A State of Emergency
A week ago, in a strictly party-line vote, the court’s 4-3 Republican majority voted to strike down a 75-year-old law because Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had used it to declare a state of emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, you read that right: The state Supreme Court declared that Whitmer cannot use the same tools every other governor has deployed to fight the virus, which has already killed 7,200 Michiganders and is once again exploding.
That tells us two things:
- The Republican justices are effectively pro-coronavirus.
- They don’t believe that Democrats, when they win office, are legitimate and entitled to govern.