Who goes there? That is the challenge question in many wars. The reason for it is to ascertain whether the “intruder” is friend or foe. Democracy should be asking the same question in the Pennsylvania Governor’s race this year. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro is a defender, let alone friend, of democracy and his Republican opponent is certainly not! That alone is reason enough for all voters in the Keystone state to cast a vote for him this fall, but there is more.
6 foot 8 inches tall, with a bald head, wearing a hoodie and baggy gym shorts over his tattoos. That is the way John Fetterman most often appears on the campaign trail. Not exactly your typical political candidate. But he may well be the margin of difference in saving democracy this fall.
It is rare that the Sunday article deals with more than one event. Today I’m citing three which I believe have one “common denominator” (albeit of greatly different degrees). That common denominator is acting poorly.
I found it somewhat puzzling that Republican Senators could have voted to confirm credibly accused child rapist Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018 and yet have refused to vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson for the same position on April 7, 2022 largely because they felt she had been too soft in her sentencing of possessors of child pornography even after her sentences proved to be in line with common judicial practice and often harsher than the prosecution has asked for. Well 37 of them did and that number would have been 38 if one actually came to work on a Saturday. Hey, it was only a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line.
Last week was another where it is difficult to pick the biggest American political story of the week; on the surface that is. In reality the fact that one political party with two allies from the other side decided that American democracy wasn’t important is difficult to top. All 50 Republican senators with the addition of Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to amend the filibuster rule to enable voting rights – the cornerstone of democracy – to get an up or down vote.