Thursday, December 29, 2016

A torch

The Times writes, somehow with a straight face
This particular norm is of paramount importance because the court’s institutional legitimacy depends on its perceived separation from the elected branches — a fragile concept in the best of times. By tying the latest appointment directly to the outcome of the election, Mr. McConnell and his allies took a torch to that idea — an outrageous gambit that, to nearly everyone’s shock, has paid off.
I don't know of one person who imagines, after what's gone on in the past decade, that the judicial branch of the government is anything more than another tool for the exercise of power.

And F D R took a torch to that idea a long long time ago.


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