Oral arguments are underway this week at the Supreme Court in the closely-watched case involving the pro-life bill passed in 2018 by the Mississippi state legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Phil Bryant that – with exceptions – banned abortions after 15 weeks but which did not go into effect due to legal challenges.
As Bonchie noted in his write-up, from the way things sound so far, it looks like a majority of the Justices are leaning in Mississippi’s favor. If so, it would effectively nuke Roe v. Wade, a situation which a panicked Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) recently threatened would lead to a “revolution.”
In any event, as per the norm, the political commentary on what’s currently unfolding is coming in fast and furious. But CNN made a rather odd decision to bring on their chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to provide his hot takes on the lawsuit, for reasons I’ll explain in just a moment:
JEFFREY TOOBIN: “If the only thing that matters is Republicans appointing justices to the Supreme Court, if that’s the only thing that changes what the Constitution means, then the Constitution is entirely a political document.” pic.twitter.com/WoX1mlxj1K
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 1, 2021
Why was the decision to bring Toobin on to discuss the Mississippi case an odd one and, quite frankly, a very bad one?
Back in the early 2000s, Toobin – who is married and has two children with his wife – had a long-running affair with a woman named Casey Greenfield. At one point, she became pregnant by Toobin. Though she had the child, it was reported later that Toobin was such a concerned lover that he actually offered to pay for Greenfield to have an abortion.
According to a source, when she refused, Toobin told her she shouldn’t expect any help from him. The New York Daily News wrote about the details of their on-again/off-again affair at the time:
“Jeff and Casey saw each other off and on over the years,” says one source. “She was married to someone else for two years. After her divorce, she started seeing Jeff again. He said he was going to leave his wife for her. But, by then, Casey had begun to distrust him. She suspected he had several other mistresses.”[…]
Greenfield underwent a risky DNA test while pregnant, but Toobin didn’t provide his sample and stopped talking to her, according to sources. On the day she gave birth, Greenfield e-mailed Toobin, inviting him to meet his son, Rory. A source says Toobin didn’t reply.
Toobin ultimately cooperated with a DNA test that proved he was Rory’s dad. In February, a Manhattan Family Court judge ordered him to pay child support. When he refused to pay the full amount, say sources, Greenfield’s lawyer threatened to notify his employers and garnish his wages; Toobin then paid up.
Doesn’t really sound like the kind of guy anyone should be bringing on in any capacity as it relates to the debate regarding the abortion issue, especially a network that is struggling (and failing) to regain its credibility after a series of catastrophic decisions.
Those bad decisions include allowing Toobin back on air after the infamous 2020 incident involving him, um, taking matters into his own hands during an NY Magazine Zoom call, and including allowing “Prime Time” anchor Chris Cuomo to keep his spot after it was revealed earlier this year that he was acting in an advisory capacity for his brother Andrew Cuomo, who at the time was the Governor of New York and who was being hit with multiple sexual harassment allegations.
Though Andrew Cuomo resigned in back in August disgrace and Chris Cuomo was suspended indefinitely this week (but probably not for long) after new information showed he and the network lied about the depth of his role in advising his brother, Toobin is still doing his thing, which just goes to show that it doesn’t matter to CNN what you get caught doing as long as you bat for the “correct” team.