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  •  Earl Warren (9+ / 0-)

    was appointed by Ike. I know there were some others who turned out to be better than expected. I'm not into looking it up right now, but you know what I mean. Roberts is such a far-right case that it's hard to believe he'll come around.. but what else is there but impeachment.

    Hey there's an idea. Remember all the "Impeach Earl Warren" signs? He didn't get impeached, of course, but the John Birch Society has become mainstream and even has its own cable network and House Majority today.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu May 31, 2012 at 09:19:29 PM PDT

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    •  Warren was appointed by Ike via a political deal (15+ / 0-)

      Warren threw his support to Ike at the 1952 GOP convention, and Ike promised to make Warren his first Supreme Court nominee.

      Bill Brennan was also more liberal than Ike or anyone else expected, and was also appointed as a political calculation.  Ike and his advisors believed that he could secure support from Catholic Democrats for the 1956 election by putting a Catholic Dem on the SCOTUS.

      Ike was supposedly asked at the end of his presidency whether he had made any mistakes as president that he regretted.  As the story goes, Ike replied, "Two, and they are both sitting on the Supreme Court."

      Here's to Ike's mistakes.

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      by MJB on Thu May 31, 2012 at 11:17:11 PM PDT

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    •  But that was during a liberal era (6+ / 0-)

      Conservative politicians were kinda liberal... just like now, we're in a conservative era, and liberal politicians are kinda conservative.

      Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

      by nominalize on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:01:36 AM PDT

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      •  The 50's were a liberal era? How so? (0+ / 0-)
        •  History shows it quite clearly. (0+ / 0-)

          People trusted their government to solve problems that the market failed to solve, and social changes were very much afoot. The political changes we associate with the 1960's actually began in the late '40's.  They gained steam in the '50's and the ones that became part of law did so in the early-mid 60's.  

          Eisenhower, for instance, was a Republican, but expanded New Deal programs, created the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, openly fought the right-wingers in his party (except on fighting Communism, which everyone was for, though he himself leaned towards peaceful measures), ran on ending the war in Korea. He almost picked a Democrat VP candidate in '56--- after having had a heart attack in office.  And of course, he beefed up the government, the military, and started the interstate project.   His campaigns sought women's votes like no one had before (and he won them handily)

          The Democrats held Congress for most of the '50's, and built on that going on into the '60's, and most of the major moments of the civil rights movement--- the Bus Boycott, Emmett Till's death, Brown v Board, Little Rock, took place in the 50's, and there was no signs of changing momentum.

          We associate the '50's with Ozzie-and-Harriet wholesomeness, and to an extent there was a lot of that. But that image was really just sweeping ugly truths under the rug.  And in the '60's, most people were just as wholesome, and just as conservative.  The mid-'60s were the apex of the liberal era, when Civil Rights and the Big Society were enacted, and LBJ won the biggest landslide ever.  But it didn't just happen--- the '50's led right up to it.

          Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

          by nominalize on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:31:40 PM PDT

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