No more fooling around, people.
This is the motto you must keep in mind for the election: THREE=NO TRUMP.
What do I mean by that?
I mean this is actually (not hyperbolically, not even metaphorically) THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIMES.
Because this time, unlike any other time in history, control of all three branches of government depends on the outcome of the election. The next president certainly has one nomination—essentially, as soon as he takes office—and perhaps as many as three more.
Regardless of anything else he or she does, the next president will cast a shadow over perhaps the next four or five DECADES.
For this reason, it is time to stop entertaining the notion that we could possibly nominate Donald Trump as our candidate.
Donald Trump does not have the knowledge to make that choice. He does not have the temperament to make that choice. He has virtually no understanding of the law or the Constitution. If you put this power in the hands of this man, you do not deserve to call yourself an American.
Is that not clear enough?
Let me try again.
This is a man who believes vaccines cause autism—within days. This is a man who blames George W. Bush for 9/11, instead of the husband of the woman he’s supposedly running against, who let Osama bin Laden escape his grasp multiple times. This is a man who thinks “so many” is a number, “great, great guys” are specific people he could pick to work for him, and “such special things” constitute a specific policy for the VA.
The next president needs to have an intimate understanding of the Constitution and a more than passing knowledge of particular judges and possible candidates he might nominate to the Court. He has to have an understanding of these things that stems from his OWN experience, not from listening to other people who try to transmit this information to him.
There is only one choice for president now: Senator Ted Cruz.
Only Cruz has the capacity to question a potential Justice and know whether he or she is up to the job. Only Cruz will be able to figure out if a potential Justice is only pretending to be a conservative, or to have a particular jurisprudence, in order to get the position. Only Cruz actually knows the reputation, record, and decisions of enough particular jurists to make the right decisions. And only Cruz has the ability to actually, personally read and comprehend the decisions made by such potential Justices.
He’s been saying since the beginning that the makeup of the Court would be an issue and we can’t afford to get it wrong. Now that the finest conservative the judiciary has ever seen has passed, it is more important than ever. There are cases that have been heard and not decided that conservatives are now certain to lose. There are cases on the way up the pipeline that we can’t afford to lose.
After seeing what happened last summer, can we possibly pretend that the Supreme Court is a minor issue?
Ben Carson is a nice man, but I do not trust him to pick a Supreme Court Justice. Jeb Bush (who, apparently, doesn’t have a problem with Obama replacing Scalia before the election) may know many lawyers and judges through his family connections, but I don’t have any reason to believe he knows enough about law not to pick a Kennedy or an O’Connor. Marco Rubio is a lawyer, but he doesn’t have the deep experience that Ted Cruz does. And don’t even talk to me about that arm-flailing muppet John Kasich (for some reason, whenever I watch Kasich it reminds me of that game on Whose Line is It Anyway where one person stands behind the other acting as that person’s arms. Is that just me?)
Over and above all the other things I have already said about Donald Trump, consider his knowledge of the law. He does know how to sue people—and settle and lose. He knows how to use the bankruptcy laws. But he also has tried to sue people for making political ads (a non-starter), thinks he (or someone) can get a “declaratory judgment” about Ted Cruz’s citizenship (a legal impossibility), and thinks he has standing to sue Ted Cruz for running against him (oh, grow up.)
In short, Donald Trump knows as much about American Law as your average Winter squash. And would probably try to sue me if he read that, because “humor” is a bit out of his wheelhouse.
Like it or not—especially those of you who still hope Marbury v Madison (1803; established the principle of judicial review) will eventually be overturned—the Supreme Court is the last word before a Constitutional Amendment (which is difficult and time-consuming, and in the meantime the Court still wins). If you are at all concerned about issues like religious freedom, abortion, free speech, freedom of the press, whether people can be forced to join unions, and a whole host of other issues, Ted Cruz is the only possible choice to nominate for president now.
Remember: THREE=NO TRUMP.