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2020-06-30 9:40:32 AM  
I'm sure McConnell is doing all he can to convince a current justice to retire suddenly.
 
2020-06-30 9:42:30 AM  
Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?
 
2020-06-30 9:43:38 AM  

NeoCortex42: I'm sure McConnell is doing all he can to convince a current justice to retire suddenly.


I think they already used up their supreme court blackmail material.

Well, except Justice Beer-Bro. They could make him step down I guess
 
2020-06-30 12:06:23 PM  
At this point, I would not be surprised if one came down with Polonium poisoning.
 
2020-06-30 12:44:40 PM  

harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?


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2020-06-30 2:22:35 PM  
I'm frankly surprised there has not been more talk about assassinating a sitting justice. I can't imagine the security they employ is close to that of POTUS and I imagine even billionaires and celebrities have more stringent private security or bodyguards.
Some person with a terminal illness or all out of farks to give,  would certainly be able to take a SCOTUS justice out.
 
2020-06-30 2:48:27 PM  
Oy.  I've spent more time than is healthy thinking about this.  RBG croaking would be a tragedy on many levels (she ain't resigning before 12:01 pm ET on 1/20/21), and would be a political shiatstorm.

Less tragic but equally a shiatstorm is if Thomas retiring at the end of this SC term.  McConnell would shove the nomination through (let the voters decide?).  Could he get enough votes prior to the election, given how vulnerable several senators are?  Would he instead try to hold the vote during the lame duck session?  If Trump loses and the Senate is lost would enough outgoing senators have the backbone and honor to not confirm under those circumstances?

/They're the Republicans so I expect the worst, and will likely get worse than that.
 
2020-06-30 3:00:11 PM  

Iwouldhitit: Oy.  I've spent more time than is healthy thinking about this.  RBG croaking would be a tragedy on many levels (she ain't resigning before 12:01 pm ET on 1/20/21), and would be a political shiatstorm.

Less tragic but equally a shiatstorm is if Thomas retiring at the end of this SC term.  McConnell would shove the nomination through (let the voters decide?).  Could he get enough votes prior to the election, given how vulnerable several senators are?  Would he instead try to hold the vote during the lame duck session?  If Trump loses and the Senate is lost would enough outgoing senators have the backbone and honor to not confirm under those circumstances?

/They're the Republicans so I expect the worst, and will likely get worse than that.


Another scenario I cooked up in my fevered brain--Thomas (and/or Alito) announces retirement conditioned on Senate confirmation of their successor during the 116th Congress, and if no such successor is confirmed before the Congress ends the retirement is void ab initio.  There's recent precedent for a justice conditioning retirement on the confirmation of a successor (O'Conner) but I don't know of one that has been conditioned on it happening in the current Congress.  The effect would be that if McConnell can ram through Trump's appointee(s) you can solidify Republican presence on the court for another generation.  If he can't, they stay on the court and hope they don't die before the next Republican President is elected.

I also can't wrap my head around who's base is fired up more by that farked up scenario.
 
2020-06-30 3:16:53 PM  
Sorry Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is indestructible and has more balls than you'll ever have.
 
2020-06-30 3:17:29 PM  

harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?


He can't Pelican Brief her because the porno theaters are closed due to Covid.
 
2020-06-30 3:18:21 PM  
Uh no. We have to wait to see what the will of the people will be.  Why are you laughing?
 
2020-06-30 3:19:37 PM  
Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.
 
2020-06-30 3:19:57 PM  
That includes women, who Trump believes might be swayed if he nominates a female justice.

Candace Owens? Pressed Coal or Burlap? Ivanka? Karen?

I did notice the only reason he mentioned the women was for reelection. No surprise there.
 
2020-06-30 3:20:08 PM  
it doesnt matter unless mcconnell is replaced and the senate is flipped.

if biden beats trump in november and a SC judge dies or steps down in mid january a mcconnell republican senate will blow smoke and bullshiat for 7 years and 11 months until they get a republican president in again.
 
2020-06-30 3:21:09 PM  

harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?


