Tuesday's HOT MIC
It doesn't look like it's going to happen this year, but the rumored prospect of Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement sent reliably liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus into a tizzy:
Justice Kennedy, perhaps it is unfair to pile all this onto your shoulders, but is it really wise to subject an already divided country to even more turbulence? And to another nomination by this president, with his evident ignorance of the role of the judiciary and disdain for judicial independence?
Your career has been characterized by insistence on civility, respect for the dignity of all individuals and commitment to the rule of law — qualities absent in our president. Just read Trump’s tweets and ask yourself: Do I really want my successor named by this man?
No need to look back to the campaign, and his repugnant comments about the “Mexican” judge presiding over the Trump University fraud lawsuit. Just consider the president’s tweets about judicial rulings in the case that has now reached your own court. He blasted the “so-called judge”; assailed “slow and political” courts; and, most alarming, suggested that blood would be on the judiciary’s hands if a terrorist incident took place while his travel ban was being delayed...
Justice Kennedy, does the president who chose this man really deserve to name your replacement?
And this is about a Republican nominee. Imagine what's going to happen when Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are gone from the court via death or retirement. The confirmation screaming will make Bork look like a sunny summer afternoon in the hammock.