Anti-immigrant fervor drives Georgia GOP batty

anti-immigrant-protesters-006jpg-a01fba88d4120142_largeJudge Dax Lopez is by almost all accounts a conservative Republican, appointed to the DeKalb bench by a conservative governor. Before joining the judiciary he worked in Republican causes, and is a member of the Federalist Society, viewed as a pipeline of sorts for ambitious conservative lawyers.¹

I don’t know Lopez personally, and at the moment he’s not speaking to the press. But those who do know him and have worked with him speak highly of his intellect and integrity.

“As conservatives, we recognize that the constitutional obligation of a judge is to decide cases based on the text of the law and not policy preferences,” many of the state’s most prominent conservative lawyers said in a recent letter endorsing Lopez. “We know that Judge Lopez views the law the same way.”

Yet at the behest of people such as Phil Kent, a man with a long history of racist writings, and D.A. King, a well-known anti-immigrant extremist, the nomination of Lopez as a federal judge is being blocked. U.S. senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue have refused to allow the Lopez nomination to be considered by their Senate colleagues, and they show no sign of relenting.

(UPDATE: Isakson at least is now signaling openness to the nomination.)

It’s a remarkable situation, and it illustrates perfectly who is running the Republican Party these days and how short-sighted they have become.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez

DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez

To justify their opposition, his critics can’t take issue with anything that the judge has ever said or written. They cite no problem with his legal training at Vanderbilt, nor with his record as a state court judge since 2010. They point to one thing: his former membership on the board of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, a group that has advocated on behalf of Latinos.

When King condemns Lopez as “yet another Obama-appointed activist judge,” as he did in a recent radio interview with Tim Bryant with WGAU in Athens, the GALEO membership is the sole piece of evidence offered in defense of that charge. (Interestingly, conservative lawyers appointed by both Isakson and Perdue to vet judicial nominees reached a very different conclusion, enthusiastically recommending Lopez.)

The world is changing; Georgia is changing. White Georgians comprised 68 percent of registered voters in 2004, 59 percent in 2012 and at that rate will be 55 percent of this year’s electorate. Hispanic-American children make up roughly 15 percent of pubic school students in Georgia, double the percentage in 2003-04, and white students make up roughly 42 percent, down from 51 percent. The change those children represent is inexorable.

And the Dax Lopez story is the type of story that has legs. It’s the sort of story that gets told and retold, and it gets remembered not for a year or two but for a generation or two. Imagine yourself as an ambitious Georgian of Hispanic descent looking for a party in which to make your mark. You look at Lopez, a man who worked hard, got an education, played by the rules and did all the right things. And this is what happens to him.

People will remember. They will remember that GOP leaders ignored the pleadings even of their party’s most influential lawyers, their own advisers, and allowed their actions to be dictated by the likes of King and Kent. They will remember.

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¹Even conservative rabble-rouser Erick Erickson has now publicly joined those advocating in favor of the Lopez nomination.

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TinaTrent
TinaTrent

GALEO's positions are racially and ethnically militant in precisely the same ways that Jay feigns to condemn elsewhere.  


Phil Kent is not a racist.  


And you, Jay, have dragged down the editorial pages here to a nasty and unprofessional dillattentism.  You're a great example of the well-deserved death of the daily news.  

ArturoK
ArturoK

nice of bookman to try to help the gop.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

activist judges, that's rich

The 2 most imaginative ridiculously activist rulings in the modern era -

Bush v Gore

Citizens United

No con can whine about activist judges ever again

NWGAL
NWGAL

The litmus test is very very tight.

gotalife
gotalife

I like change ,


Like the President calling out the nra cowards.


Loved it.



InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@stefpe @InTheMiddle2 @gotalife Didn't say that at all, but considering his protection is already being taken care of, wouldn't it be okay for the rest of us little people to at least be able to try and protect ourselves?

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gotalife Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't he and his family have armed security 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

KUTGF
KUTGF

I am always glad to see the "Stop the PC" crowd who loves them some Trump.  Now if Trump is so willing to speak his mind, to say what no one else does and anti-PC, then why does he cowardly retreat each and every time he is asked what his "investigators" found in Hawaii about Obama's birth certificate. 

The Trumpettes are being played and played over and over and they are just not smart enough to see that the brave Trump is really just a coward who is too cowardly to tell them the truth about everthing.  He tells them what they want to hear but he can't tell them details about what he will do, the effects of what he will do, or the costs. 

