A new piece at The Week looks at some high-profile research from political science showing how Trump's practice of formally listing potential Supreme Court nominees is likely to put even more pressure on the judiciary to lean right.

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  • Trump appoints economic right-wing, social right-wing judges.

    Democrats appoint economic right-wing, social mushy-middle judges.

    The entire spectrum of economic middle-to-left, and social left is unrepresented. Every single judge anywhere knows that doing anything in that spectrum is a way to never get promoted. It's disqualifying for Democratic administrations as well as Republican ones.

    Cumulative result is visible and ugly. (Shoot a black man? You're innocent! Steal gum from Walmart? Five years in jail!) But blaming all of it on Trump is not correct.

  • @MS

    Yeah, it's not like Merrick Garland was some kind of progressive superstar. He would have been the Doug Jones or Ralph Northam of the SCOTUS, voting in favor of more Citizens United shit.

    Corporate Dems love Kamala Harris, whose big claim to fame has been putting away a lot of PoCs in CA. Obama's COS was Rahm Emmanuel, current mayor of a city that has it's own goddamn secret prison (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site).

    One of the most laudable things about Erica Garner was how much she appreciated that corporate Dems were utterly worthless when it came to social and economic justice (https://bennorton.com/erica-garner-revolutionary-neoliberal-democrats-whitewash/).

    @democommie (to pre-empt your response about "alternatives")
    There are tons of decent, progressive social-reform candidates. However, they don't get cash or support from the DNC, DCCC, etc. Also, Erica Garner organized an entire movement (BLM) to fight for social justice.

  • @jcdenton:

    Which is exactly what I've been saying for a while now. And they WON'T be getting cash from people who they call scum. Sorry, it may not be right, but it is the way things are. How people who did not even vote in the last dozen or more years or get involved in politics beyond the hand wringing level expect to defeat the DNC AND the GOP is not something I can begin to understand.

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