Always Remember Joe Biden Misled Everyone About Wife’s Death, Blamed Innocent Man for Years

H/T Western Journal.

Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden is a chronic liar.

When Joe Biden brought out the story of his confrontation with a gang member named “Corn Pop” during his time as a lifeguard at a Wilmington, Delaware, pool, it’s interesting how quickly Democratic leaders knew to come to his defense.

There was a gang member in Baltimore with the moniker Corn Pop, they pointed out! The local NAACP chairman backed up his story! There was an obituary for a notorious dude who had that nickname! See, Biden’s not lying!

There was a reason behind the decided quickness with which everyone rushed to Biden’s side: People don’t trust his version of events on pretty much anything. Biden’s campaign-trail anecdotes and stories don’t just have the tocsin of untruth about them. They’re sometimes painfully fake.

The most obvious example of this is a fabricated story he told about a war hero that was, at best, a composite. At worst? The Washington Post may have described it best: “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”

Something like that is ultimately harmless, though. I know that may sound strange, but think about it: No one’s reputation has been denigrated.

The same can’t be said for the sad case of Curtis C. Dunn.

To be fair, Dunn was involved in what’s easily the most traumatic event of Biden’s life. In December of 1972, mere weeks after Biden was elected to the Senate for his first term in an upset victory, his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident while Christmas shopping.

Dunn was the truck driver who hit them. According to the Newark (Delaware) Post, Neilia Biden drove the car into the path of Dunn’s tractor-trailer for reasons unknown, perhaps having to do with her head being turned.

Dunn apparently did everything possible to avoid a collision, according to reports, even overturning his truck in the process. He was also the first person to render assistance at the scene.

This is where reality and Joe Biden diverge, however, and in a profoundly reprehensible manner.

To hear Biden tell it — at least for a very long time — Dunn’s drinking had played a part in the accident.

“A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” he said at a 2007 event in Iowa, according to Politico.

In 2001, meanwhile, Biden talked about how Dunn was “an errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive and hit a tractor-trailer, hit my children and my wife and killed them.”

This was a common story Biden would peddle during the early part of the millennium. The problem is that, from all evidence, it was totally untrue. Dunn was not only cleared by law enforcement but some of his most vociferous defenders were those involved in the case.

“The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver [Dunn], is incorrect,” former Delaware Superior Court Judge Jerome O. Herlihy, who oversaw the investigation as a prosecutor, said in 2008 as the story was again recirculating.

Herlihy was terser when talking about the accident to Politico: “She had a stop sign. The truck driver did not.”

“In the end,” he said, “I concurred in their decision that there was no fault on his part.”

Keep in mind that most of this happened after Dunn’s death in 1999, too. Pamela Hamill, one of his seven children, went public with her anger after the story began getting repeated ad nauseam around the time of Biden’s nomination as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential candidate.

“I just burst into tears,” Hamill said of hearing the clip of how her father “drank his lunch” before the accident.

“The story already is tragic enough, why did he have to sensationalize it by saying my father was drunk? My family is outraged.”

To make things worse, she said that she had sent Joe Biden a message of support in the aftermath of 9/11 lauding his remarks. He responded with a note that said, in part, “All that I can say is I am sorry for all of us and please know that neither I or my sons feel any animosity whatsoever.”

A 2010 profile of Biden in The Atlantic said that Biden — still technically the Democratic frontrunner — “has the limber storyteller’s tendency to stretch.”

That may be fine when you’re talking about “Corn Pop” and composite stories about war heroes. When you’re accusing someone of drunk driving in an accident where your wife and daughter were killed, that’s awfully close to libel. He blamed an innocent man for years despite the fact that all of the evidence showed Dunn hadn’t done anything wrong.

“Suppose he becomes the next vice president,” Hamill said in 2008. “Movies could be made about him and books could be written about him, all falsely portraying my father as a drunk driver. We need to set the record straight and clear my father’s name right now before this goes any further.”

She did, and that played a role in alerting us to how far this “limber storyteller” will go.

Poll: Trump and Biden Tied in Battleground Florida

H/T Breitbart.

These are the same polls that said Hillary would win.

President Trump and Joe Biden (D) are tied in the battleground state of Floria, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released this week.

The survey, taken June 29 – July 2, 2020, among 1,072 likely general election voters, showed the president and Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee tied in the Sunshine State with 45.9 percent each. Slightly more than five percent of voters selected a third party candidate, and 2.8 percent indicated they are undecided:

Female respondents comprised a greater share than male respondents, 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent. This is notable, as Biden tends to fare better among female voters.

The youngest demographic, those 18-24, made up the smallest share of respondents at 6.2 percent. Those 25-34 made up 13.5 percent of the responses, followed by 35-44 (12.3 percent), 45-64 (37.8 percent), and 65 and older (30.2 percent).

A greater number of polls in the summer of 2016 showed Clinton leading Trump in the battleground state, although some fell in his favor.

A CBS News/YouGov poll taken at the end of June 2016 showed Clinton up by three, as did a Bay News 9/SurveyUSA poll, which showed Trump’s challenger up by four. However, a Gravis survey showed Trump and Clinton tied, followed by Quinnipiac and JMC Analytics surveys, showing Trump up by three and five, respectively.

Trafalgar Group’s final Florida poll ahead of the election showed Trump up by four, and the RealClearPolitics average fell in his column by less than half a percentage point. Trump went on to defeat Clinton in Florida by 1.2 percent.

Biden Vows To End Trump Tax Cuts That Helped Millions of Working-Class Americans

H/T Western Journal.

Millions of working-class Americans would be out of work if Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden gets elected.

Make America Pay Again.

It’s not an official slogan for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, but it would be a fitting one after the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee vowed to raise taxes Monday.

Democrats love to talk about raising taxes, and why not?

It’s free money for them to use on social experiments and to give away by the cargo plane-load to the country’s adversaries.

But Biden took a serious tone about taxes on Monday when he told his donors during a virtual call that he would do away with the Trump tax cuts, CNBC reported.

“I’m going to get rid of the bulk of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut,” he said, “and a lot of you may not like that but I’m going to close loopholes like capital gains and stepped-up basis.”

Trump cut the corporate tax rate to 21 percent down from 35 percent in 2017 to spark an economy that broke the ceiling after being stifled by eight years of Obama and Biden’s feckless leadership on the economy.

Biden told the donors that, if elected, he will raise that rate to 28 percent in order to raise $1.3 trillion over the next ten years.

Nobody was described as a “lying dog face” during the conversation, which is good, but Biden did add, “We have to think as big as the challenge we face. But this is America, there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together.”

“But I think the country is ready,” he said.

American families are already struggling enough after the Chinese Communist Party played coy about a coronavirus that has left the American economy a shell of its former self.

To be fair, the virus itself hasn’t left millions of Americans unemployed. It’s just left many of them dead.

It is Biden’s fellow Democrats sitting in governors’ mansions who have kept their economies muzzled with an iron fist.

One can only speculate as to why.

Our once-robust economy, though, could be credited in large part to the Trump tax cuts.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has been lining Americans’ pockets for two and a half years.

The Heritage Foundation praised the Trump tax cuts in December, on their second anniversary, for simplifying tax codes, giving both businesses and individuals a break and for making American companies globally competitive again.

“Using IRS data, The Heritage Foundation found that average households in every congressional district were projected to benefit from a tax cut in 2018. Most Americans received their tax cut through lower employer withholding and thus bigger paychecks,” the conservative think tank noted.

“The average American was projected to get a $1,400 tax cut in 2018 and $2,900 for a family of four.”

The Trump tax cuts additionally led to higher wages in the country and increased confidence for investors.

The economy, amid a chaotic social environment, asinine rhetoric from Democrats and shutdowns of businesses is still trying to come back from where it was in March, when minority unemployment was at an all-time low and business was booming.

