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Supreme Court partisanship comes into full view

October 9th, 2018, 12:07pm by Sam Wang



Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation vote was the closest ever. It’s the culmination of a two-decade trend in all-out partisan warfare, the seeds of which were planted when Gingrich and McConnell swept into power in 1994. It’s now reached a seeming pinnacle with the confirmation of a party insider who was a player in the Starr investigation, the Bush v. Gore 2000 battle, and the theft of Senate Judiciary Committee files.

In other news: Students, you should figure out where to vote! This very cool new site, Make My Vote Matter, helps you do that. Do it soon – registration deadlines are closing fast!

Tags: 2018 Election · Senate · Supreme Court

4 Comments so far ↓

  • LondonYoung

    Make My Vote Matter is very interesting because it advocates students strategically pick whether to vote with their home address or their school address in order to find a swing district.

    Certainly legal, but has a similar moral feel to gerrymandering.

    • Sam Wang

      Apparently, students can only vote where they are “domiciled,” i.e. in the place that they consider their permanent home. At that age, this may be a somewhat fluid concept. Some states take a strict view, others possibly less so. See this thread involving election-law scholar Josh Douglas.

    • LondonYoung

      My comment is restricted to the attitude taken by the website that you are advertising.
      It quite clearly advises that students game their domicile to rig the impact of their votes – it does not ask them to be honest about their domicile intentions.
      I find it hard to reconcile this advice with an opposition to partisan gerrymandering.

    • NP

      “I find it hard to reconcile this advice with an opposition to partisan gerrymandering.”

      Isn’t this all about agency. Here the website “Make My Vote Matter” is asking students to take the decision into their own hands in a perfectly legal way. Whereas gerrymandering deliberately disenfranchises voters by taking away the effectiveness of votes by the opposition party, i.e. the party is deciding not the voter.

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