This week was basically a contest between the Republican candidates to be the worst human on Earth, and it basically ended in a draw with all of them being terrible. Congratulations, GOP!
It started with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who worked for decades to curtail the freedoms to women and LGBTs. Vulnerable disadvantaged populations certainly have a lot less to worry about with him out of the picture.
Now there are about 300 days left for Obama to get a replacement appointed to the Supreme Court. And Republicans are of course trying to stall until after the election. Can they do it? Hard to say. It certainly would be a strange way of paying tribute to Scalia, a man who worshipped the original intent of the Constitution. That document calls for the timely appointment of Supreme Court justices, so an arbitrary delay is the sort of thing he would probably oppose.
So who’s Obama going to nominate? That’s the question on everyone’s lips. He’s reportedly considering people like Loretta Lynch, a Harvard Law grad who spent years at the US Attorney General going after crooked banks. Republicans have praised her in the past so it would be a little hypocritical for them to reverse their opinions now.
There’s also a chance Obama might consider Elizabeth Warren — perhaps as a consolation if Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the nomination. Or he might even nominate Bernie Sanders. Both of those are long shots, but if Republicans are determined to block the nomination anyway, why not go crazy?
A more likely candidate is Sri Srinivasan, who’s liked on both sides of the aisle. The only problem: he’s worked for dirty-energy companies like Exxon.
Aside from the fighting over the Supreme Court nomination, Donald Trump got into a crazy dust-up with the Pope this week, touched off by immigration.
The Pope was in Mexico this week, and when the subject of Donald Trump’s proposed wall came up, the religious leader had harsh words: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
Trump didn’t care for that at all, and called the Pope “disgraceful,” which is a great way to to alienate a lot of potential supporters. Trump accused the Pope of believing lies fed to him by the President of Mexico, who has dismissed Trump’s wall idea as too stupid to discuss. He also suggested that ISIS was planning to attack The Vatican, which may be true, but doesn’t have much to do with the wall on the border with Mexico.
But perhaps the most uncomfortable revelation this week came during a series of town halls in which the candidates discussed the music they like most. For Marco Rubio, it’s electronic dance music, which he said is often blended with country and has clean lyrics. Ted Cruz acknowledged stories that he forces musical theater on his wife. And Trump, always the class act, reminded everyone that he used to be Michael Jackson’s landlord, and that the singer was, by the end, very ugly. Nice job, everyone.