In an interview with Ari Rabin-Havt host of The Agenda on SiriusXM radio prominent Republican attorney Ted Olson had some rather harsh words for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) when asked to comment on a quote attributed to Cruz in an Atlantic article by Jeffery Toobin concerning marriage.
Rabin-Havt read the quote to him”
“Marriage is under assault it is under assault in a way that is pervasive. We’re seeing marriage under assault in the courts, including, sadly, the Supreme Court of the United States. It struck down the California marriage laws. California had a referendum. They asked the voters of California, ‘Do you want marriage to be a traditional marriage between one man and one woman?’
And the voters of California—those crazy right-wing kooks—said, ‘Yes, now that you mention it, we like marriage to be between one man and one woman!’ Went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court said, ‘You can’t say that,’ and struck it down. You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution.”
Olson compared the Senator’s position to those who only “forty some” years ago who defended laws making it a felony for two people of different races to marry:
“That case, called Loving v. Virginia, is a landmark in the jurisprudence of the SC, striking down as unconstitutional a law that would have prevented the president’s mother and father from getting married and being in Virginia at the time that he was born.
It’s a sad thing when people don’t understand that the people cannot vote away the rights of minorities, that people cannot engraft into their constitution provisions that discriminate against a segment of our society — whether that be persons of a particular race or nationality, or laws that discriminate against women. We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of laws that have discriminated against women over the years that the Supreme Court has struck down. Ted Cruz is just plain wrong about that and it’s unfortunate because that is not and should not be the future of the Republican Party.”
While some in the party may have come to the realization that it was a mistake to embrace the radical Tea Party faction we can’t expect to see a major turnaround any time soon, the radicals are too deeply entrenched to be moved aside easily, it is going to take some time and until that time the Democrats will occupy the White House with no close competition.
Listen to the interview below.
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h/t: Think Progress