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ACB Is In So Let’s Enjoy Watching Libs Totally Freak Out

The Notorious ACB Gives Us Something to Celebrate For the Moment

Seriously, happy Tuesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. And what a glorious day this is.

How fitting that those of us of a certain political persuasion have something to celebrate this morning, just one week away from what is almost certain to be an absolute you-know-what-show of an election. Let’s be honest, even if Trump wins big next week the Democrats are going to do whatever they can to spread their snot-bubble tantrum toxicity all over the place. If Biden wins…well, it’s been a good run, America.

OK, I’m kidding about that last line. Sort of.


For this almost frozen moment in time, however, we can celebrate Amy Coney Barrett’s swearing-in as a Supreme Court justice.

There truly is a lot to celebrate about a woman like Barrett being on the court, and those of us who aren’t insane should take a proper amount of time to do just that.

The Democrats won’t be celebrating, of course, because they’re rabidly frothing ideological pack animals who don’t really believe in anything other than being angry all of the time. Twitchy had a great post last night that featured a couple of fantastic tweets from our own Jim Treacher that perfectly summed up just how full of crap 21st century Democrats are.

They also can’t celebrate because, despite all of their cartoonish puffery about being the party that’s highly educated, most Dems are ignorant paste-eaters when it comes to the workings of the Supreme Court. My Facebook feed since last night is filled with overwrought proclamations about the prospect of women losing all of their rights because — get this — AN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN WAS JUST PUT ON THE SUPREME COURT.

I mean, it’s almost sad to watch them torture themselves like this because they don’t have any grasp of logic. It’s like watching your dog do something over and over that’s really frustrating him but you keep letting him do it and watching to see if he’ll figure it out.

He never figures it out.

Predictably, the Democrats had a coordinated social media diaper-filling last night, all screaming to expand the court.

Bring it.

The Democrats would have to win firm control of the Senate to accomplish this, and that could happen. If it does, it may energize a well-funded opposition movement. My friend and longtime GOP strategist Nathan Wurtzel put it very well last night:

Almost everything that the Democrats are threatening should they win is an overreach. I really hope they shoot for the moon on it all. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The greatest thing about the Trump presidency is that he forced the Democrats to stop being coy about their inexorable march to the psychotic progressive fringe. They’d done a brilliant PR job for years that hid their true intentions from regular Americans who live outside of the coastal commie bubbles. Once the permanent screaming and tears started after Trump’s election, their intentions were laid bare.

If they want to treat this election as some sort of revenge porn if they win, let them.

For now, however, I am going to really, really, relish their anguish, mostly because it’s so patently ridiculous.

I’m going to monitor all of the caterwauling for the next few days and revel in every moment of it. Each time one of them says “popular vote” my heart is going to leap for joy. It will probably take me until the weekend to stop smiling about the fact that ACB was confirmed and sworn in on Granny Maojackets’ birthday.

What I will take the ultimate delight in though is the knowledge that, even as cranky as I can be, I will never in my worst moment be as miserable as any of them are at their happiest.

Oh, and I understand how the Supreme Court works.

Namaste, mis amigos.

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The Senate Votes to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Trump nominated Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Every Democrat voted against Barrett, while every Republican except Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted for her. The vote came down to 52-48.

Democrats have excoriated President Trump and the Republican Senate for nominating Barrett and holding a confirmation vote despite the looming election.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) explained that it is not unprecedented to confirm Supreme Court justices shortly before or even after a presidential election, even with a lame-duck president. On the contrary, it would have been unprecedented (at least since 1888) for the Republican Senate — elected to check a Democratic president — to confirm Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in 2016.

Watch the confirmation below.

As PJ Media’s Matt Margolis reported, Justice Clarence Thomas — a consummate originalist — will administer Amy Coney Barrett’s oath.

Barrett becomes Trump’s third Supreme Court justice, after Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. She has pledged to follow the original public meaning of the Constitution, rather than unilaterally amending the Constitution in the manner of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), cases in which the Supreme Court struck down state laws on abortion and marriage in order to establish a constitutional “right” to abortion and same-sex marriage, respectively.

