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2020-09-18 10:17:34 PM  
228 votes:
Did anybody actually expect him to not be a hypocrite about this? The dude has the moral fortitude of a wet noodle.
 
2020-09-18 9:55:11 PM  
202 votes:
So how's that protest vote working out for you?
 
2020-09-19 2:02:22 AM  
176 votes:
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2020-09-19 4:28:23 AM  
161 votes:
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2020-09-19 1:50:49 AM  
148 votes:
The day that farking ghoul draws his last breath should become a national holiday.

Fark you, Mitch.
 
2020-09-19 1:37:49 AM  
132 votes:
No shiat. Motherfarkers need to vote their asses off and remove as many Republicans as possible in November. Make the margins too damn big to fudge.

Then, write and pass a new Judiciary Act to increase the entire Judicial Branch and add justices on every single farking level to neutralize the ratfarking that McConnell has engineered.
 
2020-09-19 3:39:07 AM  
131 votes:
Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.
 
2020-09-19 1:01:14 AM  
127 votes:

Leishu: Did anybody actually expect him to not be a hypocrite about this? The dude has the moral fortitude of a wet noodle.


It's a reminder, as if we needed one, that everything conservatives do is for their own power and benefit.

And when they try to take a moral stand, they can be told to go fark themselves in no uncertain terms.


And when they biatch and moan and call you uncivil, you laugh at them, and then again tell them to go fark themselves.
 
2020-09-18 10:12:58 PM  
113 votes:
I hope they nominate the biggest anti-abortion/anti-woman/anti-gay/anti​-American asshole they can find.  Another Kavanaugh.  Rip open the national psyche right before the election.
 
2020-09-19 2:04:22 AM  
96 votes:
Can't win a contested election if you don't own the courts.
 
2020-09-18 10:57:23 PM  
94 votes:
You can't use a news flash tag, subby, for something that everyone knew 5 years ago
 
2020-09-19 12:52:30 AM  
90 votes:
It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.
 
2020-09-19 6:58:46 AM  
89 votes:
People keep saying this is the "runup to an election"

The election has already started.  People are voting in some states already.

So McConnell isn't doing this "before an election", he's doing it while votes are being cast
 
2020-09-19 7:07:03 AM  
79 votes:

LordBeavis: Wouldn't holding on to the pick after the election make more sense?  If they fill the spot now, that would energize the left and really do nothing for turning out their own voters.  If they wait, that might even convince some of these Lincoln Project and Never Trumpers to turn out and vote for him.  Worst case scenario for them and the Dems sweep the House, Senate, and White House, they can still ram their pick I'm calling Brett Kavanaugh 2:Rapier Doosh Bro through during the lame duck session.

I don't think they will, though, as Yertle and Fat Turd have the guile and cunning of a wet sponge.


A presidential election really only has a 4 or 8 year effect. The Supreme Court appointment last an entire generation. Don't think that Mitch McConnell hasn't already done the math on this and decided that Trump is on his way out anyway.

The GOP isn't concerned with good governance , they are and they will always be about enriching themselves at your expense.
 
2020-09-19 2:25:26 AM  
79 votes:
Obviously. Because nothing a republican ever says is in good faith or rooted to anything.

They simply want power and a trump dictatorship.

F*ck em.
 
2020-09-18 10:05:43 PM  
72 votes:
Yeah, no shiat.
 
2020-09-19 6:59:43 AM  
69 votes:
Is there any person on this Earth who thought, even for an instant, that the Republican party would be intellectually honest?
 
2020-09-19 7:18:17 AM  
67 votes:
Mitch McConnell is filth, and always has been.

History always talk about the Hitlers and Stalin's of the world, the evil dictators who rule with an iron fist, and hold contempt for any rules or restrictions that would restrain them. It rarely remembers the wormtounges of the world, like McConnell, who enabled them, but they are every bit as dangerous and contemptible as their masters.
 
2020-09-19 5:44:42 AM  
67 votes:
"Oh, that thing before? That was an Obama rule. It doesn't count for us."
 
2020-09-19 6:57:05 AM  
63 votes:
The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.
 
2020-09-19 7:17:38 AM  
61 votes:

mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.


Fark that. Merrick Garland was a sensible moderate, an olive branch to the Republicans saying "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal." They didn't take the olive branch then, they shouldn't get it now. If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.
 
2020-09-19 7:15:42 AM  
58 votes:
They will confirm a total asshole to fill her seat and they will feel no shame about it.
 
2020-09-19 2:31:59 AM  
56 votes:
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2020-09-19 6:37:24 AM  
55 votes:
Yesterday was for being upset. Today is  for action and going forward.  Same as it ever was.
 
2020-09-19 3:18:10 AM  
52 votes:
They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.
 
2020-09-19 1:54:23 AM  
52 votes:
All they've been doing is rubber stamping Conservative Dupe judges onto benches across the country. Cocaine Mitch no doubt can just upgrade one of those to the nom. Fark him, fark Trump, fark the GOP and fark 2020.

/ shiatty year can't stop shiatting.
 
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2020-09-19 3:55:35 AM  
47 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


Expand the size of the SC and pack the court.
 
2020-09-19 6:57:49 AM  
41 votes:

hubiestubert: "Oh, that thing before? That was an Obama rule. It doesn't count for us."


"See, that was an election year.  This is a 'reelection' year.  Totally different!"
 
2020-09-19 7:56:48 AM  
39 votes:

Hand Banana: Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly years, enough already.


This whole thing is just another sad example of how there is no karmic justice or fairness in this world.  We have a damn pandemic of a fatal disease going on, with these chucklefarks flouting the safety rules on top of that.  Many of these guys are super old and in poor health.  Yet not a single major player among these guys has gotten even a bad case of it (Herman Cane doesn't count).  Meanwhile we lose RBG, John Lewis, and a long list of artists and entertainers who where positive contributors to society.
While Trump and his people have had a tremendous political advantage, they've also been lucky at every turn since the 2016 election.  They've gone through scandal after scandal with no real consequence. Surely they would fark up so bad at least one of these times there would be some real repercussions.  Nope.  Endless bad results, no karmic balance.
Anyway.  I just needed to rant a little.  The situation sucks and will continue to get worse for the foreseeable future.  I plan on voting and giving to various charities and democratic campaigns in the meantime. I'm going to continue to try to look for a bright side to this situation, but its been real hard.
 
2020-09-19 2:43:21 AM  
38 votes:
Wouldn't holding on to the pick after the election make more sense?  If they fill the spot now, that would energize the left and really do nothing for turning out their own voters.  If they wait, that might even convince some of these Lincoln Project and Never Trumpers to turn out and vote for him.  Worst case scenario for them and the Dems sweep the House, Senate, and White House, they can still ram their pick I'm calling Brett Kavanaugh 2:Rapier Doosh Bro through during the lame duck session.

I don't think they will, though, as Yertle and Fat Turd have the guile and cunning of a wet sponge.
 
2020-09-19 7:21:56 AM  
37 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.

Fark that. Merrick Garland was a sensible moderate, an olive branch to the Republicans saying "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal." They didn't take the olive branch then, they shouldn't get it now. If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.


If Ginsburg ends up replaced with a boring-ass moderate instead of a fascist conservative it will be a stunning victory
 
2020-09-19 7:13:41 AM  
37 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


Stupid won a long time ago, now it's just showing off.
 
2020-09-19 7:30:29 AM  
34 votes:
Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly years, enough already.
 
2020-09-19 7:17:24 AM  
32 votes:
This is McConnell's dream. He won't even care if he loses control of the Senate if he gets another SC seat.
 
2020-09-19 6:55:39 AM  
32 votes:
See:  Dems need to pack the Supreme Court thread.

The Presidency is favored for Biden, the Senate could go either way.

Give to Senate battleground states and we could see this:

2 states added (DC and Puerto Rico), so 4 more democratic senate seats.   Plus the GOP having another brutal election there in 2022 when they are defending more than twice as many seats.

And then move the number of SCOTUS justices to match the number of US circuit courts, which is 13.   That rationale has been used a couple of times in the past to change the number of justices.
 
2020-09-19 8:26:42 AM  
31 votes:
GrizzlyPouch:

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.


no Mr. Pouch, he could not. Mitch McConnell ensured that when he defined the GOP's strategy to be "always oppose what the Dems do/say/ suggest/propose"

Do not mistake the damage that he has done, and is doing, to American core values, even if you are a Republican.
 
2020-09-19 7:31:03 AM  
31 votes:
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2020-09-19 7:29:03 AM  
31 votes:

willwall: They don't want to fill it before the election.


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They are tripping over each other trying to find their seats so they can fill it in record time.  Conservative majority over SCOTUS means they will never need to worry about an election ever again, as they can challenge any result and have the court rule in their favor every time.
 
2020-09-19 8:22:29 AM  
29 votes:
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2020-09-19 7:44:05 AM  
29 votes:
This is the endgame, just a few more weeks until we find out if this country has finished it's 245 year run. If Trump is allowed to stick another boot-licking conservative on the Supreme Court and then wins another term it's all over. Go vote like your lives depend on it.
 
2020-09-19 8:11:26 AM  
26 votes:

rhodabear: Lexx0001: There are single issue voters for Trump. He gets another anti abortion vote on the SCOTUS, they may feel that he has nothing more to offer them. They might just stay home.

On the other hand, some might be more energized to vote.

We'll know for sure in six weeks or so.

Today, I learned my primary care doctor is a single issue anti-abortion voter who thinks socialized medicine is bad for everyone.


I'd suggest looking for a new doctor.
 
2020-09-19 7:06:28 AM  
26 votes:

danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.


Romney.
 
2020-09-19 7:55:01 AM  
25 votes:
Republicans are about as pro-life as Satan and Hitler.  Also, serial killers.  Them and serial killers and child rapists.

For some reason, people in this country think if you're a superstitious dimwit, that somehow you're a good person.  Nothing could be further from the truth.
 
2020-09-19 7:53:49 AM  
25 votes:

JimmyTheHutt: vpb: EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.

Expand the size of the SC and pack the court.

None of which is possible now.  There is no path that allows that to happen.
Biden can't win the election now, and McConnell will guarantee that.  He will have someone on that bench by next week.


This is my biggest fear. McConnell pulls every favor, makes every empty promise, all hinging on "if you just fall in one last time, with this SC appointment we can steal the election, and then we will be in a position to never lose power again". And it will probably work, and with that the Republic as we know it will be well and truly over.
 
2020-09-19 8:00:21 AM  
24 votes:
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lol I never wanna get shiat for politicizing a death ever again.
 
2020-09-19 7:51:04 AM  
24 votes:
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2020-09-19 8:38:48 AM  
23 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Steampunk Gallagher: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Merrick Garland would like a word.

The guy was nominated, That's all the president gets to do.  It's very simple.

Obama could've easily sat down with Republicans, came up with a list and nominated somebody they'd actually confirm.

He chose to play politics with the pick, Republicans reciprocated, and he lost.


Mitch McConnell: Top Priority, Make Obama a One Term President
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Yep. It was Obama playing politics, not the McTurtle doing everything he could to stymie everything Obama did.

I understand this is your shtick because no human could naturally be this stupid.
 
2020-09-19 8:12:32 AM  
23 votes:

Steampunk Gallagher: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Merrick Garland would like a word.


Please ignore the worst troll Fark has ever had.
 
2020-09-19 8:04:52 AM  
23 votes:
The loss of RBG is huge in a multitude of ways. She'd have been tough to replace in quality even if the libbiest libs controlled every aspect of the government. She was a unique and rare person. Her kind does come along often.

The fact that she'll be replaced by some unqualified gop stooge, a trump stooge no less, really is tough. We've got trump appointees who are literally illegally occupying the position and nothing is done. The jokes about Falwell aren't that funny because they'll probably try to get the same type. We've plenty of evidence they don't even care about finding qualified people to fill roles.

America deserves better than what they're going to give us. Even pigfarking trump voters deserve better even if I don't care if they're eventually farked over by all this too. A group of the most disingenuous, corrupt, unethical pieces of garbage are going to put the same on the bench and then try to run our lives. No sane person should be ok with this.
 
2020-09-19 7:58:41 AM  
23 votes:

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?


If women actually cared about their reproductive rights, Republicans would never hold office again.
 
2020-09-19 7:36:46 AM  
23 votes:

qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.


Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!
 
2020-09-19 8:32:29 AM  
20 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: willwall: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.


https://www.cnn.com/2016/03/16/politi​c​s/merrick-garland-republicans-praise/i​ndex.html

Republicans told Obama they would support Garland, even going so far as to say, "Obama should nominate Garland, but he won't."  No one Obama picked was going to be approved, because the Senate Republicans were refusing to do their duty to advise and consent.  shiat, they could have voted Garland down and at least have a figleaf to cover for their abuse of power, but no, they couldn't do that, because Garland was praised repeatedly by them.
 
2020-09-19 8:04:34 AM  
20 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.

Fark that. ... If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.


The issue, though, is that the Enemy will not try to replace her with a "boring-ass moderate", but with a full on Trumpist, probably someone egregious enough to argue that the 22nd Amendment doesn't apply to Trump.

Of course this is going to be a national disgrace; the Enemy doesn't care. Unless you can literally imprison the entire Republican national caucus, milquetoast is the best option, with open treason far more likely.
 
2020-09-19 7:44:56 AM  
20 votes:

qorkfiend: Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.


But the rules are objectively bad. We should be biatching about them perpetually. They're bad.
 
2020-09-19 7:43:57 AM  
20 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.

Fark that. Merrick Garland was a sensible moderate, an olive branch to the Republicans saying "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal." They didn't take the olive branch then, they shouldn't get it now. If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.


Ginsburg will now be replaced with a barely literate, conspiracy spouting Trump fundraiser instead.
 
2020-09-19 7:22:46 AM  
20 votes:

koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.


They don't want to fill it before the election.
Trump's only hope is everyone who supports him turns out. The best way to turn out evangelicals is to have that open seat in jeopardy.

They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election. If they win they can say they were being honorable and letting the people choose. If they lose they can pass a judge through a lame duck session and have avoided a lot of the fallout during the campaign
 
2020-09-19 3:02:23 AM  
20 votes:
LordBeavis:

as Yertle and Fat Turd have the guile and cunning of a wet sponge.

I despise the son of a biatch, but if Mitch has the guile and cunning of a wet sponge, how can you possibly come up with a comparison point lowly enough for where Democrats rank in that regard?
 
2020-09-19 7:51:40 AM  
19 votes:

LordBeavis: Wouldn't holding on to the pick after the election make more sense?  If they fill the spot now, that would energize the left and really do nothing for turning out their own voters.  If they wait, that might even convince some of these Lincoln Project and Never Trumpers to turn out and vote for him.  Worst case scenario for them and the Dems sweep the House, Senate, and White House, they can still ram their pick I'm calling Brett Kavanaugh 2:Rapier Doosh Bro through during the lame duck session.

I don't think they will, though, as Yertle and Fat Turd have the guile and cunning of a wet sponge.


They want that overwhelming majority on the SCOTUS to make sure that they win. They need them to rubber stamp every underhanded and illegal thing they pull to do so.

They will do everything they can to hold onto power.  Note what I said, power.

They've given up any actual pretense of governing anymore.
 
2020-09-19 7:46:24 AM  
19 votes:

qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!

Great. And?

Was that possibility some sort of unknown? No, but the "protest voters" did their thing anyway and now we get to suffer the consequences? Cool.


Personally, I think it's more constructive to biatch about the system that allows somebody to win by losing by three million votes, than sniping at individuals that apparently didn't vote right, but that's just my opinion, I guess.
 
2020-09-19 7:10:36 AM  
19 votes:
Looks like States 51 and 52 are a go, along with +3 to the court.
 
2020-09-19 8:34:39 AM  
18 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.


You are one dumb motherfarker.
 
2020-09-19 7:14:50 AM  
18 votes:
There are single issue voters for Trump. He gets another anti abortion vote on the SCOTUS, they may feel that he has nothing more to offer them. They might just stay home.

On the other hand, some might be more energized to vote.

We'll know for sure in six weeks or so.
 
2020-09-19 8:27:12 AM  
17 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: willwall: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.


Well... at least you're willing to lie about it.  So you've got that going for you, which is nice.
 
2020-09-19 8:06:15 AM  
17 votes:

JimmyTheHutt: willwall: koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.

They don't want to fill it before the election.
Trump's only hope is everyone who supports him turns out. The best way to turn out evangelicals is to have that open seat in jeopardy.

They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election. If they win they can say they were being honorable and letting the people choose. If they lose they can pass a judge through a lame duck session and have avoided a lot of the fallout during the campaign

They can't guarantee the election win without having someone in that seat.


They have a 5-3 majority right now. 2 being Trump appointments, thomas having voted for bush v gore and roberts and alito having been appointed by the guy who won it.

They don't need the extra vote, and their other efforts to disrupt the election are more likely to swing it well before it gets to the SC.
 
2020-09-19 7:13:15 AM  
17 votes:
Merrick Garland or no one.
 
2020-09-19 7:06:06 AM  
17 votes:
15 minutes into the confirmation hearing:
Dem Senator: "Ms Pirro, are you drunk right now?"
Pirro: "Thisch ish juscht a partishun attempt to show dishcord in the judsh-judicial prochesh."
 
2020-09-19 7:57:37 AM  
16 votes:

MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!

Great. And?

Was that possibility some sort of unknown? No, but the "protest voters" did their thing anyway and now we get to suffer the consequences? Cool.

Personally, I think it's more constructive to biatch about the system that allows somebody to win by losing by three million votes, than sniping at individuals that apparently didn't vote right, but that's just my opinion, I guess.


And again, was it an unknown that the system could produce such a result? The rules weren't changed on you. You knew what they were and decided to risk a Trump presidency and all that entailed. Well, here you go.
 
2020-09-19 7:34:55 AM  
16 votes:

willwall: They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election


But Trump has the patience and attention span of a toddler, plus he's almost certainly going to use the Court to contest the election results.  He wants a person in that seat NOW, so that he 'knows' that person will support him
 
2020-09-19 7:03:46 AM  
16 votes:
Traitorous piece of shiat says what?
 
2020-09-19 10:54:09 AM  
15 votes:
Dems, if you win, don't hold back.

Pack the courts. Undo the gerrymandering. Punish the criminals.
 
2020-09-19 9:27:23 AM  
15 votes:
GrizzlyPouch:

Obama could've easily sat down with Republicans, came up with a list and nominated somebody they'd actually confirm.

He did.

They told him they'd be willing to confirm Merrick Garland because he was still a conservative jurist, if not quite as ignorant and blindly partisan as Scalia, so that's who he nominated.

Then they refused to give Garland a vote.
 
2020-09-19 7:35:36 AM  
15 votes:

danvon: As stupid as this may sound, there is an outside chance that this might be too egregious even for Collins.


She is going to REALLY furrow her brow and say she is beyond concerned, nay disgusted that she is today having to cast her vote to confirm Justice Cruz, and it really must never happen again.
 
2020-09-19 7:31:35 AM  
15 votes:

Hand Banana: Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly years, enough already.


The miserable live forever
 
2020-09-18 10:13:02 PM  
15 votes:
'Murica.
 
2020-09-19 9:50:13 AM  
14 votes:
Hey there 2016 non-voters and third-party voters. How are you doing? Listen, remember when we all told you that it matters who was President because that's who picks the judges? Remember that? Remember when we told you that yes, there is a difference between the two parties due to the judges who are chosen, and that the choice of judges will have an impact for decades to come?

Remember that? Remember how that wasn't enough for you to not make that stupid decision you made to vote third party or sit out the election? Remember how your actions in those swing states meant Trump was elected and got to pick those judges?

Yeah, we are all now reaping what you morans have sewn. You could have stopped this madness but you chose not to. You had one job and failed so spectacularly that this nation may not survive. (You and idiots like you got the ball rolling on that when you failed to vote in 2014 and 2010, but that's another rant.)

So good job. If you hate what's going on and are one of the people who had a chance to stop it but chose not to, this is on you. Feel free to blame yourself and feel bad for the rest of your life. This is as much your legacy as anyone else's.

So if you were hoping that maybe your failure wasn't as bad as we all you you it was, you can stop thinking that. It was. You failed and you failed hard. Hopefully we can start to fix this mess soon, but if it becomes a lot more difficult, look in the mirror to see who to blame.

/"But what about the Trump voters?" you ask.
//They wouldn't have been a factor if you had done your jobs.
///You can start to make up for it this time because now we need to vote because our lives actually depend on it. Thanks to you.
 
2020-09-19 9:34:30 AM  
14 votes:

durbnpoisn: I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!

And I am completely terrified that the absolute worst case scenario is about to unfold.

We will lose the court.  Trump will cheat.  They will side with him.
And our Democracy dies, just like that.

I hope to hell I'm wrong.  I really REALLY hope I'm wrong.


I was feeling dread about 6 weeks ago, and it lightened up about 2 weeks ago.

Now that feeling of dread is back and it's 100 fold worse than my initial feeling.

I honestly believe America is done and that sometime within the next 2 years (or less), my SSDI will be taken away, as well as my son's and mine SNAP benefits, and my son's Medicaid. We will be homeless before those 2 years are up & there won't be anyone who will help us, as all social safety nets will be dismantled. 

RBG passing is the absolute worst thing that could have happened right now.

I am scared beyond words.
 
2020-09-19 8:19:46 AM  
14 votes:
oh for the unsuffering love of f*ck!

I'm not even American and I valued RBG extremely highly, and admired her approach to justice and gender issues.

To see the Trumpist GOP piss on that legacy makes me want to vomit. There is not a shred of decency to be found there, only hypocrisy and self-interest.
 
2020-09-19 8:12:01 AM  
14 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!


Merrick Garland would like a word.
 
2020-09-19 7:38:37 AM  
14 votes:

MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!


Great. And?

Was that possibility some sort of unknown? No, but the "protest voters" did their thing anyway and now we get to suffer the consequences? Cool.
 
2020-09-19 8:41:48 AM  
13 votes:

Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.


They need the new RWNJ justice in place so the Supreme Court can rule on a contested election and crown Dolt45 as the new American king.

Moscow Mitch is dishonest and dishonorable.

Third party and purity voters this is on you too. This is what happens. You may have voted third party, you may have decided you didn't want to vote, but all you did was help the Republicans. You should absolutely be ashamed of what you helped them accomplish.
 
2020-09-19 8:33:13 AM  
13 votes:
I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!

And I am completely terrified that the absolute worst case scenario is about to unfold.

We will lose the court.  Trump will cheat.  They will side with him.
And our Democracy dies, just like that.

I hope to hell I'm wrong.  I really REALLY hope I'm wrong.
 
2020-09-19 8:31:42 AM  
13 votes:

Gubbo: Leishu: Did anybody actually expect him to not be a hypocrite about this? The dude has the moral fortitude of a wet noodle.

It's a reminder, as if we needed one, that everything conservatives do is for their own power and benefit.

And when they try to take a moral stand, they can be told to go fark themselves in no uncertain terms.


And when they biatch and moan and call you uncivil, you laugh at them, and then again tell them to go fark themselves.


What you think is moral isn't what they think is moral. Whatever they do in the service or turning this nation into the kingdom of their god is moral.

They have no interest at all in what baby killing communists think is fair. We're not even human beings to them.

If you have rats or ants in your house do you challenge them to a fair fight and then accept the results or do you exterminate them? This is no different.
 
2020-09-19 7:41:14 AM  
13 votes:

Morning Horsefarts: willwall: They don't want to fill it before the election.

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They are tripping over each other trying to find their seats so they can fill it in record time.  Conservative majority over SCOTUS means they will never need to worry about an election ever again, as they can challenge any result and have the court rule in their favor every time.


Filling it before the election takes it off the table.

There's the possibility evangelicals decide that they got what they wanted and don't show up in numbers. There's also the possibility that senators in tight races would be hurt by it. Look at Collins she's paying for kavanaugh right now. Another vote for a pro life judge and she's buried. There's several senators that would rather not have a decision and would rather run on filling an open seat. Finally I can't possibly think of a better way to galvanize the Democratic party than a new sc justice a couple weeks before the election. Anger is a powerful force.

Almost all of this is avoided by just waiting for the lame duck session.
 
2020-09-19 7:34:49 AM  
13 votes:

MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?


Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.
 
2020-09-19 1:18:50 PM  
12 votes:
FFS in discussing Republicans rushing through a confirmation hearing in 44 days, Anderson Cooper just said "the Democrats, too, wanted to rush a SCOTUS nominee through confirmation in 2016." EIGHT MONTHS IS NOT RUSHING, NIMROD. Fortunately, this has stopped my urge to watch any more news.
 
2020-09-19 8:55:16 AM  
12 votes:
JFC... Did all the trolls deterministically unserious and intentionally obtusely confrontational posters  just clock in for a weekend overtime shift? Seems like they showed up all at the same time.
 
2020-09-19 8:40:08 AM  
12 votes:

kindms: im sure glad rbg got to work until she was 87 and not retiring when she was 82

for all the out pouring of affection a cancer survivor gambled she was either gonna live to be 88 or clinton was going to win. her personal reasons for staying on the court have handed it to republican rule for the next 40 year s at least


Doesn't matter.  The Republicans were never going to confirm anyone nominated by Obama after 2013.  They would have found some reason or other to refuse to consider the nominee, and if that meant having no Justice on the Court for 4 years, they would have done so.  We've been farked since the Republican took the Senate, it was just a matter of time to see how farked.
 
2020-09-19 8:20:23 AM  
12 votes:
Prediction: McConnell won't have the votes to confirm a nominee because vulnerable Republicans will reject the idea of hitting the blue voter hornets nest with a stick because they are already swarming enough as it is. That said, on November 4th after it doesn't matter, those votes will magically materialize regardless of the outcome because the senators will have either lost and go into lame duck mode or they will have won and go into "this is the will of the people" mode.
 
2020-09-19 8:15:48 AM  
12 votes:
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2020-09-19 7:57:35 AM  
12 votes:

twat_waffle: Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.

Gardner and Collins would probably defect out of self-preservation, too.

After the election, though? All bets are off. The Democrats would be wise to kidnap three or four Republican senators, stash them someplace safe and disconnected from the outside world, and then stay in their states until January 3rd.


If there are defectors, they will come from Romney, Murkowski (she's already said she won't vote for a nominee that is rammed through at this late date), Gardner, and who the fark knows about Collins.

One other nugget to keep in mind. Since Mark Kelly and McSally are a special election, the winner can be sworn in almost immediately. They don't have to wait until January.
 
2020-09-19 7:31:40 AM  
12 votes:
To: McConnell, Mitch

Message: FARK YOU! Strongly worded letter to follow

END
 
2020-09-19 7:16:14 AM  
12 votes:
A Romney aide said that he wouldn't vote on a new SC justice. I hope that's correct.
 
2020-09-19 7:15:05 AM  
12 votes:

Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.


Gardner and Collins would probably defect out of self-preservation, too.

After the election, though? All bets are off. The Democrats would be wise to kidnap three or four Republican senators, stash them someplace safe and disconnected from the outside world, and then stay in their states until January 3rd.
 
2020-09-19 9:12:37 AM  
11 votes:

Mugato: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

You're joking, right?


That person is a rather large troll bitter about having to live under a bridge most of its life.  The last good meal it was hoping to have was mutton.
 
2020-09-19 9:02:58 AM  
11 votes:
It wast 10 minutes after RBG's death was announced that Ernst sent that email.

Ten farking minutes.

Farking vulture.
 
2020-09-19 8:59:33 AM  
11 votes:
Look, if I wanted to watch a process so depressing and heart stomping toward its foregone conclusion, I would rather watch something more light-hearted and whimsical.

Like "Grave of the Fireflies".
 
2020-09-19 8:02:11 AM  
11 votes:

Gubbo: Leishu: Did anybody actually expect him to not be a hypocrite about this? The dude has the moral fortitude of a wet noodle.

It's a reminder, as if we needed one, that everything conservatives do is for their own power and benefit.

And when they try to take a moral stand, they can be told to go fark themselves in no uncertain terms.


And when they biatch and moan and call you uncivil, you laugh at them, and then again tell them to go fark themselves.


B...but Democrats can't tell them to fark themselves, that wouldn't be going high!
The Alt-Right Playbook: You Go High, We Go Low
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2020-09-19 7:58:28 AM  
11 votes:

MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!

Great. And?

Was that possibility some sort of unknown? No, but the "protest voters" did their thing anyway and now we get to suffer the consequences? Cool.

Personally, I think it's more constructive to biatch about the system that allows somebody to win by losing by three million votes, than sniping at individuals that apparently didn't vote right, but that's just my opinion, I guess.


Why not both?

The system is awful and should. It work that way.

Anyone in 2016 who did not process that refusing to support the lesser of two evils means you support the greater if two evils deserves the current environment.
 
2020-09-19 7:57:18 AM  
11 votes:

Chariset: willwall: They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election

But Trump has the patience and attention span of a toddler, plus he's almost certainly going to use the Court to contest the election results.  He wants a person in that seat NOW, so that he 'knows' that person will support him


Individual senators have the power here. If 4 senators decide that they won't confirm and stand firm it doesn't matter what McConnell and Trump want. McConnell is throwing up trial balloons. He'll back down if he has to.

My guess is they milk it for all it's worth, Trump spends a bunch of time talking about it on the trail, he floats names for weeks getting news cycles and he appoints someone on the eve of the election to get a big announcement. At risk senators use the election as an excuse but are careful to make it sound it's because of how busy they are and how it needs their full attention. If they lose they can then say that they are able to focus during the lame duck session and vote to confirm.
 
2020-09-19 7:57:02 AM  
11 votes:

danvon: Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.

As stupid as this may sound, there is an outside chance that this might be too egregious even for Collins.


Not likely.  She needs every underhanded trick she can find to hold onto her seat.  Seating a new Justice would allow her to question the validity of the election and do just that.
 
2020-09-19 7:52:20 AM  
11 votes:

Hand Banana: Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly years, enough already.


In the immortal words of Mike Patton:  "shiat lives forever."
 
2020-09-19 7:49:48 AM  
11 votes:

RanHakubi: To: McConnell, Mitch

Message: FARK YOU! Strongly worded letter to follow

END


Part of me, just a small part, hopes that someone out there is thinking "Fark you. Fast moving projectile to follow."  Why does God take the good ones and leave the total assholes?
 
2020-09-19 7:49:40 AM  
11 votes:
Hey McConnell....
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2020-09-19 7:33:26 AM  
11 votes:

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?


Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?
 
2020-09-19 7:11:31 AM  
11 votes:
"Checkmate!" - Deplorables

/2020 sucks
 
2020-09-19 7:08:26 AM  
11 votes:

danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.


Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.
 
2020-09-19 10:40:41 AM  
10 votes:
And we are about to see exactly why Evangelicals support the republican party, McConnell, and especially Trump. Their wish for the death of Roe v Wade was only matched by their wish for the death of Justice Ginsburg.

Motherf'k this timeline. Not even going to ask what else could happen this year, because I really don't want to know.
 
2020-09-19 10:04:58 AM  
10 votes:
so a third of the Supreme Court will be installed by a guy who couldn't even get more votes in any single election.... and they are there for life? It's time for a new constitution, not just a new president.
 
2020-09-19 9:25:19 AM  
10 votes:
Elections have consequences, and he said he was gonna.
Oh, right.............she had Emails.
Hope you're happy, lazy irresponsible idiots.
 
