|Ryan T. Anderson|
Some conservatives are not happy with yesterday's deliberations in front of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals where state attorneys defending marriage equality bans in Wisconsin and Indiana got practically ripped by the three judge panel.
Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed called it "the most lopsided arguments over marriage bans at a federal appeals court this year . . ." while I said we can expect to hear whining about "activist judges" spewing from the right.
I didn't know it would come this soon.
Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation has slowly but steadily become the new defender of marriage equality bans on a supposedly intellectual basis. He sent out the following tweet outlining a complaint about one of the judges:
"Posner is a bully ... [other] judges, even who disagree with the lawyers, managed to be courteous and respectful." http://t.co/9UR0Yv3ylq
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanT_Anderson) August 27, 2014
Anderson's tweet was referring to Justice Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee who was the most aggressive in skewering the defenders of the marriage equality ban during yesterday's trial.
If the judges rule in our favor, I expect other besides Anderson will be pulling the "he was an activist bully" card against Posner. But what folks like Anderson mischaracterize (probably deliberately) as bullying is an adherence to facts and lack of patience for people with virtually no argument to support their point of view.
In other words, don't blame the judge because your argument is lousy.