Many irrationally fear that if Roe and Obergefell are overturned, abortion will be illegal across the country and same-sex marriage will also be illegal. On the contrary, reversing these rulings would only allow the states to make their own laws.

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[WATCH] Amish at Trump Rally Trigger the Left (How Long Until They Dox Jedediah Yoder?)

President Trump, speaking in Lititz, Pa., at a rally on Monday, addressed the many Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania Dutch in the audience — which led to instant accusations of faking Amish support (of course).

Twitter was soon on fire questioning whether or not the men behind Trump were actually Amish.

I wonder how long will it take the fake news media to track the young men down, interrogate them, and publish their addresses online?

In spite of the negativity online, many people at the rally got photos of quite a few people who looked Amish or Mennonite supporting Trump. The main issue seems to be people disagreeing about the difference between Amish and Mennonites. Some are insisting that Amish would never wear coats with zippers or use technology. But in my trips I’ve taken across Pennsylvania, I’ve seen a number of what look like Amish or Mennonite folks using iPhones for their businesses.

Monday’s rally wasn’t the only time the Amish have been out publicly supporting the president.

There are signs popping up everywhere showing that the Amish and Mennonite communities support Trump. They can’t all be “fake.”


The point is, whether they’re Amish or Mennonite or some other deeply religious sect, they’re out for Trump, which is highly unusual and shows how polarizing this election has become. But the president has made it a point to reach out to the Amish community as reported by PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard.

Trump has also reached out to the Amish and made history as the first president to meet with the sect’s leaders at the White House. (The president won Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes in 2016 and Ohio by nearly half a million.) A group called Amish PAC has raised (and spent) more than $100,000 on outreach to the Amish this cycle. Ben Walters, who leads the group, told the Washington Post that he thinks the tide is turning: “Since 2016, every single year, it gets a little bit easier. We’re seeing more and more signs of progress. I think behaviors are finally changing.”

And don’t forget the Amish Trump parade.

I’m betting that it only takes until tomorrow morning before someone at CNN has discovered on what farm these traitorous religious people live so antifa can trash their businesses and homes. They will then cry tears of confusion on election night when they lose — and they won’t know why.

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What Happened When a High School Offered a PragerU Video

As far as HuffPost and the rest of the American left are concerned, no non-left-wing idea should be allowed to enter an American school. Not even for five minutes.

This past month, Maumee High School, a high school near Toledo, Ohio, offered its students a way to receive some extracurricular credit. In the words of the Maumee City Schools administration office — released before the HuffPost-induced uproar:

“Students were offered an extra credit assignment intended to challenge their critical thinking skills … A second option in the extra credit assignment asked students to view a video from a conservative website, analyze it and explain what they may have learned from it, and how it may have challenged or supported their own beliefs. …

“We believe that students deserve a balanced presentation of materials and we support our educators in using a variety of instructional tools and materials in their teaching, expecting them to always exercise good judgment.”

In an open and liberal society, the stated aims of Maumee High School are not only not controversial but also laudable. They are exactly what good parents and educators would want for students.

So, who finds these aims revolting?

Only an anti-liberal ideology. Namely, the left.

It all started with one — yes, one — parent. She so objected to a PragerU video being offered as a conservative option that she withdrew her child from the class. And then she contacted HuffPost.

Thus began a national left-wing uproar over students being offered extra credit if they chose to view a five-minute conservative video.

The HuffPost headline: “Videos From Right-Wing Site That Preaches ‘The Left Ruins Everything’ Assigned In Ohio School.”

A few observations about the headline:

First, on the left, everything nonleft is “right-wing.” The reason? Because “conservative” is not inflammatory enough.

Second, the video “The Left Ruins Everything” was never “assigned.” No specific video was assigned.

