JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Tim Eagan)

In other news, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced this afternoon that he's retiring, leaving his seat open for Trump to fill. So everything is pretty much fucked.

On the other hand, Kennedy voted with the conservative in their last 18 cases including several this week so we already effectively had a permanently conservative court.

Speaking of which, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that states cannot collect union fees from public employees who aren't members of a public union even if the union is still required to argue on their behalf. Kennedy sided with the conservatives.

Finally, disgraced former Fox News executive Bill Shine is reportedly joining the White House as the next communications director. Bill Shine was fired by Fox because he facilitated and covered up Roger Ailes' sexual harassment and assault of female employees, so he should fit right in at Trump's White House.

Also -- the market erased its gains from this morning. They usually wait a day between deciding Trump will destroy them and deciding he's not so bad after all. Now they're doing it within one single trading session.

Editor's note: tonight's cartoon is from 2012, but it felt newly relevant.

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  • mnpollio

    The only way out of this quagmire is if Mueller’s investigation ends up exposing Trump as a tool of enemy foreign powers and an agent of chaos. Then a blue wave Congress could impeach him and his cronies and declare all of his nominees null and void since his aim was to sow chaos. Never been done before, but then again we have never had an enemy of the US leading its government and attempting to destroy it from within, so this new territory would require new remedies. Then again, all of this would depend on a Blue Wave and those that get in having some guts. An assured pipe dream on my part, but at this point pipe dreams are the only thing keeping me going. That and the thought of just chucking everything and moving to a more liberal Scandinavian country and waiting for the US to return to sanity…if that ever happens in my lifetime.

    • Badgerite

      I don’t know about the “null and void” part. It is an open question as something of this magnitude in terms of illegality has never happened in the presidency. No president, that I am aware of, has ever conspired with a foreign power to the American people and the American election process.
      I would simply advocate vote and vote regularly. Make it an imperative. It is worth the effort.
      America is a powerful country that affects world affairs. That power will not go away just because you move somewhere else. Climate change. New energy sources. Sustainability. Human rights. These are global issues.

  • Aynwrong

    Am I the only one who thinks that Kennedy deliberately gave Trump and McConnell just enough time to ram someone onto the court before the midterms might give the D’s the chance to prevent a confirmation vote? Assuming they’d have the stomach for that sort of thing.

    As per old cartoons, I forget where I picked this one up (probably here from one you fine folk) but it would seem to apply.

    • Badgerite

      You can already see the shape of future Court battles even if the gop were to lose both houses of Congress and the majority of statehouses and legislatures. As a political minority in the country but with majority control of the Court, they can do a lot of obstruction to any legislation that is passed and signed into law. Sort of a replay of what happened in the 1920s into the 1940s. That, of course, is why they are so willing to break all rules and norms to get their hands on control of the process of court appointments.
      It is all well and good that they have now decided to officially overrule Korematsu. But what about the next Korematsu. They have just shown that they will be on board on that unless the measure or action in question literally puts it in writing that the motive is a constitutionally impermissible animus. That is, practically speaking, an impossible evidentiary bar to meet.
      I hope the young people are up to it and can turn it around. Then everybody can be ‘vindicated’.

      • Aynwrong

        Republicans always seem very willing to condemn the racism of the past. What’s taking place today they deny with the passion of an angry 5 year old who’s just been told he can’t have that bottle cap that his 7 year old sister is holding just because she’s holding it.

        Condemning Korematsu felt like an escape hatch to me.

  • Victor the Crab

    Sadly, that cartoon never gets old.

  • Badgerite

    Oh lord. This takes me back to the election of 2000 when ‘Nader’s Raiders’ told everyone concerned about Roe v Wade and other cases that that was “settled law.” And therefore there should be no concern about who makes appointments to the Court. Just vote your ‘conscience’. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and all of that. ‘Settled law’ is like the rule that say a sitting president makes appointments to the Supreme Court. It’s only ‘settled’ if everyone agrees its settled and even then, only settled for the time being. There just is no such thing as ‘settled law’. Stare Decisis is a doctrine that applies unless a majority of the Supreme Court says it doesn’t. Then it doesn’t.