Just the other day, GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump released the names of 11 jurists whom he said he would consider appointing to the Supreme Court in the event he became president.
Make no mistake: this is an impressive list of judges. And Trump’s campaign was very smart in releasing the list—they have heard how many people have said: “The only way I would vote for Trump is to protect the Supreme Court from permanent leftism.”
But there’s a caveat in Trump’s press release. All he really says is: these are the people who are “representative” of the kind of people I would appoint. This is just a “guide.”
But we all know that the deal comes first for Donald. He changes his mind on huge policy issues quickly. So let’s be honest, there’s no guarantee here.
As Reagan said to Gorbachev at Reykjavik: “Trust but verify.”
But what happens when there is so very little trust? That’s Mr. Trump’s problem.