Third, the HuffPost writer, Rebecca Klein, chose the most controversial title she could find out of approximately 450 PragerU videos.

Fourth, the video makes clear that it is about leftism, not liberalism.

Fifth, ironically, this whole story validates the video: Look at what the left is doing to schools, to liberal education and to open inquiry.

As the HuffPost itself reported:

“Andrea Cutway, the mother of 16-year-old student Avery Lewis, brought the assignment to the attention of Maumee City Schools administrators and immediately pulled her daughter out of the class. … Lewis was immediately alarmed when she started her extra credit assignment last week. The assignment asked her to watch PragerU videos and then answer questions about how the videos challenged her beliefs. … Cutway, Lewis’ mother, was similarly shocked when her daughter showed her the assignment. … ‘It’s ALT RIGHT propaganda,’ Cutway said in the email to the school principal.

“Lewis met with school administrators soon after to discuss the issue. Together, they came up with a solution — that the student could also include viewpoints from the opposite side, Cutway said.

“For Cutway, though, this ignored the larger issue — that PragerU videos be assigned at all and that school administrators did not see a problem (italics added) …
“‘When I talked to the principal and vice principal, they acted like this was just another assignment,’ said Cutway, who works as a juvenile parole officer for the state. … ‘This really is some scary stuff,’ Cutway said of PragerU. ‘I do feel like they have found a way to get into the public school system.’”

As a result of the HuffPost article, mainstream media went nuts, contemplating the possibility that American students might watch five minutes of non-left thought.

NBC TV in Toledo tweeted:

“HuffPost reports that a Maumee High School class is offering students extra credit for viewing videos from a right-wing source. Are you a Maumee parent? How would you feel about this?”

ABC TV in Toledo headlined:

“Maumee parent raises concerns over controversial assignment.”

And the station broadcast a report on “Maumee High School alumni petition politics in the classroom” about more than 200 alumni objecting to the use of any PragerU video. The broadcast featured a 2001 graduate of the school, Catherine Wood, the organizer of the petition, who told the ABC-TV station, PragerU videos “kind of deny the humanity of many groups of students: people of color, women, LGBTQ members.”

Catherine Wood lied. There is nothing in any PragerU video that demeans or in any way “denies the humanity” of people of color, women or LGBTQ members. Not to mention that we have women, people of color and gays presenting videos. Her libel exemplifies something I have said all my life: Truth is not a left-wing value.

But left-wing lies often work. Within days, the inevitable took place. As The Toledo Blade headlined: “Maumee Removes Conservative Content From Class Syllabus.”

For the record, here is a small sample of PragerU presenters:

Four Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

Three former prime ministers — of Denmark, Spain and Canada.

Professors at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Vanderbilt and many other universities.

The late Charles Krauthammer.

At least four “Never Trumpers” (George Will, Bret Stephens, Jonah Goldberg and Michael Medved).

Liberal Democrat Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz.

Jewish historian Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Wall Street Journal columnists Kimberley Strassel and Jason Riley.

Economists Lee Ohanian (University of California, Los Angeles) and Walter Williams (George Mason).

British historians Paul Johnson, Andrew Roberts and Niall Ferguson.

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame.

Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Peter Caddick-Adams, fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Five-time Emmy award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

Dr. Stephen Marmer, psychiatrist and clinical faculty at UCLA Medical School.

Would any of these people join PragerU if it were a “right-wing, ALT-RIGHT demeaner of people of color, women, and LGBTQ”? (Incidentally, PragerU has a video titled “What Is the Alt-Right.” Those of the left accusing PragerU of “alt-right propaganda” would do well to watch it.)

Moreover, PragerU has videos on happiness, forgiveness, the ethics of speech, the Ten Commandments, anger management and raising good children, among many others that have nothing to do with politics.

But none of this matters to HuffPost or to the 200 alumni of Maumee High School.

All that matters to them is that an effective, responsible, thoughtful conservative voice never be heard at Maumee or any other high school.

