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Liberals have had a tendency to label possible Supreme Court picks based upon their identities, not their brains.

Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American on the bench, and it was understood that he’d have to be replaced with another Justice of Color. He was, but unfortunately, Clarence Thomas wasn’t exactly what Marshall fans had hoped for.

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman on the court, but her conservative credentials annoyed the type of women who didn’t think she was feminist enough. Ultimately, they warmed up to her when she protected abortion rights against attacks from her male colleagues.

Sonia Sotomayor made that famous statement about how a “wise Latina” might be able to bring something to deliberations that her Caucasian male brethren could not, riding the identity wave straight to the bench.

Elena Kagan was rumored to be gay in some sort of wishful thinking campaign from the LGBT community and as a subversive sort of criticism from homophobic opponents, but ultimately her sexual orientation became irrelevant.

I’ve often criticized using identity politics to make legal decisions, but now that President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the bench, I’ve changed my tune. I’m not afraid to call myself out for hypocrisy and inconsistency.

I want a conservative woman on the Supreme Court.

After years of hearing minority groups demand representation and push the idea that they need to see their faces and voices reflected in our political institutions, and then watching those institutions yield to the idea that color, gender and sexual orientation actually matter, I realize that they might be right about one thing: whining loudly enough gets results.

So if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Here is my whine, for the next time that Trump gets to appoint a justice (though it won’t be to replace the Notorious RBG because she’s attached to that seat with Gorilla Glue.)

The next person on that court should look like me, sound like me, think like me, act like me and do it fearlessly.

The president should’ve chosen a conservative woman.

I’m not talking about some safe Republican from the purplish suburbs who won’t rock the boat and will hang with the feminists at lunchtime, eating granola and drinking oat milk lattes.

We need a real conservative woman, someone who believes that justices do not legislate from the bench and create rights based on her own desires, untethered to any constitutional basis.

Yes, I’m talking about abortion.

I want a conservative woman justice who won’t adjudicate cases by consulting her reproductive organs for their opinions. She’ll look at the law and try to determine if there is anything in the Constitution that justifies legalizing the termination of pregnancies. She won’t listen to the ridiculous, overheated rhetoric about coat hangers.

I want a conservative woman justice who won’t impose her conception of “privacy,” and “equal protection,” “religious freedom” and “speech” on the rest of us. She won’t allow others to tell her that opposition to same-sex marriage is religious bigotry, if she believes that there is nothing in the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment that requires carving out a special privilege for Adam and Steve, while denying that same privilege to Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice.

I want a conservative woman justice who won’t allow people to question her ability to be fair because she worships at a certain altar.

I want a conservative woman justice who will teach all of us that women think with their brains, and not their vaginas, and that they do not mistake loyalty to the sisterhood for loyalty to the law.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Readers may send her email at cflowers1961@gmail.com.

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Climatehoax

The liberals poster boy for illegal immigrants. Liberals LOVE lawbreakers. They are consistently more concerned about the criminal than the victim. Obama would pardon this guy, maybe have a beer with him.

REVEALED: Illegal immigrant father who attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their three children has been deported 11 TIMES
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman called 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas a 'serial immigration violator'
Alvarez-Villegas was arrested on Thursday in a stolen vehicle in Chula Vista after allegedly attacking his wife with a chainsaw
Police said they discovered a woman suffering from 'traumatic physical injuries' and rushed her to a local trauma center where she underwent surgery
Police believe the gruesome attack was carried out in front of the couple's three young boys

kingman10

why is it with many conservatives when trying to deal with poverty, hunger, taxes, jobs or environmental issues their answer is always "give more to the very rich." Never understood that concept.

Climatehoax

Becsuse the rich employ people, who pay taxes. Did you ever work for a poor person? If tax %’s go down the guy making 100,000 a year is going to get a much larger cut than the guy making 25,000. So it looks like the richer guy is getting more money, not true , he’s just keeping more of what he earned, same with other guy, just a smaller amount.

kingman10

ok that makes about as much sense as a two years old scribbling. so exactly how does giving more money to the very rich help poor people? And don't say they will create more jobs cause that has been proven not to be true. Or how does that help feed the hungry? Or help clean the environment? Or help with the huge deficit or strengthening our military? Oh this should be a good one.

