September 25, 2020
With RBG’s Death, This Election Is Political Total War
In a matter of weeks, Americans will decide a presidential election after a year of extreme national duress…
We’ve been through a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, deeply damaged the economy, destroyed millions of businesses, and brought about unprecedented government control of daily life.
In addition, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past May led to a revival of the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM caused riots, looting, and arson in dozens of cities across the country for months on end. The National Guard had to be deployed in Washington, D.C., Kenosha, Wisconsin, Atlanta, and Boston to calm these uprisings.
Added to COVID-19 fears, these insurrections have led to a frightened and deeply divided America…
Democrats have been claiming all year – and arguably since the start of his presidency – that Donald Trump is a threat to the American Republic. There’s no question that 2020 has been brutal so far, with the kind of loss and misery we would expect during wartime. With a presidential election looming just weeks away, the clear strategy of the anti-Trumpers is to blame the pandemic, social unrest, and economic malaise squarely on the president.
And now, on top of all this pressure, came the earth-shattering news last week that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.
It’s hard to wrap one’s head around how much political tension and rage have now built up in this country…
Immediately after the announcements of RBG’s passing, Democrat activists took to the streets in D.C. and surrounded the home of prominent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Journalists and talking heads on the Left threatened to blow up or burn down the system unless Trump and the Republican majority Senate forego their Constitutional rights and delay filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court until 2021.
Well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen… The Republicans only need 50 votes (Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie) to confirm an appointee of President Trump to the court. So far, they’ve got a solid 51 votes, as Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has decided not to betray his party.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was initially a “no vote” while the liberal media was apoplectic in the initial hours after RBG’s passing, but now she looks like a solid “maybe.” Her vote, plus Romney’s, would get Republicans to 52 votes, with the only member of the GOP likely to vote against confirmation being the never reliable, always malleable Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
That leaves President Trump the task of actually picking a Supreme Court justice. He is planning an official announcement this Saturday, and the overwhelming assumption at this point is that it will be Seventh Circuit Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Considered brilliant across the board by peers, Barrett is a mother of seven (including two adopted children from Haiti) and a devout Catholic. When it comes to intellect, judgment, and temperament, she is exactly the kind of jurist the American people should want to sit on the highest court in the land.
But Democrats are planning to turn this confirmation process into a vicious brawl. While they have no Constitutional or procedural grounds in the Senate to stop a confirmation, they’ve made it clear they will do absolutely anything to sabotage the machinery of judicial confirmation this time around.
It’s unlikely they will encourage emotionally unstable fabricators to come forward with baseless sexual assault allegations against Amy Coney Barrett as they did with Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But we can expect agitation, unrest, and intimidation outside the Capitol building as though Congress just ordered the invasion of Canada…
They will block access for senators, call in threats, and do anything they can to shut it down. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even raised the prospect of impeaching the president again this year merely to slow down the operations of the Senate, and other Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court as soon as they can as retribution for Trump filling the RBG seat.
Fortunately, memories of the Kavanaugh confirmation two years ago are still fresh among the Republican base. They have absolutely no stomach for moderation or conciliation with the Left. Filling this Supreme Court seat is a battle of wills, and both sides are going to put maximum pressure on their elected leaders to achieve victory here.
The country is heading into a perilous period. We were already hurtling toward the most contentious election in living memory on November 3, and now there is the most acrimonious Supreme Court confirmation battle imaginable placed right alongside it.
One thing we can be certain of for the next six weeks… This is a dangerously fissile moment in the history of this Republic.
Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Insiders Sell Stock at Fastest Pace Since 2012 in Market Dip
The surge in selling is a marked departure from the dip-buying mentality seen in March, when corporate insiders scooped up shares as stocks fell into the fastest bear market on record.
U.S. Unemployment Claims Hold Steady at 870,000
Jobless claims increased slightly to 870,000 last week from 866,000 a week earlier. The elevated number of claims is a sign that layoffs have continued at a high rate…
Woman arrested, tased for not wearing mask at middle school football game
The woman was sitting in the bleachers with her mother when she got into an altercation with the cop about mask-wearing at a middle school football game.
Why We May Return to the Good Ole Days of 2019 Sooner Than You Think
We didn’t know how good we had it last… And maybe it won’t take that long to get back there.
When the Classroom Comes With Room Service and Poolside Cabanas
With the pandemic ongoing and millions of school-age children learning remotely, the travel industry is beckoning families with lures of “schoolcation.”
And let us know what you’re reading at [email protected].
Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
September 25, 2020