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Thursday Night time Owls: Kavanaugh and Barrett present they’re political operatives not neutral justices

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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 ought to be run, typically unmoored from reality 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 verify Amy Coney Barrett because the ninth justice. Barrett proceeded to the White Home, the place she took one in every of two oaths to change into a Supreme Courtroom justice in an outside 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 have been political actors as an alternative of neutral jurists, they may not have carried out a greater job. […]


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At Day by day Kos on this date in 2011—Wisconsin firefighters union head ponders run in opposition to Scott Walker:

One of many outcomes of a political system through which massive cash is required to get elected to something above native workplace is that elected officers are disproportionately rich, and dealing individuals 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 hassle 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 interchange Walker. Mom Jones‘ Andy Kroll writes that:

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

Now Mitchell is eyeing a much bigger stage: the governor’s mansion. In an interview with Mom Jones, he stated he was “severely contemplating a run” for governor in a possible recall election focusing on Walker. He stated he believes Wisconsinites are sick {of professional} politicians not following via on marketing campaign guarantees, and {that a} populist candidate working in opposition to Walker stands a greater likelihood of unseating the governor. The perfect candidate can be “in a position to speak with widespread individuals about widespread points,” Mitchell stated. “Inform ’em what you are able to do and what you’ll be able to’t do.”