Clinton Says Kim Davis Deserved Jail

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Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton brought up the case of Kim Davis twice last week, and both times she made it clear where she stands on the issue. Of course, much like her stance on the Keystone Pipeline, it was an opinion that surprised no one.

Clinton’s first oblique mention of Davis’s case came last weekend when she was delivering a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the world. She mentioned that it can be hard for young gay men and women to believe that it gets better. “Especially when you turn on the TV,” she said, “and you see a Republican candidate for President literally standing in the courthouse door in Kentucky calling for people to join him in resisting a Supreme Court ruling, celebrating a county clerk who is breaking the law by denying other Americans their constitutional rights.”

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Clinton took up the subject again on Wednesday. At Cornell College in Iowa, she said that Davis’s incarceration was the “right thing” and that she had been “treated as she should have been treated.”

“When you take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, that is your job,” she said.

Perhaps. But then, that rings a little hollow coming from a candidate who has promised to take executive action on gun control if elected. Last we checked the Bill of Rights, it said that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. It did not, interestingly enough, say the first word about gay marriage. But hey, sure, play the Constitution card. Why not.

The saga of Kim Davis may be settling, but the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage continues to divide Americans. By abdicating their professional responsibilities, the Justices have thrown the law into disarray. This was a decision dripping with agenda, and in a just country it would have been quickly overturned by Congress and the president.

The truth is that Republicans are not particularly interested in challenging this ruling. They see which way the political winds are blowing, and they’re happy to stand aside. That’s too bad, because this is a lot bigger than Kim Davis. It’s bigger than gay marriage. This is about constitutional limits to power, and it’s a subject Republicans need to address in a serious way over the next couple of years.

It’s one thing for Democrats to promote liberal policies within the confines of the law. It’s another thing to run roughshod over the Constitution, creating laws that have nothing to do with legal precedent and everything to do with partisan politics. If we have presidential contenders promising to continue this reign of terror, then it’s clearer than ever why 2016 is such an important election.