A shiv in the back of the United States Supreme Court

A shiv in the back of the United States Supreme Court

Whoever did it deserves loathing, if not imprisonment.

I will comment on the substance of the leaked Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade after I read the full 98-page document.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to overstate the depth of the betrayal to cherished American values, the rule of law and the functioning of our system of checks and balances.

Only Politico knows who committed the leak, but whether it was a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, the action was profoundly egregious. So much so, that it has never been done before in American history. Trust has been shattered. Prosecution should be on the table.

The best guess would involving looking at who would profit the most from the leak. There’s a suggestion that the conservative side did it so they could pressure justices not to abandon their early support for overturning Roe v. Wade.

That’s small potatoes, though, compared to the benefits of politicizing the case. A demonstration before the Supreme Court building immediately after the Politico story. Condemnation of the draft coming immediately from Democratic leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Energizing liberal voters before the 2022 mid-term elections. One can’t be blamed for suspecting a coordinated effort.

Interestingly, the issue doesn’t seem like a big deal for the liberal media. It barely rates a mention that the leak is unprecedented. There’s no analysis of the impact. No media pursuit of the behind-the-scenes story of how the document was leaked. Hysteria erupts. Warnings of the arrival of the “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Even the reliably liberal Poynter–a self-appointed media watchdog–raises questions about the ethics of Politico’s release. Read “Politico’s Supreme Court leak leaves some lingering ethics questions. Politico’s editors would help skeptical readers if they explained how they made their decision to publish an unprecedented draft court opinion.”

The liberal media is warning that the overturning of Roe will have profound changes on America. True. But the unconscionable leak of confidential high court deliberations also will be, to paraphrase President Joe Biden, “A big effing deal.”

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