Probably a thousand teachers have shown PragerU videos, and many more are refusing to be intimidated by the bullies of the left.

Leftists fear that five minutes of conservative thought will undo four years of left-wing teaching.

Their fear is justified. Their opposition isn’t.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” was released to home entertainment nationwide on September 15, 2020. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at

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Amy Coney Barrett’s Memphis Liberal Arts College Fostered Diversity in Views

After smooth confirmation hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks poised to break the ivy ceiling at the Supreme Court of the United States.

All other eight justices on the court have Ivy League law school degrees on their walls, but Barrett’s is from Notre Dame, the current capital of conservative Catholic academia, where she also served as a professor before being tapped for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Donald Trump.

The White House touted Barrett’s Notre Dame pedigree in appointing her, but it also bragged about her undergraduate alma mater, Rhodes College, with a verbal faux pas few people likely caught.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Barrett “a Rhodes scholar,” which was inaccurate, as that moniker applies to a select group of students from around the country chosen for post-graduate study at England’s Oxford University.

But Barrett’s undergraduate connection bears more examination.

A tiny college of about 1,200 people when she attended in the early 1990s, the liberal arts school in midtown Memphis has turned out to be a cradle of sorts for today’s political leaders.

For a school that size and of that little renown, merely producing a single Supreme Court justice would be notable, which it did with Justice Abe Fortas, who graduated when it was called Southwestern at Memphis in 1930 and appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965, resigning just four years later amid a scandal.

By reference, only the undergraduate programs of Stanford, Princeton and Cornell have produced women who’ve sat on the Supreme Court.

But Amy Coney was not the only up-and-comer roaming the quads of Rhodes College. Amber Khan, the current and first ever Muslim chairman of the Interfaith Alliance, was one class ahead of Barrett.

Before Barrett’s rise to Trump’s shortlist, the most famous Rhodes alumnus in politics was Chris Cox, a member of the class of 1992, who was CEO of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action until 2019 and earned a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

The CEO of Planned Parenthood in Tennessee and North Mississippi, Ashley Brian Coffield, a former Clinton administration official, was two classes ahead of Barrett. She ran the political campaign against Tennessee’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment in 2014, and her Rhodes class of 1992 peer, Republican ad maker Brad Todd, was the lead strategist for the other side.

Todd, with whom I co-wrote a book about the conservative populist coalition that formed during the 2016 presidential election cycle, is best known for making the ads that supported the defeat of five Senate Democratic incumbents.

In Coney’s class, and in the same English department where she starred, was Matt Hardin, president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. There was also Coney classmate Robyn Thiemann, chief of staff of law enforcement at the Department of Justice, as well as Liz Cotham, class of ’92, the first of that wave of bright young people to hit it big as then-Vice President Al Gore’s scheduler at the White House.

So, what was Rhodes College doing right in the late 1980s and early 1990s?

Wendy Talent Rotter said attracting young, smart people who came from different backgrounds and worldviews was the college’s precise aim at that time.
“That was a stated value of the college and Rhodes from 1983 to 1987, it shaped who I am, and I admit, shaped all of us, preparing us with academic rigor, with the express purpose of broadening our worldview,” said the 1987 Rhodes graduate. “The purpose of the Rhodes experience was to prepare us to be world citizens, to think critically, to respect and have open dialogue with people of different worldviews, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives. We have a lot to learn from each other. We did then. We grew up together, and moreover, Rhodes ingrained in us this responsibility to serve.”

Rotter, who began her post-Rhodes career in nonprofit fundraising, specifically major gift fundraising for Rhodes, now owns one of the largest companies in the southeastern United States providing home care for the elderly.

When magazines began ranking colleges in the 1980s, Rhodes sought to get itself reclassified from consideration as a “regional liberal arts college” to a “national liberal arts college” — and its means to do so was a broad, merit-based scholarship program designed to lure the South’s best and brightest to Memphis instead of better-known universities in the region, such as Vanderbilt and Duke. The private college changed its name in 1984 to escape the preconceived notion that it might be a state school serving a mere region of a state.