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@KUTGF So,you want Jay to do another Trump thread for you?  10 or 12 already ain't enough?  LOL

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@SFM_Scootter @KUTGF If Trump wasn't considered a serious threat to Hillary's coronation, do you think Jay would spend this much time trying to convince the herd that Trump is bad?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Nick_Danger 

Yep.

Jay ignores Trump, they will b!tch that the frontrunner isn't getting Jay's attention.

Jay does  threads on the frontrunner, they b!tch that Jay is trying to make him look bad.

Some people just wanna b!tch.

honested
honested

@KUTGF 

It's funny that back in the '80s, PC meant not referring to ronald ray-gun as a pathetic, slobbering old fool..

My how times change.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@KUTGF @breckenridge A robbery/home invasion led to the fatal shooting just before 9 p.m. in the 7600 block of Chase Road, deputies said.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@KUTGF 

 
On January 6th, two days ago, the second mass shooting of the year occurred in Lakeland, Florida.  3 people were killed and one injured.


Hmm. I didn't even hear about it until right now.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@KUTGF @breckenridge 

Well yes. We've have so many of these incidents,we've become so inured to them, that only a spectacular victim tally gets attention.  Unless, of course, the perpetrator happens to be a Muslim.

TBS
TBS

US Patriot

Why don't you start some of those orgs you mentioned?

Make sure you let folks know of your veteran status as you are working to garner support

Let us know how it works out

breckenridge
breckenridge

@Kamchak @TBS 

I was going to jump in here and say rump ranger but I changed my mind since that might not be politically correct.

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@TBS Oh, I don't need "those orgs", just positing the question of when it's PC to have 'em.


As for my "veteran status", it's the same as the last time you queried, did my time and it's done.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS 

veteran status?

I'm thinking less Army Ranger and more Power Ranger.

TBS
TBS

Probably on the lines of the blog's own Home Gardener

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Here's the nugget -

We will remember

we will remember

let he-ne-ha promise you, that is the truth

and wingnut whitey knows we will remember

and that's where the bitta clingers fear comes from

and their fear is where Fox, Trump & Cruz come from

and that's the nugget

but i do love that skeered whiny look in their eyes as the cornered animals back into their demographic corner

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

Any gun sold in a gun show now has a background check run on the person...

Not intended to be a factual statement. 

Moving the goalposts in 3...2...1....

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

"The world is changing; Georgia is changing. White Georgians comprised 68 percent of registered voters in 2004, 59 percent in 2012 and at that rate will be 55 percent of this year’s electorate. Hispanic-American children make up roughly 15 percent of pubic school students in Georgia, double the percentage in 2003-04, and white students make up roughly 42 percent, down from 51 percent. The change those children represent is inexorable."


At what point will it be PC to have:


NAAWP?


WLM?


Caucasian Caucus?


United Caucasian Fund?



US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@breckenridge @US_Patriot Nah, not at all.  Since the "whites" will be in the minority, gotta look at the positive side to that happening.


Ya know, "special treatment status".

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@US_Patriot when you can't get an education because you're white


when white folks are routinely killed by police and nothing is done about it


when your the minority legislative group


when payback becomes your main b-t-h. remember, you reap what you sow.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Sorry for the long post, but this explanation of Trump's popularity (from an associate of td's favorite, Nate Silver) was too interesting to pass up: 

In 2000, James Kuklinski and other political scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established an important distinction: American citizens with incorrect information can be divided into two groups, the misinformed and the uninformed. ... As Kuklinski and his colleagues established, in the U.S., the most misinformed citizens tend to be the most confident in their views and are also the strongest partisans. These folks fill the gaps in their knowledge base by using their existing belief systems. Once these inferences are stored into memory, they become “indistinguishable from hard data..."  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-supporters-appear-to-be-misinformed-not-uninformed/

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger 

Once these inferences are stored into memory, they become “indistinguishable from hard data..."

Like, say, all those NJ Muslims cheering as the WTC fell.

Paul42
Paul42

@Nick_Danger

Thanks, Nick.  That's going straight to Facebook for a fellow I was discussing this with.  The discussion took place on the page of a mutual friend, as partisan as they come!



The entire short article was well worth reading.

honested
honested

@Nick_Danger 

'the misinformed'.........the group that keeps believing Supply Side will work.

stefpe
stefpe

@Nick_Danger No need to apologize IMO, when the post is less than half the size of the paste jobs certain posters do..