Following up on an earlier item, at least one high-profile Republican senator announced he doesn't want to see President Obama nominate a gay American for the Supreme Court.The problem with Steve's question is at follows: he asked about thinking people. You see the flaw there.
[C]onservative leaders have warned the nomination of a gay or lesbian justice could complicate Obama's effort to confirm a replacement for Souter, and another Republican senator on Wednesday warned a gay nominee would be too polarizing.
"I know the administration is being pushed, but I think it would be a bridge too far right now," said GOP Chief Deputy Whip John Thune. "It seems to me this first pick is going to be a kind of important one, and my hope is that he'll play it a little more down the middle. A lot of people would react very negatively."
I don't expect much from Thune, but I have to wonder if he realizes how incredibly ridiculous this is.
Indeed, the president, Thune says, should "play it a little more down the middle." What if the nominee is both gay and well within the judicial mainstream? Why would any thinking person assume that a gay nominee is necessarily someone on the ideological fringe?
I hope a supremely qualified moderate gay or lesbian gets nominated for the bench. I would love to see the rabid right explain how their opposition has nothing to do with homophobia. That would be awesome.