A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against workers’ rights in a vital arbitration case. A week after that, the high court helped with Ohio Republicans and their purges of state voter rolls. One week after that, justices rejected the efforts to end partisan gerrymandering.
All were 5-4 decisions. And all would have gone the opposite way if conservative Neil Gorsuch wasn’t replacing Antonin Scalia.
New York Times explained:
The consequences of President Trump’s nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court – and the Republican blockade of President Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland in 2016 for that seat – reverberated powerfully on Tuesday as the court’s conservative majority handed down major decisions on Mr. Trump’s travel ban and on abortion rights.
Right before the Senate confirmed Gorsuch last year, Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and a very terrible turtle (R-Ky.) told journalists, “As I look back on my career, I think the most consequential decision I’ve ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected [in 2016] pick the Supreme Court nominee.”
When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, then-President Obama chose to nominate Merrick Garland, who was a center-left, reasonable compromise justice to replace Scalia, which opened up a historic opportunity, not seen in recent decades: our Supreme Court might finally stop moving towards the right, and instead be working for the best interests of the American people.
But McConnell instead used an unprecedented Supreme Court blockade, hoping that Americans would accept his evil partisan scheme, and elect a Republican president as well as a Republican Congress.
McConnell robbed a Supreme Court seat away from a good administration and then handed it to an evil one. Rather than a center-left judge that would be working alongside a much -needed conservative minority on the court, we now have yet another destructive conservative majority – this time including Neil Gorsuch, who’s only 50 years old, and who will probably serve for decades and make our country a worse place.
To appreciate the horrible consequences of that evil theft, just look at the growing number of 5-4 rulings which continue to delight the anti-poor, corporate puppet, and white supremacist right.