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7/8/2018

Whom Will Trump Pick for the Supreme Court Tomorrow? [UPDATED]

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:15 pm

Just like last time, the name Thomas Hardiman is being bandied about this weekend, even as Kethledge is being deep-sixed in the rumor mills. My views on Hardiman have not changed much since I wrote this post in January 2017. I said then that Hardiman was not battle-tested enough to replace Scalia but might be appropriate down the road. I think he might be an OK replacement for a lefty justice like Ginsburg, but unless our goal is to replace an unpredictable and moderate judge like Kennedy with another moderate, we can do better. I still think Bill Pryor would have been a better choice right out of the gate to replace Scalia, and we could have done Gorsuch this time — but what’s done is done.

Whether this is a feint to make Kavanaugh seem more of a surprise, I don’t know. I hope so.

[UPDATE 7/9, 1:12 pm by JVW]

And then there’s this:

[UPDATE II, 1:41 pm by JVW]

Twitchy thinks Sen. Cruz is trolling us. I suppose a Senator flying to Washington isn’t much of a big deal, but I figured they were on break for a few weeks.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

96 Responses to “Whom Will Trump Pick for the Supreme Court Tomorrow? [UPDATED]”

  1. Do we have airline schedules for anyone?

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. Sister Maryanne will say a name and brother Donald will say the word.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  3. What if this is a classic misdirection (or, more likely, Trump gets his attention focused in a new direction at the last possible second) and he ends up nominating Amul Thapar? I still submit that nomination might give Democrats the most reason to squirm.

    JVW (42615e)

  4. Ill guess barrett, cavanaugh had too many flags and hadiman was waived off last time

    narciso (d1f714)

  5. So they, meaning the Trump White House, can seal leaks when they want to. Inference: When stuff gets leaked, they leaked it.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. If it’s Barrett, it might mean that Trump wants the issue for the election. Collins and Murkowski have been signalling they will vote no on someone that is too obviously anti-Roe, and Barrett is probably who they are talking about. Failed nomination means that SCOTUS will be the big election issue again for the GOP.

    Anon Y. Mous (01516b)

  7. She has been strong on stare decisis and the congress’s responsibilities

    Narciso (087789)

  8. Whoever it is, they will be so much better than anyone Hilary would have nominated.

    kaf (6cbb44)

  9. Whoever it is, it will not be Charles Manson, because he’s dead.

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Kavanaugh, and let the chips fall where they may. He’s a reliable conservative with the track record (at the Appellate level) to prove it, and he’s familiar with the the underhanded politics of character assassination Democrats pioneered during the Bork and Clarence Thomas nominations.

    Kavanaugh is smart, experienced, young and tough. He’ll make a fine Justice, and his nomination will galvanize conservatives and accelerate Democrat hysteria.

    ropelight (0c5e7d)

  11. Whoever it is, it will not be Charles Manson, because he’s dead.

    nk (dbc370) — 7/8/2018 @ 9:27 pm

    Not dead, NK, but tanned, rested and ready. You know- sorta like Nixon.

    Bill H (383c5d)

  12. Whoever it is, they will be so much better than anyone Hilary would have nominated.

    100% true.

    Patterico (a048af)

  13. Barrett or Thapar

    mg (9e54f8)

  14. I love President Trump’s pick for the court it’s the best one

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  15. Dick durbin on meet the press said red state democrat senators should vote against any pro-life nomination even if it cost them their elections ;otherwise democratic base will come after him and chuck schumer! Democrat base will put corporate establishment democrats like him and chuck out of a job like cortez did in n.y. 14 to old white fat crowley!

    wendell (23cda2)

  16. Otoh as I pointed out, she does not agree with the notion that jurisdiction be limited.

    Narciso (e71f86)

  17. 5. So they, meaning the Trump White House, can seal leaks when they want to. Inference: When stuff gets leaked, they leaked it.

    nk (dbc370) — 7/8/2018 @ 8:47 pm

    Good point.

    DRJ (15874d)

  18. Hasn’t there been plenty of counterexample to prove this isn’t so.

    Narciso (e71f86)

  19. nk: Knock knock…

    Grandma: “who’s there?”

    nk: “it’s your grandson, grandma”

    Grandma: “Charles Manson?”

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  20. Thinking it may be Coney-Barrett…

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  21. The reason the pick hasn’t leaked is Trump hasn’t told anyone who it is yet.

    Appalled (96665e)

  22. Don’t tell anyone. It’s me.

    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  23. I’ve given up predicting, but I hope it’s Kavanaugh.
    Politico has a piece on Ben Sasse. Regrettably, the Sasse wing of elected GOP representatives comprises Sasse and dying/retiring Republicans. Regarding tariffs.

    More recently, Sasse has called the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports “dumb,” and has described Trump’s escalating trade war with China “nuts.” His opposition to the tariffs is shared by other farm-state Republicans, though they’ve used far less pointed language.

    Even though he’s voted with Trump 88% of the time, Trump and his unquestioning defenders don’t like Sasse because the Nebraska Senator won’t bend the knee.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  24. sasse is indeed a party of one, he and his cohort couldn’t agree to back ted from the outset,

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/06/doj-fbi-still-not-in-full-compliance-with-document-request-sources.html

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. I think it is whoever Trump thinks looks and acts the part. That could be Kavanaugh but I think the reports that Trump hates the Bushes are true, so that will hurt him. That leaves Kethledge, Barrett, and Hardiman.

    I think he will save Barrett for a Ginsburg vacancy. Hardiman has always been his sister’s favorite and will be easier to confirm, so it could be him. I’d rather have Kethledge. Too bad he didn’t attend Harvard or Yale, but he did clerk for Kennedy. Either one might be the deciding factor.

    DRJ (15874d)

  26. her philosophy is better surmised through articles like this:

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2795646

    narciso (d1f714)

  27. but they are being very reasonable:

    https://twitter.com/jaymichaelson/status/1016288313404248065

    like john nash in beautiful mind,

    narciso (d1f714)

  28. The unanswered question is whether Justice Sotomayor will ever start writing opinions about the law, instead of the way she feels.

    Neo (d1c681)

  29. nk

    I think all it proves about leaking is that Trump judge selection chain of command is not leaking.

    The rest of his administration is rife with nevertrumpers who gotta nevertrump in order to ever work again in DC.

    steveg (a9dcab)

  30. The choice should reflect conservative values without changing the law as democrats want.

    mg (9e54f8)

  31. There are different kinds of leaks. Some are beneficial to Presidents and some aren’t. This non-leak is beneficial to Trump because it keeps people waiting and interested in the Big Reveal.

    DRJ (15874d)

  32. There are different leaks and different leakers. Different motivations. nevertrump leakers are often “sources” frantically virtue signaling the media and Washington elites that they are the good guys working inside against these gauche outsiders.

    The left and the media have done well at their task of making the “resistance” and nevertrumping a story of good vs. evil Its not.

    steveg (a9dcab)

  33. “So they, meaning the Trump White House, can seal leaks when they want to. Inference: When stuff gets leaked, they leaked it.”

    Or……The NYTimes couldn’t arrange an affair for any of their writers with a member of the Federalist Society.

    harkin (fabd28)

  34. Deep thinker Michelle Wolf on abortion:

    “Look, access to abortion is good and important,” she continued. “Some people say abortion is ‘killing a baby.’ It’s not. It’s stopping a baby from happening. It’s like Back to the Future and abortion is the DeLorean.”

    https://amp.thedailybeast.com/michelle-wolf-unloads-on-anti-abortion-activists-god-bless-abortions?__twitter_impression=true

    As unfortunate as this celebration of killing a child is, the thing that struck me hardest was Wolf’s appearance at the baby-killing gala being reminiscent of Dick Wesson in Calamity Jane.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Slate/status/1016200664547020800/photo/1