That speaks volumes about the legacy of the 2017 tax cuts and how job creators and investors still believe they can thrive when unrestrained by an overburdensome government.

If Biden is elected in November, you could be grappling with living in a country that has a revised history and social workers responding to homicide and robbery calls.

You’ll also likely be disarmed to a degree when mobs come after what little you have left after Beto O’Rourke comes after your guns.

But at least you’ll have less money for the thieves to steal.

That’s a silver lining.

Federal Appeals Court Makes Significant Voting Restrictions Ruling

H/T Western Journal.

This ruling is a giant step in the right direction to prevent voter fraud.

A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president.

The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court found that the state can restrict early voting hours and restored a requirement that people must live in a district for 28 days, not 10, before they can vote.

The judges, all Republican appointees, also said emailing and faxing absentee ballots is unconstitutional.

Judge Frank Easterbrook, who wrote the opinion, noted that even with the rules, Wisconsin voters enjoy more ways to register and cast their ballots than people in other states. He also said Wisconsin sees higher turnout than other states.

“Wisconsin has lots of rules that make voting easier,” Easterbrook wrote. “These facts matter when assessing challenges to a handful of rules that make voting harder.”

The state’s photo ID requirement for voters wasn’t in question, although the panel did find that expired student IDs are acceptable at the polls, keeping intact an option that allows people to vote without an ID if they show an affidavit saying they tried to obtain one.

Still, Democrats railed against the decision, calling it an “assault on our democracy.”

“As Trump and his team become increasingly nervous for November, a Republican-controlled court just made another egregious assault on voting rights in Wisconsin,” state Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler said. “Trump knows his path to victory involves suppressing the vote as much as possible, and as we saw on April 7 when Republicans forced thousands of people to vote in-person during a pandemic, there is no low they aren’t willing to stoop to grab power.”

U.S. District Judge James Peterson in Madison — appointed to the bench by Democratic President Barack Obama — threw out a host of the GOP’s election laws as unconstitutional in July 2016.

The statutes restricted early voting to weekends at only one location per municipality, replaced the state’s 10-day residency period for voting with a 28-day minimum and blocked voters from using expired student IDs at the polls.

Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Institute and Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund brought the lawsuit that sparked Peterson’s decision.

That same month, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee — an appointee of Democratic President Bill Clinton — ruled that state residents who lack proper photo identification could vote with an affidavit affirming their identity. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit that triggered the ruling.

The two rulings kept Wisconsin’s law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls intact. But the decisions still marked a big win for Democrats, who have claimed Republicans are using the photo ID law and other voting limitations to discriminate against the poor, racial minorities and younger voters who are more likely to vote for Democrats.

Meanwhile, Republicans have insisted the changes are designed to create uniform rules statewide and combat voter fraud.

Madison and Milwaukee, the state’s two most Democratic cities, used Peterson and Adelman’s rulings to expand early voting hours and locations in the 2018 election where Democrats won every statewide office.

The 7th Circuit panel heard Republicans’ appeal in February 2017, more than three years ago.

Since then, there has been a wave of new lawsuits that resulted in extended registration and voting deadlines for Wisconsin’s April 7 presidential primary and state Supreme Court election. Those cases are ongoing and rulings could affect the rules for the upcoming Aug. 11 primary and Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Sad Saga of Stacey Abrams

H//T The Washington Free Beacon.

Stacey Abrams losing streak continues.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said Wednesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had not contacted her about joining the 2020 ticket, despite her campaign to be his running mate.

In 2019, when rumors arose that Biden would pick her as a running mate before he even launched his candidacy, Abrams told The View she would not run for “second place.” But since choosing not to run for any office in 2020, Abrams has privately and publicly sought the vice-presidential position, proclaiming herself an “excellent” choice. She also said she would be concerned if Biden did not choose a woman of color for the position.

Abrams is best known for her losing bid for Georgia governor in 2018. She never conceded defeat and has repeatedly blamed her defeat on voter suppression methods.

 

Biden’s List of Potential Running Mates Has Dwindled

H/T Town Hall.

Whomever Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden picks had better be aware of the fact their political career will most likely be over.

Joe Biden’s list of potential running mates is reportedly narrowing. ABC News now says the candidate has nailed the list down to six potential women, including four African Americans, a Latina, and one fake Indian.

Following initial interviews, Democrats familiar with Biden’s search committee say the team has narrowed the list down to the following six individuals: Failed presidential contenders and United States Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Obama-era unmasker and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Rep. and coronavirus hypocrite Val Demings (D-FL), the mayor of Atlanta who blamed the death of Ahmaud Arbery on President Trump, Keisha Bottoms, and the aforementioned Latina, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM). While Grisham is technically a woman of color, there is a lot of pressure on Biden to pick an African American woman so Democrats can further exploit the tragic death of George Floyd.

For the same reason, other potential VPs have fallen out of favor. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who prematurely told a crowd she was joining the Biden ticket after suspending her own campaign and endorsing Biden right before Super Tuesday, is now considered an unlikely choice given her past work as a prosecutor in the Minneapolis area. The “defund the police” party can’t have a vice president with a tough-on-crime record representing them. Joe Biden received a pass on his own tough-on-crime record, probably because Biden can’t seem to remember very much of anything these days, like what state he’s in, what he’s talking about, or the people who used to work for him, like Tara Reade.

Sadly, failed politician Stacey Abrams says the Biden campaign hasn’t called her about the position, despite Abrams’ “concerns” of what might happen if Biden chooses anyone other than herself.

“No one takes Stacey seriously,” a Biden insider told The New York Post. “And her public campaigning for the job seems more like a hostage negotiation than an actual attempt to get the job.”

In an effort to raise her national profile, Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer jockeyed for the VP spot by ordering draconian lockdown restrictions under the guise of flattening the curve. Whitmer’s name is conspicuously also not on the list.

During an interview with CBS News this week, Biden said he is looking for a “strong” vice president who will be “ready to be president on day one.” Given the declining state of Biden’s mental faculties, there’s a good chance they will be.

According to ABC News, one-on-one interviews between Biden and the potential VPs are expected in the coming weeks. Biden plans to announce his running mate by August 1.

Op-Ed: I’m Black and There’s No Way I’m Voting for Joe Biden

H/T Western Journal.

While Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden’s remarks are racist sadly so many blacks are comfortable on the DemocRat Plantation and will vote for Biden.

“If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

The plain racism radiating from Joe Biden’s comment was as disgusting as it was shocking.

Let me be as clear as humanly possible, Joe. As a black man in America, I will not be casting my vote for you — and, in fact, I will proudly be voting for the most pro-black president in my lifetime, President Donald J. Trump.

Not only is Biden’s use of “ain’t” as a way to “relate” to the African-American community condescending, but it is also reprehensible that a 77-year-old white man from Delaware who has bragged about his friendships with known segregationists is now the litmus test for whether or not a person is black.

During this past legislative session here in Arizona, it was a moving moment for me when we opened the day’s floor session with a color guard provided by the 9th and 10th Cavalry Association, the organization that honors the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers.

The Buffalo Soldiers were African-American soldiers who served in the U.S. Cavalry at the end of the nineteenth century.

Despite facing prejudice and numerous hardships, the Buffalo Soldiers in the post-Civil War 1800s had the most Congressional Medal of Honor winners and the lowest desertion rate.

As a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, it warms my heart when the memory of the Buffalo Soldiers is preserved.

As an African-American, it gives me hope that such a fine example is set before young black Americans.

That is just one of the reasons why it is such a slap in the face when a national figure such as Joe Biden, in the year 2020, can still use the “you ain’t black” pejorative for a person of color who disagrees with his political views.

So, Mr. Biden, I am an African-American, a veteran, a state elected official and a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal who has no difficulty choosing between you and Donald Trump in this fall’s election.

