I don’t have time to chronicle all the instances of right-wing hypocrisy I come across, but this one’s too brazen to ignore: John Fund is outraged that Barack Obama has dared to question the absolute power of “unelected judges.” I kid you not:
[S]ome liberals believe the president went too far yesterday. Ruth Marcus, an editorial writer who covers the Supreme Court for the Washington Post, said Obama’s assault “stopped me cold . . . for the president to imply that the only explanation for a constitutional conclusion contrary to his own would be out-of-control conservative justices does the court a disservice.” It was a mistake for Obama to “declare war” on the court, says Jon Meacham, a contributing editor of Time magazine. Voters don’t like hearing assaults on the Supreme Court itself, probably because Americans believe “life needs umpires, even ones who blow calls now and then.” So it is surreal for Obama, a former constitutional-law professor and president of the Harvard Law Review, to go after the court as if he were a demagogue seeking reelection.
Even by conservative standards, this is stunningly hypocritical. When is the last time you heard a Republican not demagogue about the judiciary? Here’s Mitt Romney two months ago:
Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage. This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.
After last night’s Wisconsin wipeout, Rick Santorum is a dead man walking. Willard M. Romney is now the de facto Republican presidential nominee, and John Fund will spend the rest of the year defending, justifying, and otherwise massaging his innumerable cynical flip-flops.
They deserve each other.