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-odsxHgJ7QkM/VNjGPzo-h5I/AAAAAAAAD8g/jBnIv7YFsAs/s1600/image0008.jpg

    harkin (fabd28)

  35. Back to the future would be like going back in time and using protection… or maybe even deciding that “hey, I’m off the pill and need to get out of here before I get knocked up”

    steveg (a9dcab)

  36. I think that we all four, DRJ, steveg, harkin, and me, are looking at the same elephant. 😉

    nk (dbc370)

  37. The DeLorean guy lived here for a while and I worked for the main writer of the Back to the Future series. They have a very cool old home. He spent most of the days out by the pool reading comic books
    Christopher Lloyd lives here as was as does Bob Zemickis and a fleet of ex something or others.

    The interesting parallel with the DeLorean is that all you do is press the button and all the doors swing wide open

    steveg (a9dcab)

  38. I appear to be fixated on a point below the tail

    steveg (a9dcab)

  39. no we can’t because we have doug jones, and McCain, and a bunch of skittery nellies, how did we end up with doug jones anyways,

    narciso (d1f714)

  40. The rest of his administration is rife with nevertrumpers who gotta nevertrump in order to ever work again in DC.

    I’ve never bought into the idea that leakers are automatically someone who is either doing the administration’s bidding or else they are someone out to hurt the administration from within. I’d be willing to bet that a huge number of leakers are just people who can’t keep a secret, and like telling friendly reporters at Washington bars some inside tidbits to make themselves look important and maybe because they think they are cultivating friendships. It’s like your own friends who preface stories with, “I’m not supposed to tell you this, but. . . ” and then proceed to unload some gossip on you.

    JVW (dadb0c)

  41. how often are the leaks, how often are they made out of whole cloth, as we discovered McMaster and Tillerson were indeed undermining trump, with the people they removed and those they replaced with,

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. how did we end up with doug jones anyways

    Roy Moore’s wife had to open her big yap on the eve of the election and say the Moores had Jewish friends, so 25,000 Alabamans who would have swung the election stayed home.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. “Look, access to abortion is good and important,” she continued. “Some people say abortion is ‘killing a baby.’ It’s not. It’s stopping a baby from happening. It’s like Back to the Future and abortion is the DeLorean.”

    This is one of the problems with what purports to be contemporary comedy. Lenny Bruce was thought by some to be a sick comedian, but he couldn’t hold a candle to this twisted twist.

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  44. If it’s Barrett, it might mean that Trump wants the issue for the election. Collins and Murkowski have been signalling they will vote no on someone that is too obviously anti-Roe, and Barrett is probably who they are talking about. Failed nomination means that SCOTUS will be the big election issue again for the GOP.

    Anon Y. Mous (01516b) — 7/8/2018 @ 8:50 pm

    Except that Barrett has written law journal articles in which she says that originalists can’t simply throw out precedent even when wrongly decided from an originalist perspective as that would create havoc. Roe v. Wade arguably should be tossed for precisely that reason; it’s not just wrong it’s a mess. There is no actual legal reasoning in it. The majority clearly started with their desired result and then worked backward to pretend the Constitution guaranteed a right to abortion. But I’d like to know what Murkowski and Collins imagine would change. Would Maine then outlaw abortion? Would Kali, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, New York or Massachusetts? This is not a complete list.

    And she has said that the SCOTUS will never have to revisit the question as they wouldn’t grant cert to hear a case to relitigate it again.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  45. > But I’d like to know what Murkowski and Collins imagine would change.

    What odds do you place on a Republican Congress passing a nationwide ban, and President Trump signing it?

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  46. Exactly Steve, how have you been.

    narciso (d1f714)

  47. That’s kinda short-sighted. I mean, if they block *this* nominee and then lose re-election, Trump will just appoint someone they dislike as much as whoever he appoints today, and there will be no ability to block that.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  48. Trump’s sister weighs in on Supreme Court pick

    One of President Donald Trump’s two leading finalists to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Judge Thomas Hardiman, has a quiet but influential ally in the high-stakes legal drama: Trump’s sister. Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, has spoken to her brother in favor of elevating him to the high court, according to two people familiar with the conversations. source:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-supreme-court-pick-234202

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  49. Re 51: Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!

