Oh Lord, Make Us Thankful for this Pissing Contest

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Chief Justice John Roberts said,

We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. The independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.

Today, one pundit inanely observed,

Now that Trump has decided to answer Roberts directly, the Supreme Court justice faces a difficult choice: Does he escalate the war of words (which would further corrode the court’s role as an independent arbiter) or does he abstain from responding (which leaves Trump unanswered). Neither choice is attractive.

I don’t think so.

Metaphorically speaking, the Chief Justice has lifted his right hind leg and peed on the tree he needed to pee on. He marked his territory. He has said what he had to say, and what he needed to say.

Now, the game of chicken begins. Will Trump, placing his hopes on the “Trump judges,” test whether he can overthrow the rule of law in the United States and get away with it?

Probably, he will do that very thing.

And then we will see how many “Trump judges” there are on the Supreme Court.

After Wednesday’s Trump-Roberts pissing contest, the answer would appear to be, no more than four, at most.

For that, O Lord, make us truly thankful.