Thursday, June 28, 2018


Jan Crawford of CBS News last night:
Right now, there is one justice we know of for sure on the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe vs. Wade. That's Clarence Thomas. We don't know how the other three conservatives would vote.

Carrie Severino of the right-wing Judicial Crisis Network, on NPR this morning:
We only have one member of the Court who's even on record saying what he thinks about Roe vs. Wade, and Chief Justice Roberts himself is known for being an incrementalist. I just think that [it] is very premature to assume that anything like that's around the corner.

That's the spin: If there's a challenge to Roe, the votes of Alito, Gorsuch, Roberts, and the next justice are completely unknowable. We'll hear this a lot, even though it's transparent nonsense. We'll be called alarmists (yes, even by someone from a group absurdly named "the Judicial Crisis Network").

Roberts did pass up the opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act-- maybe he'd refrain from overturning Roe if he (or his mentors) feared that overturn might arouse anti-conservative voters, especially in the states, where the corpocrats Roberts serves are having their way almost unchecked. But this year's rulings suggest that none of the Republican justices fear a Democratic backlash at the polls anymore. So don't believe this future-is-unwritten nonsense. If there's a challenge, Roe is gone, and don't let them tell you otherwise.

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