2020-09-19 9:17:50 AM  
10 votes:
Back when RBG experienced health problems during President Obama's second term, I was wishing she would retire as she was throwing fate to the wind.  Once Trump was elected to the presidency, I hoped she could cling to January 2021.

All that being said, I knew McConnell would be a hypocrite.  Assuming he pulls his stunt, then I hope the Republicans take such a drubbing at the ballot box that they are in the Senate minority for the next 50 years.  It has happened before.
 
2020-09-19 8:46:25 AM  
10 votes:

MattytheMouse: Maybe it's just you? F'course, as to why people would be calling you a dumb racist... Now that's the mystery!


Same experience with it. I'm almost thinking it's safe to call something who votes with the racists, uses all the racists' talking points, and shrieks -- apropos of nothing -- that it's not racist might be ... well ... racist. Teh horrorz!!!

My advice to it and its fellow talking pointers is don't live a life of fark your feelings then expect your feelings to be considered. Y'know, model the behavior you expect. And all the other stuff your shiatty parents didn't teach you.
 
2020-09-19 8:41:15 AM  
10 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Commander Lysdexic: GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.

You are one dumb motherfarker.

This exactly what's wrong with the Democratic Party nowadays.

You guys say shiat like "you are dumb" and think that means something.  Like it's an actual reasonable retort To a political opponent.  (It's the same thing as screaming RACIST all the time)

Monkeys flinging poop


It's so weird, because I'm never called dumb or racist as a deflection, even by people that numerous people on Fark that disagree with me!

Maybe it's just you? F'course, as to why people would be calling you a dumb racist... Now that's the mystery!
 
2020-09-19 8:34:21 AM  
10 votes:

Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.


McConnell knows they've lost the Senate.  His one goal throughout his past 20 years of service has been to pack the court.  At this point he doesn't give a crap about other Senators or Congressional elections, except his own, and he's solid.  All he wants is to pack the Supremes, and now at the 11th hour, he's got his chance.
 
2020-09-19 8:13:41 AM  
10 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!


Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?
 
2020-09-19 7:59:26 AM  
10 votes:

MattytheMouse: t3knomanser: qorkfiend: Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

But the rules are objectively bad. We should be biatching about them perpetually. They're bad.

Like, yeah. We should be biatching about them, 'cause those rules are the only way this guy got elected in the first places, and it's the only way he faces reelection. It's not that people are voting wrong. It's that this is a big oopsie for democracy.


Actually it is that they're voting wrong when they fail to take into consideration the rules that have governed the system for close to two centuries
 
2020-09-19 7:32:18 AM  
10 votes:

Morning Horsefarts: Conservative majority over SCOTUS means they will never need to worry about an election ever again, as they can challenge any result and have the court rule in their favor every time.


The exciting part comes after that, when the shooting starts.

/it's gonna be a shiat show!
 
2020-09-19 7:18:33 AM  
10 votes:
Stephen Miller is getting the nomination

Or Ivanka.  Or Jared.

Book it. Done.
 
2020-09-19 11:16:18 AM  
9 votes:

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2020-09-19 9:32:47 AM  
9 votes:

LurkLongAndProsper: qorkfiend: LurkLongAndProsper: OldRod: chuckles5: I'd like to see Pelosi initiate impeachment proceedings in the house. Let that be resolved before considering a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.

She'll never do it, but that would be awesome!

She'd never do it because it wouldn't accomplish shiat. Good lord people. This is a Nancy Pelosi free conflict. If you need to use a bogeyman Democrat to signal to everyone that the do-nothing democrats are the real problem here, at least use Chuck Schumer. What in the world makes you think McConnell would even acknowledge anything going on in the house?

Actually that sort of parliamentary trickery could work. The objective wouldn't be to actually get someone removed, it would be to force the Senate to waste time on it.

Did the first impeachment proceedings stop the senate from seating judges? I was under the impression that nothing really has this whole time excepting the brief holds individual republicans have put on the process. Is there an actual rule or law that halts traffic through the senate while an impeachment is happening?


No.

The US government works through a series of "gentlemens' agreements." If people decide to do other things, in many instances there are not actual laws to stop them. And even if there were, when the Justice Dept is ruled by someone like Trump, they can simply decide to not prosecute.
 
2020-09-19 9:09:38 AM  
9 votes:

Mugato: Why do they keep talking about election day? Even if he loses, Trump is still President until January.


Confirming a Justice before the election is one thing.  Confirming it after the election, especially if Trump loses, is completely different.  After the election, the people have spoken and said they want Biden to be president.  The people say they want Biden picking SCOTUS Justices

Also, picking one before the election gets that Justice seated before the election challenges all come in, where Trump sues every state that he loses in and ties up the election for months
 
2020-09-19 8:59:16 AM  
9 votes:
Of course he does, he's a reprehensible pile of sh*t with no ethos. His only real goal in life is power and money, he should do us all a favor and die.
 
2020-09-19 8:30:25 AM  
9 votes:

OldRod: hubiestubert: "Oh, that thing before? That was an Obama rule. It doesn't count for us."

"See, that was an election year.  This is a 'reelection' year.  Totally different!"


And the White House and Senate are controlled by a same party.

McConnell already released these talking points about his intentions only a couple of hours after her death.
 
2020-09-19 8:27:46 AM  
9 votes:

JimmyTheHutt: willwall: JimmyTheHutt: willwall: koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.

They don't want to fill it before the election.
Trump's only hope is everyone who supports him turns out. The best way to turn out evangelicals is to have that open seat in jeopardy.

They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election. If they win they can say they were being honorable and letting the people choose. If they lose they can pass a judge through a lame duck session and have avoided a lot of the fallout during the campaign

They can't guarantee the election win without having someone in that seat.

They have a 5-3 majority right now. 2 being Trump appointments, thomas having voted for bush v gore and roberts and alito having been appointed by the guy who won it.

They don't need the extra vote, and their other efforts to disrupt the election are more likely to swing it well before it gets to the SC.

No matter how the election goes, it will end up in front of the Supreme Court and Roberts is unreliable.


Even 4-4 just let's the lower court decision stand. And they've packed those courts.
 
2020-09-19 8:12:12 AM  
9 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?

Democrats still can't handle the fact that Hillary ran a terrible campaign, and was generally a terrible choice for President. So they blame anything else they can think of, including the candidate who got less votes than "write in".


Democrats didn't have a choice, Hillary picked herself and the voters were stuck with her or Orange Hitler.

The rest is history.
 
2020-09-19 8:11:11 AM  
9 votes:

Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.


Now is when I miss Harry Reid in the Senate.

If there were an obscure rule buried somewhere that could be used to block this power play, he'd know about it and use it at the most opportune time.
 
2020-09-19 8:09:16 AM  
9 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: twat_waffle: Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.

Gardner and Collins would probably defect out of self-preservation, too.

After the election, though? All bets are off. The Democrats would be wise to kidnap three or four Republican senators, stash them someplace safe and disconnected from the outside world, and then stay in their states until January 3rd.

If there are defectors, they will come from Romney, Murkowski (she's already said she won't vote for a nominee that is rammed through at this late date), Gardner, and who the fark knows about Collins.

One other nugget to keep in mind. Since Mark Kelly and McSally are a special election, the winner can be sworn in almost immediately. They don't have to wait until January.


Collins said a few weeks ago that she wouldn't support placing a new nominee. But yeah, doesn't mean she won't change her mind.
 
2020-09-19 8:04:21 AM  
9 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


Nothing, as long as you think "the law" is more important than defeating fascism.
 
2020-09-19 7:55:40 AM  
9 votes:

kyuzokai: JimmyTheHutt: vpb: EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.

Expand the size of the SC and pack the court.

None of which is possible now.  There is no path that allows that to happen.
Biden can't win the election now, and McConnell will guarantee that.  He will have someone on that bench by next week.

This is my biggest fear. McConnell pulls every favor, makes every empty promise, all hinging on "if you just fall in one last time, with this SC appointment we can steal the election, and then we will be in a position to never lose power again". And it will probably work, and with that the Republic as we know it will be well and truly over.


postscript... we all might wanna start learning Chinese, since they'll be the global power in a few years (months?) if Mitch gets his SC appointment.
 
2020-09-19 7:31:46 AM  
9 votes:

MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???


Counterpoint: Manchin
 
2020-09-19 6:09:12 AM  
9 votes:

Alphax: [Fark user image image 850x443]


Barr cannot be on the SCOTUS if convicted and in prison.

/I think positively most times.
 
2020-09-19 11:23:15 AM  
8 votes:
I've been thinking about the socialist democracies of Western Europe and what it took for them to abandon their old ways and evolve.  The answer is a couple of world wars and massive devastation.

I'm wondering what it will take for us to evolve.  I'm not suggesting anything or trying to sound edgy either.  I'm actually wondering what it will take.

I can't help but think we're at a genuine crossroad.
 
2020-09-19 9:54:15 AM  
8 votes:

Champion of the Sun: But we can't do anything but wail.


But here you are on FARK with the rest of us.

No pitch fork.
No torch.

Just the spastic takka-takka of your grease caked keyboard pounding out your meaningless words.

So brave.
So tough.
 
2020-09-19 9:38:58 AM  
8 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.


First of all there isn't enough time for another impeachment. Second, what has changed that you think it's going to work this time? He'd be exonerated again and he'll get to play the victim a second time.
 
2020-09-19 9:09:15 AM  
8 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


Evil is winning.

And that tells you what you can do about it.

Stop pretending they are stupid.
 
2020-09-19 9:08:21 AM  
8 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


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2020-09-19 8:45:31 AM  
8 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


Institute a purge of every Trump appointee and everyone they have ever hired and then prosecute every crime you can dig up. The Democrats are too farking weak to do it though.
 
2020-09-19 8:27:37 AM  
8 votes:
Flip the Senate then impeach the motherfarker who was put on the bench.
 
2020-09-19 8:26:09 AM  
8 votes:
Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.
 
2020-09-19 8:21:21 AM  
8 votes:

Leishu: Did anybody actually expect him to not be a hypocrite about this? The dude has the moral fortitude of a wet noodle.


"OMG CAN U BELIEB!!!11" is the biggest participatory sport among the non-MAGA. Yep. I can totally believe they do things they say they are gonna do. And they have been saying they'd do this particular thing for years. It's a large part of why they support him. Meanwhile, the uninspired left is hoping Schoolhouse Rock will explain to them how elections have consequences.

/no, moron, both sides aren't bad
//one side is right and naive, the other side is wrong, cruel, and super on-message
///three
 
2020-09-19 8:10:31 AM  
8 votes:

Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?


Democrats still can't handle the fact that Hillary ran a terrible campaign, and was generally a terrible choice for President. So they blame anything else they can think of, including the candidate who got less votes than "write in".
 
2020-09-19 8:04:19 AM  
8 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.

Fark that. Merrick Garland was a sensible moderate, an olive branch to the Republicans saying "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal." They didn't take the olive branch then, they shouldn't get it now. If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.


You, good Sir, are entirely correct.
 
2020-09-19 6:59:50 AM  
8 votes:

danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.


Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???
 
2020-09-19 12:11:06 PM  
7 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: The Republican party will not destroy America.  America will destroy the Republican party.


Eventually.

After a couple more decades of pain and suffering and blood spilled.

Apparently Americans need another lesson in tyranny first. The history books weren't a sufficient warning. They need a reminder. We're about to get one. It's going to be painful.
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2020-09-19 11:11:59 AM  
7 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Pernicious Q. Varmint:

Exactly.  And there was nothing stopping Obama from withdrawing Garland and doing just that.

And this is what I'm getting at.  Republicans use political maneuvering that's within the boundaries of the law.

And then Dems either pout, or they call republicans a bunch of names (ists and phobes and deplorables).  Demonize and dehumanize you're opponent if u can't beat them legally.

And republicans are fascists. (See.  More name calling)


Remind me again: is soliciting foreign interference live on TV, and denying a president their constitutionally delegated authority "within the rules"? Does it even friggin matter anymore when the referees are parts of the teams on the field?
 
2020-09-19 11:00:20 AM  
7 votes:

NewportBarGuy: They're going to nominate Merrick Garland?


Merrick Garland was the conservative nominee the Senate Republicans publicly announced they wanted before Obama actually nominated him.
 
2020-09-19 10:00:25 AM  
7 votes:

Klyukva: Well, the important thing here is to accept no blame and learn nothing going forward, like the people in these threads fantasizing about farking the goat further by packing the court.


You say "packing the court."  We say "correcting republican cheating and extra constitutional behavior."

Because the one certain way to stop them from continuing to do this stuff is to shrug and roll over.  There is not an eye-roll big enough in the world.  They will never be satisfied while there are still democrats breathing air in this country.
 
2020-09-19 9:49:39 AM  
7 votes:

Champion of the Sun: You think your guys' never ending excuses and cowardice


"You guys"

..so whats that make you?
Another lost conservative without a party?
Lets talk about who the cowards are in this scenario.

The ones sticking to their principles and ideals and not letting it turn us into 'them' or the idiots who allowed their party to be totally corrupted and now, instead of fixing it, they run away and complain that their alternative isn't authoritarian enough.

LOL you guys are farking pathetic.

This is no ones fault but GoP and the low-iq assholes that hump guns that love them.

fark all of them.
 
2020-09-19 9:46:26 AM  
7 votes:

Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.


Lindsey Graham has been compromised ever since he went golfing with Trump. He went from somewhat moderate R for some issues to raging sycophant in a day.
 
2020-09-19 9:32:33 AM  
7 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?

Democrats still can't handle the fact that Hillary ran a terrible campaign, and was generally a terrible choice for President. So they blame anything else they can think of, including the candidate who got less votes than "write in".


Look, when your choice is cake or death it's not a difficult choice. You don't stop to ask what kind of cake it is first.
 
2020-09-19 9:30:05 AM  
7 votes:

Murkanen: GrizzlyPouch:

Obama could've easily sat down with Republicans, came up with a list and nominated somebody they'd actually confirm.

He did.

They told him they'd be willing to confirm Merrick Garland because he was still a conservative jurist, if not quite as ignorant and blindly partisan as Scalia, so that's who he nominated.

Then they refused to give Garland a vote.


You have to understand how the "conservative" mind works. Because the present refuses to conform to their distorted imaginings of some halcyon distant past we should be returning to, they mentally rewrite the past to conform to their convoluted and twisted narrative.
Facts such as you just stated, they simply edit out.
 
2020-09-19 9:29:29 AM  
7 votes:
It is gonna be so hard to learn the names of all thirteen Supreme Court Justices next summer.

Seriously that is what needs to happen.  They push in their guy fine.  We get the Senate we need to point out the hypocrisy of what they did after Garlan, then expand the court to thirteen judges and then double the number of Federal judgeships and fill all of those.

The last needs to happen regardless because the  case load.
 
2020-09-19 9:23:52 AM  
7 votes:

Utter Genius: Republicans are so much better at politics than Democrats are.

You can crow about which side is more virtuous than the other, but in the end it doesn't matter. America belongs to the competent, and Republicans are more competent then Democrats.


User name does not check out.
 
2020-09-19 9:23:15 AM  
7 votes:

OldRod: vpb: EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.

Expand the size of the SC and pack the court.

I would imagine any attempt to expand the size of the court would be challenged and eventually end up in front of the Supreme Court.  If Trump has a 3rd pick on there, there won't be an expansion


The size of the court has already changed through history. It just takes an act of Congress. There's no judicable controversy if Congress passes something and the President signs it.
 
2020-09-19 8:53:59 AM  
7 votes:

fzumrk: keldaria: Prediction: McConnell won't have the votes to confirm a nominee because vulnerable Republicans will reject the idea of hitting the blue voter hornets nest with a stick because they are already swarming enough as it is. That said, on November 4th after it doesn't matter, those votes will magically materialize regardless of the outcome because the senators will have either lost and go into lame duck mode or they will have won and go into "this is the will of the people" mode.

I don't know how this will pan out in the Senate, but I think Trump is definitely going to push for someone to be appointed before the election.  His priorities are to get any 'win' he thinks he can get, and to get another toady on the supreme court.  Look for upcoming editorials from potential nominees sucking up to Trump or advocating for "unitary executive theory".


I don't disagree, but I expect no votes until after Nov 3rd. Trump will try to leverage this inaction by painting the picture to conservatives that they can have the court if only they re-elect him. Which sadly may work for many people who had stepped away from Trump.
 
2020-09-19 8:50:49 AM  
7 votes:

LordBeavis: Wouldn't holding on to the pick after the election make more sense?  If they fill the spot now, that would energize the left and really do nothing for turning out their own voters.  If they wait, that might even convince some of these Lincoln Project and Never Trumpers to turn out and vote for him.  Worst case scenario for them and the Dems sweep the House, Senate, and White House, they can still ram their pick I'm calling Brett Kavanaugh 2:Rapier Doosh Bro through during the lame duck session.

I don't think they will, though, as Yertle and Fat Turd have the guile and cunning of a wet sponge.


Unless they are planning for a Bush/Gore 2000 scenario. And we know GOP appointees rarely recuse themselves and consider relationships transactional.
 
2020-09-19 8:42:20 AM  
7 votes:

keldaria: Prediction: McConnell won't have the votes to confirm a nominee because vulnerable Republicans will reject the idea of hitting the blue voter hornets nest with a stick because they are already swarming enough as it is. That said, on November 4th after it doesn't matter, those votes will magically materialize regardless of the outcome because the senators will have either lost and go into lame duck mode or they will have won and go into "this is the will of the people" mode.


I don't know how this will pan out in the Senate, but I think Trump is definitely going to push for someone to be appointed before the election.  His priorities are to get any 'win' he thinks he can get, and to get another toady on the supreme court.  Look for upcoming editorials from potential nominees sucking up to Trump or advocating for "unitary executive theory".
 
2020-09-19 8:39:18 AM  
7 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.


What's the weather like up your own ass?
 
2020-09-19 8:33:04 AM  
7 votes:
im sure glad rbg got to work until she was 87 and not retiring when she was 82

for all the out pouring of affection a cancer survivor gambled she was either gonna live to be 88 or clinton was going to win. her personal reasons for staying on the court have handed it to republican rule for the next 40 year s at least
 
2020-09-19 8:10:51 AM  
7 votes:

andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.


Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.
 
2020-09-19 7:52:24 AM  
7 votes:

willwall: koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.

They don't want to fill it before the election.
Trump's only hope is everyone who supports him turns out. The best way to turn out evangelicals is to have that open seat in jeopardy.

They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election. If they win they can say they were being honorable and letting the people choose. If they lose they can pass a judge through a lame duck session and have avoided a lot of the fallout during the campaign


They can't guarantee the election win without having someone in that seat.
 
2020-09-19 7:40:47 AM  
7 votes:
I wanna punch this guy right in his turkey neck throat every time I see him
 
2020-09-19 6:58:52 AM  
7 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.


You don't understand, Hillary didn't inspire me!
 
2020-09-19 1:12:51 PM  
6 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Commander Lysdexic: GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.

You are one dumb motherfarker.

This exactly what's wrong with the Democratic Party nowadays.

You guys say shiat like "you are dumb" and think that means something.  Like it's an actual reasonable retort To a political opponent.  (It's the same thing as screaming RACIST all the time)

Monkeys flinging poop


You're just lying.  It deserves much worse than calling you dumb.  But we'd probably get a time out if we actually told you what we think.
 
2020-09-19 11:45:45 AM  
6 votes:

drewsclues: durbnpoisn: suebhoney: durbnpoisn: I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!
...
SCOTUS lost all legitimacy after Bush v. Gore.

The Republicans on the bench, except Roberts, see SCOTUS as a political tool and will use it as such.

it's been the plan the whole time. they dismantle the entirety of the progressive agenda that been laid down over the last 80 years. the only hope here is that Dems win the Senate and kill the filibuster and start ramming through legislation. Republicans will do the same when they get back in power eventually. It will be unworkable chaos and the system will collapse. The only way out of the unjustness of this system is to tear it apart and start over. Otherwise, we'll be back at the brink time and time again.


Roberts destroyed democracy with the Citizens United decision. Citizens United gave the United States to Russia (well, the highest bidder, which was Russia).
 
2020-09-19 11:43:51 AM  
6 votes:
The Senate can't take up any business as long as an Impeachment from the House is sitting on Mitch's desk.  So Monday morning, the House should rush through an impeachment - lord knows there are any number of reasons for one.  Sure, Mitch would rush through an acquittal, but that would have bought at least a week, and by that time he'd be sitting on another impeachment.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Totally legal and constitutional and a sure way to piss off everybody, but it would work.  Except Mitch would just ignore the impeachments, illegally, and go about whatever evil he has in mind.
 
2020-09-19 11:23:20 AM  
6 votes:
Beau's additional thoughts up now, for those of you who value his insight (or those that haven't yet been introduced.)

Let's talk about electoral politics and Ruth Bader Ginsburg....
Youtube edRE7KNayPI
 
2020-09-19 11:17:33 AM  
6 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: [The Garland nom was Obama telling] Republicans ... "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal.".


Why shouldn't they?

Republicans thought it was fine to give Thurgood Marshall's seat to a goddam Uncle Tom.

Hey Democrats: figure it out - Republicans are going to shiat on you EVERY farkING TIME.

No really. Stop hoping that this time Republicans are going to do the right thing or play fair. They never are.

You're just being chumps.
 
2020-09-19 10:03:50 AM  
6 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Losers cry and excuse

Like making an excuse that you weren't wrong because you didn't like my source that showed you were wrong?

LOL, Mr. Democrat hectoring over the rules (from quora, lol) instead of acting.

Joe Biden can piss his pants on tv. It's legal. But it wouldn't be a good strategy. Just like it wouldn't be a good strategy for the 23 gop senators up for election to have to push through another kavanaugh.

But keep debating the rules. Write a paper. Keep making excuses. Anything but take divisive action


You said that a President can't nominate a judge while being impeached. I showed you were wrong. And you're having a hissy fit. That's all.
 
2020-09-19 9:57:19 AM  
6 votes:

Jaicu: Long list of Senators who promised to not act on SCOTUS vacancy until after election:

https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elect​ions/2020/09/a-long-list-of-gop-senato​rs-who-promised-not-to-confirm-a-supre​me-court-nominee-during-an-election-ye​ar/?fbclid=IwAR2OviZrLydFUtoTJh4ih6ZIU​tInJFAs3eumVv8N_yIeWOg00lDmzPoSA0A


If you take a Republican at their word, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you...
 
2020-09-19 9:56:17 AM  
6 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Losers cry and excuse


Like making an excuse that you weren't wrong because you didn't like my source that showed you were wrong?
 
2020-09-19 9:39:40 AM  
6 votes:
suebhoney:

I was feeling dread about 6 weeks ago, and it lightened up about 2 weeks ago.

Now that feeling of dread is back and it's 100 fold worse than my initial feeling.

I honestly believe America is done and that sometime within the next 2 years (or less), my SSDI will be taken away, as well as my son's and mine SNAP benefits, and my son's Medicaid. We will be homeless before those 2 years are up & there won't be anyone who will help us, as all social safety nets will be dismantled. 

RBG passing is the absolute worst thing that could have happened right now.

I am scared beyond words.


America is never done...sometimes drunk, sometimes grumpy and hungover, but always ready to go another round. Just vote, encourage others to vote, and trust that the level heads will prevail.
 
2020-09-19 9:30:50 AM  
6 votes:
Something very very, VERY bad needs to happen to this lipless chinless son of a mother farker. Like yesterday.
 
2020-09-19 9:16:10 AM  
6 votes:

LurkLongAndProsper: OldRod: chuckles5: I'd like to see Pelosi initiate impeachment proceedings in the house. Let that be resolved before considering a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.

She'll never do it, but that would be awesome!

She'd never do it because it wouldn't accomplish shiat. Good lord people. This is a Nancy Pelosi free conflict. If you need to use a bogeyman Democrat to signal to everyone that the do-nothing democrats are the real problem here, at least use Chuck Schumer. What in the world makes you think McConnell would even acknowledge anything going on in the house?


Actually that sort of parliamentary trickery could work. The objective wouldn't be to actually get someone removed, it would be to force the Senate to waste time on it.
 
2020-09-19 9:14:44 AM  
6 votes:

OldRod: chuckles5: I'd like to see Pelosi initiate impeachment proceedings in the house. Let that be resolved before considering a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.

She'll never do it, but that would be awesome!


She'd never do it because it wouldn't accomplish shiat. Good lord people. This is a Nancy Pelosi free conflict. If you need to use a bogeyman Democrat to signal to everyone that the do-nothing democrats are the real problem here, at least use Chuck Schumer. What in the world makes you think McConnell would even acknowledge anything going on in the house?
 
2020-09-19 8:57:05 AM  
6 votes:

Tyrone Slothrop: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

If women actually cared about their reproductive rights, Republicans would never hold office again.


A majority of women have favored the Dem candidate since 1996. Trump got 52% of votes cast by men, and 41% of votes cast by women. That's the biggest gender gap in 40 years. He entered office with a 12 point gender gap in approval rating. Just before the conventions this year, Biden had a 16 point lead among registered women voters.
 
2020-09-19 8:54:26 AM  
6 votes:
I'd like to see Pelosi initiate impeachment proceedings in the house. Let that be resolved before considering a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.
 
2020-09-19 8:37:32 AM  
6 votes:

holdmybones: ChrisDe: Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.

Which Senators? Is Susan Collins concerned?

Murkowski and Romney at the moment.


Murkowski will cave, as usual. So one, and the Dems need 4.
 
2020-09-19 8:34:12 AM  
6 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: MattytheMouse:

So you're saying Obama doesn't get to just nominate anybody he wants?

He has to pick a candidate Republicans don't like and won't vote for?  Which section of the constitution is that in?


I'll take that as a yes to my question.
 
2020-09-19 8:28:35 AM  
6 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: willwall: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.


I'm just curious: is your sexual fetish that feeling of regret when you sometimes feel late at night when you think back on embarrassing things you've said and done, too?
 
2020-09-19 8:14:40 AM  
6 votes:

ChrisDe: Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.

Which Senators? Is Susan Collins concerned?


Murkowski and Romney at the moment.
 
2020-09-19 8:09:23 AM  
6 votes:

Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.


McConnell is bringing back the filibuster, and it's mutated into something new!
 
2020-09-19 7:57:59 AM  
6 votes:
just from a pure "business" sense why would you not want to fill the position. if a store manager dies you don't wait months to fill the position, CEO passes away you don't wait months to fill the position, pretty much all jobs you fill the position


Now you don't make a public statement the same day as that persons death but behind the scenes you do start planning. 

that being said, ugh this is going to be ugly
 
2020-09-19 7:50:16 AM  
6 votes:

t3knomanser: qorkfiend: Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

But the rules are objectively bad. We should be biatching about them perpetually. They're bad.


Like, yeah. We should be biatching about them, 'cause those rules are the only way this guy got elected in the first places, and it's the only way he faces reelection. It's not that people are voting wrong. It's that this is a big oopsie for democracy.
 
2020-09-19 7:49:37 AM  
6 votes:

vpb: EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by a President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.

Expand the size of the SC and pack the court.


None of which is possible now.  There is no path that allows that to happen.
Biden can't win the election now, and McConnell will guarantee that.  He will have someone on that bench by next week.
 
2020-09-19 2:52:38 PM  
5 votes:

Mugato: Besides, after how the Democrats acted during the Kavanaugh circus, I'm out of farks to give. You wanted full-court press politics, you get full-court press politics.


You mean the frat boy who was literally crying during the "job interview"?
 
2020-09-19 12:26:42 PM  
5 votes:

Langdon_777: jso2897: suebhoney: We vote in every election. But beyond that, we are unable to help. 😪

Then you are doing all you can, and have no reason to feel otherwise.
The best revenge is being happy, and not letting the bastards grind you down.
Remember - we always win in the end. Over time, all the victories have ultimately gone to the good guys.
The only personal tragedy is that we don't always live to see justice in our time - so you need to look at the course of human progress and remind yourself that we always win in the end.

Are you sure that isn't just because the winners get to write the history books?


The pendulum will swing back the other way. Eventually. It is inevitable.

Because tyrants, being what they are, will savage the people until the people have had enough and they rise up to overthrow the tyrant. Wearied from their struggle, the people set things right and then rest. Eventually they grow complacent and the tyrant rises again. The cycle continues.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We sometimes forget this.
 
2020-09-19 12:04:57 PM  
5 votes:
The Republican party will not destroy America.  America will destroy the Republican party.
 
2020-09-19 11:52:52 AM  
5 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: buttercat:

And yet if McConnell nominates somebody he hasn't broken any rules.

There are plenty of options here for Dems.  This is what I'd do:

If trump nominates somebody, the Dems should just not show up.  Same thing with the 4 liberal SCOTUS justices.  Just stop showing up for work until November.

The sheer spectacle would be political gold for them.  that's a better option than:

-whine
-stack the court(never happen)
-widespread murder of republicans
-or all out revolution

Which seem to be the front runners. Just don't show up (that's how u protest)

That, or start robbing Walmarts I guess. That'll show em.


He broke the rules when he didn't let Obama nominate anyone.
 
2020-09-19 11:50:59 AM  
5 votes:

rga184: koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.

If they cheat and the supreme court helps, I fully expect that some liberal gun owner will seek a second amendment solution.

The ironic thing is, I always thought the stupidity of the whole "guns to fight tyranny" implied that you didn't have faith in our democracy as it exists.  So people buying guns to fight the government basically had no faith in the democratic process our founders created.

Now THOSE people have subverted the process and created an environment where LIBERALS have lost faith in the democratic institutions we used to trust.  That's how this will go down.  You'll see liberals voting and fighting and organizing and if none of it matters, if they somehow steal the presidency anyway and the courts helps them, there will be bloodshed.  Somebody will break out their sniper rifle and go on a hunting spree.

I hope not.  I hope none of that happens.  But if it does, I hope they start with Moscow Mitch.


The second amendment "to fight tyranny " was when the people and the government both had muskets.
 
2020-09-19 11:33:17 AM  
5 votes:
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2020-09-19 11:30:15 AM  
5 votes:

mofa: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.

I think McConnell can change any Senate rule by a simple majority vote. Much of the United States depended on politicians' honor.


And take a look at this contemptible, and since deleted, tweet from Chris Coons' republican challenger in DE...

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2020-09-19 11:08:29 AM  
5 votes:

Klyukva: Don't worry everyone. Check out this poll.

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The seat is safe.


the entire Republican agenda polls at something like -20. why do you think they want the courts so badly? They know they can't push the agenda thru congress so they are packing courts to undo all progressive legislation for the past 80 years. The whole plan is "rule from the bench" with no political accountability whatsoever. The only one not on board for the plan is Roberts and he's now irrelevant.

They will push it through before the election. Doing so equals total victory. They will not miss the chance.
 
2020-09-19 10:55:39 AM  
5 votes:

Champion of the Sun: buttercat: We're in new territory here and I just don't think the normal approach is going to help or work. The left has to do something extraordinary or we're toast.

We're using the Republicans' words against them.  Shaming them on their hypocrisy always works.


They don't have shame.
 
2020-09-19 10:52:53 AM  
5 votes:

Murkanen: GrizzlyPouch:

Obama could've easily sat down with Republicans, came up with a list and nominated somebody they'd actually confirm.

He did.

They told him they'd be willing to confirm Merrick Garland because he was still a conservative jurist, if not quite as ignorant and blindly partisan as Scalia, so that's who he nominated.

Then they refused to give Garland a vote.


This was brilliant strategy on the part of McConnell, btw.  They forced Obama to pick a generic center-right white guy with absolutely no dedicated constituency on the left, and then sank the nomination.  If Obama had picked someone who inspired key democratic voters the obstructionism would have been major news, with protests, street theater, social media campaigns, the whole ladida. That in turn would have helped drive turnout for Clinton.  A woman or a member of a minority group (or both) would have been obstructed just as hard, but people would have noticed and some of them would have cared enough to get out and protest, vote, volunteer, donate, etc.  The driving narrative of the 2016 campaign would have been republican obstruction, a far better message than "I'll be like Obama but a bit more centrist."

McConnell may be a festering pustule on the ass of humanity but he knows politics. His handling of the Green New Deal was similarly skillful - he popped the bubble of media interest in under a week.
 
2020-09-19 10:51:12 AM  
5 votes:

What_Would_Jimi_Do: kindms: real violence inevitable.

wtf has been happening the past 5 months?


Our president is declaring the election to be invalid if he loses. You know, like dictators do. And now he is stacking the legal body that would stop him with Toadies that may let him just go on being a de facto dictator.
 
2020-09-19 10:45:07 AM  
5 votes:
"Ernst is a fascist, but Greenfield didn't respond to one thing in the way I wanted her to, so I guess I have no choice but to sit this one out."

Jesus farking Christ. What the fark is wrong with you?
 
2020-09-19 10:18:26 AM  
5 votes:
I mean Trump skated on the bounties against our military, calling soldiers suckers and losers, and praising the Confederacy.  And NOTHING HAPPENED.  There was no outrage.


We're in new territory here and I just don't think the normal approach is going to help or work.  The left has to do something extraordinary or we're toast.
 
2020-09-19 10:00:33 AM  
5 votes:
The worst part is people want him to do it.  They're cheering him on to ruin America for decades to come.
 
2020-09-19 9:55:35 AM  
5 votes:
Barring some ground swell, I don't see anything stopping the Republicans from confirming whomever they choose.  And the ground doesn't look swollen at all.

The election comes next.  And who knows how that will go.  Waiting is going to be tough.
 
2020-09-19 9:50:22 AM  
5 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Your answer was from quora. Random guy on the street. How is baby fromed?


Ok, cite a source that says Trump can't nominate a judge while being impeached.
 
2020-09-19 9:47:20 AM  
5 votes:

Opacity: They'll wait until the Wednesday after the election- then the lame duck Senate and lame duck president will vote in the most inane, backwards hick you've ever seen. If you think justice keg stand was a tragedy, just wait and see what they put on the bench.

The only hope is some procedural moves by the democrats to stall until Jan 21, assuming Trump loses.


There are no procedural moves that will prevail.

Remember how everyone here was saying Obama should have just made a recess appointment?

If it looks like this isn't going to sail through Mitch will simply call for a recess, Trump will make a recess appointment, declare it permanent, Democrats will say you can't do that, it'll go to SCOTUS, and his pet court will uphold it.

The Democrats in the Senate should put up a fight because it's the last thing they'll ever do that even looks like it'll matter, but they've already lost.
 
2020-09-19 9:47:01 AM  
5 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.

First of all there isn't enough time for another impeachment. Second, what has changed that you think it's going to work this time? He'd be exonerated again and he'll get to play the victim a second time.

Delaying a confirmation and failing to convict is a win. Jesus christ. How difficult is it for you guys to understand that?

Not giving the gop another seat is the point.

There's nothing that says the president can't still nominate a judge while being impeached.

READ

Linking to farking quora?

Jesus christ. Always an excuse. Always a reason not to act.

Good luck shaming the republicans. Keep on keeping on.


You were wrong. You can admit it.
 
2020-09-19 9:44:27 AM  
5 votes:
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2020-09-19 9:43:20 AM  
5 votes:
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2020-09-19 9:30:46 AM  
5 votes:
Cool, we got the playbook all sorted out
1. Blame non voters
2. Unsuccessfully try to shame Republicans into acting right

Cool. Can't imagine how this will play out
 
2020-09-19 9:17:26 AM  
5 votes:
I am usually very wordy.

All I have to say is as of last night I have lost all hope.
 
2020-09-19 9:14:03 AM  
5 votes:

Klyukva: RyogaM: Linux_Yes: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Dems need to delay just like the repugs did.

They can't, they are the in the minority.  The Repugs could do it in 2012 because they were the majority.


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Don't worry. There's always the judicial filibuster. Oh wait no there isn't, lol.


Heh, you think the Republicans were going to let the filibuster remain if the Democrats hadn't removed it first?  You're so adorable.
 
2020-09-19 9:05:45 AM  
5 votes:

Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.


Graham went on record (more than once) back in 2016 that not confirming Garland was setting a precedent that he intended to uphold.  He even specifically mentioned if a Republican won in 2016 and a vacancy became available in the last year of his 1st term, that he would not fill it - which is the exact situation we have here

Now, he said a lot of things in 2016 that he doesn't honor now, so who knows if that will hold up or not, but there are at least two different videos of him saying that (once on a talk show, once in a Senate hearing)

Romney is a pretty definite 'no'

Grassley, who knows - he said he wouldn't (in the past) but now is anybody's guess

Murkowski and Collins will be against it right up until they vote for it, so don't count on them
 
2020-09-19 9:04:35 AM  
5 votes:

Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.


I think McConnell can change any Senate rule by a simple majority vote. Much of the United States depended on politicians' honor.
 
2020-09-19 8:59:51 AM  
5 votes:
They'll wait until the Wednesday after the election- then the lame duck Senate and lame duck president will vote in the most inane, backwards hick you've ever seen. If you think justice keg stand was a tragedy, just wait and see what they put on the bench.

The only hope is some procedural moves by the democrats to stall until Jan 21, assuming Trump loses.
 
2020-09-19 8:55:57 AM  
5 votes:

danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.


I don't trust Murkowski any more than Mksckw Mitch. She has (R) after her name too.
 
2020-09-19 8:35:04 AM  
5 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: JimmyTheHutt: Farkin_Crazy: Professor Duck: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.

If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.

How?  Trump will be President in 2021 no matter what now.

Hurrr duuurrrr deeeeeerrrrrrrpppppp


1. Trump uses the open seat as a rallying cry. Evangelicals, who already vote in large numbers and are everywhere, vote in even greater numbers.
2. The contested election ends up in front of the Supreme Court, which is now locked by conservatives.  It doesn't matter what the arguments are, they will decide fire Trump.
 
2020-09-19 8:31:55 AM  
5 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.


This is a particularly specious argument. As the majority leader, he defines the way the GOP senate votes on issues. This is high power indeed in the US political system. In some ways far greater than the POTUS
 
2020-09-19 8:25:47 AM  
5 votes:

NobleHam: mrwknd: Merrick Garland or no one.

Fark that. Merrick Garland was a sensible moderate, an olive branch to the Republicans saying "we're not going to replace Scalia with a total liberal." They didn't take the olive branch then, they shouldn't get it now. If Ginsburg gets replaced with a boring-ass swing-vote moderate, it will be a disgrace.


Don't worry, I'm sure trump isn't going to nominate a boring-ass swing-vote moderate. It will however, still be a disgrace.
 
2020-09-19 8:14:41 AM  
5 votes:

fzumrk: Hand Banana: Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly years, enough already.

This whole thing is just another sad example of how there is no karmic justice or fairness in this world.  We have a damn pandemic of a fatal disease going on, with these chucklefarks flouting the safety rules on top of that.  Many of these guys are super old and in poor health.  Yet not a single major player among these guys has gotten even a bad case of it (Herman Cane doesn't count).  Meanwhile we lose RBG, John Lewis, and a long list of artists and entertainers who where positive contributors to society.
While Trump and his people have had a tremendous political advantage, they've also been lucky at every turn since the 2016 election.  They've gone through scandal after scandal with no real consequence. Surely they would fark up so bad at least one of these times there would be some real repercussions.  Nope.  Endless bad results, no karmic balance.
Anyway.  I just needed to rant a little.  The situation sucks and will continue to get worse for the foreseeable future.  I plan on voting and giving to various charities and democratic campaigns in the meantime. I'm going to continue to try to look for a bright side to this situation, but its been real hard.


If you think this has a happy ending you haven't been paying attention.
 
2020-09-19 8:13:37 AM  
5 votes:

Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.


Which Senators? Is Susan Collins concerned?
 
2020-09-19 8:06:36 AM  
5 votes:

andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?


I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.
 
2020-09-19 7:37:35 AM  
5 votes:

Hand Banana: Why can't Mitch McConnell just die? That piece of shiat has been screwing up our country for nearly

40 years, enough already.
 
2020-09-19 7:35:38 AM  
5 votes:

andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.


Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18
 
2020-09-19 7:03:21 AM  
5 votes:

MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???


I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.
 
2020-09-19 2:26:43 PM  
4 votes:

VanillaEnvelope: Publikwerks: Everyone take a breath. Chill for a second

First off, if you think that nominating a conservative somehow is part of Trump's master plan, may I point out that he is an incompetent boob. He has no master plan, hell just look to how he's handled EVER crisis of his presidency.  Also, how is a 6 to 3 majority somehow MORE important than a 5 to 3 if the election hits the SCOTUS?

So stop freaking out. I fully expect Trump to appoint another justice because he is an idiot. I think McConnell will be forced to go ahead with it. But it's a penny wise/pound foolish plan, and it would only confirm that they know they wont win in November.
Otherwise, why put vulnerable senators like Collins under more heat? And it a bad plan because it will get all democrats on board with stacking the court. They will lose their majority in the SCOTUS. If they sat on the seat, or even nominated Merrick Garland, they might defuse any notion of stacking the court and hold onto their SCOTUS plundered seats

5-3 is a lot better than 6-3, because there's always a chance that Roberts will care about the optics enough not to act like a total party hack.

I also wouldn't assume that the Dems take the Senate. It's more likely than no that they don't.


Ehh, I think that the justices, while they may not all agree on issues, they agree on how the system should work. I doubt most of them would act like party hacks. Thomas would be the only pure hack on the court.

I think the Dems take the senate, especially if the GOP goes forward with trying to fill RBG.
 
2020-09-19 1:26:18 PM  
4 votes:

mofa: FFS in discussing Republicans rushing through a confirmation hearing in 44 days, Anderson Cooper just said "the Democrats, too, wanted to rush a SCOTUS nominee through confirmation in 2016." EIGHT MONTHS IS NOT RUSHING, NIMROD. Fortunately, this has stopped my urge to watch any more news.


If Anderson Cooper said that then he is an idiot. Sometimes both sides are not bad.
 
2020-09-19 12:43:13 PM  
4 votes:

qorkfiend: LurkLongAndProsper: qorkfiend: LurkLongAndProsper: OldRod: chuckles5: I'd like to see Pelosi initiate impeachment proceedings in the house. Let that be resolved before considering a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.

She'll never do it, but that would be awesome!

She'd never do it because it wouldn't accomplish shiat. Good lord people. This is a Nancy Pelosi free conflict. If you need to use a bogeyman Democrat to signal to everyone that the do-nothing democrats are the real problem here, at least use Chuck Schumer. What in the world makes you think McConnell would even acknowledge anything going on in the house?

Actually that sort of parliamentary trickery could work. The objective wouldn't be to actually get someone removed, it would be to force the Senate to waste time on it.

Did the first impeachment proceedings stop the senate from seating judges? I was under the impression that nothing really has this whole time excepting the brief holds individual republicans have put on the process. Is there an actual rule or law that halts traffic through the senate while an impeachment is happening?

Permanently? No, and no one said it did. For a small amount of time? Indeed yes.


Well that's fair enough then, impeach away. After a quick googling you guys are right. Blanche did agree to pause the judiciary committee hearings until after the impeachment. Of course, he'll just claim this impeachment is clearly political and ignore it out of hand, but still worth trying since there is precedent lol.

It's just my kneejerk response to roll my eyes when impeachment gets thrown about as a silver bullet. Don't get me wrong, if it ever will actually help I'm all for it. I just tend to lump it in with the "send the sergeant at arms" and "make them vote on it to embarrass them" posts. Both fine ideas on paper, both farts in the wind in practical terms. In this situation in any case. Making people vote on principled issues is a fine thing, just saying it won't ever stop the shameless from casting the votes to get what they want.
 
2020-09-19 12:20:19 PM  
4 votes:

jso2897: suebhoney: We vote in every election. But beyond that, we are unable to help. 😪

Then you are doing all you can, and have no reason to feel otherwise.
The best revenge is being happy, and not letting the bastards grind you down.
Remember - we always win in the end. Over time, all the victories have ultimately gone to the good guys.
The only personal tragedy is that we don't always live to see justice in our time - so you need to look at the course of human progress and remind yourself that we always win in the end.


Are you sure that isn't just because the winners get to write the history books?
 
2020-09-19 11:58:43 AM  
4 votes:

Gyrfalcon: Defeating Trump really needs to be secondary to getting McConnell defeated and his whore wife out of the boardroom as well.


The morons in KY will never vote him out even though he's done nothing for their state but bring in  a bunch of Russians to take their jobs.
 
2020-09-19 11:29:30 AM  
4 votes:

durbnpoisn: suebhoney: durbnpoisn: I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!

And I am completely terrified that the absolute worst case scenario is about to unfold.

We will lose the court.  Trump will cheat.  They will side with him.
And our Democracy dies, just like that.

I hope to hell I'm wrong.  I really REALLY hope I'm wrong.

I was feeling dread about 6 weeks ago, and it lightened up about 2 weeks ago.

Now that feeling of dread is back and it's 100 fold worse than my initial feeling.

I honestly believe America is done and that sometime within the next 2 years (or less), my SSDI will be taken away, as well as my son's and mine SNAP benefits, and my son's Medicaid. We will be homeless before those 2 years are up & there won't be anyone who will help us, as all social safety nets will be dismantled. 

RBG passing is the absolute worst thing that could have happened right now.

I am scared beyond words.

Sorry about that.  That's horrifying.

Our only hope is that the SCOTUS does the right thing regardless of politics.


I used to have full faith in SCOTUS, then Clarence Thomas happened, and it's been downhill from there with the exception of Kagan.
 
2020-09-19 11:24:02 AM  
4 votes:

misantropo: Flip the Senate then impeach the motherfarker who was put on the bench.


The Dems won't have a big enough senate majority to convict and remove...
 
2020-09-19 11:10:20 AM  
4 votes:
Defeating Trump really needs to be secondary to getting McConnell defeated and his whore wife out of the boardroom as well.
 
2020-09-19 11:04:40 AM  
4 votes:
Lame duck appointment. No consequences with goldfish memory voters.
 
2020-09-19 11:02:34 AM  
4 votes:

tekmo: NewportBarGuy: They're going to nominate Merrick Garland?

Merrick Garland was the conservative nominee the Senate Republicans publicly announced they wanted before Obama actually nominated him.


Prepare for Roy Moore.
 
2020-09-19 11:01:15 AM  
4 votes:
Pernicious Q. Varmint:

Exactly.  And there was nothing stopping Obama from withdrawing Garland and doing just that.

And this is what I'm getting at.  Republicans use political maneuvering that's within the boundaries of the law.

And then Dems either pout, or they call republicans a bunch of names (ists and phobes and deplorables).  Demonize and dehumanize you're opponent if u can't beat them legally.

And republicans are fascists. (See.  More name calling)
 
2020-09-19 10:42:44 AM  
4 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: qorkfiend: Farkin_Crazy: Klyukva: Farkin_Crazy: Yes. Theresa Greenfield.

I tweeted at her, and so have others, already this morning that if she doesn't hammer Ernst on her fundraising email that went out 10 minutes after RBG's death was announced, I'd re-evaluate my vote for her.

I don't want a Senator who is going to stand by idly and watch this shiat happen without speaking up.

So you're saying you really would endanger the chance of a Democratic majority in the senate, or do you just hope she believes you would?

I'd leave it up to everyone else to figure that out.

If Greenfield doesn't stand up for what's right, why should I vote for her? I wouldn't feel like she could be considered a solid vote for doing the right thing.

Are...are you kidding?

Would you vote for someone who sits by and doesn't call Ernst out for that email?


Would I stand by in 2020 while a fascist-enabling Republican is elected to the Senate? No, I farking would not, and you're a real piece of shiat if you would.
 
2020-09-19 10:31:32 AM  
4 votes:

koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.


If they cheat and the supreme court helps, I fully expect that some liberal gun owner will seek a second amendment solution.

The ironic thing is, I always thought the stupidity of the whole "guns to fight tyranny" implied that you didn't have faith in our democracy as it exists.  So people buying guns to fight the government basically had no faith in the democratic process our founders created.

Now THOSE people have subverted the process and created an environment where LIBERALS have lost faith in the democratic institutions we used to trust.  That's how this will go down.  You'll see liberals voting and fighting and organizing and if none of it matters, if they somehow steal the presidency anyway and the courts helps them, there will be bloodshed.  Somebody will break out their sniper rifle and go on a hunting spree.

I hope not.  I hope none of that happens.  But if it does, I hope they start with Moscow Mitch.
 
2020-09-19 10:27:51 AM  
4 votes:

freetomato: At least one talking point has been released that I'm seeing.  It is perfectly OK to fill this seat under these circumstances because the Democrats would too, if they could.  The trumpublicans cheat and lie, therefore they assume everyone does.


How Trump plays golf is how he treats life, and now how Republicans view political behavior.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-co​l​umnists/donald-trump-the-serial-golf-c​heat-in-the-white-house
 
2020-09-19 10:21:36 AM  
4 votes:
At least one talking point has been released that I'm seeing.  It is perfectly OK to fill this seat under these circumstances because the Democrats would too, if they could.  The trumpublicans cheat and lie, therefore they assume everyone does.
 
2020-09-19 10:16:41 AM  
4 votes:
Gooch:
Now we get to see more liberal handwringing as we get the partiest bro who ever partied confirmed within 6 weeks, or we get some underqualified young chippie just to throw a bone to feminism sort of like how Old Bush and Biden saluted Civil rights by replacing Marshall with a much inferior (but darker skinned!) Thomas.

No. Even better. It'll be woman under 50, who has the same belief system as a Michelle Bachmann but doesn't come off as bashiat, and the legal acumen of Scalia. She'll be on the bench for 40 years.

The only way out is to vote, and win the presidency and the senate. That's what Republicans did to get to this moment so they win the game. You don't win elections, you don't win the game, you lose.

The proper way to balance this *inevitable* seating of a 3rd Trump appointee, is for a Democratically controlled Senate to cast aside the last remnants of the filibuster, bump the court to 11, seat two Biden appointees, and end colonialism by admitting all remaining colonies as states or free them.
 
2020-09-19 10:11:46 AM  
4 votes:

Uranus: Champion of the Sun: Anything but take divisive action

the GOP has that covered. I'm sure you mean decisive...

Anyway, what form do you suggest this action takes?


1. Blame Jill Stein Voters
2. Put an overlay pic of RBG's scarf on my Facebook profile
3. Tell anyone who listens that no, we can't do that (regardless of what THAT is)
4. Lose again
 
2020-09-19 9:53:13 AM  
4 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: willwall: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.


What was wrong with Garland, you putz?
 
2020-09-19 9:51:46 AM  
4 votes:

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?


If you had to beg, plead, insult, cajole or threaten people to vote for your candidate, maybe you should accept a few realities.
 
2020-09-19 9:43:55 AM  
4 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.

First of all there isn't enough time for another impeachment. Second, what has changed that you think it's going to work this time? He'd be exonerated again and he'll get to play the victim a second time.

Delaying a confirmation and failing to convict is a win. Jesus christ. How difficult is it for you guys to understand that?

Not giving the gop another seat is the point.


There's nothing that says the president can't still nominate a judge while being impeached.

READ
 
2020-09-19 9:43:55 AM  
4 votes:
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2020-09-19 9:41:25 AM  
4 votes:

LurkLongAndProsper: DarkSoulNoHope: Farkin_Crazy: Professor Duck: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.

If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.

This is why I don't like Conservative/Centrist Democrats like you, because you all are stupid and naive!

You think that because you nominated a woman in 2016, automatically you would have a win, no matter how much Hillary was perceived to be unlikable and ran a weak campaign. Now you're assuming that once the Republicans and Mitch McConnell act on their hypocrisy, which was predicted when they blocked Merrick Garland, you'll automatically have the Senate switched to the Democrats and be able to stack the Federal Courts with Biden appointees (having these thoughts when Biden isn't even elected yet)! Stop living in fantasyland and start actually working to win elections, stop assuming you'll automatically win as the "lesser evil"!

Don't lump everyone together. I think most of us know that you shiatheads are going to stay home again just like you did in 2016 and again in the primaries. There will be no senate flip, trump will win re-election, and his court picks will be cemented well enough they'll be there forever. Since you can't be counted on to vote, packing the courts would be a gigantic error as it's only a matter of time before republicans take over the government again and just fark us over worse. Congratulations, this must be a major win for progressivism.


It is a major win for progressivism, it proves that Centrist/Conservative Democrats running milquetoast candidates whom don't upset their wealthy donors allows fascism to take hold. Of course you blame progressives for "not voting" when twice there has been a conjoined effort to prevent progressives from winning candidates (especially Sanders), as well as Republicans suppressing the vote in historical Democratic areas (mainly cities) of Republican states, and then you use those constructive suppression to "prove" that progressives can't get out the vote. Also, you completely ignore the non-voter as a factor, which you can fix by making election day a state holiday in Democratic states so people can vote who had no ability before due to work schedule or other factors, as well as putting out political candidates who can convince people to vote for them with promoting good government ideas and policies!

Of course proving progressivism should have been pushed for instead of Conservative Democrats' "middle ground ideas, but settle for the Republican plan as a 'compromise' " is only a "I told you so". Still being naive and thinking you're going to win without effort, when the Republicans prove you otherwise each time, is stupid.
 
2020-09-19 9:40:35 AM  
4 votes:
The biggest problem is going to come a LOT sooner than some future decision on abortion rights. Even if they can't ram a nomination through the Senate in 40-odd days (and the previous record was 50 days), the lopsided conservative balance of the present Court will hear all the inevitable suits that will surround the attempted GOP theft of the election. And I don't doubt for a minute that they will hand the election to Trump even if he loses both the popular vote AND the electoral vote.

The identity of the next president is gong to come down to the Joint Chiefs and whether they take their oaths to defend the Constitution more seriously than Trump and McConnell and their lackeys. It's either going to be that or eight months from now we'll be in a genuine civil war. And I'm too old now, and too arthritic, to do my part shooting Republicans.
 
2020-09-19 9:40:27 AM  
4 votes:

Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.

First of all there isn't enough time for another impeachment. Second, what has changed that you think it's going to work this time? He'd be exonerated again and he'll get to play the victim a second time.


Delaying a confirmation and failing to convict is a win. Jesus christ. How difficult is it for you guys to understand that?

Not giving the gop another seat is the point.
 
2020-09-19 9:38:43 AM  
4 votes:

someonelse: Klyukva: Champion of the Sun: Cool, we got the playbook all sorted out
1. Blame non voters
2. Unsuccessfully try to shame Republicans into acting right

Cool. Can't imagine how this will play out

Yeah, but then you say

Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.

and impeaching Trump again will accomplish nothing.

We don't even have to imagine how that would play out. We've seen it.


He was impeached for a crime so serious it wasn't even brought up at the democratic convention.

Jesus christ. Weak bullshiat.

Clown faced baby dick has murdered 200,000 americans plus all the other atrocities

But we can't do anything but wail.
 
2020-09-19 9:32:24 AM  
4 votes:
Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.
 
2020-09-19 9:20:58 AM  
4 votes:

OldRod: Graham went on record (more than once) back in 2016 that not confirming Garland was setting a precedent that he intended to uphold.  He even specifically mentioned if a Republican won in 2016 and a vacancy became available in the last year of his 1st term, that he would not fill it - which is the exact situation we have here


This is one of those things that he says because the political climate dictates that he says it.  It's completely empty words.  Or, as I read in a fortune cookie once, "Actions are louder than talks"

We all hope that he sticks to his word.  But his actions show that he never EVER sticks to his word.  So we cannot count on this.
 
2020-09-19 9:19:44 AM  
4 votes:

sniderman: (checks watch)

Huh, less than 24 hours before he went full-on bag of cocks. Impressive.


It was less than three hours.
 
2020-09-19 9:10:28 AM  
4 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: Professor Duck: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.

If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.


This is why I don't like Conservative/Centrist Democrats like you, because you all are stupid and naive!

You think that because you nominated a woman in 2016, automatically you would have a win, no matter how much Hillary was perceived to be unlikable and ran a weak campaign. Now you're assuming that once the Republicans and Mitch McConnell act on their hypocrisy, which was predicted when they blocked Merrick Garland, you'll automatically have the Senate switched to the Democrats and be able to stack the Federal Courts with Biden appointees (having these thoughts when Biden isn't even elected yet)! Stop living in fantasyland and start actually working to win elections, stop assuming you'll automatically win as the "lesser evil"!
 
2020-09-19 8:50:11 AM  
4 votes:

slobberbone: MattytheMouse: Maybe it's just you? F'course, as to why people would be calling you a dumb racist... Now that's the mystery!

Same experience with it. I'm almost thinking it's safe to call something who votes with the racists, uses all the racists' talking points, and shrieks -- apropos of nothing -- that it's not racist might be ... well ... racist. Teh horrorz!!!

My advice to it and its fellow talking pointers is don't live a life of fark your feelings then expect your feelings to be considered. Y'know, model the behavior you expect. And all the other stuff your shiatty parents didn't teach you.


So you're saying, if multiple people keep calling you a dumb racist for all the dumb and racist stuff you post online, then maybe the only commonality is you, and you should reflect upon yourself?

Nah, that can't be it. Could be that people are just trying to shut him up, which is why he's always posting!
 
2020-09-19 8:45:12 AM  
4 votes:

Linux_Yes: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Dems need to delay just like the repugs did.


They can't, they are the in the minority.  The Repugs could do it in 2012 because they were the majority.
 
2020-09-19 8:41:02 AM  
4 votes:

LordBeavis: If they fill the spot now, that would energize the left


Maybe. Or it could utterly shatter Democrats' spirits and convince them that regardless of how they vote the supreme court is going to hand the presidency to Trump.
 
2020-09-19 8:24:54 AM  
4 votes:

JimmyTheHutt: Farkin_Crazy: Professor Duck: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.

If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.

How?  Trump will be President in 2021 no matter what now.


Hurrr duuurrrr deeeeeerrrrrrrpppppp
 
2020-09-19 8:19:49 AM  
4 votes:

willwall: JimmyTheHutt: willwall: koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.

They don't want to fill it before the election.
Trump's only hope is everyone who supports him turns out. The best way to turn out evangelicals is to have that open seat in jeopardy.

They can get the best of both worlds by waiting until the election. If they win they can say they were being honorable and letting the people choose. If they lose they can pass a judge through a lame duck session and have avoided a lot of the fallout during the campaign

They can't guarantee the election win without having someone in that seat.

They have a 5-3 majority right now. 2 being Trump appointments, thomas having voted for bush v gore and roberts and alito having been appointed by the guy who won it.

They don't need the extra vote, and their other efforts to disrupt the election are more likely to swing it well before it gets to the SC.


No matter how the election goes, it will end up in front of the Supreme Court and Roberts is unreliable.
 
2020-09-19 2:45:59 PM  
3 votes:

State_College_Arsonist: Be honest, if the president was a Democrat, you lot would be cheering for an immediate nomination.  Trump and McConnell have no reason to wait if that's what they want to do.

Besides, after how the Democrats acted during the Kavanaugh circus, I'm out of farks to give.  You wanted full-court press politics, you get full-court press politics.


Merrick Garland, dipshiat.
 
2020-09-19 1:59:41 PM  
3 votes:

Publikwerks: Everyone take a breath. Chill for a second

First off, if you think that nominating a conservative somehow is part of Trump's master plan, may I point out that he is an incompetent boob. He has no master plan, hell just look to how he's handled EVER crisis of his presidency.  Also, how is a 6 to 3 majority somehow MORE important than a 5 to 3 if the election hits the SCOTUS?

So stop freaking out. I fully expect Trump to appoint another justice because he is an idiot. I think McConnell will be forced to go ahead with it. But it's a penny wise/pound foolish plan, and it would only confirm that they know they wont win in November.
Otherwise, why put vulnerable senators like Collins under more heat? And it a bad plan because it will get all democrats on board with stacking the court. They will lose their majority in the SCOTUS. If they sat on the seat, or even nominated Merrick Garland, they might defuse any notion of stacking the court and hold onto their SCOTUS plundered seats


If we were dealing with rational informed actors I would (maybe) agree with you.  But as you said they are idiots and will grab whatever is in front of them with no thought of the future or consequences.  We live in dangerous times.
 
2020-09-19 1:11:23 PM  
3 votes:
Democrats should pledge to expand the courts if Mitch fills the seat before the election.
 
2020-09-19 12:59:15 PM  
3 votes:

EvilEgg: Yay, a new Justice picked by an impeached President who got a minority of the vote and confirmed by Senators who Represent the minority of the voters to enshrine opinions antithetical to the majority of the country.

Stupid has won. I don't know what we can do about it.

 
2020-09-19 12:14:29 PM  
3 votes:
So can we please make the 2020 election about the Republican Party being corrupt lying bastards from top to bottom?
 
2020-09-19 11:56:59 AM  
3 votes:

kyuzokai: Beau's additional thoughts up now, for those of you who value his insight (or those that haven't yet been introduced.)

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Republicans and Democrat's paths diverged years ago. They're two buses going in different directions to different destinations except the Republicans have hijacked the other bus and set it on fire.

No one person should have this much power. We've known this for as long as Mitch McConnell has been Senate Majority leader. The answer is probably ranked choice voting and a parliamentary system of government. Too much of our current government relies on gentleman's agreements and each of the three branches of government jealously guarding their power. We've seen what happens when a political party with no moral or ethical restraints captures more than one branch of government. We have no mechanism to enforce parity. We also rely on a free press to act as another check on governmental overreach and a politically active population to be involved. Well a good portion of the American populace can't be bothered and the press is compromised by mega corporate interests these days. American Democracy is teetering on the brink of extinction right now. It may already be too late to save it(although that doesn't mean we shouldn't try).

Some things are worth fighting for. Dying for. Freedom from oppression and tyranny is one of those things.
 
2020-09-19 11:33:24 AM  
3 votes:

ukexpat: misantropo: Flip the Senate then impeach the motherfarker who was put on the bench.

The Dems won't have a big enough senate majority to convict and remove...


This - if they had 60 votes, he'd already be gone. We aren't going to get them in 2020, either.
 
2020-09-19 11:32:08 AM  
3 votes:

suebhoney: We vote in every election. But beyond that, we are unable to help. 😪


Then you are doing all you can, and have no reason to feel otherwise.
The best revenge is being happy, and not letting the bastards grind you down.
Remember - we always win in the end. Over time, all the victories have ultimately gone to the good guys.
The only personal tragedy is that we don't always live to see justice in our time - so you need to look at the course of human progress and remind yourself that we always win in the end.
 
2020-09-19 11:20:46 AM  
3 votes:
Nobody is surprised, and knowing the Republican track record if this does happen RBG's replacement is going to be her complete legal opposite, no different than when Clarence Thomas was chosen to replace Thurgood Marshall.
 
