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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:54 PM

Sen. Whitehouse Strips Veil Off Dark Money Running 'Puppet Theater' of Barrett Hearings, Stunning

'Whitehouse strips the veil off the dark money running the 'puppet theater' of the Barrett hearings, Daily Kos, 10/13/20.



'Whitehouse strips the veil off the dark money running the 'puppet theater' of the Barrett hearings, Daily Kos, 10/13/20.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett isn’t going to answer any of the big questions truthfully, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse knew that. So instead of inviting Barrett to be dishonest, Whitehouse explained the forces that put her in that Senate hearing room with the specific agenda—killing the Affordable Care Act, ending marriage equality, overturning Roe v. Wade—she is on the record as having (but is currently pretending not to have).

Whitehouse described the Senate hearing room as being like a puppet theater, with “forces outside of this room who are pulling strings and pushing sticks and causing the puppet theater to react.” Highlighting the hypocrisy from Senate Republicans who claimed in 2016 that they would oppose filling a Supreme Court seat in 2020 only to push to do exactly that after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Whitehouse said “When you find hypocrisy in the daylight, look for power in the shadows.”

He then spent his time shining a light on the power in the shadows—the right-wing dark money behind the Republican takeover of the courts and the use of the courts to move U.S. policy ever to the right...It is an education in how right-wing dark money has corrupted the courts—and in how the end result is a corrupt Supreme Court. Whitehouse identified the groups like the National Federation of Independent Business, the Federalist Society, and the Judicial Crisis Network, into which secret donors have poured tens of millions of dollars. These groups select Republican judicial nominees, promote and lobby for those nominees, submit giant piles of amicus briefs in cases before the courts, all in a well-funded scheme to change U.S. law through the courts.

Huge amounts of money, Whitehouse noted, come through an organization called Donors Trust, a “gigantic identity-scrubbing device for the right wing” that exists to funnel anonymous money into the campaign to control the courts. Adding it all up, the right wing has spent $250 million for control of the courts. “$250 million is a lot of money to spend if you’re not getting anything for it,” Whitehouse said. “So that raises the question, what are they getting for it? ..They’re about power,” Whitehouse said. Power as in “there is an identifiable Republican donor interest in those cases, and in every single case that donor interest won.”

Whitehouse identified 4 areas around which these judgments center: “unlimited and dark money in politics,” curtailing the power of the civil jury, weakening regulatory agencies, & limiting voting rights. On the civil jury, he said, “You can’t bribe them, you’re not allowed to. It’s a crime to tamper with a jury. It’s standard practice to tamper with Congress.'

It’s a stunning, detailed indictment of how Republicans have bought the supposedly nonpartisan courts. *Watch the whole thing if you can...



Watch more at the link,
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/10/13/1986186/-Right-wing-donors-spent-250-million-packing-the-courts-Sen-Whitehouse-explains-what-they-got

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Reply Sen. Whitehouse Strips Veil Off Dark Money Running 'Puppet Theater' of Barrett Hearings, Stunning (Original post)
appalachiablue Oct 13 OP
Darwin2019 Oct 13 #1
appalachiablue Oct 13 #2
dchill Oct 13 #3
Budi Oct 13 #4
hydrolastic Oct 13 #5
BigmanPigman Oct 13 #6
dalton99a Oct 13 #7
LuckyLib Oct 13 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 03:59 PM

1. heard that on NPR Awesome and depressing at the same time. The system is rigged

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Response to Darwin2019 (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 04:04 PM

2. Like Eilz. Warren & many others have said, The system is rigged.

Cleanup will be major and prolonged

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 04:28 PM

3. It was an astonishing presentation!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 04:29 PM

4. Quote of all quotes:

Whitehouse said “When you find hypocrisy in the daylight, look for power in the shadows.”

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 05:52 PM

5. Four years of hearing bits of this it was a super cool

presentation putting it all together. The look on Amy Barretts face was of pure distain. I was at break at work yelling "go sheldon go!"

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 06:55 PM

6. Joy Reid and Al Franken said this was much needed and should be watched by everyone!

Whotehouse's presentation should be on all the news stations...Americans need to learn about this.

What am I saying, too many Americans love to remain clueless imbeciles who contstantly vote against their own best interests. They prefer to remain ignorant and we all suffer decade after decade due to them.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 07:18 PM

7. Kick

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Oct 13, 2020, 10:04 PM

8. Everyone should see this! This is your government at work!

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