

Brian Brown makes my hair hurt

The latest missive and money grub from National Organization for Marriage is titled “ Brian Sandoval Makes Our Point.” Apparently the point is that if one donates to NOM they in turn will maintain the Republican majority in the Senate and, thus, ensure that the Supreme Court regains its conservative tilt after the demise of Scalia. NOM is in control. I shit you not:
Our work to help elect a Republican Senate over the last several election cycles, especially during the critical 2014 races where the GOP captured control of the Senate is a key factor in why Obama will not succeed in his goal of moving the Court to the left, perhaps for generations to come. Our work to help support pro-marriage candidates who won was possible only because you gave of your time and resources. I'm asking you to make a contribution today of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 or more so that we have the resources we need this year to hold the line against president Obama's attempts to secure another appointment to the Supreme Court.
First of all, the staggeringly inept NOM had as much effect on the composition of the Senate as my neighbor's demented dachshund. Secondly, the tradition is to confirm the president's nominees if they are qualified according to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For example, Justice Souter and Justice Thomas were both George H.W. Bush nominees and both were confirmed by a Democratic controlled Senate.

Brown knows that a constitutional amendment is an impossibility. The only thing keeping his dim hopes alive is new case to make its way to the Supreme Court to overturn Obergefell. Exactly why the Court should do that is never explained. Suffice it to say that the Vatican doesn't like marriage equality and that is all that Brown needs to know.

There is still a distinct possibility that Obama can get a nominee confirmed. Nevertheless, if things go as planned I expect Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. Even if Republicans retain control of the Senate she is never going to nominate an anti-choice, anti-LGBT individual to the Supreme Court. Right now the balance of the Court is in our favor post Scalia.

As for National Organization for Marriage they will probably not survive to the 2020 elections.

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