Our Unconstitutional Constitution

It has to be said over and over and over again: Amy Coney Barrett is going to be confirmed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Constitution gives the president the power to nominate her, and it gives the Senate the power to approve her nomination. The president has nominated her and…

Demokratiets nedbrydning

I’m registered to vote in New York, so my Senators are Chuck Schumer (currently the minority leader of the Senate) and this piece of work: Yes, that’s the junior Senator for New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, proudly (and “without evidence,” as the kids say) declaring Amy Coney Barrett unfit for office, and (also without evidence) calling…

“Jeg frygter for vores land”

There’s been a lot of Danish coverage of President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and I obviously haven’t seen or read it all. But from what I have seen, the coverage isn’t surprising. We can start with a DR piece that’s pretty representative of the genre: Trumps kandidat til Højesteret…

Sidste ønske (og andet vrøvl)

All is transpiring as I foretold. Here’s a state-funded DR explainer of sorts, “Vejen er banet for Trumps næste højesteretsdommer: Mitt Romney slukker demokraternes håb.” It’s everything we’ve come to expect from state-funded journalism: it begins with an actual fact: Senator Mitt Romney has publicly declared he would not block a Trump nomination to the…

Cirkus kommer til byen

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday, Friday the 18th of September. Everybody you knew that was a Constitutional scholar back in January, an amateur microbiologist this spring, and an amateur sociologist and civil rights historian this summer will now astonish you with their command of judicial norms and precedents… their mastery of…