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Thursday Evening Owls: Kavanaugh and Barrett present that they’re political activists, not neutral judges

Among the judges who explained their reasoning was Kavanaugh, who formulated a Trumpian view of the electoral process. In his eyes, votes counted after midnight on election day are inherently suspect; The projections of the news organizations about the winner carry the same weight as the legal confirmation of the results. and efforts by the Democrats to ensure voters' ballots are counted despite delays in the post and the ongoing pandemic are destabilizing and de-legitimizing the electoral process. It was a cold-party vision of how American elections should be conducted, often without regard for fact or reasoning. If this line of reasoning had emerged from the pen of the vast majority of Americans, it could be dismissed as ignorant; of Kavanaugh it is fearless partisanship.

In a moment of cinematic timing, the court order was issued moments before the Senate vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as ninth justice. Barrett went to the White House, where she took one of two oaths to become a Supreme Court Justice in an outdoor ceremony led by Judge Clarence Thomas. In a highly unusual step, she accompanied President Donald Trump on the balcony of the White House to a campaign photo in front of an audience of his closest political supporters. If two of the court's leading conservatives wanted to signal that they were political actors rather than impartial lawyers, they couldn't have done a better job. (…)

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At Daily Kos that day in 2011– Wisconsin Firefighters Union Head Ponders run against Scott Walker:

One of the results of a political system in which it takes a lot of money to get elected to anything over local office is that elected officials are disproportionately rich and the working people only have to do with who is in government and making decisions , are underrepresented. It doesn't matter that we're underrepresented in fundraisers and lobbyist meetings.

With efforts to call back Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, it's interesting to hear that Wisconsin President Mahlon Mitchell's professional firefighters are considering a campaign to replace Walker. Mother Jones & # 39; Andy Kroll writes that:

Mitchell's role in the protests catapulted him to prominence among union members and activists in Wisconsin, especially given that firefighters were exempt from Governor Scott Walker's anti-union home repairs bill.

Now Mitchell has a bigger stage in mind: the governor's mansion. In an interview with Mother Jones, he said he was "seriously considering a run" for the governor in a possible recall election against Walker. He said he believed Wisconsinites were fed up with professional politicians breaking election promises and that a populist candidate running against Walker would have a better chance of ousting the governor. The ideal candidate would be "able to talk to common people about common subjects," said Mitchell. "Tell them what you can and cannot do."

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