You can throw a dart at the liberal media and hit at least six unhinged, anti-Trump columnists without breaking a sweat, but the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne has moved beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome into something more serious. As evidenced by his latest column about the Kavanaugh Tragedy, Dionne seems to be in the early stages of serious mental illness. To his way of thinking, it’s not just an unfortunate consequence of fair elections that the Supreme Court is in conservative hands, it’s the end result of a “judicial coup” played out by dastardly Republicans!
In the piece published Monday, entitled “We need to stay angry about Kavanaugh,” Dionne writes: “The Supreme Court’s legitimacy is in tatters. Conservative forces in the country, led by the Republican Party, have completed a judicial coup, decades in the making. Democracy is all that opponents of the coup have left. In next month’s elections, the party responsible for this travesty must be punished. The idea that ‘both parties are equally to blame’ is an unadulterated falsehood.”
Well, we certainly agree with that last statement – only a fool thinks that Republicans and Democrats are equal partners in the crimes against America – but we’re not sure where he’s getting the rest of this rant from. How is the Supreme Court’s “legitimacy in tatters?” Was there not an election? Was there not a Senate confirmation hearing? Was Kavanaugh not eminently qualified for the job? It’s puzzling to us that his confirmation to the bench has any effect at all on the court’s legitimacy, except that liberals believe that any court whose majority reads the Constitution as it is must be illegitimate by default.
In any event, like many of the angriest liberals on the block these days, Dionne advocates moving towards extraconstitutional means to right this grave injustice. Among his plans: Repair the “undemocratic nature of representation in the Senate” so that states like California and New York have a much bigger say than those phony-baloney red states in the South. He also wants Democrats, should they be fortunate enough to take control of the government in 2020, to pack the Supreme Court with enough liberals to swing the power back the other way – even if it means “enlarging” the size of the court to do so.
“Changing that majority would not constitute politicizing the court,” he writes, “because conservatives have already done this without apology.”
It’s very strange that the same pundits who cry every day that “our democracy” is in danger feel that the only way to save our country is to modify our constitutional institutions to the point that they are unrecognizable. Very strange, indeed.