Open thread—Elections have consequences, redux

Open thread—Elections have consequences, redux

Last night, Donald Trump announced conservative jurist Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace the suspiciously retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh is about what we could expect from a Trump pick. He's not Genghis Khan, but he's not far off. Abortion rights, the ACA, and gay rights are all in the firing line now.

This goes to show, once again, that the Supreme Court was on the ballot in 2016. Hillary Clinton said this. Barack Obama said this. Sentient amoebae said this. But, those who voted for Jill Stein or wrote in "Harambe" didn't care. "We can just vote out Supreme Court justices" was an oft-heard, idiotic refrain.

And Republicans who say they support all these rights under threat still didn't find it in themselves to vote against the louche game show host. Party over country.

Elections have consequences. The upcoming midterms will be the most consequential midterm elections in recent US history. I'm not saying that if Democrats don't secure control of Congress all is lost. But the repair job will become much more difficult and costly if they don't.

There's not really much more to be said. It's a shitshow, and one of our own making. It didn't have to be like this. But sometimes, hard lessons have to be learned. The tragedy is that those who already learned those lessons are caught in the crossfire.

This is your open thread.



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