DeLay Says Justices 'Don't Get' Criticism
by Will Lester - Mar. 28, 2006 - AP Wire
WASHINGTON - Republican Rep. Tom DeLay said Tuesday that former and current Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg "don't get it" when they complain about conservative criticism of judges.
"All wisdom doesn't reside in ... people in black robes," DeLay said.
In recent weeks, O'Connor has said the criticism has threatened judicial independence to deal with difficult issues such as gay marriage. Ginsburg said in a speech that a Web threat against her and O'Connor was apparently prompted by Republican proposals in Congress that tell judges to stop relying on foreign laws or court decisions.
Ginsburg said such actions by Congress "fuel the irrational fringe."
"Didn't you see the comments of Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Ginsburg over the last couple of weeks?" DeLay, R-Texas, asked reporters after a speech to a group of Christian conservatives. "There's still a problem, they don't get it. There are three branches of government. All wisdom doesn't reside in ... people in black robes."
Earlier, the former House majority leader told activists he agreed with their premise that there is a "war on Christianity.
We have an absolutely amazing attitude emanating from our courts. They "make law" constantly while insisting that they don't do this because it is unconsitutional. To say their constant whining about who hates them and hates the contemptible rulings they make proves they "don't get it" is the understatement of the year. What I don't get is why the press seem to feel DeLay's comments are a surprise. What I don't get is how Ginsburg can believe that only the "irrational fringe" hates and reviles her.