February 9 – After opening arguments in the United States Supreme Court on whether or not former president Donald Trump should be allowed on the 2024 ballot, it looks like he will probably be allowed to run.
It began when a few weeks ago the Colorado Supreme Court voted to keep Trump off their state’s ballot in November.
The Secretary of State in Maine also took Trump off the ballot because of what she sees as his involvement in the alleged insurrection of January 6, 2021.
The whole thing made it to SCOTUS.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll predicted, “Trump’s going to win that case. As we predicted yesterday, the odds were better than 80% that he would win. I might put it better than 90% now. Even the liberal judges seem very dubious of Colorado trying to keep him off the ballot.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “It’s fascinating listening to the audio from the Supreme Court. I can’t imagine the pressure on an attorney in front of that panel. Some pressure cooker, isn’t it?”
Barkdoll agreed, “I don’t think the attorneys for Colorado were terribly effective. All of the questioning from it seemed like every Justice that spoke yesterday, they were really skeptical about this idea that Colorado could keep Trump off the ballot. At times it seemed like the attorney for Colorado struggled within their own arguments to justify why this should happen. So they will decide this very quickly. I think you’re going to see a decision within even the next two to three weeks and of course, assuming they rule in Trump’s favor that will affect the state of Maine and all these other states that some are in this form of limbo until they get guidance from the Court.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Interestingly enough, I heard the comment today and I wish I could depend on this being true in every case, but they said oh, it started right out with Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson even made comments that look like they’re putting their political proclivities aside and it’s an example for us to be intellectually honest. I don’t know if this is sitting weird with me. I just wish those two would always be that intellectually honest and put their political proclivities aside. Maybe they are just in this case, it’s just so blatantly obvious, but people are pretty shocked.”
Ryan said, “Can’t figure out men and define a woman but this might be a little easier.”
Barkdoll suggested, “I also wonder if some of these judges are keeping their powder dry on this and what I mean is, there was that other federal decision last week that said Trump is not immune from criminal prosecution, and he’s now appealing that to the Supreme Court. Might some of these judges, so they’re going to ruin his favor on this Colorado case, but now they know this other case is coming in the pipeline in a few weeks, and might some of them feel we know we’re going to rule against them in that, so this will be a way to show that we’re sort of doing it both ways. If they continue to rule against him on that criminal appeal, that case could go to trial late this summer or early fall, right at the height of the presidential campaign season.”