SCOTUS INTERRUPTUS: A Lifetime Political Appointment, Much Like Being Married To Bill Clinton
Another Supreme Court Justice, slightly right-of-center swing vote Anthony Kennedy, has decided to retire. In a contentious and closely watched Supreme Court vote, the justices decided 5 to 4 to get him an ice cream cake for his retirement party.
Trump now gets to appoint his second Supreme Court justice. Two on his “short list” were women. Trump will fashion his own special brand of decision making; this may have been the only Supreme Court vetting contest that had a swimsuit category.
This is a lifetime political appointment in Washington, D. C., much like being married to Bill Clinton.
Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, and the libs are preemptively enraged. In fact, anger is their only emotion. They never really seem to advance reasoned alternatives. They are either angry or asleep. We are just 500 days into this presidency, so Maxine Waters and Chuck Schumer had best pace themselves.
The left howls when Trump does anything. They say it is the worst thing Trump has ever done — until he does something tomorrow. Crying “Wolf!” at everything has diminished their credibility.
They try to tie everything to their fake Russian collusion probe, saying now that Trump cannot appoint a Supreme Court Justice because he or she may rule on his case. Very weak. The odds are nil that this sordid mess of a tabloid investigation gone awry gets to the Supreme Court.
And if the Stormy Daniels case got that far, she might have to recuse herself since both she and the Supreme Court Justices do the same thing: show up to work in a robe. In fact, she could even represent herself before the Supreme Court. If there is a woman with more experience being around old men in robes than Stormy, I’d be surprised.
The reason libs are so unhinged about this is that their last domain in government has been the 8 years Obama had of installing liberal activist judges who aggressively pursue their political agendas from the bench. Libs love making rules others have to follow, and they get to interpret.
They are so worried that Ruth Buzzy Ginsberg might die in two years that they will probably shop and get a ruling from California’s 9th Circus Court of Appeals that she doesn’t have to step down from the court in the event of her death. Look for this case ruling, Weekend at Bernie’s v. Trump, coming to theatrics courts near you soon!
One oddity I have pointed out: When Justice John Paul Stevens left the Supreme Court at age 89 (he was so old they had to keep reminding him to close his robe), we no longer had a Protestant on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is another Catholic. So we will have three Jews and six justices raised Catholic in a country that is over half Protestant. When are we WASPs going to catch a break in America?
The left always says that any Republican Supreme Court appointment will be the end of Roe v. Wade. Of their last 100 warnings on this, none has come true. Their hyperbole grows weary. In the south, Roe v. Wade is a decision we make when our Evinrude boat motor breaks.
And we feel that college admission quotas should not favor one person over another, but should be fair. We feel that quotas, when put inside a parking meter, should give everyone 30 minutes of parking.
Justice Kennedy struck the right tone. He ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. He said it was not the Supreme Court’s role to judge gay men; that, of course, falls in the purview of the Tony Awards Committee. The Supremes rightfully decided that marriage is a states’ rights issue and not traditionally defined as the union of two people of the opposite sex trapped in resentful bondage who cope by eventually wearing sweatpants to watch Family Feud every night.
Other cases, like whether a Colorado baker can refuse on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, are the rulings they are tinkering with. Should there be anything Americans would stand up and pay attention to? Is any ruling just that reduces the amount of cake available? And for those keeping fairness scores at home, it’s easier for a gay couple to get a wedding cake in Colorado than it is for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to get a meal in Virginia.
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