Elections have consequences.
That will be on stark display in the days, weeks and perhaps months ahead as President Trump, Congress and the nation battle over the replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
We speak to Democrats today because our government is out of whack. At a time when Republicans control two branches of government and are about to lock up the third, there is a desperate need to politically rebalance the nation — to return to a centrist equilibrium.
For left-leaning Democrats, that means remembering that political purity must not become the enemy of party survival. And for California Democrats, that means remembering that the rest of the nation isn’t like the Left Coast.
We are at a moment where issues once thought resolved — none more so than abortion rights — are potentially back in play with Trump’s second nomination to the Supreme Court.
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Kennedy has repeatedly been the swing vote on the high court, providing liberals victories on abortion access, same-sex marriage, the environment and limits on capital punishment. And backing conservatives on gun rights, unlimited campaign spending and Trump’s travel ban.
With Kennedy gone, Trump’s nominee will almost certainly cement the conservative majority. And looming in the background is the question of how much longer liberal, 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will stick around — how much longer until Trump has yet another pick.
Democrats will cry foul. They will rightfully point out that President Obama two years ago was denied even a hearing on his nominee, Merrick Garland, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
They are correct that if the no-hearings-in-an-election-year standard was appropriate in 2016, it should be the standard again today. The fact is …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics