Episode

3/25 Supreme Court Hearings, Devastating Cases, and QAnon Wives w/ Ian Millhiser & Judy Gold

March 25, 2022
It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast! Sam and Emma start off by discussing President Biden visiting Brussels to survey NATO’s positioning in the Russia/Ukraine conflict, as well as answer questions from reporters like “Have you considered World War 3 more strongly yet, and if so, why not?” Then, Sam sits down with Ian to break down the KBJ hearings, starting with the QAnon-associated accusations being levied by Senators like Josh Hawley on the Judge for her so-called “lenient” sentencing on child pornographers, as well as the history of this type of line of attack, and how it’s been a defining line of social conservatism dating back to Anita Baker in the 1970’s. They then go on to discuss how this strategy most likely is more effective due to how broken our Senate is, as well as how conservative the SCOTUS is now. Ian and Sam then touch briefly on Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement that he will support Judge Brown Jackson’s confirmation, and then onto Ian’s contention that the Supreme Court is completely broken and requires significant structural reform, and that, despite the good news that Democratic voters are clued in and galvanized by this, the Senate and Electoral College are so stacked against them that Democrats need to win overwhelmingly in most races for that galvanization to make a difference. They then turn to Judge Brown Jackson herself, how she’ll fit into this current Roberts Court, and if she’ll need to be a “different” type of justice given that she may be in an entrenched minority for quite some time. They then touch on the abortion cases, like the on in Texas, as well as the Wisconsin legislative redistricting case that has made its way before the Supreme Court, before Ian gives his take on the…interesting recent news about Clarence Thomas’s QAnon and Mark Meadows-loving wife Ginni.
Then Sam and Emma are joined by Judy Gold from her dorm room (it’s an OFFICE!) to discuss Steven Crowder’s takes on affirmative action, Ketanji Brown Jackson (and their old friend, now-Crowder stooge Nick DePaola!), and *sighs* his standup comedy from 11 years ago (it’s incredibly racist). They then look at Charlie Kirk’s “Reefer Madness”-esque PSA against KBJ and CRT, and before Judy signs off she clarifies how she thinks Charlie identifies as: an asshole. And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma talk about the late Madeleine Albright, cutting through the hagiography to remember her blaming a college student for Saddam Hussein’s actions when he asked her about the U.S.’s hypocritical foreign policy, then turn to Vladimir Putin’s recent rousing speech to his people at war and what he’s focusing on: JK Rowling being canceled, before checking in on Sen. Ron Johnson taking to a tele-town hall to complain about the pesky Americans who love benefits.  Plus, your calls & IM’s!
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