Anyone can see the appearance of a conflict of interest is very, very apparent here; but because he was a Supreme, we're supposed to believe that doesn't exist.
The system is rigged. And Poindexter knew how to use it.
This is from Nancy LaTourneau's blog Horizons:
Conservatives really are facing the prospect of a double whammy. They are likely to continue to control the House next year and have successfully halted anything much happening in the Senate via use of the filibuster. But now, not only is the presidency up for grabs again in November, but a Democratic appointment to the Supreme Court will swing that institution away from their agenda. That is why Martin is right when he says that they'll fight it with everything they've got.
Notice that Hewitt mentioned abortion, guns, marriage and immigration when talking about the activity of the Supreme Court. If you add it voting rights and affirmative action, you pretty much have a summary of the cultural changes that are a threat to the Confederate world view...
The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order, and so all forms of legal and illegal resistance are justified when it tries… The Confederate sees a divinely ordained way things are supposed to be, and defends it at all costs. No process, no matter how orderly or democratic, can justify fundamental change.
That "divinely ordained way things are supposed to be" includes white supremacy, control of women's reproductive choices, marriage between one man and one woman, and the elevation of gun rights over every other constitutional right.
But America is changing. And all of those things are threatened. That is what has conservatives so terrified and angry...to the point that people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz now lead the fight for the next Republican presidential nomination.
I've written here that anger and fear is what has infected the rabid right -- to the point where they're supporting a substanceless demagogue for the presidency who promises them that he will soothe their fears and get rid of all the boogeymen they believe will take over their homes and country.
The rabid righties see this country changing, as it has changed throughout our history, and they cannot come to terms with that inevitability.