Legal desk: A Cockamamie Complaint

Demand Justice, an “absurdly named special-interest group,” filed “a formal complaint with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his success in confirming federal judges, eye-rolls The Washington Times’ Charles Hurt. The outfit is angry about one DC Circuit judge’s retirement, which opened a vacancy for “a Kentucky judge with ties to” McConnell — even though many federal judges have had “longstanding relationships with lawmakers in Washington.” Remarkably, the group wants McConnell investigated for bribing the DC Circuit judge to step down — without offering “a whiff of evidence” for that charge. Of course, left-wing groups like Demand Justice didn’t have a problem when liberal senators were “stacking the courts and rigging the judiciary,” which “tells you all you need to know about them.”

Foreign desk: Iran’s Broke Republic

To see a regime’s “essential character,” David Patrikarakos suggests at Spectator USA, “look at how it battles a pandemic”: Germany was efficient, Greece a little authoritarian, Britain improvisational. But what if “what characterizes your government is sadism, an addiction to conspiracy theories and incompetence? It’s the question that Iranians have faced since coronavirus hit.” The Tehran regime first denied the crisis altogether, then it blamed the West, then finally fractured with “political ­infighting” and internal recriminations. And as usual, ordinary Iranians suffered, with the coronavirus only the latest item on the long litany of their “grievances against those who oppress them.”

Libertarian: Economic Illiteracy in Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has had a lot on her plate and so can be forgiven some fumbles. But, Kishore Jayabalan argues at First Things, “some mistakes . . . are worse than others,” and her worst stem from her misunderstanding “this abstraction known as ‘the economy.’ ” Judging by her public statements, Whitmer seems to think economies are like “a ­machine that can be turned on and off, sped up and slowed down by politicians.” But “such thinking is inhumane. It fails to recognize that ‘the economy’ is nothing more than countless individuals buying and selling, producing and consuming, not only to meet their basic needs but also to live out their vocations.” The technocratic and scientistic mindset exemplified by Whitmer forgets that “no person or even group of persons, no matter how wise, can attain enough information to plan economic activity from on high,” and “regardless of its supposed efficiency, central planning is an immoral denial of human agency and diversity.”

Campaign watch: Biden’s Worst Veep Pick

Stacey Abrams, who “became a national progressive icon in 2018 for narrowly losing” a gubernatorial race in “historically conservative” Georgia, has waged an “open campaign” to become Joe Biden’s running mate, trumpeting her “campaigning skills among minority communities” — but she’s Biden’s worst option, argues The Washington Post’s Henry Olsen. Abrams hasn’t “held any federal office” or “been a mayor or governor,” and the narrowness of her 2018 loss has more to do with “voters angry with President Trump” than her own campaigning. Biden, meanwhile, wants a veep with whom he is “personally and philosophically ‘simpatico’ ” — “miles apart” from “Abrams’ pugnacious persona.” Abrams could have “become a serious Democratic player,” but her campaign for running mate just shows her “tilting at windmills.”

Iconoclast: Zuck’s Useless New Speech Board

Facebook recently “appointed a group of people who will be charged with reviewing ‘what content to take down or leave up’ ” — but, The Week’s Matthew Walther scoffs, it isn’t clear if the company can really ­“adjudicate . . . disputes about free expression in a way that is consistently fair.” Fact is, every society has non-neutral boundaries regulating expression, and as those boundaries shift, they produce winners and losers — and social tension. Thus, no matter who does the enforcing, some will be left unhappy. That puts Facebook in an unenviable position, and so no wonder the company has resolved to pass the burden “to someone else.” But the company and its new speech board shouldn’t be surprised if  their decisions only create new critics. — Compiled by Sohrab Ahmari & Karl Salzmann

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