Senator Santa Claus Clueless About Supreme Court

42-16589482If you’ve been hanging around the planet for any length of time – say, 20 minutes or so – you know that Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a clue about… most anything that matters. But you’d think that a candidate for president might have a cursory understanding of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court, right?

Naw.  He tweeted this pearl of wisdom on Friday:

Sanders tweeted “any Supreme Court nominee of mine will make overturning Citizens United one of their first decisions.”(Any Supreme Court nominee of mine will make overturning Citizens United one of their first decisions. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 22, 2016)

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The tweet was quickly deleted.

Most fifth graders can tell you that the Supreme Court doesn’t work like that. But Senator Santa Claus doesn’t get it.

Randal John Meyer, a legal associate at the Cato Institute who has authored several Supreme Court briefs explains:

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“Senator Sanders seems rather confused about Supreme Court practice. Supreme Court Justices do not issue court decisions on their own. A Court opinion, to be considered the definite law, must be affirmed by a majority of the sitting Justices—five of nine.”

Duh.

Meyer continued:

“In fact, even to hear a case where overturning Citizens United would be an option, not only must that issue be squarely presented before the Court, but four justices would need to agree to hear the case. While Senator Sanders may be able to make some impact on those votes with the change of a single Supreme Court appointment, it is by no means a guarantee that such a person would be able to garner the other four votes necessary to overturn any case, let alone such a recent one.”

At least Feel the Bern is in good company. President Pants on Fire doesn’t seem to understand or care how the Constitution or the Supreme Court work, either.

Where’s a fifth grader when we need one?

H/T: The Daily Caller


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A multi-published author and recovering Democrat, Kristine Lowder is a native Californian recently transplanted to the People's Republic of Washington State. She still refuses to cede her life, fortune, or sacred honor to liberal Nazgul or anyone else with poor eyesight. Kristine is a graduate of Biola University. You can find her online at: Kristine Lowder, Writer or at Conservelocity.
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