How’s this for a unifying message?

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body. If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.”

That’s what Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told the Baton Rouge Advocate in response to this week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, health care, and housing discrimination.

Over here on the left side of the aisle, we’ve been increasingly frustrated with the decision making of the Supreme Court, from Bush v. Gore to the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act, but you don’t see any of our governors or presidential candidates calling for the abolishment of the entire Court. The conservative Justices are doing enough on their own to delegitimate the third branch of government, thank you very much.

We’ve been through this before with the Warren Court. Earl Warren, like John Roberts, was appointed by a Republican president. But conservatives found him unacceptable and used the decisions of his court on desegregation, school prayer, and other issues to provide rocket fuel for their anti-government crusade.

As Yogi Berra said, “it’s Deja Vu all over again.”

[Cross-posted at Progress Pond]

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