Climatehoax

They pay more so they get more, understand? If a tax is lowered by a percentage, the one, rich people, who PAY more than middle class people get a bigger break, discount or whatever you want to call it. Very basic, simpler figure percentages. You’re wrong any way, people who don’t pay any income tax because of their low income get some of my money refunded to them anyway. So in that case poor people get 100% tax break

Climatehoax

So much for the rich getting all that money you’re talking about. Fiscal fact #6

40 Million Filers Pay No Income Taxes, Many Get Generous Refunds

Scott A. Hodge

Climatehoax

In case you don’t know who Scott hodge is

Scott A. Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C., and is recognized as one of Washington’s leading experts on tax policy, the federal budget and government spending. During his tenure, the Tax Foundation has become one of the most influential organizations on tax policy in Washington and in state capitals. He led the development of the Tax Foundation’s most successful programs, the Taxes and Growth Dynamic Tax Modeling project and the State Business Tax Climate Index; two projects that have changed the terms of the tax debate at the federal and state level.

oldhomey

The Tax Foundation is to taxes as what the Heritage Foundation is to screening possible Supreme Court candidates. Each does what the Koch brothers tells them to do.

kingman10

still didn't answer any of my questions hoaxer. Its like asking an infant how a jet plane flies, its just too much to ask. so never mind. all you know is talking points from faux and AM talk radio anyway. Lies upon more lies.

oldhomey

Gosh, you missed your calling, Climate. You should have been an economist who specializes in writing for the MSM, explaining economics for lay people like myself. NOW I get it after your explanation. Trump and the Republicans engineered one of the larger tax cuts in history and gave 80 percent of the tax savings to the upper one percent of the population, letting the rest of the two hundred million of us divide up the 20 percent left over. It will mean that the job creators will create all sorts of new, good-paying jobs and everybody's pay checks will take a healthy jump up the ladder. Just wait for ten years or so, and we all will see the difference. NOW I understand it! That Trump, he is really a humanitarian disguised as a wolf, isn't he? What a card, he is.

johnnybragatti

If you go carrying pictures of Rush Limbaugh.,
you ain"t gonna make it with anyone , anyhow.
Just sayin" ?

capedcrusader

Don't you know it's going to be all right?

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

We know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going down soon - either by natural causes or by her involvement in the infamous tarmac meeting/discussions. Sotomayor and Kagan by virtue of them being appointed by Obama, who, as we will all soon learn, was an illegitimate president - meaning he couldn't legally appoint anyone. Their removal will be almost instantaneous when that's disclosed. Watch how fast that happens....the plan to drain the swamp is underway.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Barret, Hardimen and Kethledge return for these seats very, very soon.

Enjoy the show!

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Cassandra2

The Russian bots are certainly busy these days! Still clinging to their lies about Obama and fomenting the downfall of the American republic. Cougar, how's the weather in Minsk these days? Or is it St. Petersburg?

oldhomey

Sorry, Cassie. I don't think Snow lives in Russia. She lives only in a very demented mind, her own, and truly shows signs of being the mind of somebody who may well be dysfunctional and a danger to herself and others around her.

Cassandra2

Cougar is a Russian bot. It's a fact. I saw it on the Internet.

capedcrusader

I bet Snow Cougar isn't a woman at all.

kingman10

I'll bet snow job isn't a person at all but another fake news outlet manifested in Russia. I'll bet she doesn't have any connections here in America, only to Putin and the Kremlin. It/she/he is as phony as a three dollar bill and as goofy as a two p*ckered billy goat!

Cassandra2

Czercock knows for sure. Maybe he'll return and unmask the Cougar.

johnnybragatti

Clinton"s lookin" pretty dern good right about now, ain"t she?
Think about it..... think real hard.

Snow Cougar Mary Burke

Lookin' good.....to be indicted for selling out America to the highest bidder.

Justice coming.

[batman]

oldhomey

Well, that is the first true thing you have said in quite awhile, Snow. There are about a dozen people in the Trump administration who demonstrably have been selling out America to the highest bidder, and indictments have already begun for them. Most will be facing charges or will have already pleaded guilty by the end of the four-year term of this most corrupt human being ever to have reached the White House, Donald Trump.

capedcrusader

You are hanging yourself out there and will be proven right or wrong on a number of things real soon. You set the timetable.

Climatehoax

You mean like liberals have been wrong about trump since the day he announced he was running?

capedcrusader

Liberals haven't been wrong about anything regarding Trump except the Electoral College. If we ever we abolish that (which we should) the Republicans will never win again. Trump got beat by a girl and can't live it down. He ought to be thanking his lucky stars he didn't face Obama or he would have lost to a black man... his worst nightmare.

Cassandra2

Justice is certainly coming for your comrades, Cougar. The indictments are already announced and the guilty pleas are stacking up all around Trump.

oldhomey

This was a remarkable concluding statement: "I want a conservative woman justice who will teach all of us that women think with their brains, and not their vaginas, and that they do not mistake loyalty to the sisterhood for loyalty to the law."

