Asshat of the Day: Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ

May 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Barack Obama, Politics 

kylThere are lots of reasons to label Sen. Jon Kyl, “asshat.”  Today, though, there is only one.

In the partisan heat of Washington, our new president has gone to some lengths to take a log or two off the fire.  Barack Obama has been met time after time with the back of the hand from the GOP.  Now, days before Obama’s first nomination to the Supreme Court, Kyl is out there talking filibuster.  Hell, he doesn’t even know who the nominee will be.  For all he knows it will be Pat Buchanan. (Buchanan does show some empathy for the middle class.)

But no.  Sen. Kyl is just unimaginative enough to grab a headline the easy way.  He’s there in the middle of the Republican fire base cranking the air raid siren.  Hopefully calling attention to nothing more than his brutish sense of politics.

From the Associated Press:

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican on Sunday refused to rule out a filibuster if President Barack Obama seeks a Supreme Court justice who decides cases based on “emotions or feelings or preconceived ideas.”

Sen. Jon Kyl made clear he would use the procedural delay if Obama follows through on his pledge to nominate someone who takes into account human suffering and employs empathy from the bench. The Arizona Republican acknowledged that his party likely does not have enough votes to sustain a filibuster, but he said nonetheless he would try to delay or derail the nomination if Obama ventures outside what Kyl called the mainstream.

“We will distinguish between a liberal judge on one side and one who doesn’t decide cases on the merits but, rather, on the basis of his or her preconceived ideas,” Kyl said.

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2 Responses to “Asshat of the Day: Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ”
  1. Bill says:

    What’s so wrong with wanting the President to nominate someone who decides based on the LAW, not feelings? Kyl is right to question this.

    Apparently, you didn’t watch Kyl and Nelson (NE) on Fox News Sunday — sure looks like there will be some Dems crossing over to support a filibuster if the President picks someone with no judicial background to get some “empathy” on the court.

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    • Visconti says:

      Bill – Looks like he picked somebody with a judicial background … Sotomayor was appointed to the federal court by Bush I.

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