WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
A big difference between Them and Us: Now it looks like Donald J. Trump will also replace Justice Kennedy.
This helps us contemplate a difference between Them and Us.
After yesterday's decision on the travel ban, many people called it a win for Mitch McConnell. All through Obama's final year, he refused to allow a vote on Judge Garland. In the end, the seat went to Justice Gorsuch, creating yesterday's 5-4 vote.
For the record, there's no assurance concerning the way a Justice Garland would have voted. Having said that, consider a very basic difference between Them and Us:
When Justice Scalia died in 2016, McConnell played the very long game. He refused to permit a vote all year, all based on the chance that Donald J. Trump would win.
Over Here, in our liberal tents, we took a different approach. We spent the year assuring ourselves that Trump could never win.
When Comey launched his first attack on Clinton, the Maddow Show actually took Comey's side in the matter. On a weekly basis, our greatest sachems kept showing us polls alleged to prove that Donald J. Trump couldn't win.
It was always possible that he could win, but we were having some good solid fun. This lasted right up to the last Friday night, when Professor Wang told Lawrence that nothing but a major weather event could produce a Donald Trump win.
We gamboled and played and we had lots of fun. Steve would stand before "the big board," sleeves rolled up, telling us, perhaps a bit like a carnival barker, that things looked very good.
Over There, in the other team's tents, McConnell maintained a long fight. We began our resistance on the day after Donald Trump won.
We've been this way for at least thirty years. Also this:
As a group, we're completely unable to see how inept we are.