Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement Wednesday, I’ve been reading “conservative” pundits praising the opportunity Trump now has to remake a Supreme Court that could possibly overturn the Dred Scott ruling of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade.
I’m glad the editors at National Review are taking the time to excoriate Kennedy for his unprincipled jurisprudence. David French is giddy at this momentous opportunity to reshape the judicial landscape for decades to come. Ben Shapiro is reveling in the moment, even facetiously burnishing his credentials for a possible selection to the court.
But remember this?
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) June 27, 2018
I post the above not to blast NeverTrump pundits for the thousandth time. Instead, I only wish to point out the obvious: if we followed the lead of these giddycons, this opportunity wouldn’t be here. Instead, it’s likely we’d be dreading the second pick of President Clinton, which would thereby cement a 6-3 liberal majority that would put a blowtorch to the tattered remains of the Constitution.
These pundits were dead wrong about the election. Yet here they are, reaping the benefits of something that could only take place by an unequivocal rejection of their political judgment (which, thankfully, is exactly what the voters did). There’s something shameful about this—something unmanly.
I’m not suggesting this group should offer some feigned apology to their readers. But they should at least acknowledge that they were wrong and explain how their thinking has changed and maybe even deepened since 2016. They should be honest about the fact that their clouded judgment would have led to certain disaster for the nation.
The last thing they should be doing is taking victory laps as if it was their victory to begin with.