Enough teenagers like Barrett, who grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, took the bait to raise Rhodes’ academic admissions profile, and the school is now routinely listed among the 50 or so best national liberal arts colleges in the country.

But some who knew Barrett and her peers think it was the mixing of diverse talents and a commitment to rise that created an environment where high achievers could take off.

Rotter said she has the greatest respect for Barrett’s accomplishments: “We may not agree on every single political issue, but she absolutely has the qualifications to serve the highest court in the land and to serve our country. We have a lot to learn from each other.”

That, she said, is what Rhodes fostered, and that is what Barrett will carry on.

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst, and a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner. She reaches the Everyman and Everywoman through shoe-leather journalism, traveling from Main Street to the beltway and all places in between. To find out more about Salena and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

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Trump’s Non-Stop Campaign Schedule Versus Biden’s Basement Strategy Is Paying Off

Where’s Joe? If you’re a reporter on the Joe Biden for President beat for election 2020, how could you not notice that there’s nothing to report? Politico, McClatchy, The Daily Beast, OAN, Fox News, and PBS have all noticed that President Trump is everywhere and Joe Biden … where is Joe Biden, anyway?

This is what President Trump’s schedule looked like for this past Saturday.

  • 7 a.m. — Met with reporters
  • 9:25 a.m. — Voted in Florida, traveled to North Carolina
  • 12:30 p.m. — Presidential event
  • 2:00 p.m. — Traveled to Columbus, Ohio
  • 4:00 p.m. — Make America Great Again rally
  • 7:25 p.m. — Traveled to Wisconsin
  • 8:00 p.m. — Addressed Make America Great Again rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 10:00 p.m. — Pool reporter call
  • 11:50 p.m. — Traveled to the White House

On Sunday Trump traveled to Maine, held one rally and one event at a local business, and noted the pre-recorded “60 Minutes” interview.

Trump has stepped up his schedule, grinding out three rallies per day.

But where was Joe?

On Saturday, Joe Biden held a car rally at which there were reportedly more Trump fans than Biden supporters. One supporter had the problem many of us have had trying to figure out Joe’s schedule. She can’t find it.

“I would have driven to Bristol to hear him in person for my car. I never seem to know when they’re here in Philly until I see them on TV.”

Biden held an online concert event Sunday night hosted by former Republican and Bush operative Ana Navarro and former comedian George Lopez, featuring an impressive bunch of A-list musical talent, and Cher.

It was at this virtual “I Will Vote” concert that Biden let his wife Jill relate the story of their first date— when she was still married to someone else. Joe’s role was to laugh and guffaw while she shared the story.

When Joe got a chance to speak, he forgot the name of his opponent, the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

He called Donald Trump “George.”


See the video for yourself in the following tweet.

Maybe that’s why he’s still in the basement.

In his weekly column in The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove noted that this year’s election schedule has been transformed by the coronavirus. Under ordinary circumstances, Biden would have been on a “nonstop whirlwind tour to make his case in every hamlet in every up-for-grabs state.” But, “Mr. Biden retreated to his Wilmington, Del., basement, leaving the spotlight on President Trump. Even now, Mr. Biden is off the trail almost more than he’s on it. His campaign declared a “lid,” meaning no activity, starting Monday morning and continuing all the way until Thursday night’s debate, ostensibly so he can prepare. The lack of campaigning has left voters with less information about Mr. Biden, while they’re inundated with coverage of Mr. Trump.”

Rove indicates that this may not hurt Biden very much because the election is a referendum on Trump, but there is something to be said for showing people from whom you’re seeking support that you’re willing to grind it out with them on the campaign trail.

Biden has outraised Trump and used it for a blitzkrieg on the airwaves in swing states while Trump has spent money on ” television, digital and text-message advertising, and the type of campaign events that paid off for Mr. Trump four years ago.”

