Dear Senator Vitter,

During summer break I suggest you find a 9th grade Government summer school class to attend. You know- the one where they teach you about the different branches of our government and what they do.

You seem to have forgotten that the Supreme court is the guardian and interpreter of the Constitution- not the Senate.

And when the Supreme Court rules on something really important like, say, the death penalty, well maybe you should trust that the justices are a little smarter than you and know a little more about the constitution.

Hell, it seems to me like any ninth grader knows more than you. There really is no other way to explain Senate Resolution 626 which you introduced last week.

In case you forgot, it goes like this:

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Supreme Court of the United States erroneously decided Kennedy v. Louisiana, No. 07-343 (2008), and that the eighth amendment to the Constitution of the United States allows the imposition of the death penalty for the rape of a child.

This sounds like legislative activism to me, David.

Maybe you should just stick to things you actually know something about- like having sex with prostitutes and trying to push abstinence-only sex ed on our kids.


  • Is it really that uncommon to have a sense of the Senate vote? I know they did one a couple of yrs back on Roe v. Wade.

  • They are pretty common. Reps and Senators use them for all kinds of wacky and not-so-wacky stuff like “Supporting the goals and ideals of National Passport Month” and “Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan” and “Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Okeechobee Hurricane of September 1928”.

    I just thought this one from Vitter was out of line.

    It’s the court’s job to interpret the constitution and that’s what they did. He might as well have issued a resolution saying the founding fathers were a bunch of idiots.

    My big issue with all of this is that the court is pretty conservative already. Conservative-leaning- but still balanced enough to keep it reasonable.

    But I know nuts like Vitter would like to make it even more conservative. He’d like to pack it with a bunch of young right-wing kooks and watch them tear through decades of rulings – destroying US civil rights as we know them.

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