Using "coup" in the headline implies things I don't mean. Through the past decade, there has been a radical shift in the "by any means necessary" rules of political combat, as I describe. Previous conservative administrations have nominated previous conservative Justices — but not radical partisans, happy to overthrow precedent to get to the party-politics result they want.Fallows' piece is embarrassingly hysterical, with or without the new title.
June 25, 2012
James Fallows regrets "5 Signs the United States is Undergoing a Coup" as the title of his attack on the Supreme Court.
It's now "5 Signs of a Radical Change in U.S. Politics."