Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
As you can imagine, I don't agree.
By historic standards we began this latest round of appointments with a conservative court.
It's true that Souter surprised, as have other appointees occasionally surprised throughout history, but Judge Alito has a long judicial history that illuminates pretty clearly his viewpoint, and I think the primary issue here is that Alito is one of the architects of the "Imperial Presidency", or the "Unitary Executive"-- same animal. He will not surprise, I think.

Would sure like to be wrong.

I am not sure what you are referring to in your remark about zenophobia-- it's an interesting issue, one that I'd like to pursue sometime, but I don't think I wrote about it here. I agree that it is one of the favorite issues for the right-wing demagogues like lePen, but that's a centuries-old issue.
The only traditional component of a coup that is missing that I can see is the element of violence-- yet the objectives of most coups have still been accomplished. It seems that the pistol-waving was unnecessary here, unless you consider the intellectual and personal bullying of men like Boulton as violence. I do.

Some reading shows that many coups are not so much about ideology or policy as they are about naked power. In a strange way, that sort of event seems often less damaging than ours, which is about imposing a fundamental revolution in world view that is strongly at odds with the mainstream views of most Americans.
There is, in our coup, no aspect, no department, no function of importance that I can find that has not been rendered subordinate to the Coup's failed ideological doctrine. Hell, even the weather scientists have had a boot stuffed in their mouth-- worn by a 24-year-old pipsqueak kiss-ass, for a while.
We were well on the road to laying a lot of bad shit to rest, Drew, like homophobia and theocratic domination.
This is one of the two greatests ideological train wrecks in American history, I think. The other was the very similar red scare that led to the McCarthy period,  that very nearly led to a right-wing ideological coup then. A handful of brave men and women fought back.
Thank you, Ed Murrow, and the rest. Anyone big enough to fill those shoes, just speak up.  

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 03:22:04 PM EST
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