Steve Schmidt @SteveSchmidtSES
The price of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the the SC is incalculably high. It will shatter the institutional integrity of the Court and eviscerate standards and expectations for both honesty and non partisanship in Judicial nominees for many years.
3:10 PM – 5 Oct 2018
That horse left the barn a long, long time ago.
Stevens, J., dissenting
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
GEORGE W. BUSH, et al., PETITIONERS v.
ALBERT GORE, Jr., et al.
ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
[December 12, 2000]
Justice Stevens, with whom Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer join, dissenting.
…It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law…
From Molly Ivins’ forward to Vincent Bugiosi’s The Betrayal of America (2001):
…One forgets about small Southern cities like Tallahassee between visits. All middle-class social life takes place in private clubs. The night Al Gore conceded, there was a victory celebration at one such club near the capitol. Visiting congressional staffers (who proudly called themselves “the Republican thugs”), third-rank Bush lawyers, and prominent local republicans were gathered in a large room with several TV sets. When Gore began to speak, they hooted and jeered and taunted. The only black people in the room were wearing white coats and serving drinks off silver trays. They also had tears running down their faces, but in the curious way white people have of not looking directly at those who serve them, no one noticed.
“…[T]hird-rank Bush lawyers…” We’ve come full circle.
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