Preserving Americans’ rights and basic constitutional values depends on having justices with the strength and willingness to stand up against serious abuses of power – even if it means rising above usual ideological alliances to reject bad behavior and legal arguments by the White House occupant who named them.
The Democrats are behaving like a traditional opposition party. The effect is to “normalize” Donald Trump. It will be up to the press and advocacy groups to show how far outside democratic norms Trump falls.
It has been 29 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last started a term with only eight justices. Next week, another eight-member Court will begin to sort through the scores of cases the justices have chosen to try to resolve.