No, it’s not April Fool’s Day. Conservatives across America are rubbing their eyes as the news makes its way around the web: The New York Times agrees with Donald Trump! Admittedly, it’s only on one particular matter, but it’s better than nothing.
The New York Times agrees with Donald Trump!
On Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the paper that she couldn’t imagine “what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president.” It was one of a series of comments she’s made recently about Trump’s suitability as Commander in Chief.
Naturally, Trump himself was quick to condemn the judge, calling on her to resign.
As Joel B. Pollak reports for Breitbart, the “paper of record” decided to weigh in too, in an editorial on Wednesday, that said in part:
There is no legal requirement that Supreme Court justices refrain from commenting on a presidential campaign. But Justice Ginsburg’s comments show why their tradition has been to keep silent. (…)
And just imagine if this were 2000 and the resolution of the election depended on a Supreme Court decision. Could anyone now argue with a straight face that Justice Ginsburg’s only guide would be the law? (…)
All of which makes it only more baffling that Justice Ginsburg would choose to descend toward his level and call her own commitment to impartiality into question. Washington is more than partisan enough without the spectacle of a Supreme Court justice flinging herself into the mosh pit.
This is the kind of old fashioned liberalism that is so rarely seen any more, putting principles before personalities and valuing fairness, truth and even tradition. Journalists used to pride themselves on being liberals of that persuasion. Now we know at least one of them still works at the “Grey Lady.”