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(NPR)   Close observers of the Supreme Court and how its justices relate to one another are coming to one incontrovertible conclusion: Justice Gorsuch is a monstrous, gaping asshole. And a really crappy lawyer, to boot   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Obvious, Supreme Court of the United States, Samuel Alito, William Rehnquist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Roe v. Wade, Justice Neil Gorsuch, conservative soulmates, Antonin Scalia  
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2022-01-18 8:36:42 AM  
I second that thought.
 
2022-01-18 8:37:59 AM  
Surprise, surprise.
Not.
 
2022-01-18 8:38:09 AM  
Duh!
 
2022-01-18 8:38:10 AM  
Thanks GOP
 
2022-01-18 8:38:10 AM  
The Court needs its token asshole, and there was a slot to fill after Scalia died. It was a natural fit for Gorsuch.
 
2022-01-18 8:38:38 AM  
All by design, subby.
 
2022-01-18 8:39:25 AM  
T1 diabetic here.

fark you, Neil Gorsuch.
 
2022-01-18 8:39:34 AM  
Gorsuch an asshole.
 
2022-01-18 8:40:10 AM  
"Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)
 
2022-01-18 8:40:42 AM  
"Will this institution survive the stench that this [turnaround] creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?"

This quote kind of shows how out of touch these people are, most people already think you are all just political tools, this isn't something that is going to happen, it has already happened.
 
2022-01-18 8:41:20 AM  
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2022-01-18 8:42:07 AM  
Well, who was he nominated by?

Oh. I think i found your problem.
 
2022-01-18 8:42:14 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)


I don't think the Democrats could get a justice approved.  They continue to be a powerless majority.
 
2022-01-18 8:42:51 AM  
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2022-01-18 8:43:03 AM  
If only there was some way we could have not given the Republicans unilateral power to nominate and confirm justices

Oh, well. It's not like voting ever made a difference or anything.
 
2022-01-18 8:43:07 AM  

Shaggy_C: The Court needs its token asshole, and there was a slot to fill after Scalia died. It was a natural fit for Gorsuch.


I thought that was Alito's job.
 
2022-01-18 8:43:17 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)


We could have had three vacancies on he court as of last October. Manchin and Sinema wouldn't have let Biden appoint anyone to the left of Roberts, assuming the checks cleared. Now they'll "follow the rules" and not let Biden appoint anyone until after the midterm elections, which Mitch will probably hold open unless the person is to the right of Scalia.
 
2022-01-18 8:44:21 AM  
Who is Justice Scalia's intellectual heir?

A moldy dog turd?
 
2022-01-18 8:44:26 AM  
If everyone else is wearing a mask, including Roberts, and Roberts is supposedly in charge, why is Alito not the one being forced to listen and talk from his office during hearings?
 
2022-01-18 8:48:06 AM  
He's very hard to listen to because he often has an abjectly stupid perspective. The others have warped perspectives, but that's different.
 
2022-01-18 8:48:09 AM  
With the likes of Alito and Thomas on the Bench, saying Gorsuch is a grade A asshole is SAYing a lot.
 
2022-01-18 8:48:48 AM  

Karma Chameleon: If everyone else is wearing a mask, including Roberts, and Roberts is supposedly in charge, why is Alito not the one being forced to listen and talk from his office during hearings?


He brings the Scotch and Blow.
 
2022-01-18 8:53:35 AM  

wademh: He's very hard to listen to because he often has an abjectly stupid perspective. The others have warped perspectives, but that's different.


Yes, Gorsuch is truly a MAGA-type - complete lack of self-awareness and a total asshole.
 
2022-01-18 8:54:43 AM  

Karma Chameleon: If everyone else is wearing a mask, including Roberts, and Roberts is supposedly in charge, why is Alito not the one being forced to listen and talk from his office during hearings?


Because "in charge" means nothing to lifetime appointments.

They can show up in full Nazi Uniform and Roberts can't do jack sh*t. I mean, I think they can make him peel potatoes for lunch or something, but punitive action? LOL... It's a clubhouse.
 
