July 6, 2018

Potential Supreme Court Nominees

We're officially on Insta! Did I throw on a blazer at 5 am for all you lovely people? You bet I did!

— to two or three — the list of contenders he’s considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.” (AP News)

“Trump has
.” (Fox News, Ballotpedia, SCOTUS Blog)

The current top contenders are Barrett, Kethledge, and Kavanaugh. (AP News)

See past issues

The left has strong reservations about all of the potential nominees.

“There’s little that President Trump loves more than cementing his supporters’ adoration of him while making his foes squirm. Nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would do both… Republicans expect — and want — liberals to be so freaked out by this that they oppose her in a manner that can be branded anti-religious.

New York Times

Sen. Chuck Schumer

D-NY) stated that “Judge Kethledge has repeatedly sided against workers in cases dealing with the right to organize, fair wages, age discrimination, and sexual harassment.” Furthermore, “in a case brought by victims of the Flint water disaster, Judge Kethledge sided with the corporations who contributed to the crisis rather than standing up for those who suffered as a result.”


Kavanaugh recently ruled that “it was not an undue burden to force a 15-week-pregnant 17-year-old undocumented immigrant to

Washington Post

Some argue that overturning Roe v. Wademay be the only way to beat Trump [in 2020]… Hard core anti-choice voters already voted in 2016. They're going to turn out again in 2020. We know what their ceiling is. But scores of independents, young progressives and people of color stayed home in 2016… There's one issue in American politics capable of flipping an entire election on its head. And with Kennedy's retirement, it's staring us in the face.”


Finally, others on the left argue that “people under the cloud of investigation do not get to pick the judges who may preside over their cases. By this logic, President Trump should not be permitted to appoint a new Supreme Court justice until after the special counsel investigation is over, and we know for sure whether there is evidence of wrongdoing.”

New York Times

“In theory, there’s no reason why a bad businessman can’t go on to become a good president. But a commander-in-chief whose signature legislative achievement expanded tax loopholes that he himself describes as grossly unfair is pretty much a bad president, by definition.”
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

The right is enthusiastic about all of the rumored frontrunners. “The list from which [Trump] has pledged to select the next Justice includes the best and brightest of our federal and state judges.”

National Review

The right is enthusiastic about all of the rumored frontrunners. “The list from which [Trump] has pledged to select the next Justice includes the best and brightest of our federal and state judges.”

National Review

Fox News

Washington Post

“If you want to know why

The Hill

Finally, “don’t count out Judge Thapar. President Trump likes him a great deal, as does Vice President Pence. Senator Mitch McConnell… strongly supports him. Thapar’s fellow Indian American, Ambassador Nikki Haley, is also pushing for him. Finally, the politics of placing the first Asian American on the Supreme Court would be great. Thapar could very well get it.”

Above the Law

“Trump is going to do exactly what Presidents Obama, Bill Clinton and both Bushes did before him: He will nominate a qualified candidate to fill the high court vacancy, and Senate Republicans will confirm his nominee. There is nothing the left can do about it. If Democrats are upset, too bad… They have no one to blame but themselves.”

Sacramento Bee

Others posit that “the reason Kim is developing missiles that can strike Seattle or LA is that 28,000 U.S. troops are in South Korea… If we cannot persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons in return for a lifting of sanctions, perhaps we should pull U.S. forces off the peninsula and let China deal with the possible acquisition of their own nuclear weapons by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan…

“After an exhausting two weeks [between North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and others], one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? And is it not the time for the United States, preoccupied with so many crises, to begin asking, ‘Why is this our problem?’”
Pat Buchanan, Townhall

Counterpoint: “after the War of 1812, President Madison… enacted the Tariff of 1816 to price British textiles out of competition, so Americans would build the new factories and capture the booming U.S. market. It worked. Tariffs [also] financed Mr. Lincoln’s War. The Tariff of 1890 bears the name of Ohio Congressman and future President William McKinley, who said that a foreign manufacturer ‘has no right or claim to equality with our own… He pays no taxes. He performs no civil duties’… [A tariff’s] purpose is not just to raise revenue but to make a nation economically independent of others, and to bring its citizens to rely upon each other rather than foreign entities.”
Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

“Legislatures and executives have readily, even enthusiastically, assented to the transfer of their powers to the Supreme Court. No one really questions the wisdom of having judges make policy; they simply wish to stack the courts so that their judges are the ones setting the rules… A country where half the citizens feel their concerns have been placed beyond redress or appeal is a country that is headed for trouble.”

Washington Post

EPA Chief Pruitt Resigns

Both the left and the right agree it was necessary for Pruitt to go:

On the bright side...

New shuttle service offers free rides -- but only if you keep singing.

Huffington Post

Get troll-free political news.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.