Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, even if it involves progressives copying Donald Trump.
Ripping a page right out of Donald Trump’s election playbook from 2016, the group Demand Justice has called for all the Democrats running for President to declare publicly who that would nominate out of the handy dandy list they provided.
How convenient and very copy cat-ish of Trump 3 years ago.
According to The Washington Post…
Democratic presidential contenders are coming under increased pressure from their base to take a page from Donald Trump’s 2016 playbook and release a shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees — one part of a larger strategy from party activists to make the courts a central issue in the 2020 race.
Demand Justice, a group founded to counteract the conservative wing’s decades-long advantage over liberals in judicial fights, will release a list of 32 suggested Supreme Court nominees for any future Democratic president as they ramp up their push for the 2020 contenders to do the same.
The slate of potential high court picks includes current and former members of Congress, top litigators battling the Trump administration’s initiatives in court, professors at the nation’s top law schools and public defenders. Eight are sitting judges. They have established track records in liberal causes that Demand Justice hopes will energize the liberal base.
Seems like the progressives have FINALLY learned the lesson of paying some attention to the third branch of the government.
Now you can go ahead and take a look at that list and if you are like me, be absolutely puzzled by who all those people are. Lucky for us commoners, Carrie Severino from the Judicial Crisis Network just yesterday wrote a piece over at National Review called Demand Justice’s SCOTUS List Is Too Extreme Even for Obama that helps give us an idea of the backgrounds of these folks.
From the article…
Demand Justice’s list has 32 names on it. Only four of those are Obama-nominated judges. Shockingly, only eight have any judicial experience at all! While President Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees currently includes 24 individuals, of whom 23 are experienced federal or state judges, the extremists at Demand Justice have clearly taken a different tack. Their list — which they are lobbying Democratic candidates to adopt — is wholly consumed by far-left activism and identity politics.
They see the courts as their ticket to implementing their radical policy agenda, which includes gutting the First and Second Amendments, establishing a right to illegal immigration and abortion on demand straight through birth, and destroying our economy by imposing burdensome regulations on everyone from Main Street to Wall Street.
When I first read this I thought, well maybe the Obama nominated judges who were confirmed don’t have enough seasoning yet. Then, upon further reading, I find out that 24 of them don’t have ANY JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE at all.
Did no one pay attention during the Harriet Miers fiasco under Bush 43?
So the left has put together a list of people that they want on the Court, the vast majority of whom have ZERO experience on the bench. They are straight-up activists. I actually admire Demand Justice’s brazen truthfulness here in trying to push this on the Dems.
Severino commented on Twitter about how the candidates, when finally asked, ran from the subject and tried to change the subject like it was the plague.
We finally have a Supreme Court question in a Dem debate! Only heard from four candidates and they generally tried to change the subject. Most rejected court packing, and none of them would name names of who they'd put on the Court.
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) October 16, 2019
What this tells me is that the left is organizing to do the same thing conservatives have done but the candidates are not focused on this at the stage of the game they are currently in. This might change after a nominee is picked but for now, it looks like they are more interested in impeachment than who they would put onto the Court.
That works for me.