    But I would say Kavanaugh, save Coney Barrett for RBG or heck an under-insulined Sotomayor.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  50. [UPDATE 7/9, 1:12 pm by JVW]

    And then there’s this:

    https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1016412550613864450

    JVW (dadb0c)

  51. And now others on Twitter are claiming that Amy Comey Barrett, her husband, and all seven of their children are on a flight to Washington, DC. I updated Patterico’s post because it seemed like Ted Cruz was a pretty reliable source, but who knows what’s going on.

    Maybe Trump is stealing the Democrats’ idea and is going to expand the Court to 15 seats and nominate seven new Justices.

    JVW (dadb0c)

  52. So if the younger Comey-Barretts are appointed, are they going to review these recent asylum cases where toddlers have been known to represent themselves?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  53. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhTGBNsUwAAsCLo.jpg

    ploughed rested ready
    her soothing voice in teh wings
    Pantsuited Pantload

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  54. @54. And then there’s this:

    Sen. Mike Lee calls for Trump to step down

    Sen. Mike Lee(R-Utah) became the second Senate Republican to call on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race, calling the GOP nominee a “distraction.” “I respectfully ask you, with all due respect, to step aside. Step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles… rather than weighing down the American people,” Lee said in a video posted to Facebook on Friday night. Lee — who has refused to endorse Trump — said Republicans should instead “find a candidate that can carry that banner without distraction and without settling.”

    “As [Republicans] been asked to settle, we’ve been given a huge series of distractions,” Lee said in the video, before turning his focus to directly addressing Trump: “With all due respect, sir, you are the distraction. Your conduct, sir, is the distraction.”

    Lee is just the latest politician from Utah to break with Trump. Rep. Jason Chaffetz(R-Utah) revoked his endorsement, as did the state’s governor. The Washington Post published audio of the businessman making explicit comments about trying to have sex with women, which were caught on a hot mic in 2005. Trump issued a half-apology, saying the comments were private “locker-room banter” and “I apologize if anyone was offended.” Though Trump offered a deeper apology late Friday night in a video, he also said the comments were a “distraction” from the election.

    In addition to Lee, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) also called on Trump to step aside, and for the party to institute “emergency rules” to replace him roughly a month before the election. Lee, in the video, said he has been thinking about Trump’s 2005 comments, noting that if someone spoke to any of his female family members like that “I wouldn’t hire that person, wouldn’t want to be associated with that person. I certainly don’t think I would comfortable hiring that person to be the leader of the free world,” he said.

    Lee has repeatedly voiced dissatisfaction with Trump, despite the GOP nominee listing him as a possible Supreme Court nominee if he wins the White House in November. When questioned him on his refusal to back the party’s nominee in late June, Lee grew frustrated and pointed to Trump citing a tabloid story that linked Ted Cruz’s father to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shot President John F. Kennedy. He added Friday that GOP voters have been “asked to settle time and time again” throughout the 2016 election. “This can’t continue. It’s time for us not to settle. It’s time for us to expect more,” he said.

    source, – http://www.thehill.com/homenews/senate/299968-sen-mike-lee-calls-for-trump-to-step-down

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  55. 1. Patterico (115b1f) — 7/8/2018 @ 8:17 pm

    Do we have airline schedules for anyone?

    I think Obama had everyone (all the finalists) fly to the White House in 2016. Merrick Garland didn’t learn he was picked until very late.

    https://www.wtnh.com/news/how-obama-made-his-supreme-court-pick_20180416081302345/1123939693

    When he finally got the call from the president, Garland said the moment was a highlight of his life — with one small glitch.

