NY Times Editorial Board calls on “Democrats and progressives to take a page from ‘The Godfather’ and go to the mattresses” to prevent conservative shift in Supreme Court.
There is unhinged.
And then there is NY Times Editorial Board unhinged.
The Editorial Board issued a call for Democrats to go all Godfather in fighting whomever Trump picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy:
With Republicans controlling the Senate and the judicial filibuster dead, the Democrats’ odds of denying President Trump a second Supreme Court appointment are slim. Barring some unforeseen development, the president will lock in a 5-to-4 conservative majority, shifting the court solidly to the right for a generation.
This is all the more reason for Democrats and progressives to take a page from “The Godfather” and go to the mattresses on this issue. Because this battle is about more than a single seat on the nation’s highest court. With public attention focused on all that is at stake with this alignment, this is the moment for Democrats to drive home to voters the crucial role that the judiciary plays in shaping this nation, and why the courts should be a key voting concern in Every. Single. Election.
This call to arms may sound overly dramatic. It’s not….
The Godfather reference of “going to the mattresses” refers to a total war between the crime families.
This certainly sounds like eliminationist rhetoric.
It’s a sign of just how insane the reaction is going to be regardless of who Trump picks among the likely contenders. There will be a vicious smear campaign, and in the current climate, we can expect attempts at intimidation.
The pick comes Monday night. Get ready.
I don’t have a personal favorite on the merits. It seems that all of the names near the top of the list would be okay, and the differences are nuances.
I received the compendium of columns below from an email list I’m on, and it seemed like a good summary and links to the case for each of the top contenders:
The Case for Brett Kavanaugh – by J.D. Vance
James David “J. D.” Vance is an American author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy.
Here’s who Trump should pick for the Supreme Court – by Hugh Hewitt
Hugh Hewitt is an American radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network and a lawyer, academic, and author.
Trump should nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court – by Richard Garnett
Professor Richard W. Garnett teaches and writes about the freedoms of speech, association, and religion and constitutional law more generally.
Trump should take a serious look at Amul Thapar for the Supreme Court – by Ilya Shapiro
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.
Judge Kethledge Faithfully Applies Immigration Laws — by Roger Meyers
Roger Meyers clerked for Judge Kethledge from 2009 to 2010, and now practices law in Troy, Mich., at Bush Seyferth & Paige, PLLC, a firm in which Judge Kethledge was a founding partner in 2003.
With Brett Kavanaugh, America will have a bold, brilliant Supreme Court Justice – by Matt Schlapp
Matt Schlapp is the chairman of the American Conservative Union and CPAC
Mark Levin adds Mike Lee to the mix:
That’s what really scares the NY Times Editors. To them, the barbarians already are inside the gates.DONATE
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