2020-09-19 11:14:47 AM  
3 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Pernicious Q. Varmint:

Exactly.  And there was nothing stopping Obama from withdrawing Garland and doing just that.

And this is what I'm getting at.  Republicans use political maneuvering that's within the boundaries of the law.

And then Dems either pout, or they call republicans a bunch of names (ists and phobes and deplorables).  Demonize and dehumanize you're opponent if u can't beat them legally.

And republicans are fascists. (See.  More name calling)


Well, if the shoe fits.....
 
2020-09-19 11:08:25 AM  
3 votes:

kbronsito: EvilEgg: You don't understand, Hillary didn't inspire me!


She was a terrible candidate who ran a shiatty campaign and still won the popular election, overwhelmingly.

The problem is that OUR VOTES DON'T COUNT.
 
2020-09-19 11:08:12 AM  
3 votes:

Uranus: Champion of the Sun: But we can't do anything but wail.

you can, but it requires effort.


lol, this guy only puts effort into dissuading people from voting for Dems. Blatant, hostile shtick that gets plenty of bites. Best to call it out and move on.
 
2020-09-19 11:06:40 AM  
3 votes:
All I know is that if Biden wins, Breyer needs to resign in a year or so, so he can be replaced with a Biden nominee before he starts getting sick.
 
2020-09-19 11:01:04 AM  
3 votes:

chrismurphy: qorkfiend: chrismurphy:
No. Even better. It'll be woman under 50, who has the same belief system as a Michelle Bachmann but doesn't come off as bashiat, and the legal acumen of Scalia. She'll be on the bench for 40 years.

Any Coney Barrett
*Amy

Actually I was thinking of Ted Cruz.


A sitting senator won't be nominated. That would take away one of their votes. With Romney already against it that's a bridge McConnell would never allow Trump to cross.
 
2020-09-19 11:00:24 AM  
3 votes:

Klyukva: Don't worry everyone. Check out this poll.

[Fark user image image 750x873]

The seat is safe.


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2020-09-19 10:47:52 AM  
3 votes:
I am not just going to piss on McConnell's grave, I am going to take a dump, probably two.
 
2020-09-19 10:44:26 AM  
3 votes:
I fear that if they seat a SCOTUS it s going to make real violence inevitable.

POC, LGBTQ, etc are not going to go quietly

and once they do away with abortion the court will then get down to their corporate agenda and the trumpers will then see that they voted in their own doom
 
2020-09-19 10:20:40 AM  
3 votes:

qorkfiend:

The constitution is a rulebook. It doesn't serve anyone.

weird position. This means you might as well scrap it, and move on, as it is without purpose. Who are these rules to serve then?

Champion of the Sun: Uranus: Champion of the Sun: Anything but take divisive action

the GOP has that covered. I'm sure you mean decisive...

Anyway, what form do you suggest this action takes?

1. Blame Jill Stein Voters
2. Put an overlay pic of RBG's scarf on my Facebook profile
3. Tell anyone who listens that no, we can't do that (regardless of what THAT is)
4. Lose again

This

is what you have? A  list facetious hot air item? No, what I want from you is what youdefine as "decisive action." It is, after all, what you excoriate others for not taking. At very least take the time, and have the courage, to think about and define the terms.

AurizenDarkstar:

Which is why if the Republican party has anything to say about it, it will be one of the first things to go should they hold onto power and expand it.

Fortunately, it has less say than it thinks. This is a very unlikely scenario, unless all of America chooses to abdicate it's personal liberty.
 
2020-09-19 10:14:19 AM  
3 votes:
I'm betting on him using a bought-and-paid-for SCOTUS to contest the election when he looses. IF that happens things are gonna get interesting in a bad way.

/ Trump term 2: Oops! All Facists!
 
2020-09-19 10:13:44 AM  
3 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Losers cry and excuse

Like making an excuse that you weren't wrong because you didn't like my source that showed you were wrong?

LOL, Mr. Democrat hectoring over the rules (from quora, lol) instead of acting.

Joe Biden can piss his pants on tv. It's legal. But it wouldn't be a good strategy. Just like it wouldn't be a good strategy for the 23 gop senators up for election to have to push through another kavanaugh.

But keep debating the rules. Write a paper. Keep making excuses. Anything but take divisive action

You said that a President can't nominate a judge while being impeached. I showed you were wrong. And you're having a hissy fit. That's all.

Ok, strategically improbable not impossible.

Congrats, you kinda won a pedantic debate, kinda?

Your excuse is solidified.  Good job everyone, we got our excuse.  Our job as democrats is done.


Look, we're basically on the same side here. I just don't think another impeachment would do anything and might actually get Trump more votes because he'll play this as being constantly persecuted but constantly prevailing.
 
2020-09-19 10:10:20 AM  
3 votes:
This isn't the Watergate era.  The guys breaking the rules won't just take their licks when busted.

The left does seem to be playing by the old rules and hoping something will happen.  People aren't outraged by what the right is doing.  They're ok with it.  It's working and winning in their eyes.

I'm not sure what the next move should be.   And I hate the thought of the kind of change the Dems will have to demonstrate to prevail, but the old ways aren't cutting it any more.   It's adapt or die time, or at least adapt or let the right take us back to pre 1970 USA time.
 
2020-09-19 10:02:06 AM  
3 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: Klyukva: Farkin_Crazy: Yes. Theresa Greenfield.

I tweeted at her, and so have others, already this morning that if she doesn't hammer Ernst on her fundraising email that went out 10 minutes after RBG's death was announced, I'd re-evaluate my vote for her.

I don't want a Senator who is going to stand by idly and watch this shiat happen without speaking up.

So you're saying you really would endanger the chance of a Democratic majority in the senate, or do you just hope she believes you would?

I'd leave it up to everyone else to figure that out.

If Greenfield doesn't stand up for what's right, why should I vote for her? I wouldn't feel like she could be considered a solid vote for doing the right thing.


Are...are you kidding?
 
2020-09-19 9:59:15 AM  
3 votes:
I was so worried that the country was farked that I retired early on Jan 20, 2017. A big part of that was that I didn't want to have security clearances at the same time as Trump. I thought there would be purges, fascism, violence in the streets, and blatant criminality protected by McConnell.

People were surprised, because I was entering the cruising altitude part of my career: big salary, but useful for wisdom and mentoring as opposed to twelve hour days in the labs. I tried to remind them that my well-known super power at work was spotting big problems far in advance of others and trying to mitigate them, but they were confused about why I was leaving so much money on the table.

I sure hope some of them eventually got it, as this has been a very pleasant 3.5 years (except for the doom scrolling).
 
2020-09-19 9:54:54 AM  
3 votes:

whosits_112: GrizzlyPouch: willwall: GrizzlyPouch: Shame on republicans for doing things legally the way it's described in the constitution.

We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!

Here's a deal. You can have your sc vote but all the Republicans who were derelict in their constitutional duty for the gorsuch nomination need to step down and leave the Senate. Sound fair?

The only person derelict was Obama.  He nominates, senates decides whether to confirm.  It's been like this going on 300 yrs now.

He could've easily nominated somebody with an actual chance of being confirmed.

What was wrong with Garland, you putz?


Nothing that McConnell said. All he said was that he wouldn't let Obama confirm anyone because he was a "lame duck" President. So it doesn't matter who Obama nominated.
 
2020-09-19 9:41:35 AM  
3 votes:

Champion of the Sun: But we can't do anything but wail.


you can, but it requires effort.
 
2020-09-19 9:40:20 AM  
3 votes:

suebhoney: I am scared beyond words.


Don't be. Your first priority is to live your own life, take care of yourself, and thus maintain your potential capacity to help others. Make the right moral choices on a daily basis, participate in your society, send money, vote.
It may be that America made a mistake back in 2016 that it won't recover from without a hefty and painful price to be paid.
Life is like that sometimes - you f**k up, and it costs you, and all you can do is pay.
Hopefully, America will learn something.
Be be brave, be of good cheer, and purchase lots of guns and ammo.
Gardy loo!!
 
2020-09-19 9:30:26 AM  
3 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: Maynard G. Muskievote: Just a reminder that only about 750,000 goobers elect this farker. Tyranny of the minority, indeed.

He doesn't get to make decisions by himself.  Man you guys suck at understanding like....everything.


Hurr hurr 750k ppl in Kentucky get to decide who makes all the laws.


For someone trying to lecture others about how the government works you're awfully ignorant about the role that the Senate majority leader plays in the legislative process.
 
2020-09-19 9:28:42 AM  
3 votes:

Klyukva: RyogaM: Klyukva: RyogaM: Linux_Yes: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Dems need to delay just like the repugs did.

They can't, they are the in the minority.  The Repugs could do it in 2012 because they were the majority.


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Don't worry. There's always the judicial filibuster. Oh wait no there isn't, lol.

Heh, you think the Republicans were going to let the filibuster remain if the Democrats hadn't removed it first?  You're so adorable.

Man look at that projection. "Yeah sure we're the ones who actually triggered the so-called 'nuclear option', but Republicans would have done the same (even though they had the opportunity and didn't)." I'm also sure that right now in 2020 with a real possibility of losing both the senate and the presidency they'd be very eager to undermine their possible position as the minority party.

Well, the important thing here is to accept no blame and learn nothing going forward, like the people in these threads fantasizing about farking the goat further by packing the court.


I already said you are adorable. Do you want me to ruffle your hair, too? Consider it ruffled.
 
2020-09-19 9:23:09 AM  
3 votes:
This is how it could play out

Courts are packed with indebted Trump appointees

Election is compromised and contested

Courts rule in favor of Trump

Country has Trump for another 4 years at least

So what are we going to do about it?
 
2020-09-19 9:19:17 AM  
3 votes:

DarkSoulNoHope: Farkin_Crazy: Professor Duck: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Ginsburg's seat will be filled by Friday.

Announce pick Monday
Have "hearings" Wednesday
Vote to finish hearings Thursday
Vote to confirm Friday, with all The voting yes because of course they will.

If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.

This is why I don't like Conservative/Centrist Democrats like you, because you all are stupid and naive!

You think that because you nominated a woman in 2016, automatically you would have a win, no matter how much Hillary was perceived to be unlikable and ran a weak campaign. Now you're assuming that once the Republicans and Mitch McConnell act on their hypocrisy, which was predicted when they blocked Merrick Garland, you'll automatically have the Senate switched to the Democrats and be able to stack the Federal Courts with Biden appointees (having these thoughts when Biden isn't even elected yet)! Stop living in fantasyland and start actually working to win elections, stop assuming you'll automatically win as the "lesser evil"!


Don't lump everyone together. I think most of us know that you shiatheads are going to stay home again just like you did in 2016 and again in the primaries. There will be no senate flip, trump will win re-election, and his court picks will be cemented well enough they'll be there forever. Since you can't be counted on to vote, packing the courts would be a gigantic error as it's only a matter of time before republicans take over the government again and just fark us over worse. Congratulations, this must be a major win for progressivism.
 
2020-09-19 9:00:53 AM  
3 votes:

Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?


Yes the morons.
 
2020-09-19 8:55:54 AM  
3 votes:
Hypocrites gonna hypocrite. I would be astonished if the senate returned a full vote.

Of all the things he has let sit and accumulate cobwebs, this is the one thing that motivates. Such a monumental asshole this guy is.
 
2020-09-19 8:54:20 AM  
3 votes:

smileyphase: and consider relationships transactional.


Much like Donnie and women?
 
2020-09-19 8:34:21 AM  
3 votes:
...I see a lot of talk and whining in this thread.  I'm sure Republicans are pleased that's all we're capable of.
 
2020-09-19 8:21:00 AM  
3 votes:

theinsultabot9000: Anyone in 2016 who did not process that refusing to support the lesser of two evils means you support the greater if two evils deserves the current environment.


But hey, they got to keep their moral purity intact and their hands clean - that's what really matters.

Also they can act all smug when they tell us that both sides are just as bad.
 
2020-09-19 8:19:29 AM  
3 votes:

Farkin_Crazy: If this all plays out like that, the Senate will easily turn blue. Voters will make the GOP pay for their hypocrisy.

And the court will be expanded. Quickly.


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Alright...name the states where the voters will "make them pay" as opposed to cheering this as a win for "Amurcan values".

This is a flyover country senate year. We're farked.
 
2020-09-19 7:42:20 AM  
3 votes:
No shiat, subby.
 
2020-09-19 7:31:24 AM  
3 votes:

koder: It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.

Oh they'll have the votes. The entire election hinges on prematurely declaring Trump the winner. They'll call all The Families in for every Favor.


They'll call all of the families in to show them all of the dirt they have on them.
 
2020-09-19 7:30:31 AM  
3 votes:

MattytheMouse: Man. I'm upset that the thread where we discussed throwing soup at McConnell didn't go green.


Vote! Fark user image
 
2020-09-19 7:29:24 AM  
3 votes:

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?


Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?
 
2020-09-19 7:22:02 AM  
3 votes:
Rally 'round the [Turtle soup for my] family, with a pocket fulla shells.
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade (Official Music Video)
Youtube 3L4YrGaR8E4
 
2020-09-19 7:12:18 AM  
3 votes:

Alphax: danvon: MindStalker: danvon: The only way to prevent this is to find four Republican senators who are capable of being shamed.

You can stop laughing now.

Two are on the record as not supporting a nomination this year. Need to find 2 more. Technically 1 more is enough for a 50/50 vote. I assume the VP would be the tie breaker? Wonder if there is a way to stop that???

I saw Murkowsky say that, who was the other one? As far as I know, the VP would be a tie breaker.

Another thread said Mitt Romney.. and a couple others.  Perhaps even Lindsey Graham.. which sounds like a long shot, but he may be desperate enough to keep his 'job'.


As stupid as this may sound, there is an outside chance that this might be too egregious even for Collins.
 
2020-09-19 6:04:48 PM  
2 votes:

MechaPyx: Tyrone Slothrop: Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?

Democrats still can't handle the fact that Hillary ran a terrible campaign, and was generally a terrible choice for President. So they blame anything else they can think of, including the candidate who got less votes than "write in".

Look, when your choice is cake or death it's not a difficult choice. You don't stop to ask what kind of cake it is first.


you'd think after 50 years of cake or death they'd stup picking "shiat" as the flavor.
 
2020-09-19 1:47:01 PM  
2 votes:
Everyone take a breath. Chill for a second

First off, if you think that nominating a conservative somehow is part of Trump's master plan, may I point out that he is an incompetent boob. He has no master plan, hell just look to how he's handled EVER crisis of his presidency.  Also, how is a 6 to 3 majority somehow MORE important than a 5 to 3 if the election hits the SCOTUS?

So stop freaking out. I fully expect Trump to appoint another justice because he is an idiot. I think McConnell will be forced to go ahead with it. But it's a penny wise/pound foolish plan, and it would only confirm that they know they wont win in November.
Otherwise, why put vulnerable senators like Collins under more heat? And it a bad plan because it will get all democrats on board with stacking the court. They will lose their majority in the SCOTUS. If they sat on the seat, or even nominated Merrick Garland, they might defuse any notion of stacking the court and hold onto their SCOTUS plundered seats
 
2020-09-19 12:48:38 PM  
2 votes:
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Schumer tweeted, quoting McConnell, who made the same statement during Barack Obama's presidency after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

Democrats need to do more of this.
 
2020-09-19 12:48:27 PM  
2 votes:

Naido: You can't use a news flash tag, subby, for something that everyone knew 5 years ago


Yep, Obvious tag is more appropriate here.
 
2020-09-19 12:05:40 PM  
2 votes:

MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: qorkfiend: MattytheMouse: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Can we stop saying this as if the guy was voted into office, and instead be petty and biatchy over the fact that our electoral system works like a goddamn game of Quidditch?

Were we unaware of the system last time? No? Then we don't get to biatch about the rules now.

