David Frum recently retweeted someone quoting him as saying, “It’s like ‘Seven Days in May,’ except this time the generals are the good guys.”
“Seven Days in May,” of course, concerns a military coup against the President of the United States.
Earlier, Frum rejected the argument advanced by Ted Cruz that Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed so that the Supreme Court would have a full complement of nine justices to resolve any disputes arising from the presidential election. Frum’s reason for rejecting Cruz’s argument? In order to resolve any such disputes, the Supreme Court would need “legitimacy,” and a Court which had Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice would lack the requisite “legitimacy.”
Of course, in the American political system, legitimacy is conferred by the Constitution of the United States. And the Constitution provides that “The President] shall … nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law.”
President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. If the Senate votes to confirm, she will be a fully legitimate member of the Supreme Court.
David Frum is so consumed with hatred for the President of the United States that he is fantasizing about military coups and rejecting the authority of the Constitution. It is past time for David Frum to pack his bags and go home.
Frum can hardly complain: he retained his Canadian citizenship after he somehow became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Let the Canadians have him again.