|To sir, with love|
|She bought her "u" in bulk|
|Help us, Obi-Wan Merrick, you're our only hope|
We are not dealing with rational people here. You probably knew that. A few observations:
- Mitch McConnell is not a great legislator, but he's smarter than he sounds. And his ploy to keep the Court at 4-4 until the election looks better by the day. Gorsuch has been great and it's likely the next pick will be equally good. And because Chuck Schumer tried (and failed) to block Gorsuch, the door is wide open now.
- Some lefties think gay marriage will be on the chopping block. I doubt it. That ship has sailed. It's possible we'll see long-term negative effects from changing the definition of marriage, but it's not evident at the moment. Roe v. Wade has always been a much more important issue.
- I'm Catholic. I oppose abortion because it devalues human life. So I do think Roe needs to go. Having said that, banning abortion is premature. Those of us who are pro-life have to win hearts and minds. Even if Roe were to be overturned in the next year or two, I'm certain abortion would remain legal in most of the country. The only thing that will end abortion is winning hearts and minds. The Supremes can't do that.
- If I were to guess about which person Trump will pull off his short list, I think it will be a woman. The three favorites, in my mind, are Amy Coney Barrett, Joan Larsen, and Margaret "Meg" Ryan. Barrett is 46 years old, the youngest of the three, and would be a home run, but she will also be the toughest lift. Not that it matters otherwise, but Ryan is a graduate of Benster's alma mater, Knox College. All three have outstanding credentials.
- I do not think Trump will nominate Mike Lee or Ted Cruz, at least not this time. He's going to need every vote in the Senate he can get, so pulling a sitting senator out of the mix is a no-go. If Ruth Bader Ginsburg moves on to her reward later in his presidency, those gentlemen will be in play.