Among the many justices to elucidate their reasoning was Kavanaugh, who articulated a Trumpian view of the election course of. In his eyes, votes counted after the stroke of midnight on Election Day are inherently suspect; information organizations’ projections of the winner carry the identical weight because the authorized certification of the outcomes; and Democrats’ efforts to make sure voters’ ballots are counted regardless of Publish Workplace delays and the continuing pandemic are destabilizing and delegitimizing to the electoral course of. It was a coldly partisan imaginative and prescient of how American elections needs to be run, usually unmoored from truth or reasoning. If this reasoning had sprung from the pen of the overwhelming majority of People, it might be dismissed as ignorant; from Kavanaugh, it’s unabashed partisanship.

In a second of cinematic timing, the court docket’s order got here down simply moments earlier than the Senate voted to substantiate Amy Coney Barrett because the ninth justice. Barrett proceeded to the White Home, the place she took one in all two oaths to turn out to be a Supreme Court docket justice in an out of doors ceremony led by Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, in a extremely uncommon transfer, she joined President Donald Trump on the White Home balcony for what amounted to a marketing campaign photograph op earlier than an viewers of his closest political supporters. If two of the court docket’s main conservatives wished to sign that they had been political actors as a substitute of neutral jurists, they might not have completed a greater job. […]




“Being human means throwing your entire life on the scales of future when want be, all of the whereas rejoicing in each sunny day and each stunning cloud.” ~~Rosa Luxemburg 




At Every day Kos on this date in 2011—Wisconsin firefighters union head ponders run towards Scott Walker:

One of many outcomes of a political system through which large cash is required to get elected to something above native workplace is that elected officers are disproportionately rich, and dealing folks find yourself underrepresented simply within the matter of who’s within the authorities, making choices—by no means thoughts our under-representation at high-dollar fundraisers and conferences with lobbyists.

So, as the trouble to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gears up, it is attention-grabbing to listen to that Skilled Firefighters of Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell is contemplating a marketing campaign to exchange Walker. Mom Jones‘ Andy Kroll writes that:

Mitchell’s position within the protests catapulted him into one thing of a star amongst union members and activists in Wisconsin, particularly contemplating that firefighters had been exempted from Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union finances restore invoice.

Now Mitchell is eyeing a much bigger stage: the governor’s mansion. In an interview with Mom Jones, he stated he was “critically contemplating a run” for governor in a possible recall election concentrating on Walker. He stated he believes Wisconsinites are sick {of professional} politicians not following by way of on marketing campaign guarantees, and {that a} populist candidate operating towards Walker stands a greater probability of unseating the governor. The best candidate could be “capable of discuss with widespread folks about widespread points,” Mitchell stated. “Inform ’em what you are able to do and what you may’t do.”