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How bad are Trump's judges? A Little Rock native illustrates

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click to enlarge JOHN BUSH: Little Rock native is now refusing to answer questions about items he wrote under a pseudonym on the Elephants in the Bluegrass blog. - COURIER JOURNAL
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  • JOHN BUSH: Little Rock native is now refusing to answer questions about items he wrote under a pseudonym on the Elephants in the Bluegrass blog.
JOHN BUSH: Hazy on Brown v. Board of  Education; slippery on abortion; a birther blogger.
  • JOHN BUSH: Hazy on Brown v. Board of Education; slippery on abortion; a birther blogger.
We've written before about Little Rock native John Bush, the Louisville lawyer nominated by Donald Trump for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He comes Federalist Society-certified, which is bad enough, but his record as an opinion further illustrates his lack of fitness for the bench, particularly when it comes to a demonstrated animus toward gay people and women's abortion rights. He also professed a lack of knowledge or awareness of any divisiveness spawned by Brown v. Board of Education. Yes, a Little Rock native knew of no fallout from the seminal desegregation ruling that ultimately brought federal troops to the city of his birth.

An article in his hometown Louisville Courier-Journal, where his wife, also a lawyer, contributes a similar right-winged opinion column, illustrates just how bad Bush is. And he's little different from many others Trump has nominated. Even some Republican senators have been taken aback by Bush, but apparently have been brought into line by Republican leadership to approve. They believe him today when he says he really didn't mean all the ugly things he's written. Lying then or lying now? It's a bad bet for an enforcer of the Constitution.

Bush's strategy now is to duck questions about his blogging.

Trying to save his nomination to a federal appeals court, Louisville attorney John K. Bush has evaded questions about blog posts in which he equated abortion with slavery as America’s greatest tragedies, denounced gay marriage and embraced other conservative views.

Responding to written questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his more than 400 posts on hot-button issues, Bush repeatedly said “my personal views are irrelevant to the position for which I have been nominated.”

He refused to answer questions about commentaries in which he criticized public financing or raised doubts about global warming, saying the questions call "upon me to weigh in on a political debate, which I cannot ethically do as a nominee for judicial office.”

Asked why he joined the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group whose Louisville chapter he co-founded, he said, “I believed that membership ... would help me learn about interesting legal topics that I might not otherwise encounter in my practice.”
He is not alone. Trump has turned his appointments over to the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. With Supreme Court appointee Neal Gorsuch already forming a block with Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, the future is not bright.

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