According to the Great Popularizer of wingnut ideas, one David Brooks of the august New York Times, us liberals and progressives are out of touch with mainstream America (which he defines to exclude us, of course). Well, I think that the wingnuts are out of touch with practically everything. Consider this raving by Tom DeLay, the Bugman Extraordinaire:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intensified his criticism of the federal courts on Tuesday, singling out Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench as "incredibly outrageous" because he has relied on international law and done research on the Internet.
DeLay also said he thought there were a "lot of Republican-appointed judges that are judicial activists."
The No. 2 Republican in the House has openly criticized the federal courts since they refused to order the reinsertion of Terry Schiavo's feeding tube. And he pointed to Kennedy as an example of Republican members of the Supreme Court who were activist and isolated.
"Absolutely. We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That's just outrageous," DeLay told Fox News Radio. "And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."
Indeed. Using the many law libraries on the internet is outrageous. But accepting a skybox donation and a trip to Europe is not outrageous. Read my lips, David Brooks:
Politics will never be civil as long as we have wingnuts like this in power.
Understanding this rant may require reading the Brooks link. My apologies. Probably better just to skip the whole thing.