2022-01-18 8:55:28 AM  
He was the GQP's #1 overall pick for SCOTUS from a deep draft of gaping assholes, so this tracks.
 
2022-01-18 9:01:19 AM  
The integrity of the SCOTUS as an institution has been absolutely gutted by McConnel and Trump.

They are in real danger of loosing the only power they have, the acceptance of the fiction that they are some sort of non-partisan and dispassionate final arbiter of what is and isn't constitutional.  A role that is not actually in the constitution.

If they lose that, all bets are off, since I don't know how they get it back.
 
2022-01-18 9:02:54 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)


Yeah, but whoever the Democrats nominate will be a mortal, which means that eventually that person will die - and we don't want that seat to be held open for another Republican, do we?

So, for the good of the country, that mortal should refuse to take that seat until Democrats can find someone better.
 
2022-01-18 9:05:21 AM  

Karma Chameleon: If everyone else is wearing a mask, including Roberts, and Roberts is supposedly in charge, why is Alito not the one being forced to listen and talk from his office during hearings?


It's Gorsuch that's refusing to wear a mask, not Alito.
 
2022-01-18 9:05:25 AM  
This is the one whose most famous opinion before he hit the Supreme Court was an obligation to die for your employer's bottom line.

Guy's dedicated to a cause, and that cause is death.
 
2022-01-18 9:07:38 AM  

qorkfiend: If only there was some way we could have not given the Republicans unilateral power to nominate and confirm justices

Oh, well. It's not like voting ever made a difference or anything.


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2022-01-18 9:08:31 AM  
Alito too, subby.
 
2022-01-18 9:08:35 AM  
Apparently the Chief Justice is too much of a chickenshiat to perform his administrative duties and force the arsehole to participate remotely.
 
2022-01-18 9:09:13 AM  

Skleenar: The integrity of the SCOTUS as an institution has been absolutely gutted by McConnel and Trump.


Yeah, the justices who chose fealty to Poppy Bush over vote totals and who legalized bribery would be disgraced to see this current crop!
 
2022-01-18 9:09:37 AM  

Skleenar: The integrity of the SCOTUS as an institution has been absolutely gutted by McConnel and Trump.


citizens united was in like 2010, the votes for it were Kennedy unanimously confirmed, Roberts 77 votes for confirmation, Scalia unanimously confirmed, Alito unanimously confirmed, and Thomas who was confirmed with only 52 votes.
 
2022-01-18 9:11:01 AM  

Skleenar: If they lose that, all bets are off, since I don't know how they get it back.


Blame the modern GOP. They will stop at nothing to win. They are the ones that started playing games with judicial nominees. We won't get anything back. This is part of the decline of the US. We will soon just be a giant kleptocracy.
 
2022-01-18 9:14:30 AM  

please: I don't think the Democrats could get a justice approved. They continue to be a powerless majority.


The one thing the Democrats have been lockstep on (even Manchinema) has been judicial confirmations.
 
2022-01-18 9:18:35 AM  
What does everyone expect from 3 marionette dolls   chosen by Putin?
 
2022-01-18 9:20:14 AM  
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2022-01-18 9:22:50 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)


She should resign because her coworker is an asshole?
 
2022-01-18 9:27:20 AM  
The Court was meant to be a nonpartisan level of character-driven decision-making to keep the other branches in check.  Instead it's the focus of partisanship and there are no ramifications when they display a level of ignorance befitting of resignation, a la Gorsuch and his idiotic flu comments last week.

Instability in our courts is by design.  And you all know who designed it.
 
2022-01-18 9:31:27 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: The Court was meant to be a nonpartisan level of character-driven decision-making to keep the other branches in check.  Instead it's the focus of partisanship and there are no ramifications when they display a level of ignorance befitting of resignation, a la Gorsuch and his idiotic flu comments last week.

Instability in our courts is by design.  And you all know who designed it.


It was intended to be non-political in the sense that the justices don't have to run for re-election and consequently don't have to worry about short-term public opinion. It was never intended to be non-partisan.
 
2022-01-18 9:36:02 AM  
Gorsuch was just the loan voice of dissent in the court denying to hear an appeal where church's tax exempt status was denied.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/011822zor_5iel.pdf


Nobody likes him.
 
