This weekend Brett Kavanaugh’s tumultuous path to the Supreme Court was completed, and some reporters aren’t taking it well.
With the energy fueling the anti-Kavanaugh movement looking for a new outlet, some reporters are directing it toward ... the Senate itself.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was one of the first out of the gate, spending much of the weekend on a rampage against the U.S. Senate. His first tweet argued that the “Founders’ design flaws in democracy — electoral college & 2 senators per state no matter the size or population — have created the current Supreme Court.”
Of course, the Founders’ explicit intent was to equally represent states in the upper house of Congress. Contrary to O’Donnell’s tweet, democracy was never the goal, but rather it was the opposite: To protect minorities from the “tyranny of the majority,” which they saw as one of the downfalls of the Roman Republic.
O’Donnell then approvingly quote-tweeted a progressive author who agrees with him:
O’Donnell’s NBC colleague, Ken Dilanian, likewise agrees the culprit for Kavanaugh successfully ascending to the Supreme Court is the design of America’s constitutional republic. Dilanian retweeted O’Donnell’s slam on the Senate, and then approvingly tweeted a Washington Post article lamenting the Senate’s influence.
“It may not happen in our lifetimes, but the idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change,” the ostensibly non-partisan journalist tweeted.
CNN’s Joan Walsh also blamed the Senate’s equal protection of states for Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation:
And while she’s not a member of the media, congressional hopeful, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued that in order to prevent future nominations like Brett Kavanaugh, America needs to scrap the Electoral College: