At this point, the person who leaked the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion has not been identified. How, then, did any of the following West Virginia Republicans know who revealed the decision?
First up was WV’s Treasurer, Riley Moore. Without any evidence, Moore quickly blamed the Democrats. (Notice his definitive tone.):
Representative David McKinley was not far behind:
And here’s Senator Shelley Moore Capito:
Okay, Republicans, where’s the evidence? On the other hand, Hawaii’s Democratic Senator, Mazie Hirono, saw the the decision as far more important:
Without any evidence, the Republicans have implicated the Democrats. But, a case that the leak came from Republicans, can just as easily can be made as Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine did earlier this week:
. . . . all this conservative rhetoric simply assumes that the leaker is a liberal — even though absolutely no evidence exists to support this conclusion.
The [Wall Street] Journal’s editorial on Tuesday denouncing the leak frames it like this: “The question to ask in a leak case is always, cui bono? Who benefits?” Nine paragraphs later, apparently having forgotten the question it raised, the editorial casually asserts the likely beneficiaries would be conservatives: “Our guess is that the leak is likely to backfire at the Court. A Justice who switched his or her vote now would be open to ridicule for wilting under pressure.”
Chait doesn’t discuss it, but others have pointed out that the leak also shifted the focus from the actual decision (which, if the polls are correct, is unpopular) to the leak, itself.
Unlike West Virginia’s Republican leadership, I do not know the source of the leak; their rush to judgement does strike me as curious, however.
Here’s the Daily Show’s take on the leak: