Let’s hope the Supreme Court gets the facts straight with “science.” Holman W. Jenkins Jr. writes in The Wall Street Journal (abridged):
In other words, the Biden workplace mandate, even if approved, is destined to have a negligible, almost invisible, impact on either vaccination rates or the unfolding of the pandemic.
On the latter point, the well-advertised blunder of Justice Kagan, her statement that vaccination was the “best way to prevent spread,” suggested she hadn’t heard of Delta or Omicron, both of which the vaccinated can transmit. This alone guts the incoherent argument for requiring workers in private workplaces to be vaccinated so private workplaces can be safe for unvaccinated workers.
The worst moment was Justice Sotomayor’s claim that Omicron was filling up the hospitals with kids, “many on ventilators.” The Washington Post awarded her four Pinocchios, adding censoriously, “It’s important for Supreme Court justices to make rulings based on correct data.”
The last bit was perhaps unfair. Ms. Sotomayor wasn’t offering legal reasoning but a “think of the children” soundbite to comfort liberals even as the administration’s workplace mandate likely doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance when the Court eventually rules.
Action Line: It would be one thing if Justice Sotomayor were asking the lawyers in a case to give her facts she didn’t know, but spouting incorrect statements as though they were facts from the bench raises alarms. It brings a level of risk into the equation most Americans weren’t considering before. It’s important to keep an eye on Americans’ perception of risk. The best way to do so is to click here to sign up for my free RAGE Gauge alert.
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