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Sexuality and SCOTUS

… CBS initially refused to pull the posting, prompting Anita Dunn, a former White House communications director who is working with the administration on the high court vacancy, to say: “The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010.” She said the network was giving a platform to a blogger “with a history of plagiarism” who was “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.” The network deleted the posting Thursday night after Domenech said he was merely repeating a rumor. [...] – White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible Supreme Court nominee is gay

CBS has been forced to remove a post by right-wing, former Bushie Ben Domenech, which added a new low to the history of SCOTUS pre-confirmation converage. You might remember Domenech from his three-day tenure at the Washington Post, before he was sacked for allegations relating to plagiarism. He revealed Ms. Kagan’s “pluses,” reducing Kagan to her sexuality: Pluses: would please much of Obama’s base, follows diversity politics of Sotomayor with first openly gay justice… Domenech has now apologized, via Huffington Post:

It’s an odd thing to get attacked by the White House for a blog post, and odder still when the attack is for something mentioned in passing, and intended to highlight a political positive about a potential Supreme Court nominee. [...]

Jonathan Turley has more.

But mentioned in passing…. seriously?

Yeah, it’s no big deal, because we all know how calm the Republican wingnut base is about gays and lesbians. See Mike Huckabee for one of the more shameful individuals on their side.

That Deomench cites Matthew Yglesias, who thought the same thing, is hardly cover. What are these men basing this on? Looks? Or is it simply because she might be an unmarried woman of a certain age? It’s insulting in the extreme to inject sexuality into a SCOTUS discussion, even beyond the fact that Ms. Kagan is not a lesbian, which hardly matters.

As for the fierce push back from the White House, one could only wish that they had gone to bat for other people being considered for posts, say, Chas Freeman.

Anyway, what Domenech did is so typical of the right. Take a brilliant mind and reduce her to sexuality, while knowing it will rev up the rabid right to push the Republicans in the Senate into opposing her if Pres. Obama nominates her, with many considering Kagan a frontrunner, something that this little episode does nothing to squelch.

Domenech apologized, but it’s very unbecoming for him to attempt to play the victim when he didn’t do his job in the first place. A responsible writer checks his or her facts, especially on something like this. Someone having the trust of CBS readers in his hands writing about SCOTUS should double check them.

Or better yet, leave sexuality out of it. It has absolutely nothing to do with her potential nomination.

Meanwhile, I’m still rooting for someone with less fondness for executive privilege.

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