    “I wish that we hadn’t taught my older daughter to be so adventurous that she would be hiking in the mountains, out of cell service range when the President called,” he said in the Rose Garden.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  56. [UPDATE II, 1:41 pm by JVW]

    Twitchy thinks Sen. Cruz is trolling us. I suppose a Senator flying to Washington isn’t much of a big deal, but I figured they were on break for a few weeks.

    JVW (dadb0c)

  57. Hardiman’s already in town from where the Allegheny meets the Ohio and Sister Maryanne gives him her blessings.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  58. Mike Lee’s director of communications, Conn Carroll, has had ‘But Gorsuch’ as a pinned tweet since last summer.

    Would love for him to add ‘But Mike Lee’.

    harkin (9d2fbb)

  59. JVW:

    I thought you assumed Cruz was trolling everyone in your first update. I guess I have become too cynical in my old age, and assume everyone sees a raised eyebrow in everything.

    Appalled (96665e)

  60. Re: 57…

    You’re a Grand Old Flag You’re a Tired, Old Hag

    There’s a feeling comes a-stealing
    And it sets my brain a-reeling
    When I’m list’ning to teh clowns at CNN
    I see her face up on teh telly
    And the air gets really smelly
    It’s that jaw-dropping thing
    That no one understands
    “Way out east in the land of Beltway”

    Sing-song voice so tiring
    And it really ain’t inspiring!
    Hurrah! Huzzah! We’ll soon hear teh fangurlz happy squees
    And then she does her dance
    For teh fangurlz in their trance
    Red, white and blue
    I’m not for you
    Honest, you’re a bland old bag

    You’re a tired, old hag
    Who’s usually in teh bag
    With some help to stand up when you wave
    You’re a symbol of
    What I don’t love
    In this land of the free and the brave
    Ev’ry word untrue
    Pantsuits red, white and blue
    And there’s always a boast and brag
    But should all reminders be forgot
    Keep your eye on teh tired old hag

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  61. Within minutes of Trump’s announcement of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination last year, the dark money group Judicial Crisis Network launched a site called http://ConfirmGorsuch.com . Looks like someone has sites ready to go for tonight’s announcement as well.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  62. It depends on whether Trump is willing to risk losing a confirmation battle or not. McConnell has made his recommendation for a nominee that would easily be confirmed by the Senate, because he does not want a protracted battle before the midterms. However, if the nominee is not confirmed, would that not rile up the Trump base for the midterms? He or she was Borked! That will certainly motivate turnout.

    The Democrats are already highly motivated. Would it not be better to lose a confirmation now, infuriating the base so as to gain Senate seats and have the next one or two will sail through? As opposed to winning a confirmation, infuriating the opposition so as to lose the House and possibly the Senate and not have the next one confirmed. An easy confirmation would shift the focus away from the Supreme Court and toward the economy, just when the real effects of escalating trade wars are being realized. Then the Republicans might be complacent, content with their majority on the Supreme Court but disillusioned about looming economic pain, which is starting to be felt already.

    Lose a confirmation and win the mid-terms, or win a confirmation and lose the midterms.

    GawainsGhost (b25cd1)

  63. President Trump will win the confirmations and all the midterms too cause he’s got his eye on the ball

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  64. It don’t say Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s on teh label label label
    You be runnin’ runnin’ runnin’ from teh table table table!

    Health officials are warning that people who develop cyclosporiasis can experience “frequent, sometimes explosive” diarrhea.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/07/09/parasites-del-monte-vegetable/

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  65. You won’t know mousse from moussaka

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  66. The Babylon Bee continues to put The Onion to shame:

    Resistance Movement Vows To Do Anything To Stop Trump Short Of Treating Other Half Of Country With Respect

    https://babylonbee.com/news/resistance-movement-vows-to-do-anything-to-stop-trump-short-of-treating-other-half-of-country-with-respect/

    harkin (9d2fbb)

  67. If it is Kavanaugh then maybe Trump does care about what his nominees’ pedigree. Both will have attended Ivys. Trump said he liked Gorsuch’s background at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, while Kavanaugh went to Yale Law and undergrad. Further, both went to Rockville Prep. Those are elite backgrounds.

