When Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump thought he finished transforming the Supreme Court.
But Trump is not going to like this bad news.
And that’s because Amy Coney Barrett is about to let Donald Trump down with this voter fraud decision.
The Supreme Court finally waded into the election integrity debate by taking up a case where Democrats sued the state of Arizona over laws that banned ballot harvesting as well as threw out ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct.
Republican lawyer Michael Carvin defended the laws claiming they did not affect anyone’s ability to register to vote or to cast a ballot.
“Arizona has not denied anyone any voting opportunity of any kind. It’s not like a literacy test that denies you the right to vote,” Carvin told the justices. “Everyone here is eligible and registered to vote. All they have to do is utilize the myriad opportunities that Arizona has offered them.”
That did not satisfy Amy Coney Barrett who asked hostile questions of Carvin and appeared to buy into the left-wing myth that laws designed to strengthen the integrity of the election was racist.
“I don’t really see why time, place and manner really … carries a lot of weight in your analysis,” Barrett shot back.
Carvin explained that the justices should uphold the Arizona laws to protect clear rules for the road in elections.
If the state of Arizona lost this case, Carvin argued it would create “an amorphous, manipulable situation where no one knows what the rules are going into the next election.”
But Amy Coney Barrett pressed on demanding to know why the Republican Party wanted to keep these laws on the books.
Carvin explained that the GOP’s survival depended on a secure and legitimate election.
“Because it puts us at a competitive disadvantage relative to Democrats. Politics is a zero sum game. And every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of Section 2 hurts us. It’s the difference between winning an election 50-49 and losing an election,” Carvin answered.
Democrats have three solid votes.
Justices Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor never waiver or break ranks on any key cultural issue case.
The Republican-appointed justices always splinter as they are usually desperate for the media and Supreme Court historians to write nice things about them.
Unfortunately Amy Coney Barrett appears to be a John Roberts clone.
Barrett rejected taking up a challenge to Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail laws even though everyone acknowledged that it wouldn’t have any effect on the outcome of the election.
If Barrett joins the left on this case, it will be a crushing blow to the conservative legal movement and may lead to a complete rethinking of how judges are vetted on the right.
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