Ms. Mayer wrote the book on Dark Money (now out in paperback with a new preface), and here, in the New Yorker, gives us Robert Mercer — The Reclusive Hedge Fund Tycoon Behind The Trump Presidency.
Enough to make non-billionaires take to the streets, though the UN warns that Americans’ right to protest is in grave danger. (I’d say that headline is a little strong, but still.)
Republicans effectively “filibustered” Merrick Garland for 10 months — they wouldn’t even let his nomination get that far (the ultimate filibuster) — arguing that we would have to see what the people wanted in the next election. By a margin of millions, the people wanted Merrick Garland.
The Electoral College could theoretically elect a president who lost the popular vote by 20 million votes, but — although that would legitimately install an unpopular president — it would not represent the will of the people, any more than Trump’s loss by 3 million did.
Not to mention the loss would have been by more if we had not been attacked by Russia . . . and that most Trump voters were more focused on jobs than on rejecting Merrick Garland.
Mitch McConnell was wrong to flout the Constitution, changing the rules to deny Garland a hearing. He was wrong to change his own standard and take Trump’s loss by 3 million votes as proof the people wanted a Republican-appointed Justice. And he will be wrong if he changes the rules the Senate agreed upon, holding Supreme Court nominees — though not lower court judges — to the 60-vote standard.
Three wrongs, let alone all by the same guy, don’t make a right.
I checked in with the friend who suggested Home Depot a couple of years ago at $89. With the stock at $147 or so, he’s holding on, hoping for double from here over the next three or four years.
Quote of the Day
The American Constitution is, as far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.~Gladstone
Request email delivery
- Apr 15:
Lowering The Temperature On Tax Day
- Apr 14:
$300 Billion Here And $300 Billion There, And . . .
- Apr 13:
Justice, Music — And Wow!
- Apr 12:
An App You’ll Want To Check Out
- Apr 9:
Demented Agents; Brain HQ
- Apr 8:
Barney’s Excellent Advice
- Apr 7:
The Latest From Mystic Mag
- Apr 6:
Boehner And More
- Apr 5:
The Details Can Be A Little Challenging To Work Out, But . . .
- Apr 2:
Fixing Our Infrastructure . . . And Our Soul
- Apr 15: