In an editorial called "The Midnight Coup," the paper claims:
[Congress] brushed aside our federalist system of government, which assigns the resolution of such disputes to state law, and state judges. Even President Bush flew back from his ranch to Washington on Sunday to be in on what amounts to a constitutional coup d'etat.There is so much irony piled atop irony here that it would take all day to unwrap it. But just so we understand where those stalwart defenders of federalism at the L.A. Times are coming from, we must remember that a "coup" is an overthrow of the governing authority.
Who has been ostensibly "overthrown" in this case? You guessed it: one unaccountable judge.
Only a dinasour of print media could still, with a straight face, characterize action by the legislative body representing the people of the United States to reign in one runaway judge (who has repeatedly ruled in violation of common morality and the democratically-enacted laws of the state of Florida) as a "coup."
In one sense, it's a startling admission, however. The Times, in calling it a "coup," acknowledges that it views judges as our true rulers, and any action against them as something of a revolution. My hope is that this will be only the first of many such "coups," as the legislative bodies of our land begin reasserting their constitutional role against a runaway, tyrannical judiciary.