Trump’s in-person strategy has always excited his voters and kept them enthusiastic and he’s moving the needle in the polls. Rasmussen Reports shows Trump slightly ahead in a poll of 1,500 likely voters for the first time in the race.

National polls don’t mean much because the real story is told in state polls, but this is the first time Trump has led a national poll recently with Biden. It also shows Trump with a 52% approval rating, higher than both George Bush and Barack Obama when they won reelection, but that’s a rosier outlook than most other polls.

It seems like now would be the time for Joe’s campaign to schedule him somewhere else besides his basement.


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The Senate Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett Is Legitimate

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Monday. Democrats have argued that the process was illegitimate, either because it took place during a global pandemic or because it took place as Election Day drew near or because the Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) effectively rebutted these arguments, and he has previously rebutted one more.

Here are 5 reasons Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation was entirely legitimate.

1. No inconsistency

As McConnell explained on Sunday, “There is no inconsistency between the Republican Senate’s decision in 2016 and our decision to confirm Judge Barrett this year.”

After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, McConnell said, “You’d have to go back to 1888 when Grover Cleveland was in the White House to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president confirmed a nominee for the Supreme Court in an election year.”

On Sunday, he noted that Supreme Court vacancies have arisen in election years 15 times. In seven of those cases, “voters had elected an opposite-party Senate to check and balance the sitting president. In those situations, only two of the seven were confirmed, and none since 1888.”

In the other eight cases, the same party held the Senate and the presidency. In seven of those eight cases, the Senate confirmed the president’s nominee. In the one case where that did not happen, the Senate rejected the nominee due to a personal scandal.

2. The Judiciary Committee

Democrats have argued that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) broke the rules by reporting Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Obstructionist Democrats decided not to attend the vote to send Barrett’s confirmation to the full Senate in an attempt to block the process.

Yet in 2014, then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) reported a judicial confirmation out of the committee despite the fact that two members of the committee were absent.

3. Timing

Democrats have also advanced the claim that Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is the most rushed confirmation process in history. McConnell denounced this claim as “absurd.”

From the announcement of a Supreme Court nomination to the confirmation hearings, eight nominations moved more quickly than Barrett’s. Justice John Paul Stephens was confirmed 19 days after his nomination. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed 33 days after her confirmation, comparable to the 31 days between Trump’s nomination of Barrett and her confirmation.

4. Late in an election year

Many Democrats have complained that the Senate is confirming Amy Coney Barrett late in an election year.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed that October 26, 2020, will go down as “one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate,” arguing that Republicans “decided to thwart the will of the people… in the middle of a presidential election” after many Americans have voted early.

While it is true that the Republican Senate did become “the first majority to confirm a Supreme Court justice this close to Election Day,” McConnell noted on Sunday that “the Senate has absolutely confirmed Supreme Court nominees later in presidential election years than this one.”

In fact, the Senate often confirmed Supreme Court justices after elections had already happened. The Senate has confirmed justices in December after elections had happened, even confirming nominees for lame-duck presidents who had just lost reelection.

5. Politicizing the Supreme Court

Democrats have accused Republicans — and Barrett — of politicizing the Supreme Court, but Republicans — and Barrett — champion the original public meaning of the Constitution, not judicial activism.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) warned that Barrett “will open a new chapter of conservative judicial activism unlike anything we’ve seen.” Yet some of his greatest fears — Barrett overturning Roe v. Wade (1973) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) — would involve the Supreme Court reversing a judicial activist ruling.

The Supreme Court has unilaterally amended the Constitution in order to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage, and reversals of these rulings would represent a return to the status quo, allowing states to make their own laws on these politically-charged issues.

An originalist majority on the Supreme Court does not represent a “radical right” majority, as Schumer wrongly charged. It represents a return to a faithful reading of the Constitution according to its original public meaning, allowing Congress and the states to make laws the way the Founders intended — through legislatures.

