Donald Trump Gave The Conservative Legal Movement Everything They Ever Wanted

“They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come,' Mitch McConnell said.

10/27/2020 12:07:00 PM

“They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come,' Mitch McConnell said.

“They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come,' Mitch McConnell said about Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation.

ByPaul BlumenthalBarack Obamato fill a seat left open on the Supreme Court by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, he refused to even hold a hearing on Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. The power of a president to appoint a new justice ― one who could secure or shift the court’s political tilt ― became a central issue for conservatives. And eventual Republican nominee

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dutifully vowed to do GOP legal groups’ and religious voters’ bidding by appointing a conservative justice should they back him.It worked as a motivating factor for voters.One in five Trump voters said the Supreme Court was the “most important” issuein their decision, according to exit polling. Those religious conservatives then turned out to support Trump, a thrice-married playboy who boasts about sexually assaulting women and pays hush money to his extramarital lovers, because he promised them judicial nirvana. Once Trump became president, he delivered by appointing two conservative stalwarts in Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh in his first two years in office.

On Monday, he gave conservatives a third: Amy Coney Barrett, newly confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate just eight days before the election, to the seat vacated by the death of liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The conservative legal movement has achieved its wildest dreams. Trump has now made three appointments to the Supreme Court, the most of any president since Ronald Reagan. The court now has a rock-solid 6-3 conservative majority. All six conservatives have been closely vetted by conservative legal movement leaders in an effort to prevent future ideological deviations. Most important, there are now enough conservatives on the court that even if one broke from orthodoxy, it wouldn’t matter.

Conservative activists are now free to press forward with the agenda they’ve pushed since the Reagan era: criminalize abortion, ban racial preference in school admissions and elsewhere, cripple the federal regulatory state, roll back voting rights, civil rights and campaign finance laws and grant greater and greater powers to corporations. Whether voters support it or not.

“A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election,” McConnell taunted about Barrett’s confirmation on Sunday. “They won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”‘No More Souters’CNP / MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx

Then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del) oversaw the Senate confirmation of George H.W. Bush's nominee David Souter. Souter would go on to defect from conservative bloc to the liberals once on the court. Credit: Arnie Sachs / CNP / MediaPunch /IPXThis is the kind of control conservatives sought of the Supreme Court, the least democratically responsive branch of government, since Reagan swept into office in the 1980 election. Conservatives knew after the Reagan revolution that they would have to seize control of the courts in order to achieve their goals of overturning the New Deal economic and social welfare consensus and the mid-20th century rights revolution for racial minorities and women.

The Reagan White House started by establishing an ideological screening process for judicial nominees far stricter than that of Franklin Roosevelt, the last president to truly care about his nominees’ ideological commitments. The goal was to, “institutionalize the Reagan revolution so that it can’t be set aside no matter what happens in future presidential elections,” according to Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese, an architect of the conservative legal movement.

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Meese and other conservative legal luminaries also founded the Federalist Society, a conservative debating club that served as a networking hub and a training ground for law school conservatives and beyond. The Federalist Society also served as a counterweight to the liberal American Bar Association by providing a group that could pass judgment on conservative criteria. Leonard Leo, the co-chairman of the Federalist Society, provided Trump with the Supreme Court nominee list that would help him win in 2016.

By the end of his two terms, Reagan had appointed half of the entire federal judiciary. Yet conservatives still rankled at the occasional heresies of Reagan-appointed conservative justices like Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, who later angered religious conservatives by failing to overturn Roe v. Wade in the 1993 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case.

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Not for long! Whiplash! Think again, MoscowMitch. I do love how we are the United States of America and our government refers to us as they. Great attitude. leelynkids We shall see. Voters, please dump Moscow Mitch You bet your sweet derriere! 😎🇺🇸 “They” means “the people.” GOP authoritarian, anti-democratic support for unpopular policy. .EliseStefanik

I remember Mitch said they don't owe Black People a Damn Thing because the White Man Benefitted from our Free Labor in Slavery. Mitch basically admits that their whole agenda was nothing but POWER. Power over the Democrats and power over ALL the people. Mitch McConnell won a Political victory that he believes will cement his legacy as a scum sucking partisan pimp! He knows how to pull the levers of power in his favor. I hope he’s in the Senate when the tables are turned. VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare

This was a nuclear option to true to push back the blue wave. If Dems gain the majority watch for an equally shocking move— Puerto Rican statehood? Statehood for DC? A 13 member Supreme Court? These options are all Constitutionally feasible. That's what mitch thinks. I hope he lives to see it. Don't bet on it. Barrett is going to be impeached as soon as we take the Senate. If not removed per-forma for lying to Congress and refusing to answer questions put forward by Senators, something that she does NOT need to be impeached for to be removed.

Moscow Mitch won't be able to enjoy his 'victory' for too long. He is going to hit the bucket pretty soon. He looks like a rotten corpse. Yes and now he is of no value to them anymore. 'Alas, poor trump! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow/ of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.” They're not conservative! It's all about POWER. Having the seats in SCOTUS means they can sue and win against any law or regulation they don't like. Then they can enrich themselves and their cronies.

Pack... The... Court..... Stop using the word “conservative.” It means nothing in the US context in 2020. Call these people for what they are: far right. AmyConeyBarrett is an extremist. ExpandTheCourt SaveTheTape GOPHypocrites He might be surprised at what we Americans can do when we feel our childrens futures are endangered. He will go down in history as a traitor to his country. He'll also be lucky to not be tried for treason.

If Dems gain the authority to rectify the corrupt denial of the confirmation process for Merrick Garland, but fail to do so, the honeymoon will be over, and Dems should demand new Congressional 'leadership'. We voted for civility, not to continue being McConnell's punching bag. The people themselves will need to rise up against the SC directly in sustained mass action on the steps of the SC.

Just watch us. He’s obviously sick. Something is wrong with him medically. So it’s obvious it’s his dying wish cause he is old- that he get judges in. He will die a happy man JagbusAnne That’s because MoscowMitchMcTreason thinks we’re going to be playing bu the “rules”. senatemajldr VoteThemAllOut2020

Conservatives now free to criminalize abortion, ban racial preference in school admissions and elsewhere, cripple fed regulatory state, roll back voting rights, civil rights and campaign finance laws, grant even greater powers to corporations. Whether voters support it or not. ...on the other hand : accidents happen, people get sick, ... especially nowadays with other people spreading viruses to everyone...

Mitch, life is not predictable. Happy Birthday Hillary! They are not conservative...they are racists and Nazis nothing more. The USA is done thanks to the GOP. I wouldn’t hold my breath senatemajldr It may take a long time to reverse this, but we’ll be able to do quite a bit about it in just eight days. We’ll see where it goes from there, Mitch.

america is done for. Removal for improper seating of this justice comes to mind. Her nomination should never have left Judicial Committee, had Senate written rules been followed. Mitch is disgusting. We are one America. It is not about we and they. Mitch McConnell will be gone soon, rotting in hell He won’t see the history books that say he was complicit in the destruction of America and democracy. Mitch McConnell took a respected world power and lead it straight down the toilet into a banana republic. GOP

Au contraire Mr Turtle. You will soon see what can be done once Biden is elected and you are no longer Senate majority leader. We’ll see about that 90% of news about covid and trump Welp, guess there's no point in voting for them anymore. Careful what you wish for, Moscow Mitch. It motivated a majority of Americans to use our votes. The court will look like it is right now but everything else is about to change.

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