The big news story this week was the appearance of the fetching Fawn Hall Cassidy Hutchinson before the Watergate January 6 select committee, which somehow put us in the frame of mind of “Cassidy” by the renowned poetic duo of Weir/Barlow:

Lost now on the country miles in his Cadillac
I can tell by the way you smile, he is rolling back [to the West Wing]
Come wash the nighttime clean
Come grow the scorched ground green

Blow the horn, and tap the tambourine
Close the gap of the dark years in between
You and me, Cassidy

Quick beats in an icy heart [as happens before a House committee]
Catch colt draws a coffin cart
There he goes and now here she starts
Hear her cry

Except she wasn’t in the Cadillac, so we move on quickly to the main topic, which is the closing week of the Supreme Court’s current term, which is likely to be seen by future historians as the most significant since the “revolution of 1937.”

After summarizing some key points from the last two major cases released Thursday, West Virginia v. EPA and Biden v. Texas, we finally get to the main event—responding to reader comments and questions from last week’s show, namely, what is Clarence Thomas up to? What does it mean to swap out the Constitution’s “privileges and immunities” clause for the “due process” clause?

Thomas is up to lot, as it turns out. So we walk briefly through the topic and several of the key cases. Hamilton shows up for duty, and by now you should be able to guess the exit music.

Subscribe to Power Line in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

Published in: Energy, Environment, Law, Politics

There are 6 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    The tax code should be a flat tax and one single deduction for procreating a W-2 slave. The rest of it is as stupid as Soviet central planning. When are we going to quit doing this to ourselves? 

     

    • #1
  2. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins
    @LeslieWatkins

    Thanks for doing a podcast this holiday week. Long weekends can be a desert for loners like me who are always looking for good content.

    Happy Fourth!

    • #2
  3. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    Lucrita needs to not pendatically step on Steve’s points. 

    I have said as President, my first executive order would be issued right after my oath of office, in my inauguration. It would be to suspend all regulations not written by Congress explicitly. 

    And ignore the Courts on ordering me to enforce them.

     

    • #3
  4. LibertyDefender Member
    LibertyDefender
    @LibertyDefender
    1. Andrew McCarthy has so completely destroyed his credibility it’s frustrating that anyone publishes anything he writes or says.;
    2. The Commentary podcast gang has also had no credibility for years;
    3. . . . speculation that the Justice Department has to be very quietly but deliberately working with the J[anuary]6 Committee to try and gin up prosecution . . . 

      Speculation??!?  The same Justice Dept. that used airline and hotel records along with geolocation data to track down and arrest citizens who might have been in Washington DC on January 6,  2021; yet stood by idly while federal buildings were burned to the ground in the summer of 2020, and neither arrested nor charged anyone?  Speculation?

    4. OMG – Lucretia doesn’t care about the climate, doesn’t care about the planet;
    5. @21:30:

      I don’t believe humans are responsible for one iota of changes to the environment.

      Sing it!  The charts in  John Hinderaker’s recent Powerline post Hot Enough For You? demonstrate what I’ve been saying for a long time: the greenhouse theory has been disproven by climate data.

    6. @26:05:

      What ever happened to decency in this society, Steve?  That’s all I want to know.

      Don’t fall for it, Steve – that’s not all Lucretia wants to know.

    7. In re Lucretia’s superb disquisition on unenumerated powers, at CPAC 2016 Senator Ben Sasse gave nearly as good a speech  on the subject.  Sadly, Senator Sasse has since descended into TDS madness.

      But I’ve never understood why it isn’t sufficient and fatal criticism to point out that the fiction of “substantive due process” has its origins in the Dred Scott decision.

    8. Privileges and Communities, hmmmm, . . . . sounds like a good idea generally.
    9. @47:50:

      Let’s debate whether or not our rights, our liberties, everything – should be decided by nine old men–now I guess there’s what, three women [sic] . . .

      We don’t know that.  At least one of the justices on the Supreme Court cannot define a woman.  Let’s debate whether or not our rights, our liberties, everything – should be decided by a woman who can’t even define a woman. 
      [Commenter’s note: I drafted this before you cleared up this issue, job well done.]

    10. I recall clearly as a young boy growing up in rural Connecticut, realizing that I was fortunate to have been born in the United States of America.

      Happy 246th anniversary of our nation’s birth, everyone.

    • #4
  5. Tedley Member
    Tedley
    @Tedley

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I have said as President, my first executive order would be issued right after my oath of office, in my inauguration. It would be to suspend all regulations not written by Congress explicitly. 

    And ignore the Courts on ordering me to enforce them.

    I’ll second these!

    • #5
  6. Internet's Hank Contributor
    Internet's Hank
    @HankRhody

    This was an outstanding show. Well done!

    • #6
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.