Uh, yeah, we should biatch about the rules. Now more than ever, in fact. 'Cause they're bad rules and I've had two presidents in my lifetime win by losing. This last time, by a pretty significant margin!

Great. And?

Was that possibility some sort of unknown? No, but the "protest voters" did their thing anyway and now we get to suffer the consequences? Cool.

Personally, I think it's more constructive to biatch about the system that allows somebody to win by losing by three million votes, than sniping at individuals that apparently didn't vote right, but that's just my opinion, I guess.


Less opinionating, more porn, please.
 
2020-09-19 11:56:24 AM  
2 votes:

mofa: drewsclues: durbnpoisn: suebhoney: durbnpoisn: I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!
...
SCOTUS lost all legitimacy after Bush v. Gore.

The Republicans on the bench, except Roberts, see SCOTUS as a political tool and will use it as such.

it's been the plan the whole time. they dismantle the entirety of the progressive agenda that been laid down over the last 80 years. the only hope here is that Dems win the Senate and kill the filibuster and start ramming through legislation. Republicans will do the same when they get back in power eventually. It will be unworkable chaos and the system will collapse. The only way out of the unjustness of this system is to tear it apart and start over. Otherwise, we'll be back at the brink time and time again.

Roberts destroyed democracy with the Citizens United decision. Citizens United gave the United States to Russia (well, the highest bidder, which was Russia).


I don't disagree with you on that point. But, the decision itself wasn't a power grab by the court. That's about to change.
 
2020-09-19 11:51:25 AM  
2 votes:

mofa: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.

I think McConnell can change any Senate rule by a simple majority vote. Much of the United States depended on politicians' honor.


Those "simple majority votes" can themselves take weeks to go through.

A lot of the work of the Senate goes by Unanimous Consent. If you do not agree to unanimous consent, you have to take a full vote of all 100 senators every time, which means among other things, that the 23 GOP senators up for election this year would basically be glued to their seats in Washington (compared to 12 Democratic senators) during the last month of their campaigns.

You could try to change the rules to require fewer full votes, but that would itself be subject to repeated full votes of the Senate.

If McConnell were smart, he'd require all members of the Judiciary committee back, but tell everyone else that there'd be no floor votes until after the election (but before the inauguration).

Won't happen because he's greedy.
 
2020-09-19 11:32:15 AM  
2 votes:

ukexpat: mofa: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: Steampunk Gallagher: andrewagill: [Fark user image image 425x444]

It's 106 days until a new Congress.

They won't be able to delay it that long but they will be able to delay it past the election in 45 days.

If she had died a couple weeks later I'd have said it was too late.

Kavanaugh
Nominated: 7/9/18
Confirmed: 10/6/18

So does that...

Does that mean you're agreeing with me that since it's 106 days until a new Congress & they delayed the Kavanaugh confirmation ny 90 days, if she had died a couple weeks later, they could have delayed it a similar amount of time?

Or does that mean you think they can delay it longer, like they did for Thomas, at 99 days, & that they'll be able to push that to 106 days?

Or... you're not suggesting that 90 days is less than 45 days, right?

I thought it might be comforting to know that even the most recent guy took almost 3 months to confirm. People keep saying McConnell will have this done within a week, but the process definitely takes way longer than that, unless there's some special legislative power he's hiding up his sleeve.

I think McConnell can change any Senate rule by a simple majority vote. Much of the United States depended on politicians' honor.

And take a look at this contemptible, and since deleted, tweet from Chris Coons' republican challenger in DE...

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Gah, replied to wrong comment, but it holds. Piece of shiat.
 
2020-09-19 11:19:19 AM  
2 votes:

durbnpoisn: suebhoney: durbnpoisn: I wrote about this very thing in my blog, a few minutes ago.  I had to tone down my anger about this.  Because make no mistake, I am FURIOUS about!

And I am completely terrified that the absolute worst case scenario is about to unfold.

We will lose the court.  Trump will cheat.  They will side with him.
And our Democracy dies, just like that.

I hope to hell I'm wrong.  I really REALLY hope I'm wrong.

I was feeling dread about 6 weeks ago, and it lightened up about 2 weeks ago.

Now that feeling of dread is back and it's 100 fold worse than my initial feeling.

I honestly believe America is done and that sometime within the next 2 years (or less), my SSDI will be taken away, as well as my son's and mine SNAP benefits, and my son's Medicaid. We will be homeless before those 2 years are up & there won't be anyone who will help us, as all social safety nets will be dismantled. 

RBG passing is the absolute worst thing that could have happened right now.

I am scared beyond words.

Sorry about that.  That's horrifying.

Our only hope is that the SCOTUS does the right thing regardless of politics.


SCOTUS lost all legitimacy after Bush v. Gore.

The Republicans on the bench, except Roberts, see SCOTUS as a political tool and will use it as such.

it's been the plan the whole time. they dismantle the entirety of the progressive agenda that been laid down over the last 80 years. the only hope here is that Dems win the Senate and kill the filibuster and start ramming through legislation. Republicans will do the same when they get back in power eventually. It will be unworkable chaos and the system will collapse. The only way out of the unjustness of this system is to tear it apart and start over. Otherwise, we'll be back at the brink time and time again.
 
2020-09-19 10:59:28 AM  
2 votes:

Klyukva: RyogaM: Linux_Yes: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Dems need to delay just like the repugs did.

They can't, they are the in the minority.  The Repugs could do it in 2012 because they were the majority.


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Don't worry. There's always the judicial filibuster. Oh wait no there isn't, lol.


bullshiat, he was going to ram through a SCOTUS nominee no matter what.
 
2020-09-19 10:51:01 AM  
2 votes:

What_Would_Jimi_Do: kindms: real violence inevitable.

wtf has been happening the past 5 months?


kid stuff. people have shown up to be peaceful, they havent been planting bombs and looking to attend softball games. yes there has been some violence but it was an offshoot and not the primary focus for the vast majority of people protesting.
 
2020-09-19 10:43:30 AM  
2 votes:

GrizzlyPouch: We should do a bunch of illegal things or change all the rules, Like adding a bunch of new justices.  Or murdering all Republicans!


I'm ok with this.
 
2020-09-19 10:32:05 AM  
2 votes:

chrismurphy: We need to pass the buck onto our elected officials


We need to pass the buck onto our elected officials
 
2020-09-19 10:30:48 AM  
2 votes:
Pro-impeachment artists translated --> Wahhh! We can't do the hard work of winning elections! We need to pass the buck onto our elected officials, who still haven't gotten *children still in cages* released, to try and get fat orange fark face out of office knowing in advance this will fail but at least it runs out the clock, just like a Republican would do! To win, we have to think and act like Republicans! Except, we should still not win elections! Because Republicans win elections and that we should not do! Because then we'd actually have to do something with that power and what we want is a Republican in office so we can cry like babies about it! <--

Like farking seriously, win the presidency. And win the Senate. Court goes to 11. Puerto Rico becomes a state, if they want, and if they don't want then they should be set free. Cut them lose or get married. Stop playing games with impeachment. Stop playing games with Puerto Rico. Get serious.
 
2020-09-19 10:25:29 AM  
2 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: I hope they nominate the biggest anti-abortion/anti-woman/anti-gay/anti​-American asshole they can find.  Another Kavanaugh.  Rip open the national psyche right before the election.


Actually, that's how it may work out.  And listen, the supreme court will matter less if we have the two houses and white house to write and sign progressive laws into place.  We already had the courts shoot down the voting rights act WITH RBG in it.  Now we can rewrite it and apply it to every state and the courts will have to figure out some other reason to shoot it down, but it will take time and in the meantime, it'll make supporession harder.  Smart with gay rights and voting laws, etc.

The game isn't lost.  We lost a valuable piece.  Our queen, if you will.  But other pieces, well placed, can still win the game.
 
2020-09-19 10:11:20 AM  
2 votes:

qorkfiend: firefly212: so a third of the Supreme Court will be installed by a guy who couldn't even get more votes in any single election.... and they are there for life? It's time for a new constitution, not just a new president.

He gets another term and he could have five


My wildcard prediction, IF Trump loses in November, Thomas will immediately retire, letting Trump add another Justice to remain on the court for 40 years.
 
2020-09-19 10:09:48 AM  
2 votes:

Blathering Idjut: Klyukva: Well, the important thing here is to accept no blame and learn nothing going forward, like the people in these threads fantasizing about farking the goat further by packing the court.

You say "packing the court."  We say "correcting republican cheating and extra constitutional behavior."

Because the one certain way to stop them from continuing to do this stuff is to shrug and roll over.  There is not an eye-roll big enough in the world.  They will never be satisfied while there are still democrats breathing air in this country.


Yeah I know right.. as if a court that legalizes health care, and equality among sexes and races, and creates a fair and just society for people is exactly the same as some authoritarian propaganda backed puppet president is trying to stack the courts to under the last 100 years of progress in the USA.

totes exactly the same, and both requires totes the same response.
 
2020-09-19 10:08:26 AM  
2 votes:

firefly212: so a third of the Supreme Court will be installed by a guy who couldn't even get more votes in any single election.... and they are there for life? It's time for a new constitution, not just a new president.


this is the purpose of amendments.
overall the document isn't too bad, just ill-defined in some areas. The amendments, too.

It is worth remembering that a constitution serves the people, not the other way around.
 
2020-09-19 10:07:18 AM  
2 votes:
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2020-09-19 10:03:05 AM  
2 votes:
I believe it's the prerogative of the POTUS to nominate a judge, but Trump does NOT belong in the White House. Period.
 
2020-09-19 9:58:47 AM  
2 votes:

jso2897: suebhoney: I am scared beyond words.

Don't be. Your first priority is to live your own life, take care of yourself, and thus maintain your potential capacity to help others. Make the right moral choices on a daily basis, participate in your society, send money, vote.
It may be that America made a mistake back in 2016 that it won't recover from without a hefty and painful price to be paid.
Life is like that sometimes - you f**k up, and it costs you, and all you can do is pay.
Hopefully, America will learn something.
Be be brave, be of good cheer, and purchase lots of guns and ammo.
Gardy loo!!


I'm permanently disabled. My son is an adult with autism and unable to work full time. Even if he could, he's just been put on a "No work leave" status because of covid19 (he works for a school district).

All we can do is vote. I tried volunteer work when I first became disabled, as well as going back to school, as things to fill my time and learn even more about helping my son (I was going for a degree as a direct support professional) and sadly soon found out that my disability renders me unreliable because it's completely unpredictable. I can be ok today and wake up tomorrow unable to walk. I can become bedridden for weeks at a time if I twist in a poor way from taking a shower.

I'm useless except in keeping up with paperwork for my son and I. I am great at providing emotional support for others, but that's usually all I can do.

We vote in every election. But beyond that, we are unable to help. 😪
 
2020-09-19 9:55:49 AM  
2 votes:

soporific: Hey there 2016 non-voters and third-party voters. How are you doing? Listen, remember when we all told you that it matters who was President because that's who picks the judges? Remember that? Remember when we told you that yes, there is a difference between the two parties due to the judges who are chosen, and that the choice of judges will have an impact for decades to come?


Remember when you told them you didn't need them to win? Remember when instead of throwing them a bone you showed them your middle finger because it felt good to throw your weight around?

Yeah that wasn't a good idea. One of many unforced errors of the 2016 election, avoiding any of which would have changed the result.
 
2020-09-19 9:55:23 AM  
2 votes:

Champion of the Sun: Farkonaut: Champion of the Sun: You think your guys' never ending excuses and cowardice

"You guys"

..so whats that make you?
Another lost conservative without a party?
Lets talk about who the cowards are in this scenario.

The ones sticking to their principles and ideals and not letting it turn us into 'them' or the idiots who allowed their party to be totally corrupted and now, instead of fixing it, they run away and complain that their alternative isn't authoritarian enough.

LOL you guys are farking pathetic.

This is no ones fault but GoP and the low-iq assholes that hump guns that love them.

fark all of them.

Cool. one 95 year old lady is all that was upholding the republic. But it ain't our fault.

Excuses excuses excuses. Nothing but excuses. Can't act. Can't help. Can't win.

America loves a winner and will not tolerate a loser. You guys centrists, moderates, establishment Democrats, whatever you wanna call yourselves, are complete farking losers.

The gop and their supporters are again getting absolutely everything they ever wanted. Your response? Tears and excuses. America will not tolerate a loser

Losers cry and excuse

Lots of tears and excuses. No plans I see.



Go change your own party.
 
2020-09-19 9:55:06 AM  
2 votes:

Biohazard Banana Suit: Smirky the Wonder Chimp: So how's that protest vote working out for you?

Who are you talking to, exactly? Jill Stein voters?


The people in his head.
 
2020-09-19 9:54:49 AM  
2 votes:

Uncle Eazy: They would be smart to wait until after the election. There may be a few R senators that would be hesitant to rubber stamp some Trump lunatic with an election in six weeks.

After the election it won't matter. Either they won and are in for another six years, or they lost and they're out and they'll be happy to burn the place down on the way out.


They need the fix in NOW, ahead of Trump's declaration of winning the election for the natural escalation to the Supreme court if contested.
 
2020-09-19 9:53:53 AM  
2 votes:

Farkonaut: Champion of the Sun: You think your guys' never ending excuses and cowardice

"You guys"

..so whats that make you?
Another lost conservative without a party?
Lets talk about who the cowards are in this scenario.

The ones sticking to their principles and ideals and not letting it turn us into 'them' or the idiots who allowed their party to be totally corrupted and now, instead of fixing it, they run away and complain that their alternative isn't authoritarian enough.

LOL you guys are farking pathetic.

This is no ones fault but GoP and the low-iq assholes that hump guns that love them.

fark all of them.


Cool. one 95 year old lady is all that was upholding the republic. But it ain't our fault.

Excuses excuses excuses. Nothing but excuses. Can't act. Can't help. Can't win.

America loves a winner and will not tolerate a loser. You guys centrists, moderates, establishment Democrats, whatever you wanna call yourselves, are complete farking losers.

The gop and their supporters are again getting absolutely everything they ever wanted. Your response? Tears and excuses. America will not tolerate a loser

Losers cry and excuse

Lots of tears and excuses. No plans I see.
 
2020-09-19 9:47:41 AM  
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Jeebus Christ what a shiathole of a human turtle.

Good luck America, you farking need it.
 
2020-09-19 9:45:44 AM  
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Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Mugato: Champion of the Sun: Impeach trump for literally everything. Bog down the media and the senate.

It's right there you stupid farks. The guy who gets to replace RBG murdered 200,000 americans. Use impeachment as a weapon. Jesus christ we're gonna try to shame Republicans as a tactic again. Jesus christ. Goddamn farking morons.

First of all there isn't enough time for another impeachment. Second, what has changed that you think it's going to work this time? He'd be exonerated again and he'll get to play the victim a second time.

Delaying a confirmation and failing to convict is a win. Jesus christ. How difficult is it for you guys to understand that?

Not giving the gop another seat is the point.

There's nothing that says the president can't still nominate a judge while being impeached.

READ


Linking to farking quora?

Jesus christ. Always an excuse. Always a reason not to act.

Good luck shaming the republicans. Keep on keeping on.
 
2020-09-19 9:44:54 AM  
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2020-09-19 9:44:31 AM  
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RBG is solely to blame for this.

She could have left under Obama a decade ago and he could have picked her replacement easily. But she was so sure Clinton would prevail that she hung on despite being at the edge of death because she wanted a successor who was handpicked by the first female Pres. Now control over your gynecological apparati is going to vanish.

I expected Turtle to jump on this opportunity first chance.

Now we get to see more liberal handwringing as we get the partiest bro who ever partied confirmed within 6 weeks, or we get some underqualified young chippie just to throw a bone to feminism sort of like how Old Bush and Biden saluted Civil rights by replacing Marshall with a much inferior (but darker skinned!) Thomas.