Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This Clarifies Things

Yeah, Gore would have beaten Bush if the Supreme Court hadn't stopped the recount.  I had always heard the muddled, confused version: "It depends on HOW you counted the votes."  But it turns out Gore would have won even if we had used any of the seven standards,

How's THAT for a counter-factual.  Would O'Connor have held on until 2005 to retire?  Or would Gore have been able to nominate a non-ideologue to the Court?  Would Gore have acted on the "flashing red lights" in August 2001?  The evidence is that the Clinton team had a plan in place for bin Laden, but that the Bush team scrapped it, as they concentrated on China and Iraq as potential threats.

Imagine a world without the current Roberts Court.  Without 9/11 (maybe).  Without the Iraq war (certainly).  With the national debt much, much lower than it it now.

Keep that in mind as we await the inevitable 5-4 decision that will decide whether hundreds of thousands of Americans will die prematurely for lack of health insurance in order to placate that fevered partisan ideology of Scalito and Co.

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