I Will Miss Ruth
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And decent people around the globe are utterly devastated.
Which brings me to Mitch McConnell. During Obama’s last year in office, Mitch refused to have hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, making up a new rule that no Supreme Court nominee could be considered during an election year.
Every person with a brain knew what Mitch really meant: no Democratic Supreme Court nominee could be considered during an election year.
And now we have proof of this evil.
With the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump will nominate somebody to replace her, less than two months before election day. And Mitch has already put out a statement that there will be a vote on the Senate floor.
Because “rules” only exist for Democrats.
This makes me want to vomit.
The only thing keeping from from spiraling into a deep depression are two things:
Newton: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
We saw this play out in 2018, during the Kavanuagh hearings. Decent people across the land were appalled by Kavanaugh, appalled by how the GOP acted, and appalled by how the GOP treated Dr. Ford. Including many many many Republicans, who voted Blue in November, helping to create the largest Blue wave since 1974.
I expect a shitstorm over any new nominee. Decent people across the land will be livid over Mitch granting Trump the very thing he denied Obama. I also anticipate that the nominee will be another profoundly unqualified person.
So, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Thus, I anticipate all this will help not just create a Blue wave, but a Blue tsunami.
Fasten your life jackets!
Decent people across the land are not just devastated tonight, but are also feeling profoundly doomed.
I sympathize, and also feel punched in the stomach. But I don’t feel doomed.
To explain: I’m a historian, and one of the things I enjoy is buying books from the past which are full of predictions about the future. I have a book published in the 1920s that predicted XYZ happening in the next decade. Well, XYZ didn’t happen, but RQK did, which nobody predicted.
I have books from each subsequent decade, and all predicting stuff. Stuff which never happened. But other stuff happened, none of which was foretold.
I have a book from the early 1990s, written by highly qualified and respected economists, which predicted that, without question, America would go bankrupt by 1995. That also didn’t happen. In fact, the exact opposite happened, in part due to something nobody saw coming in 1992: the internet. By the end of the 1990s the deficit had vanished and the biggest surplus in my life was created. Thanks, Bill Clinton!
After the 2000 election shitshow, and the likely theft of the 2004 election, I was CERTAIN the GOP would steal 2008. But…some Black man with a funny name won.
In short, I have learned that it’s hubris to predict the future.
Tonight, decent people across the land have been dealt devastating news. But what seems sure to happen…might not. Because history proves, over and over, that things have a way of unfolding unpredictably.
So, while I feel punched in the stomach tonight, I’m gonna press pause on predicting What Will Unfold.
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