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Stephen Wolf @PoliticsWolf
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Waiting on white smoke to arise to let us know the name of the next white man who will be chosen to interpret the our founding text in a way that confirms all of his political preferences
The fact that the Warren court, which existed for less than two decades, is the lone exception to this, speaks volumes about how reactionary & undemocratic the Supreme Court has been. With extremist Republicans about to take charge, it's poised to become outright anti-democratic
Trump's next Supreme Court appointee will help the Republican Party tear our democracy to shreds @SeanMcElwee
Ah yes, who can forget how Merrick Garland would have authored opinions to mandate government-funded healthcare for everyone, raise taxes on the rich, & provide a path to citizenship for the undocumented. What #BothSides nonsense
Harry Reid did not start a slippery slope. The GOP did when they ruled 5-4 to hand the 2000 presidential election to Bush even though a recount likely would've put Gore ahead…
Imagine if Scalia died in 2014 & Ginsburg/Breyer retired, giving SCOTUS 5 liberals aged ≤60. Do we really think a unified GOP govt wouldn't be talking court packing after Bush v. Gore, unprecedented filibustering, a refusal to consider Garland, & talk of packing district courts?
And it's absurd to think the GOP wouldn't have nuked the filibuster on court nominees in 2017 if Harry Reid hadn't done it in 2013. The only difference would be Democrats would have fewer appointees on the federal bench today
A reminder that Trump’s assault on democracy via the Supreme Court would have almost certainly happened regardless of which Republican had been nominated in 2016. The anti-democratic rot runs far deeper than Trump, & Bush v. Gore put us on a slippery slope
Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh will be a disaster for American democracy. Here's how:
Bush v. Gore
Citizens United
Shelby County v. Holder (gutting a key part of the Voting Rights Act)

These anti-democratic decisions are just the tip of the iceberg for what the Roberts Court is about to do when Brett Cavanaugh is confirmed as the fifth hardcore GOP partisan
This. There is no stopping this nomination. The only recourse Democrats have is to fight like hell to retake the Senate by winning every competitive state up for election this year.
Establishment Republicans would’ve been just fine with anti-democratic partisan hacks on the Supreme Court. Some of them only objected to Trump because they thought he was politically vulnerable, not because they disagreed with his goal of plutocracy
I'm still pissed at progressive Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin for retiring in 2014 & letting extreme-right GOP Sen. Joni Ernst take his place in #IAsen. Add one more seat, & Dems would have the votes to block Kavanaugh
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