Watching the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, interview Wyoming’s Republican Senator John Barrasso explain voting on a Supreme Court Justice a month ahead of the election, I was struck how even the usually compliant Todd seemed to be embarrassed by Barrasso’s transparent hypocrisy.
Barrasso represents a state that is the least populous and second most sparsely populated state in the country.
Yet his vote counts the same as a senator from California, the most populated state.
The senate is the House of Lords, a remnant of slavery and as undemocratic an institution as the electoral college and life-time appointment to the Supreme Court.
It is likely that Trump will send up Amy Coney Barrrett, a federal appeals court judge, to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Barrett is an anti-abortion extremist.
I keep pointing out that when the white men who wrote the Constitution created the idea that Supreme Court appointments were for life, they thought that meant about ten years.
White men, the only ones who were allowed on the Court at the time, rarely lived past 50. Now the average lifespan is around 80. That’s 40 years on the court.
That’s about the length of time since the Bears last won a Superbowl.
Over the past 40 years the Court decided that burning the American flag was protected speech. They voted that same sex sex was legal and then later logically said the same thing about same sex marriage.
They ruled on climate change EPA regulations, gun ownership, Citizen’s United, and the Affordable Care Act.
Forty years is a long time.
Time enough for a lot of really bad rulings.
So, stopping the Trump appointment on the eve of a likely Democratic victory in the presidential election and control of the Senate is important.
I appreciate the take it to them attitude of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s not intimidated by the rules of parliamentary procedure or pleading to the spineless Susan Collins.
“Our reproductive rights are on the line. Our labor rights are on the line. Our right to healthcare is on the line. Labor and union protections are on the line. Our climate is on the line,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “With an early appointment, all of our rights—the rights that so many people died for, voting rights, reproductive rights, healthcare rights, all of those rights… are at risk with this appointment. So we need to make sure that we mobilize on an unprecedented scale to ensure that this vacancy is reserved for the next president.”