Perhaps she didn’t mean it the way I took it, but I found Ms. Bazelon’s concluding remarks about the three people nominated to the D.C. Circuit today and what may happen to them in the Senate to be depressing beyond belief. Apparently itching for a fight, and (fairly, in my view) excoriating the Republicans for their mistreatment of judicial nominees, Bazelon concluded her Slate article this way: “And the third option is that GOP stonewalling finally pushes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to smash the filibuster to bits, or at least blunt its power to kill the president’s judicial and Cabinet nominees. . . . [T]he third would be the best fireworks.” Emily Bazelon, Obama’s Fight Song (Finally) The president is getting aggressive about his judicial nominees. It’s about time, (Posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 5:03 PM) (emphasis added).
We are talking about real people who have real lives, real families and real feelings. They ought not to be thought of as fodder for the “best fireworks” that some liberal (or conservative) commentator is desperately hoping will provide more grist for the stupid and venal Washington mill.