Trump Falls to His Knees PLEEEADING for Republican ESTABLISHMENT Donors to Fund His Campaign—Offering Them the Ultimate Gift: Supreme Court Proxies. Toldya.
Tomorrow, behind closed doors with Paul Ryan & Friends, he will swear fealty to Mitt Romney’s platform. And not just the part written literally, it turns out, by the Heritage Foundation and CNBC! Also the part written by the Federalist Society. Including on Supreme Court and lower-court appointments. Suffice it to say that his promise to hand Supreme Court and lower federal court appointments back to the Federalist Society would bode well for the Koch legal agenda. And for the continued life of Citizens United.
For unions and people who aren’t so fond of Wall Street, though, not so much.
— The Most Successful Trojan Horse Since the Trojan War, Me, May 11
Soooo sorry about this, Rust Belt blue-collar folks. I know these names don’t mean anything to you. But, oh, by November, they will. Won’t they, Secretary Clinton? Won’t they?
Promise me they will. Promise. Promise! And promise me you’ll actually discuss, oh, say, the Fab Five’s Federal Arbitration Act opinions. And their National Labor Relations Act opinions. And their opinions setting out who actually has access to court. Such as how long beyond the moment when someone files a lawsuit he or she can manage to have the case stay in court? And who is ordered to pay who’s legal fees? And who has immunity from lawsuits? Obscure things of that sort.
Y’know; the things that these donors actually get for all that money they donate? The things that they’re so damn sure no attempt will be made to explain to the public, because, well, these things are just toooo complicated for ordinary folk to comprehend? The things that rarely have anything to do with the culture wars issues that most people think are all that the Supreme Court decides but that most billionaire donors don’t actually give a damn about?
And that what’s at least as important as Supreme Court appointments to the folks to whom this candidate is ostentatiously offering himself as their policy-and-appointments puppet is the makeup of the lower federal court bench?
Pleease, Secretary Clinton? Pretty, pretty, pretty please?
Okay, on a serious note (the above is a serious note, too; it just doesn’t sound like one): This—this—is exactly the kind of thing that Bill Clinton could explain easily to people with no background in this stuff. Most people couldn’t. But he could.
And here’s another serious note: This candidate is an absolute monkey. People just feed him policy stuff and he parrots it. He asked someone to get him the names of rightwing appellate judges, and that someone obliged. The candidate himself couldn’t tell you a thing of substance about any of them, or for that matter a thing of substance on legal issues at all.
Apparently, he’s decided to hand not only his fiscal-policy proposals but also his judicial nominations to the, um, Heritage Foundation. Literally. The Heritage Foundation. So this should be a good time for Clinton to apprise the public of who, exactly, comprises this organization’s board of directors. And who funds it. Not too many labor union folks there.
President Chauncey Gardiner: ‘Being There’ at the Bait-and-Switch. I’m batting 1,000 on this stuff. The Democrats SHOULD LISTEN TO ME. They should read AB. This is a brilliant, prescient blog!
OMG. I’m sounding like Donald Trump. This election is getting to me.
CLARIFICATION (which apparently is needed): Reader J.Goodwin and I exchanged the following comments in the Comments thread:
J. Goodwin/May 19, 2016 8:34 am
I’m sure that she is already familiar with the names on this list.
Me/ May 19, 2016 3:58 pm
I wasn’t saying that Clinton isn’t familiar with the names. I was saying that the general public, the voters, aren’t–and that Clinton should fill them in. And that she also should inform the voters about the Heritage Foundation–what it is, and that Trump is delegating major policy proposals and prospective appointees like Supreme Court justices to this organization.
She absolutely needs to inform the voters of key things that the Republican donors know that Trump is promising them with. That was my point. My intended one, anyway.
It’s a critically important point, I think, so I wanted to clarify it. My cryptic reference to “the Fab Five”, also to be clear, meant the four winger Supreme Court justices who remain on the court and their recently-late comrade in arms.
Added 5/19 at 4:31 p.m.