I guess Sandra Day O'Connor and Justices Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor have been properly put in their place, being tail-wagging hussies who clearly were not fit for the Supreme Court or any other court, except those sports venues where women are allowed to play. I don't know where anatomically the brain of this columnist is located, but she should take care, as it looks like it is on the verge of exploding. In fact, this column has all of the appearances of her having spilled her guts, and it ain't pretty.

Climatehoax

Conservative women are treated far worse than illegals, blacks and gays put together. The NOW (National organizations of women) or as Rush calls them ‘the now cows’,crowd will NEVER come out backing a conservative woman. Conservative women are treated by NOW the same way Trump is treated by the main stream media.

kingman10

glad to know you take your cues from Rush there Hoaxer. He certainly is a trustworthy soul who would never deceive anyone for political purposes or to increase his ratings. Yes with sources like Rush, Hoaxer will never have to think for himself, just regurgitate the same old line from AM talk radio and sit back and pretend how smart he is. Rush knows all about women, he's been married to enough of them. Something to admire right Hoaxer?

Cassandra2

"Conservative women are treated far worse than...." Poor, poor, victimized snowflakes. There are literally BINDERS full of conservative women who have been harshly mistreated. Boo-hoo.

capedcrusader

Rush Limbaugh of all people shouldn't talk about women. They all hate him. Ask his ex wives.

The Mouse of Death

[angry]It would behoove the Benedict Donald to nominate a Russian woman who calls herself a Chekist because the Vladimir said he is a Chekist. We are indeed bemezzled by the Devin Nunes who was a KGBist and the A-bomb spies the Klaus Fuchs who was a NKVDist because the Cheka changed their name like the Stormy Daniels.

Cassandra2

The author fails to recognize that Trump only values women, conservative or otherwise, when they allow him to "grab them by the p*ssy."

Climatehoax

Well then I guess you’re safe

Cassandra2

Hoaxer and his pal Cougar, the Russian agent, are perfect examples of how the extreme right-wing fringe devalues women. They can't grasp that a woman could defeat them with logic and facts and a grasp of English, so they resort to the canard that Cassandra MUST be a man. And they continue to defend the p*ssy grabber and claim that they support women. Pathetic.

capedcrusader

Snow Cougar must be a man...

new2Lax

A Conservative woman would not get a single Democrat vote, there is a bias on the left for a Conservative woman as you have witnessed over the years. They talk a good game but have failed miserably at defending women's rights, the same could be said for blacks and Latinos and women when it comes to employment and wages. Only now have you seen record low unemployment numbers for these groups and it was accomplished in 500 days, Obama had eight years.

capedcrusader

Baloney.

Climatehoax

Obama was elected because he was black, Hillary was anointed president because she was a woman(until she got beat by Trump) . Aren’t we taught that if we work hard ,play by the rules you can work you’re way to a good place in this country?? Now I guess if you’re black, LGBT, or a woman you should get promoted based on those things rather than what you’ve earned. Ideas that people be ‘chosen’ based on anything but ability sets our country WAAAAAYYY back. Let the most qualified get the job, or the spot in the University.

capedcrusader

Yea, the comment you just made demonstrates perfectly why Trump should never have become President.

Climatehoax

What.??????

oldhomey

Good Lord, Climate! I am SO sorry that you are a victim of meritocracy. Of course it will be impossible for you to move very far in the economic system we have with you being bereft of the necessary intellectual and social tools necessary to succeed. Certainly, though, if we can get Medicare for all, you can at least rest easy that you will be looked after medically, and with Food Stamps and other safety net programs, plus an entry level job that you should be able to manage, you will get by just fine. Keep your chin up.

Cassandra2

Hoaxer can't understand why anyone would think that Trump, a white, male, heterosexual, son of a millionaire would ever be suspected of not having merited every advantage he was given. Privilege does not exist for such people.

capedcrusader

Trump got his a** handed to him in the popular vote. He'll never get over being the first guy to lose to a girl. Trump didn't work hard and he didn't play by the rules unless you follow the rules of Vladimir Putin. What's next for the Trump and the Republicans, poisoning people?

Cassandra2

The point, Hoaxer, is that people shouldn't be fired or denied employment because they are Black, LGBTQIA, female, Muslim, Jewish, etc. It's called "equal justice under law." But you folks aren't interested in that. You're only interested in maintaining your position at the top of the heap and ensuring that white, male, heterosexual, "christians" are given preference, whether it is earned or not.

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