Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, and Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh attend the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Mario Tama/Getty Images
The Supreme Court ruling on Pennsylvania mail-in ballots is a blow to GOP — but the 4-4 vote should scare Democrats.
The Supreme Court handed down a brief, unsigned order on Monday, which effectively rejected radical arguments by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania that sought to make it harder to vote in that state. This order, in other words, is a victory for voting rights — but that victory may only last a matter of days.
Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar involves a state Supreme Court order holding that many ballots received up to three days after Election Day must be counted. Monday’s order means that this state Supreme Court decision will stand, for now.
The Court’s decision not to grant relief to the GOP in Republican Party is not especially surprising. What is surprising is the vote breakdown in this case. The Court voted 4-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts crossing over to vote with the three liberal justices.
So in the almost certain event that Trump Supreme…