No trump did not signal his followers. It's also just a coincidence that he's removed any security she had and is ordering her to wear a vest with a bulls eye at all times.
 
2020-06-30 3:24:18 PM  
We either need more supremes or restrict presidents to at most ONE supreme pick per term or install term limits on supremes. Or some combination along those lines.

An illegitimate president getting three picks? Ughhhh no thanks. Our country flat out is not representative of the people and we need to make steps to change this.
 
2020-06-30 3:26:15 PM  

WithinReason: harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?

No trump did not signal his followers. It's also just a coincidence that he's removed any security she had and is ordering her to wear a vest with a bulls eye at all times.


I would dearly love to see Trump try and order RBG to do anything.
 
2020-06-30 3:26:23 PM  

Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.


Retiring an older conservative judge kinda secures the seat for decades with a younger ahole. Thomas is the oldest conservative. He's 72. Alito is only a couple of years younger. But Thomas makes the most sense to push out, since he's been serving longer.

Of course, a 50 y/o justice can suddenly drop dead from a stroke or heart attack too. But as far as a numbers game, it is less likely than it happening to Thomas or Alito in the next few years.
 
2020-06-30 3:28:20 PM  
I swear to christ, if we put another lifetime appointment on the bench by a motherfarking president who lost the farking popular vote. .
 
2020-06-30 3:28:29 PM  

Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.


She would have to die before the end of the year.  The Senators only serve until the end of the year and the next one starts Jan 3rd.  So she would have to die and then have the next one confirmed by January 2nd.  Lets hope she can hang on until then.
 
2020-06-30 3:30:22 PM  

kbronsito: Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.

Retiring an older conservative judge kinda secures the seat for decades with a younger ahole. Thomas is the oldest conservative. He's 72. Alito is only a couple of years younger. But Thomas makes the most sense to push out, since he's been serving longer.

Of course, a 50 y/o justice can suddenly drop dead from a stroke or heart attack too. But as far as a numbers game, it is less likely than it happening to Thomas or Alito in the next few years.


More importantly, it signals to conservative voters the importance of voting for Trump.  Yes, sure, any Republican president would appoint conservative Justices.  But, we don't have a choice of any Republican president.  And Trump has shown us that he appointed 3 conservative Justices (and told us that they were the best, most beautiful, straight-out-of-central-casting conservative Justices.)  So, get excited for Trump in 2020, or risk a Democrat appointing somebody who just might allow a gay dude to get a bagel or something!!!
 
2020-06-30 3:40:24 PM  
You know, when a vacancy comes open, the next president should nominate an experienced lawyer who has seen multiple areas of government. Perhaps a minority or woman. One that would guarantee to give Trump an aneurysm.

Say it with me.

Justice Barack Obama.

/it's not unprecedented
 
2020-06-30 3:40:56 PM  

Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.


He gains an extra two decades with replacing a "conservative" Justice.
 
2020-06-30 3:41:06 PM  
Nothing says a system of checks and balances like a Republican-controlled half of the legislature refusing to impeach a useful idiot because he might corrupt the Judicial branch
 
2020-06-30 3:43:50 PM  
Yea, a supreme court nominating fight would be just the distraction they need from the current shiat show.
 
2020-06-30 3:50:31 PM  

Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20

November 3. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.

He's trying to get re-elected.  A vacancy after November 3 is useless.
 
2020-06-30 3:59:30 PM  

harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?


"Hey, Vlad, while you're paying bounties on American troops, I have a special request..."
 
2020-06-30 4:01:57 PM  
CANT CHOOSE SUPREME COURT JUDGE IN ELECTION YEAR WHARGARRBLLE!
 
2020-06-30 4:04:15 PM  
So to get this straight- The GOP is now for SCOTUS appointees during an election cycle?
 
2020-06-30 4:07:51 PM  

fearmongert: So to get this straight- The GOP is now for SCOTUS appointees during an election cycle?


the GOP is for SCOTUS appointees in sitting-GOP-president years.
 
