Mitch McConnell has done more to undermine American confidence in the judiciary of any single individual in our nation’s history. Yet yesterday he slapped the Democrats for not respecting the independence of the judiciary, the McConnell judiciary itself worked so hard to free all notions of independence.
What exactly did McConnell expect? His unique brand of shamelessness has led directly to what remains: two stolen seats and lingering questions about the withdrawal which led to a third. Regardless, McConnell wrote in WaPo:
[T]The Biden administration had taken another step to erode the independence of our Supreme Court published a first draft of the radical achievements of the pseudo-academic commission the president created to flirt with the radical concept of courtship.
The president’s decision in April to raise this commission was not an isolated event. Naked attempts to intimidate judges have become a key priority for today’s Democratic Party.
Did McConnell have the temerity to use the word “bully” when talking about the Supreme Court? “Bullies”? Unilateral suspension of a SCOTUS seat from March to next January based on “the people [in the next election, not the previous one] should decide “and then the last urgent job after beloved Ruth Bader-Ginsberg passes, based on the” rule of the president and the senate of the same party “that McConnell did not mention during the appointment of Merrick Garland. McConnell there call bullies?
A few months earlier, like The Post reported, Democrats in the Senate, including the current president of the Justice Commission, sent the court an outrageous short amicus that looked like a ransom demand from junior-varsity mobsters. “The Supreme Court is not well,” they threatened, “and people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands that it be remodeled. … ‘”
In other words: you have a nice independent judicial system. Of course it would be a shame if something happened to him.
Second year of high school Mitch McConnell earns an “A” in reading comprehension. Because that’s exactly what the Senate intended to convey to SCOTUS, especially Chief Justice Roberts. The Democrats know that even the judges know the farce hidden under the veneer of the glitzy and imposing building, the ornate courtroom and all those wonderful guiding principles. The Democrats wanted the court to know that because it is so politically composed, there is no reason not to balance it. The nine judges share very few qualities, but one thing do they all share? Nobody wants to water down their vote by adding judges. Nobody wants to have limited deadlines.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts is particularly sensitive to this because his name will forever be linked to that period in history when the public gave up on having an independent judiciary. You will notice, it was Roberts who saved what had been the obviously constitutional ACA. When the ACA passed, no one questioned its constitutionality. It was only when desperate Republicans began to realize how difficult it could be to get out of the new program did they raise “serious constitutional concerns.”
Whenever we see an aberrant “progressive” vote from Roberts, keep in mind that he is the only one that history will truly remember.
Regardless, the Democrats in the Senate see what happened with the SCOTUS, the judges saw what happened, the American public certainly understands (which explains the vertigo of the right), and McConnell, more than anyone, knows more. on why independence doesn’t exist for anyone. He designed it. To him, shaming anyone of anything in this matter is just, well, shameless.
That’s how we got here in the first place.
Jason Miciak is a political writer, features writer, author and lawyer. He is originally from Canada but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a Canadian-American citizen with dual citizenship, which he is more and more grateful for every day. Now he enjoys life as a single father, writing from Gulf Coast beaches, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is truly the mystical dreamer who cannot add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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