There is a push by some to place blame about SCOTUS on Bernie or Bust folks, and as satisfying as that may be in the short term it, just doesn't hold up to scrutiny. That position also absolves the Dems of DECADES of inaction against GOP anti-Democratic tendencies #thread
First, more 16' Bernie primary voters eventually came around to voting for Hillary than Hillary primary voters came around to voting for Obama in 08'. The myth that he cost her the election needs to be put to sleep like swing voters and other DC beltway fantasies
Moreover, even in the #WhatIfMarvel version of America where Clinton wins in 16', there is NO reason to believe McConnell would have held a vote on any of her SCOTUS nominees. In fact, he pretty much said he'd never seat another judge from a Dem as long as he ran the Senate
So SCOTUS, and to a similar extent the lower courts are a result of Democrats not putting up enough of a fight when Trump was stuffing the courts with nincompoops and ideologues, especially after McConnell had spent YEARS denying Obama dozens of court appointments
SCOTUS has been a partisan joke since the 00' election Bush v.s. Gore case when Scalia's wasn't forced to recuse himself over an obvious conflict of interest…
Guns, Healthcare, these were all test cases. The goal of the GOP for 40 years has been to reverse Roe v.s. Wade AND destroy any vestige of the Voting Rights Act. They've done both in the last 8 months DESPITE losing in 20' and being in the minority in all 3 federal branches
It's been a 3 alarm fire for Democracy since before #January6thInsurrection with historians, activist and journalists like @AngryBlackLady @Bre@ @sarahkendzior telling everyone who'd listen for years. All of this could've been prevented, heck it could be reversed, if Biden cared
But President Biden does not. If he cared about the slow moving coup in our country he would address voting rights, abortion, and the insurrection with the same energy and steadfastness that he has shown on pulling out of #Afghanistan - but he doesn't have that same energy
At every turn, when truly transformative policies could be enacted, this administration has fought for a collegiality that no longer exists. Parliamentarian won't allow 15 minimum wage, Dems could replace them as the GOP did. But refused.…
Manchin and Sinema refuse to move on the filibuster or expanding the court or impeaching Kavanaugh ? Bully the out of power, committees until they agree. Bush did it to Trent Lott, Trump did it to everyone…
We know who the GOP is, they've been broadcasting their plans for years, but even after an armed GOP COUP attempt the current administration can't figure out how to whip their own caucus into action. This is a grotesque lack of political will and imagination, not actual power

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