So who is Brett Kavanaugh? If he looks like a right-wing apparatchik and quacks like a right-wing apparatchik, he’s almost surely a right-wing apparatchik. Which brings us to the coming constitutional crises.
The immediate question is how the court will handle Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice, which is likely to reach epic levels very soon. If you think Kavanaugh wouldn’t completely support Trump, I have some miracle dietary supplements you might want to buy.
Beyond that, what will happen if we eventually get a Democratic Congress and president, who try to move forward with a center-left agenda? What I mean by that, by the way, are things like expanding health coverage and raising taxes on high incomes — things that aren’t radical, and in fact have broad popular support.
There’s every reason to believe that a court including Kavanaugh would strike down everything elected officials tried to do. Policy substance aside, this would destroy the court’s legitimacy, making its naked partisanship — based, again, on two stolen seats — clear to all. But it would probably happen anyway.
In fact, the constitutional carnage might well begin as soon as next year.
So let me make a last-minute appeal to Republican senators who care about America’s future, if there are any left: Don’t do this. A vote for Kavanaugh will be a vote to destroy the legitimacy of one of the last federal institutions standing.
Krugman spends one paragraph on Kavanaugh's 12 years on the bench.
Generally, Krugman characterizes Kavanaugh as anti-environment, anti-labor, and pro-discrimination, but does not back it up with discussion of a single opinion.
Of course, it’s not exactly unusual for conservatives to be more reserved on these issues.
Threat to the Constitution?
What a hoot.
And the pro-discrimination point has no backup at all.
Irony in Krugman's Stupidity
Should enough senators fail to confirm Kavanaugh, it's a near certainty Trump would pick someone even more conservative.
On that basis, the Left ought to be cheering for Kavanaugh like mad.
I am pro-choice. So I was initially against Kavanaugh. But we really do not know how he will vote.
I have many difference with Trump, notably on trade and Iran, but Trump's Supreme Court picks have been quite good.
If Krugman gets his way, I strongly suspect we will know with far more certainty how the next nominee will vote.
So not only is Krugman full of "s***" regarding the alleged "constitutional crisis", he is not even bright enough to ponder the result if he actually gets what he asks.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock