During the fiasco called Kavanaugh one of the Left pundits (I didn't take notes, but this isn't a unique assertion) allowed has how the USofA is the last modern country which puts its supreme court judges on the bench for the rest of their lives. He also allowed that an 18 year term has been broached, and he supported such. The argument is simply that a life term in 1800 spanned far fewer years than today. That's not disputable. But what is disputable is how much? The pundit stated 36 as the life expectancy then, while now it's around 75. Lifetime appointment is nuts!!!! And so on.

But, naturally, it's a somewhat bogus argument. Life expectancy at birth didn't change by big numbers until the 20th century. Childhood vaccinations, sulfa drugs, antibiotics, and such account for why folks live longer. And most of the increase comes before 21 or so. Here's a succinct table.

So, yes lifetime Supreme Court appointment is nonsense, but not because middle aged white men live a whole lot longer now than in 1800. Another table which indicates about 8 years more now for 50 year olds, a reasonable guesstimate.

So yes, Kavanaugh is a horrid candidate (and should be impeached for lying at his 2004 and 2006 hearings), but he'd not be around as much longer as the "life expectancy has risen 40 years since the Constitution" assertion. Don't use stupid numbers to make your case.

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Comment by koshersalaami on September 23, 2018 at 5:29pm

I absolutely agree. It’s a stupid argument and I’d rather my side not be tainted by that kind of bullshit.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 23, 2018 at 8:03pm

Ditto!!! 

Comment by Maui Surfer on September 23, 2018 at 8:45pm

The truth is: we are so damn lucky to have Sotomayor and Kagan. We got FUCKED on Garland, and that is because politics is Hardball ... it is not the Red Sox or Chris Mathews, it is the body politic in action with the elite shot calling. Kavanaugh is a monster, but, is he worse than Uncle Thomas Clarence? Could he possibly be as much as a self hater as to drink himself to sleep at night like Tom, hey, actually he might if the stories are still true. Could he be such a piece of shit that he would actually be a race traitor? Lets hope so, if he abandoned the Whetos on immigration that would be the funniest outcome since our current Chief Justice cemented his place in herstory as an actual legal mind by saving the ACA, instead of going down in the annals as a one sided piece of shit who didn't care if people died on the streets. He is definitely smarter than he looks, Kavanaugh and Thomas are so stupid looking that even if they are room temperature they will achieve this worthless benchmark. Less than two months until it is time again to get ready to RUMBLE!! I love the smell of Fascist blood in the air.

Comment by Robert Young on September 24, 2018 at 5:29am

another Year of the Woman??  looks like, even before Kavanaugh

Comment by J.P. Hart on September 25, 2018 at 8:21am

whoa!

Only 249 days until June!

Am I the only journalist curious why RIGHT NOW that the torching of POTUS Clinton's childhood home in Hope, AR didn't get much media (er) coverage?

Comment by Robert Young on September 25, 2018 at 12:06pm

ummm... that happened Christmas, 2015.  did you just wake up??

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on September 25, 2018 at 12:31pm

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