I will vote for Trump because he has helped restore our military. I will vote for Trump because before the shutdowns put our economy on pause, African-American unemployment was at the lowest rate ever. I will vote for Trump because, despite big talk from previous presidents, he actually got federal criminal justice reform done, a cause I have championed at the state level.

Mr. Biden, you seem to believe that you can tell people of my skin color what to think.

But what has been exposed by your disgraceful remark is your true colors. It seems that you do not have much use for black people unless they bow down to your political agenda and support your electoral ambitions.

I truly hope that this is a tipping point in African-American support for you.

The true legacy of black Americans is a powerful legacy of freedom — freedom from the physical chains of slavery to freedom of opinion, belief and the right to stand and fight for our convictions regardless of what the Democratic elite dictate.

And on Nov. 5, I will wake up knowing that I have done what is right for my country, my family, my state and my community by having voted for Donald Trump for president.

Joe Biden: ‘10 to 15 Percent’ of Americans Are ‘Not Very Good People’

H/T Breitbart.

According to Slow Joe, The Gaff Machine Biden some 50 million Americans are really bad people.

We got downgraded from deplorable to really rotten.

Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed Thursday night most Americans were good people who see improvement as a possibility for the nation, while lamenting “there are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.”

The former vice president delivered his character analysis of some 50 million Americans during remarks in an online event carried by “The Shade Room” and moderated by actor Don Cheadle.

Biden spoke about race and plans for a Biden administration to push for racial equity in office. He accused President Donald Trump of dividing the country while pledging that, as president, he would unify and heal.

“The words a president says matter, so when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out,” Biden said during the exchange.

“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” he continued. “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are. The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together. Bring them together.”

His thoughts echoed those of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 dismissal of “half of Trump’s supporters” as bigoted “deplorables” which subsequently became one of the most remembered quotes of her failed campaign.

Biden’s claim to be a peacemaker came just 24 hours after said he “won’t traffic in fear and division” in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd.

“I won’t fan the flames of hate,” he claimed, as Breitbart News reported.

Here’s Who Joe Biden Could Pick for the Supreme Court

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

God help us if Slow Joe The Gaff Machine Biden gets elected.

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has pledged to appoint the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court if he prevails in November.

Biden’s promise is a nod to the black voters who revived his once-flailing presidential campaign. His zealous courting of black votes has been awkward in stretches, as when he told radio host Charlamagne tha God that African Americans struggling to choose between himself and President Donald Trump “ain’t black.”

There are two broad groups Biden might select from, the first including sitting judges on federal and state courts, the second with more academic backgrounds. The leftwing group Demand Justice, which is pressing Biden to release a shortlist of potential nominees, has released its own list, which is heavy on academics and cause lawyers. A Washington Free Beacon analysis found the most likely candidates are U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, and U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, with Stacey Abrams as a possible wildcard pick.

Every president since Ronald Reagan has made at least two appointments to the Supreme Court. Biden’s pledge gives him a relatively small pool of candidates with a traditional background for elevation to the High Court. According to biographical data kept by the Federal Judicial Center, there are 17 black female federal judges under the age of 60, the upper limit for Supreme Court nominees in recent decades. Trump’s two appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were 49 and 53 respectively. Only a handful of black women on the federal bench are under 55, meaning Biden will have to cast a wider net for potential picks.

If elected, Biden will have to balance three competing problems when selecting a nominee: mounting pressure from the left to pick a candidate with varied occupational experiences, a possible Republican majority in the Senate, and the prospect of an expansive search.

Demand Justice is pressing Biden to pick judicial candidates with civil rights or consumer protection experience, and the group’s list includes black professor Michelle Alexander of Union Theological Seminary, best known as the author of a popular, controversial book on incarceration, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Biden’s onetime rival and a potential vice presidential nominee, has similarly decried “corporate capture of the federal courts”—the concern that judges who worked for corporations or represented them in private practice are too friendly to business.

