For some reason I woke up this morning feeling better about the future of America. If Trump is impeached and convicted, Mike Pence becomes president. And since Pence has decided to live his life as an intestinal fluke subsisting solely on Trump’s half-digested Hot Pockets and putrefying viscera, he isn’t likely to live long without his host.
If Trump sticks it out for the rest of his term — he’ll apologize on bended knee to Rosie before he ever resigns — the GOP will likely drown in his blood.
But Supreme Court justices go on and on and on, and whatever happens to Trump, his fake-Christian soldiers on the high court will almost certainly outlast him.
Which is why we need to redouble our efforts to derail Trump’s latest Supreme Court nomination. After all, how can an accused criminal and unindicted co-conspirator — which is what Trump is now — pick his own judge? If Barack Obama wasn’t allowed to seat a Supreme Court justice with a year left in his term — for no other reason than Mitch McConnell is an irretrievable asshole — how can Trump select a justice when he’s up to his Ed Begley Jr. brows in legal jeopardy?
Even as the Trump train careens off the trestle, it can still do plenty of damage.
And if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is correct, that damage would be severe and lasting.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he left his 90-minute meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh convinced that the conservative jurist could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if confirmed.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) was one of five Democrats who met privately with Kavanaugh on Tuesday afternoon. President Donald Trump’s nominee also met with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who told reporters earlier that Kavanaugh had agreed the 1973 Supreme Court case establishing abortion rights was settled law.
“I understand that the judge told other members today that he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. He did not say that to me,” Schumer said. “But that is not the important or decisive question.”
“Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until a majority of the Supreme Court decides to unsettle it,” he continued. “Conservative justices have a habit of saying something is settled law during their confirmation and then overturning the minute they get on the bench.”
Schumer noted that Kavanaugh also seemed pretty cagey when asked direct questions about precedent:
“I asked him if he agreed that Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood were correctly decided,” Schumer told reporters. “He would not say yes. That should send shivers down the spine of any American who believes in reproductive freedom for women.”
And as for Trump’s promise that he would select only pro-life justices? Kavanaugh was evasive on that subject as well:
Schumer argued that Kavanaugh is in a unique position as a Supreme Court pick who was nominated after the president vowed to appoint only judges who would overturn abortion rights.
“Judge Kavanaugh has a special obligation to make his views on this topic clear,” Schumer said. “I reminded him repeatedly that he’s in a unique position: No other president has nominated someone to the Supreme Court after saying, ‘I will only nominate someone who overturns Roe v. Wade.’ He had a special obligation to dispute that if he didn’t agree with it. He did not. At all.”
Stopping Kavanaugh is still an uphill battle, but it’s a battle we need to fight. Women’s health — and, frankly, everyone else’s (Kavanaugh also refused to say whether he thought Obamacare was constitutional) — is at stake.
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