Kurtz: A Supreme battle, even without a nominee


we don’t even have a trump nominee for the high court already feels like we’re 2 Armageddon none of this stage change stroking well this is a really important moment for the future of the Supreme Court I will have to see who the president nominates doesn’t really matter president nominates you watch some of these liberal shows and liberal Outlets Abington post is already got the end of row with a picture of a coat hanger the first of all look it’s obvious wait very many minutes after the Justice Kennedy retired just so you going to see 20 States passed laws Banning abortion out right just betting abortion because they now know they were going to be 5 votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade well I suppose that could happen I don’t think there’s any doubt about who president nominates if he gets his nominee confirmed that there will be five justices on the court who are pro-life does that automatically mean they’re just going to throw out has been the law of the land since 1973 it’s equally possible it seems to me that they could chip away at abortion rights and access to abortion rather than just throwing it out I don’t know what’s going to happen but you know the funny thing here is Kennedy by the way where the Ronald Reagan appointee and yet he became such a key Swing Vote and voting with the Liberals and border with the conservative is an awful lot but he voted the Liberals on such issues as a gay rights gay marriage as well as a friend fraction as well as of course abortion sometimes the person who’s picked for the high court surprises the president who does the picking but at the same time it seems like little journals have just you know gone completely pass the analysis phase in just around a war-footing and Chris Matthews the other day was on TV just kind of talking over people so happy I’m so riled up over this same things like it’s time for vengeance what happened 2 years ago and if the Democratic Leadership can’t stop this drop-down me whoever he or she maybe they’ll be voted out voted down well I understand the argument because 2016 Obama vacancy Eric Garland Mitch McConnell single-handedly stop hit that left the seat open for Merrick Garland to the Denver trying to flip that and say well that was an election year was the last year the president’s term this is an election year show the same rules apply nothing until no vote until after November will see how they fare with that which also interesting here is the way in which some liberal legal commentators have turned on Kennedy himself wife because he has the two ready to be stepping down on the eve of his 82nd birthday if the three decades on the court so Dahlia lithwick of smart legal writer who writes for slate does many was predicted can they would not allow Trump to replace him with someone who this man what is Legacy Madea’s believe that he would not want his work tarnished by a President Who routinely attacks individual Justice judges and the Very notion of Independence you Sherry we were wrong so his resentment of Kennedy for even stepping down and creating this situation now this is not the first time I have to remind you to do will have been a bloody battle over Supreme Court nomination everybody remembers what happened with Clarence Thomas when the Democrats I did with Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual Jasmine Thomas ended up squeaking by 52 to 48 but Kennedy himself is on the Supreme Court who was actually Reagan’s third choice during that. Because Robert Bork couldn’t get through because speech by Robert Forks America which expected in the light of History clearly over-the-top he was demonized even producing working with an unfair and unwarranted attack and weatherboard deserve to be on the Supreme Court or not point is that was the Armageddon of its time back in 1987 so we have seen these battles before the odd thing here is you know once president Trump pick somebody obviously will be conservative but maybe it’ll be somebody who like horses even opponents will have to concede that person is qualified for the high court so if the media are at Defcon 1 now when the thing is only a couple days old and we don’t even have a name we’re all going to go through the the ugliness that’s going to unfold and Shear intensity look this is a really really important moment in American history but at the same time the divisiveness in the polarisation over here over the president picks but let’s not demonize that person in advance
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the immediate partisan battle over the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Justice Kennedy.

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