The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on one of the most consequential cases in American history.
Their decision could decide the trajectory of American politics for decades.
And that’s when Brett Kavanaugh asked the one question that could cause Nancy Pelosi to retire.
Prior to conducting the 2020 census, the Trump administration – led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – added the question of asking whether respondents were United States citizens.
The Constitution requires the government to conduct a census every ten years in order to count the population and divide up the 438 Congressional districts.
Liberals sensed danger and sued the Trump administration.
They claimed that asking about citizenship discriminated against Hispanics and would make them less likely to answer.
Of course, this gave the game away.
Liberals want illegal aliens counted in the census.
The more illegal aliens counted, the more Congressional districts blue states will gain.
Democrats would start out as favored to maintain their House majority due to all the new Democrat-leaning districts.
In addition, blue states gaining Congressional districts at the expense of red states means the Democrats will have padded their Electoral College totals since each state’s count equals their number of Congressional Districts.
“So how are we to think about enumeration when the history and the statute suggests that there is more than just enumeration that’s at stake here?” Kavanaugh asked.
Kavanaugh also tipped his hand as to which way he was leaning by stating that the statute in question “gives huge discretion to the secretary how to fill out the form, what to put on the form.”
Liberals hoped that Chief Justice Roberts would continue to play the role of the swing vote.
But even he expressed skepticism towards the lawyers challenging the administration’s decision to include the citizenship question on the census.
Chief Justice Roberts pointed out that the census has long included demographic questions.
“Sex, age, things like that,” Roberts stated. “You know, do you own your house? Do you own a radio? I mean, the questions go quite beyond how many people there are.”
And in fact, the citizenship question is not new.
The government asked the question back in 1820 and continued to do so until 1950.
So this is not an unprecedented move.
Court watchers note that they can get a feel for how the Justices will rule based on the nature of their questions and which side they direct their fire at.
In this case, the five Republican appointees all expressed skepticism of the groups suing the Trump administration.
That’s bad news for Nancy Pelosi.
Unless Democrats are able to redraw the 2020 map using illegal aliens to pad their population apportionment, the fight for Congress will be a fair fight.
That could lead to Republicans taking back the House.
And if that happens, many observers expect Nancy Pelosi to retire.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.