Wednesday August 8, 2018
Organizations behind president's pick are cause for alarm.
The Reading Eagle says Sen. Bob Casey Jr. shouldn't have announced his opposition to any Supreme Court nomination from President Donald Trump ("Casey wrong to prejudge Supreme Court nominee," July 23). Casey's stance is not just revenge for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., refusing to consider anyone nominated by President Barack Obama. It's because Trump would nominate archconservative candidates recommended by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, not by the American Bar Association.
Heritage founder Paul Weyrich said: "Many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome: good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
The ACORN scandal was a hoax. The perpetrators were successfully sued for slander. But it worked. From it, we got voter ID laws that strongly limit voting by minorities and the disadvantaged.
The Federalist Society's largest contributors are Charles and David Koch, the Richard Mellon Scaife Foundation, and Rebekah and Bob Mercer. The Kochs need no introduction. Scaife spent millions on the Arkansas Project, which fueled conspiracy theories that President Bill Clinton and the CIA ran a drug ring and that Clinton had White House aide Vincent Foster murdered. The Mercers provided the money for Trump adviser Steve Bannon to create Cambridge Analytica, now disbanded and under criminal investigation for influencing the 2016 election.
Casey is right to oppose anyone supported by these organizations.
Casey makes right call on court nomination