If Republicans retain control of the Senate, Biden will also have to find a candidate palatable to a caucus that proved unyielding when former president Barack Obama tried to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia. Indeed, the GOP ran a two-year blockade on judicial confirmations in the waning years of the Obama administration, leaving over 100 vacancies for Trump to fill.

Further analyses of the most likely picks in a future Biden administration can be found below.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 49

Jackson, who sits on the federal trial court in Washington, D.C., has already been considered for the Supreme Court. Former president Barack Obama reportedly interviewed Jackson in 2016 for the ill-fated nomination that ultimately went to Judge Merrick Garland. Her stock has only risen in the intervening years.

Since taking the bench in 2013, the judge has decided several high profile matters. Her most significant decision may be a 2019 ruling requiring former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a House subpoena, which included pointed rejoinders of President Donald Trump’s legal positions. Though her 118-page opinion was much feted among the president’s critics, it was overturned on appeal.

Jackson had an unlikely ally in former House speaker Paul Ryan when she was nominated for the federal bench. The judge’s husband, Patrick Jackson, is the twin brother of Ryan’s brother-in-law William Jackson. Ryan introduced Jackson during her 2012 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity, it is unequivocal,” Ryan told the committee.

Her confirmation would mark the first time that two African Americans have served together on the Supreme Court. Jackson lunched with Justice Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court clerk and recounted the experience to Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher for their 2007 book, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas.

“I just sat there the whole time thinking: ‘I don’t understand you. You sound like my parents. You sound like the people I grew up with,'” Jackson said. “But the lessons he tended to draw from the experiences of the segregated South seemed to be different than those of everybody I know.”

Jackson’s time in private practice could complicate her prospects. Her résumé—which runs a wide range of law practice—includes experiences liberals will admire, like a three-year tour in the federal public defender’s office and a clerkship for Justice Stephen Breyer. Yet she also advised corporate clients for nearly a decade, first for a Washington arbitration boutique, then at such “BigLaw” standbys as Goodwin Procter and Morrison & Foerster.

One leftwing judicial group is already signaling that her tenure in private practice is a problem. Jackson is notably absent from Demand Justice’s list of possible nominees.

California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, 43

Kruger holds the credentials typical of a modern Supreme Court nominee but is free of the professional baggage liberals find problematic.

Following brief stints in private practice and a clerkship for Justice John Paul Stevens, Kruger entered government service as an assistant to the solicitor general, the Justice Department official who represents the U.S. government before the Supreme Court. In that capacity, she argued a dozen cases for the government before the High Court. University of California Hastings College of Law professor Rory Little described her presentation style as polite and “uniformly serious” in a 2015 review of Kruger’s Supreme Court arguments.

Her most notable argument came in a 2011 case called Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a landmark religious liberty dispute. During oral arguments, the entire bench seemed to think that the Obama administration’s position, which Kruger presented, took a dim view of the First Amendment. In his decision for a unanimous Court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the government’s position was “remarkable” and “hard to square with the text of the First Amendment itself.”

As a justice on the California Supreme Court, Kruger has developed something of a moderate reputation on the left-leaning tribunal. An appeals lawyer who collects data on the California Supreme Court placed her at the “ideological center” of the bench, describing her voting record as “moderately liberal in civil cases, moderately conservative in criminal cases” in a January article. She also dissents sparingly, suggesting a preference for consensus decision-making.

For example, in 2018 Kruger joined with the court’s Republican appointees to turn back a challenge to a voter initiative that requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples from people arrested for felonies.

At a general level, her profile tracks Justice Breyer, who sometimes votes with the conservative justices on criminal law issues. A relatively centrist streak could make Kruger’s nomination acceptable to Senate Republicans if they hold their majority.

Stacey Abrams, 46

Though Abrams’s name is most often mentioned in connection with the vice presidency, her nomination as a justice would address oft-repeated criticisms of the Court’s composition.

The justices now serving are something like a legal gentry, ever attentive to decorum and possessed of dazzling credentials. Before becoming judges, all nine served in prestige positions at the Justice Department, practiced at highly selective firms, or taught on leading law faculties. It’s an elitist professional bent that skews pro-corporate, pro-government, and pro-prosecution, critics say.

