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  •  Interesting tactic... (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the comment, Troubadour. I'm intrigued by an impeachment demand as a rhetorical tactic, not at all sure I can actually 'believe in it.' The right-wing activists on the court need to be called out for what they are ('originalists' is a crock), but I suspect a more realistic (but still quite steep) path to SCotUS sanity is to change the composition of the court over time through bolder appointments and a more progressive senate. Quite very super steep, actually. I surprise myself by my reformist optimism .... must be getting creaky in my old age.

    •  The problem is that while the Roberts Court (1+ / 0-)
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      rules with impunity, they undermine the ability to elect the people who could nominate and confirm law-abiding Supreme Court Justices.  Two of the Five are only on the Court because the other three installed George W. Bush in power, and even if one of them retired right now, we wouldn't get a replacement while the Senate filibuster remains in effect because Citizens United gives them far more power in Congress than their proportion of votes justifies.  In fact, they still control the House despite receiving fewer votes than their opponents due to gerrymandering that the Roberts Court upheld.

      In other words, it's not really optional to pursue impeachment against them.  It's something that has to be demanded and pursued vigorously regardless of what, if anything comes of it.  At the very least we would be recognizing the reality of the situation and standing up for our minority base, and thus rabble-rousing for GOTV in 2014 and afterward.  And maybe, just maybe, we accomplish more than that.

      Sign the petition to demand a law-abiding Supreme Court.

      by Troubadour on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 10:38:13 AM PDT

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