Trump’s extreme makeover of the Supreme Court is now complete

Trump's extreme makeover of the Supreme Court is now complete

On Monday night, President Trump, in his now customary practice of turning somber national choices into cheap show business stunts, announced Brett Kavanaugh as his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh, currently serving on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, is a white man from Yale University. His selection wasn’t much of a surprise. Court-watchers spent the weekend avidly reading the tobacco leaves about which way Trump was leaning. His team reportedly sent out different smoke signals to different conservative groups, to maximize the ratings for Supreme Court Madness. But this choice was never about what kind of meat to have for dinner. It was about what precise cut of dead, originalist cow flesh to put on the grill. President Trump cribbed his shortlist from his arch-conservative paymasters at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, and it was populated exclusively by hardcore, right-wing fanatics. With Kavanaugh’s appointment, the Supreme Court is poised to entrench conservative power in this country for another long generation. Those hoping Trump would bumble into nominate some might-be-liberal were obviously disappointed, but no one should be surprised. The conservative movement has been planning for this moment for decades, and there was no way they were going to get it wrong, especially when the president is an empty vessel who will do more or less whatever his backers tell him. That Kavanaugh cut his teeth on the Kenneth Starr investigation of Trump’s bete noir , former President […]

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