Abrams’s workaday legal experience may be an appropriate antidote. After graduating from Yale Law School, Abrams practiced tax law with an Atlanta firm, then advised local officials on public works issues as a deputy city attorney.

Her subsequent tenure as the minority leader in the Georgia General Assembly recalls the early career of retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the majority leader in the Arizona State Senate in the 1970s. After losing the Georgia governor’s race, Abrams founded Fair Fight 2020, a nationwide advocacy and impact litigation group.

As a state legislator turned cause lawyer, Abrams would follow in the tradition of Southern politicians and activists elevated to the High Court by Democratic presidents. The Court’s first black member, Justice Thurgood Marshall, was a Marylander who litigated across the South as a lawyer with the NAACP. Likewise, Justice Hugo Black, an Alabaman, was a two-term U.S. senator before his appointment to the Court. A repentant Klansman, Black became a passionate supporter of school desegregation and civil liberties.

Looking beyond the bench could be an asset to the Court. Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who studies judicial selection, told the Free Beacon that the current crop of justices is lacking in both racial and experiential diversity.

“Many observers believe that the Supreme Court needs to be more diverse in multiple ways,” he said. “Eight of the nine justices were formerly members of appeals courts and the ninth served as solicitor general.”

“On the lower federal courts, there are many more former prosecutors than public defenders and more former big firm and corporate lawyers than lawyers who worked for legal aid,” he added.

For her part, Abrams has disclaimed any interest in the High Court for the time being.

“I have no interest in serving as a judge in any capacity at any point,” she told the Associated Press on May 7.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, 45

Stacey Abrams’s younger sister strikes a more familiar figure for a Supreme Court nominee. Abrams Gardner is an Obama appointee on the federal trial court in Macon, Ga., where she has served since 2014.

Former Georgia GOP senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both returned “blue slips” to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing her nomination, which came just weeks after the Obama White House and Georgia Republicans struck a deal on judgeships that some Democrats found overly accommodating.

Abrams’s personal life is particularly compelling. Her husband, Jimmie Gardner, was falsely imprisoned in a West Virginia penitentiary for 26 years, following wrongful convictions for sexual assault and robbery. Gardner was a victim of the notorious laboratory technician Fred Zain, who fabricated or manipulated evidence in dozens of cases to help state prosecutors obtain convictions. Gardner was released in 2016 and married Abrams two years later.

Before her elevation to the bench, Abrams Gardner practiced in the Washington offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she advised clients like Bank of America and the Radian Group on corruption investigations and complex civil litigation. While at Skadden, she helped prepare an amicus brief for the American Bar Association that urged the Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty for minors. In 2010, she became a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, where she handled a variety of criminal cases and served as a community outreach coordinator. She is a graduate of Yale Law School.

The Biden campaign did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Pelosi on Mail-In Ballot Push: ‘We’re Now calling It Voting at Home’

H/T Breitbart.

It should be called voter fraud at home.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week signaled that Democrats are going to push for more expanded mail-in voting by referring to it now as “voting at home.”

“We’re now calling it voting at home because that’s really what it’s all about—enabling people to vote at home,” Pelosi told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

Pelosi said the $3.6 billion in the House’s HEROES Act is “necessary to conduct an election” where all voters would receive absentee ballots.

The House Speaker also reportedly said this week $3.6 billion is just “a small price to pay for our democracy and the good health of people going to the polls” and argued that if Republicans “don’t support the resources, then they have stood in the way of voting, which is in keeping with their voter suppression in general.”

She reportedly added that voting is “under assault both from a systematic national, nationwide campaign of voter suppression and from the coronavirus.”

“People should not have to choose between voting and preserving their good health and that of their families,” Pelosi reportedly added

The House Speaker has also said that more funds are needed for same-day registration services and to provide more and safer opportunities for voters to also “vote well in advance of Election Day.”