Washington Publish Dana Milbank writes about the very long sport of Republicans, which culminated in Justice Alito’s draft decision overturning Roe V. Wade.
So Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell thinks the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft feeling overturning Roe is a “toxic spectacle” and an “attack.” Main Justice John Roberts phone calls it a “betrayal.”
Cry me a river.
There is indeed a toxic spectacle and a betrayal going on below, but it isn’t the leak. It’s the betrayal of democracy by McConnell’s Republicans and the harmful spectacle of the Roberts courtroom aiding it.
The claimed 5-to-4 break up on the draft displays that this cataclysmic ruling would be pressured on the public by the narrowest doable bulk. This means the ruling is achievable only mainly because of the seat on the court docket McConnell and his Republican colleagues properly stole by refusing for 293 days to confirm — or even look at — President Barack Obama’s duly nominated applicant, Merrick Garland.
Republicans handed that seat in 2017 to Neil Gorsuch — in the procedure likely “nuclear” and getting rid of the filibuster so that only Republican votes ended up necessary for affirmation.
Then, in a feat of astounding hypocrisy, McConnell’s Republicans reversed their pious claim that Supreme Court docket vacancies late in a presidency ought to be remaining to the “next president” and verified Amy Coney Barrett eight days ahead of Joe Biden was elected president — essentially stealing a next seat.
Some justices documented by Politico to be voting to overturn Roe now stand accused by Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) of misrepresenting their positions on the “super precedent” all through their Senate confirmations.