The Founders did not intend for the Supreme Court to unilaterally amend the Constitution to create rights to abortion and same-sex marriage. Contrary to the Democrats’ claims, the Founders did envision a way to update the Constitution — through the amendment process. When the Supreme Court unilaterally amends the document, the justices are usurping power that does not belong to them.

The Left politicized the Supreme Court for decades. Now, Democrats are terrified that the judicial activism they support would be rolled back.

No wonder Democratic nominee Joe Biden won’t rule out attempts to pack the Supreme Court or “restructure” it. Democrats cannot stomach the idea that the Supreme Court will stop supporting their leftist views and instead uphold the Constitution, so they want to change the rules. That’s terrifying.

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The Left’s ‘Long March Through the Institutions’ Has Been Replaced by the Big Push

The night before the expected arrival of some great news is often filled with tension.  Word from the Marathon, Waterloo, and Apollo 13 after reentry were times like those. Men prepare mentally for the worst while secretly hoping for the best, in Benson’s words, “like men on the eve of a great voyage, [who] know not what may be in store, what shifting of scene, what loss, what grief, what shadow of death.” There is a sense of being trapped in a chain of events from which there is no escape, no way to start time again except by going forward and discovering what tomorrow brings.

“But this same day
Must end that work the Ides of March begun;
And whether we shall meet again I know not. …

Oh, that a man might know
The end of this day’s business ere it come!
But it sufficeth that the day will end,
And then the end is known.”

In the present case, the long-awaited establishment counter-offensive against the populist rebellion of 2016 is about to begin. Andy Hira predicted the pushback in his article: “After Trump and Brexit: The coming of the progressive wave.”

In 2016, it seemed to some like the world turned upside down.

Donald Trump was elected by a slim margin to the White House. The Brexit referendum pushing the United Kingdom to leave the European Union passed. …

Populists inevitably fail because they don’t know how to govern. They paradoxically have to use the instruments of governance to reform government, an inherent contradiction doomed to fail. …

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s nod to a progressive platform — including choosing Sen. Kamala Harris, of Jamaican and Indian origin, as his running mate — along with his experience governing gives us hope. Maybe this recent wave of destructive populism, in the U.S. anyway, has run its course.

Because progressives know how to pull the levers of power and populists don’t, the Blue Wave is said to be inevitable as the public turns to the experienced players to solve urgent issues, which in Hira’s view are:

  1. Rising inequality and a decline in middle-class mobility.
  2. The related collapse in the West of manufacturing and the financialization of the economy.
  3. The rise of China and its different political economic approach and values.
  4. The unresolved urgency of climate change.
  5. Demographics and the increasing challenges for the millennial and subsequent generations who will take over leadership.

Before returning to their role as natural leaders, progressives are apparently determined to ensure the populist upstarts never get a chance to spoil the broth again. One of the apparent lessons from 2016 is that “hate” must not get a chance to pull another upset. Precautions mooted against this eventuality include plans to expand SCOTUS, a grant of mass citizenship to illegal aliens, the offer of a socialized medicine option, the abolition of “fossil fuels” and perhaps ditching the electoral college. The rebellion must not only be crushed, its leaders must be strung up as a reminder to others along the length of the Appian Way.

But inside the apparent progressive confidence in 2020 victory lurks a deep disillusionment in the former strategy of gradual but eventual takeover. The “long march through the institutions,” once guaranteed to work, spectacularly failed and has been replaced by the Big Push. Progressives who spent the last five decades throwing woke pearls at swine will spend the next five decades trying to extirpate the ingrates. The tone has changed from the airport lounge nudge-voice to the harsh “I’ll learn ya!”

In that lies danger of over-extension.

Armies have historically tried to convince their troops of the certitude of victory to keep up their own morale while doing everything to dispirit the other side. One of the purposes of the blatant media suppression of the Hunter Biden story is to demonstrate the true might and ruthlessness of the progressives. It’s like the scene in Star Wars: “Young fool, only now at the end do you understand.” Zzzzt. “You will pay the price for your lack of vision.” Zzzzzzt.