    DRJ (15874d)

  68. @56. CNN is airing video of Barrett taped an hour or two ago of her in casual clothing doing front porch chores back home in Indiana.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  69. Over on democratic underground they have a video clip of trump’s next supreme court pick trying the white rose gang.

    renneo (d2b539)

  70. It could be Kavanaugh.

    Buzz at the US courthouse in DC: Brett Kavanaugh spotted leaving in a black sedan accompanied by four black SUVs with security agents presumed to be Secret Service, per source.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  71. Watching our Captain jerk the chains of the NFL, CNN, Lee, Cruz and Romney over and over remains an endless source of amusement to his crew.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  72. President Trump could announce his nominee as early as sometime later tonight

    There’s a lot of speculation about who he’s gonna pick

    But whoever he picks is certain to be a spectacular choice that the whole country can embrace!

    These times oh these happy times we got sunshine on a cloudy day

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  73. I’m told Mike Lee has been spotted flying to Washington today….

    And, boy, are his arms tired!

    nk (dbc370)

  74. Whoever it is, the following will be said:

    _________’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  75. Supposedly was down to Kavanaugh and Hardiman. Hardiman the bridesmaid (best man?) again.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  76. “I haven’t called myself a NeverTrumper since he was elected.” -Jonah Goldberg, Fox News interview, 7-9-18

    Meh.

    Definition of “hypocrite” –
    1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
    2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
    – source, http://www.merriman-webster.com

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  77. For an administration w/a persistent ‘leaking’ problem, they’ve managed to keep this a ‘secret’ to within an hour of the ‘Big Show.’ Which might lend you to wonder who the biggest leaker of all really is to begin with. Another Diet Coke, Captain, sir?!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  78. Definition of “hypocrite” –

    People can’t accept reality anymore?

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  79. I already said that.

    nk (dbc370)

  80. BTW, where do I donate to the Hillary 2020 fund?

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  81. Kevin M – send it c/o ABC News, NY, NY.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  82. They let it slip… https://youtu.be/3hIcKkKID8k

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  83. I’m investing in coat hangers…

    Colonel Haiku (5fd258)

  84. 81- we’ve come a long way from “he’s no different than Hillary” to “he’s no Ronald Reagan”. Baby steps.

    I’m expecting by, oh, say 2021, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that wasn’t on the Trump train in 2016.

    lee (ab26cf)

  85. Present company excepted of course…

    lee (ab26cf)

  86. Breaking- NBC News reports it will be Kavanaugh.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  87. He IS no Ronald Reagan. Never will be. Reagan was no Trump, either.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  88. New post up about the Kavanaugh selection.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  89. Court Gesture, LIVE, and ‘In Color’…

    “Liar”… “Cheat”… “Con man”… “adulterer”… chooses career swamp creature as SCOTUS nom.
    But today, you love him!

    Are you not entertained?!?!

    What.
    A.
    Showman.

    ________________

    Reagan was no Trump, either.

    Indeed; Trump is much a better showman than Reagan.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  90. That was an absolutely fabulous and brilliant acceptance speech by Kavanaugh.

    The Dems will be digging quite the hole if they do this guy dirty as they do all of their significant enemies.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  91. What odds do you place on a Republican Congress passing a nationwide ban, and President Trump signing it?

    aphrael (e0cdc9) — 7/9/2018 @ 11:30 am

    Zero. A big fat zero. The Congressional Republicans and DJT since he was a candidate have been singing the refrain for years that it’s a matter that must be left to the states. So all that would happen is that the SCOTUS would change their opinion and say there is no right to abortion in the Constitution. Which would be correct, as abortion is not in the Constitution. Which wouldn’t make abortion illegal at the federal level, just that it’s not a constitutional right. And I don’t see many states banning abortion.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

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