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    Elwood R. ThompsonOct 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    A surprisingly juvenile and petty response to an issue that will affect this nation for decades. It must be wonderful to be able to view oneself as being above the concerns of the many.

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    scott WestOct 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Mr. Crockett, you showed bravery in having this published. Our polarization as an electorate will be shown in the responses. I do think that if court expansion is on the table as a position of the democrat party, that it wouldn’t be surprising to see the court expanded every time the senate and Presidency are in the same party’s hands and they felt that the court needed additional justices for a “balance”.

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    Craig MillsOct 14, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Mr. Crockett,

    As a political science professor who specializes in American politics, your analysis of Barrett’s nomination seems cavalier, considering disturbing governance developments that erode what little legitimacy the courts enjoy. I guess because it is conservatives who are playing unfairly, it doesn’t seem to matter though.

    You wrote, “People accuse Republicans of being hypocritical since they denied Obama pick Merrick Garland a hearing in the last election year.” Republicans ARE being hypocritical, it doesn’t take a stretch to understand that. Many Republican senators who argued to delay Garland’s nomination are still in the Senate–including the one leading the judiciary committee to push through Barrett’s nomination. This isn’t a distant issue in the same way you reached back to 1801 to find a parallel. (And are you suggesting Barrett could become the next John Marshall?)

    When you don’t have much to lose politically or socially, maybe Barrett’s nomination seems like “silly season” as you’ve framed it (really?). For many of us with potentially much more to lose, Barrett’s nomination is much more serious. If the Democrats win the presidency and Senate and move to expand the courts, I hope your response will be equally casual.

    -Trinity political science alum.

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    MoniqueOct 10, 2020 at 12:15 am

    All I’m hearing is an Anglo geezer saying “how dare you hold people to a standard”.

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