2020-06-30 4:20:03 PM  
So is there anything the house or senate democrats can do to prevent a Supreme Court pick in an election year like they did with Obama?
 
2020-06-30 4:23:47 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Uh no. We have to wait to see what the will of the people will be.  Why are you laughing?


McConnell used to use the phrase "will of the American people" all the time, when he was ramming through some right-wing piece of ALEC-sponsored shiat legislation during Obama's presidency. Every time he said it, I wanted to vomit down his throat.
 
2020-06-30 4:24:58 PM  
Trump has not forgotten that during his nomination process, Gorsuch was critical of the President's attacks on the judiciary. That caused Trump to question his loyalty and, at one point, ask whether he could withdraw his name from consideration.

Lifetime appointments are technically to free you from the chains of politics.  I guess Trump forgot what Gorsuch was known for.  He addressed that "problem" with the Kavanaugh nomination, though.  Found his toadie.
 
2020-06-30 4:25:05 PM  

Iwouldhitit: Oy.  I've spent more time than is healthy thinking about this.  RBG croaking would be a tragedy on many levels (she ain't resigning before 12:01 pm ET on 1/20/21), and would be a political shiatstorm.

Less tragic but equally a shiatstorm is if Thomas retiring at the end of this SC term.  McConnell would shove the nomination through (let the voters decide?).  Could he get enough votes prior to the election, given how vulnerable several senators are?  Would he instead try to hold the vote during the lame duck session?  If Trump loses and the Senate is lost would enough outgoing senators have the backbone and honor to not confirm under those circumstances?

/They're the Republicans so I expect the worst, and will likely get worse than that.


Thats the big push, is for Thomas to retire. RBG and Beryer arnt.
 
2020-06-30 4:25:45 PM  

NoahFenze: So is there anything the house or senate democrats can do to prevent a Supreme Court pick in an election year like they did with Obama?


Impeachment is a good start.  And just keep doing it.
 
2020-06-30 4:36:41 PM  
If you have a radical left group of judges, religion, I think, will be almost wiped out at America.

FFS.
 
2020-06-30 4:45:10 PM  
....if he thought Kavanagh was awkward....😂😂
 
2020-06-30 5:26:37 PM  

baronbloodbath: Justice Barack Obama.

/it's not unprecedented


That tubby shiat Taft did exactly that.
 
2020-06-30 5:52:04 PM  

flondrix: Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20 November 3. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.

He's trying to get re-elected.  A vacancy after November 3 is useless.


You're both wrong, assuming Republicans lose the Senate. The absolute cutoff date then would be January 3, when the new Congress begins.  There is nothing stopping Trump from nominating someone on Christmas, and McConnell ramming the pick through by New Year's Eve.

If Republicans retain the Senate, I give it about even odds that Trump will have won and there won't be a deadline then.
 
2020-06-30 6:04:10 PM  

harleyquinnical: Wait...did he just put a hit out on RBG?


Honestly, I would believe the current GOP members have discussed the possibility.
 
2020-06-30 8:00:30 PM  

wxboy: flondrix: Icarus_Rising: Basically he's hoping RBG dies before January 20 November 3. None of the other liberal justices are in frail health, and if one of the conservative justices retires he gains nothing, so the only one that he can be thinking about is RBG.

He's trying to get re-elected.  A vacancy after November 3 is useless.

You're both wrong, assuming Republicans lose the Senate. The absolute cutoff date then would be January 3, when the new Congress begins.  There is nothing stopping Trump from nominating someone on Christmas, and McConnell ramming the pick through by New Year's Eve.

If Republicans retain the Senate, I give it about even odds that Trump will have won and there won't be a deadline then.


The CNN headline was "Trump hoping for Supreme Court vacancy as way to boost a flagging campaign."  The only way filling a supreme court vacancy can give him a boost in the election is if he fills it, or is seen to be in the process of filling it, before the election which would require the vacancy to appear before the election.
 
2020-06-30 8:46:37 PM  
I seriously doubt that would help him with voters. Corporations and Republican politicians would love it, though.

/ hang in there, RBG
 
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