Armies use conspicuous displays of material superiority to boost their morale and overawe the foe. They parade their strength to convince both themselves and the enemy that they are irresistible. Yet they must be careful not to overdo it. The future is hard to predict and history is littered with instances of hubris: Agincourt, the Little Bighorn, Isandlwana. Col. Ishiki wrote in his diary before attacking dug-in Marines at Tenaru and being wiped out:

“18 August, landing; 20 August, march by night and battle; 21 August, enjoyment of the fruit of victory”

Hubris can afflict anyone. Singapore’s governor, Sir Shenton Thomas, upon hearing the Japanese had invaded Malaya said, “Well, I suppose you’ll (the army) shove the little men off.” He spent the rest of the war as a Japanese POW.  The truth, as Helmuth von Moltke the Elder famously observed, is, despite hopes and foreboding, that “no plan survives contact with the enemy.”

Even dreaded events sometimes fail to materialize. In the aftermath of Qasem Soleimani’s assassination in early 2020, all-out war with Iran was widely predicted. It never happened. In the early weeks of the coronavirus epidemic, deaths in the millions were predicted. That didn’t happen either. An NCBI article authored by statisticians from Stanford, the University of Sydney, and Northwestern explained why our crystal balls are often foggy:

Epidemic forecasting has a dubious track-record, and its failures became more prominent with COVID-19. Poor data input, wrong modeling assumptions, high sensitivity of estimates, lack of incorporation of epidemiological features, poor past evidence on effects of available interventions, lack of transparency, errors, lack of determinacy, consideration of only one or a few dimensions of the problem at hand, lack of expertise in crucial disciplines, groupthink and bandwagon effects, and selective reporting are some of the causes of these failures.

The same shortcomings can veil the eyes of political pundits and forecasters. They predict but they cannot be sure. The Duke of Wellington, like Shakespeare, knew it was the universal human desire to know “the end of this day’s business ere it come,” but knew they cannot except by action.

All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavor to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called ‘guess what was at the other side of the hill’.

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Many years back there was a commercial featuring an actor pitching some medical product or other. His opening pitch, his claim to credibility, was “I’m not doctor but I play one on TV.” Then he tried to sell you cough syrup.

The ad was widely lampooned for years. Playing a doctor as an actor does not in fact make one a doctor who is capable of dispensing actual sound medical advice. If it did, we’d be hearing from Doogie Howser, M.D. on the COVID pandemic.

I’m not saying Doogie would do worse than the current lot. But still.

If we wanted military strategy, we would not turn to actual generals and veterans, we’d turn to Brad Pitt since he starred in Inglorious Basterds.

If we wanted field engineering expertise, we’d turn to the original MacGyver, actor Richard Dean Anderson.

If we wanted to understand how to fight off giant monsters, we’d turn to Matthew Broderick since he starred in that abominable Godzilla that didn’t actually look like Godzilla.

If we really wanted to know how to fight crime, we would naturally turn not to experienced police detectives and officers but to Christian Bale since he played Batman.

Space flight? Mark Hamill, of course.

You get the idea.

We wouldn’t actually do any of those things, because it’s ridiculous.

Christiane Amanpour once did actual journalism. She covered wars and serious things.

That was a long time ago. Now she’s interviewing actor Frank Langella, because he played President Richard Nixon in a movie about an interview of him, to somehow connect Trump to Nixon.

It’s as stupid as it sounds.

As long as we’re consulting actor Frank Langella as an expert, did you know he played Beefeater Vicar in Muppets Most Wanted? Christiane Amanpour should interview him about being a priest!

He played Skeletor in Masters of the Universe. Interview him about castles named after skulls that have supernatural powers!

He played the voice of the dragon in Red Dragon. Interview him about what it’s like to be an actual dragon!

Forget all that — Frank Langella played Chief Justice Warren Burger in Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight. Put that man on the Supreme Court!

Seriously…this is CNN?

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