Caplis: Liar, Ignoramus or Both?

Colorado radio has no shortage of half-sentient, bird brained, right wing screaming heads. Take Dan Caplis of KHOW-AM, for instance. Colorado Media Matters reports here on Caplis’ tirade against the California Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling.

As is true of all his compatriots, Caplis gets no points whatsoever for originality. He gives us the usual half-cooked gruel of “liberal activist judges . . . stripping our democracy of any real meaning, because these judges are unelected, they’re essentially unimpeachable, they’re unaccountable.” And, of course, “everybody knows that conservative appointees are not gonna create some constitutional right to gay marriage[.]”

Predictably, Caplis is fulla shit about everything. First of all, what’s this “our democracy” business? California and Colorado are separate sovereigns, Cochise. Their democracy isn’t ours and our democracy isn’t theirs. The California Supreme Court based its decision on provisions of the California Constitution. Thanks largely to the fact that farting too loudly in this state amends the Colorado Constitution by operation of law, we have Article II, Section 31, which provides that “[o]nly a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.” So cheer up, Danny. Colorado is safe from the liberal scourge of equal protection under the law.

Conservative appointees would never do such a thing? Try telling that to the Republican California governors who appointed six of the seven current California Supreme Court Justices.

Unaccountable? Bitch, please. “Justices are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The appointments are confirmed by the public at the next general election; justices also come before voters at the end of their 12-year terms.”

Unimpeachable? Okay, so they don’t call it “impeachment.” But California state officers are subject to recall, and “state officer” includes “Justices of Courts of Appeal and the State Supreme Court.”

So, Mr. Caplis, if you’re truly as outraged as you claim to be, I suggest that you cash in your chips at KHOW, head west and get those recall proceedings under way. Otherwise, people might think you’re nothing but a grandstanding pussy, and they’d be correct.

Finally, since this is a good a spot as any, REPUBLICAN SPACE RANGERS

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  • Robin Hood  On May 20, 2008 at 9:00 am

    At least, Caplis is right with respect to the “unaccountable” part. Judicial retention elections are a farce, as 99-44/100% of judges are retained in Missouri Plan states. .

  • Robin Hood  On May 20, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Caplis is absolutely obsessed with abortion. He has no problem with right-wing judicial activism, but anything that would tend to reduce the possibility that five activist judges would overturn Roe is immediately on his radar screen.

    Does anyone have any information on his lawsuit against Glenn Spagnuolo? I’d like to start a campaign to have him disbarred for filing a frivolous lawsuit for purposes of harassment.

  • genghishitler  On May 20, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Judicial retention elections are a farce, as 99-44/100% of judges are retained in Missouri Plan states.

    That’s certainly true here, RH. haven’t confirmed it independently, but my boss tells me there’s been a grand total of one Colorado state court judge who’s lost a retention election since the current system was adopted in the 60s.

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