2022-01-18 9:39:35 AM  

EyeballKid: Skleenar: The integrity of the SCOTUS as an institution has been absolutely gutted by McConnel and Trump.

Yeah, the justices who chose fealty to Poppy Bush over vote totals and who legalized bribery would be disgraced to see this current crop!


I used the word "fiction" intentionally.
 
2022-01-18 9:40:23 AM  

qorkfiend: Nana's Vibrator: The Court was meant to be a nonpartisan level of character-driven decision-making to keep the other branches in check.  Instead it's the focus of partisanship and there are no ramifications when they display a level of ignorance befitting of resignation, a la Gorsuch and his idiotic flu comments last week.

Instability in our courts is by design.  And you all know who designed it.

It was intended to be non-political in the sense that the justices don't have to run for re-election and consequently don't have to worry about short-term public opinion. It was never intended to be non-partisan.


It was largely non-partisan until the GOP decided that the *real* problem with the Bork nomination was that they didn't line up behind him and force that regressive POS onto the court.
 
2022-01-18 9:49:28 AM  
Chthonic Echoes This is the one whose most famous opinion before he hit the Supreme Court was an obligation to die for your employer's bottom line.

The truck driver case?  Yep, that alone gave us all a pretty good idea of what we were getting in Gorsuch.

From the article: But, as Feldman observes, Scalia referred to himself as a "fainthearted originalist" and "what he meant by that was that he was an originalist, but not if it meant overturning some of the things that have existed for a long time, like the administrative state."
In short, Scalia often voted to uphold the power of Congress to delegate to agencies and experts the power to regulate public health and safety, and to protect the integrity of the marketplace. Indeed, as Harvard law professor Richard Lazarus observes. Twenty years ago, Scalia, in a unanimous opinion for the court, "rejected an argument pretty similar to" the one the six current conservatives embraced last week in essentially striking down the vaccine-or-test OSHA mandate.

Even Scalia understood that we have to manage enormous complex systems and programs and a lot of that requires having people around who know what the hell they're doing.  This weird obsession with the administrative state these younger right wingers have is going to leave one enormous path of destruction in its wake.

I'm sure Stephen Breyer doesn't get up each day thinking how much fun it is to be part of the problem.  He's not a craven asshole like Manchin or Sinema.  But if he doesn't call it quits soon he'll be just as disastrous historically.  I understand the desire to pretend the Court is above it all and usually collegial but there's no way he doesn't understand a 7-2 Court with five young and absolutely hard right ideologues would have terrible results.  That would be part of his legacy too.
 
2022-01-18 9:54:36 AM  
A cartoon I drew a couple of decades ago when the Supremes intervened in Bush v. Gore. Still seems appropriate.

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2022-01-18 9:56:11 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19."

That sucks, but maybe she should consider resigning so that a Democrat could name her replacement, and a Democratic Senate could approve it (assuming some "moderate" Democrat didn't hold it hostage.)


Leave the young liberal Judge alone.  Give your lecture to Breyer, a stiff wind could knock him over any day now.
 
2022-01-18 10:02:24 AM  
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2022-01-18 10:08:57 AM  
quizzical Leave the young liberal Judge alone.  Give your lecture to Breyer, a stiff wind could knock him over any day now.

She'll turn 68 this year and every time I see her on camera these days I get a little uneasy.  Underlying health concerns would explain a lot of that.  But yes, Breyer really needs to call it quits.  He's heading into his mid-80s for god's sake.  Twenty eight years is great run.  Call it day already.
 
2022-01-18 10:17:02 AM  

Botkin of the Yard: quizzical Leave the young liberal Judge alone.  Give your lecture to Breyer, a stiff wind could knock him over any day now.

She'll turn 68 this year and every time I see her on camera these days I get a little uneasy.  Underlying health concerns would explain a lot of that.  But yes, Breyer really needs to call it quits.  He's heading into his mid-80s for god's sake.  Twenty eight years is great run.  Call it day already.


This may be a crazy idea but you should probably start planning for the chance that he doesn't do exactly what you want him to do
 
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