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Payback for the Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh Begins

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:20 am

[guest post by JVW]

Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris shouldn’t insult us by pretending to be surprised by this:

President Trump is plowing ahead to fill three vacancies on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, brushing aside Democratic resistance to nominate conservative judges.

Presidents traditionally work with senators from judicial nominees’ home state — in this case, California — to put forward judicial picks. They often seek what’s known as a “blue slip,” or an opinion from those senators.

But in a snub to California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the White House announced Wednesday that Trump had nominated Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee (all from the Golden State, and reportedly all members of the conservative Federalist Society) to the influential circuit. The court, with a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to “sanctuary cities.”

Naturally we’ll hear no end to the caterwauling about how Trump has trampled upon established norms, to which I can only say “Good!” If Feinstein, Harris, and the progressive judicial industry thought that it would be business as usual after their scandalous performance during the Kavanaugh hearing, this can be a sharp rejoinder to them that their wretched behavior will have lasting consequences.

Hopefully Jeff Flake and Susan Collins are OK with confirming them in the next few weeks.


117 Responses to “Payback for the Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh Begins”

  1. It sounds like the Senate may be in recess until after the election, so this might have to wait for a lame-duck session. Hopefully the GOP will pick-up seats (and add conservatives) and this will all be academic anyway.

    JVW (42615e)

  2. Good is right. This is how to do payback. Not tweeting.

    DRJ (15874d)

  3. Grassley said, way back (more than a year ago), that there would no longer be blue slips for Court of Appeals judges.

    nk (dbc370)

  4. Holding them accountable for their words and actions. Sounds very fair in an unfair world.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  5. I’ll be very surprised if all three of the nominees are confirmed in this Congress.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  6. Dianne Feinstein sent Christine Ford out to lie about getting rapered by twerpy loser Brett Kavanaugh

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. Since Mr Bumatay is likely Filipino and Mr Lee of Chinese ancestry any opposition by the Democrats is clearly racist. Pass it on.

    Glenn Dean Gallup (5a4596)

  8. and cameltozzle barked and clapped like a trained coog

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. people don’t respect Dianne and cameltozzle anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. mostly cause they turned rape into a neurotic in-joke among deranged menopausal white academic chicks

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  11. Since Mr Bumatay is likely Filipino and Mr Lee of Chinese ancestry any opposition by the Democrats is clearly racist. Pass it on.

    what’s racist on asian people are ivy league schools

    they don’t like to admit them at all

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  12. almost 20% of everybody in america lives in the 9th circuit

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. Ah, so now “payback” and Trump “trampling on established norms” is suddenly good.

    Trump critics here are giving me whiplash.

    Munroe (27e7c6)

  14. It’s almost as if Harris and Feinstein have exhibited incompetence in the process of approving judicial nominees….

    harkin (adce92)

  15. does sinema’s collapse make flakey-poo less likely to show his ass or is it immaterial to him?

    i’d guess since the 9th encompasses Arizona it’s more or less immaterial

    Collins is a whole different kettle of lobster though

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. Speaking of payback, you can still pay back a certain family for the shameful treatment of the matriarch in 2016…..

    “An Evening with the Clintons.”

    Multi-city tour starting in Las Vegas and including Toronto, Montreal, Texas, New York City, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Boston, Vancouver, and Seattle. Ticket prices from $72 to over $750.

    harkin (adce92)

  17. I’m not sure if it’s really payback. I have read the White House has been trying to negotiate with the CA Senators for months but were getting nowhere. So, time to move on. DiFi has already proven herself a conniver with the Ford saga. The outrage was already planned. So, fine, we’ll go ahead, sez the WH.

    One of the candidates is openly gay–and conservative! I wonder if the media will call him a Gay Who Doesn’t Read or a Gender Traitor.

    I can only hope and pray that the three restore, or bring, some sanity to the court. I blame them and their allies, the ACLU et al., for turning the Western US into a giant disease-ridden tent city. I don’t want to move to Texas. Really.

    Patricia (3363ec)

  18. 17… word is the DNC is thankful the first stop isn’t until after the mid-terms, she’s now considered poison.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  19. paybacks works both ways. no problem with democrats who say when they go low we go high. big problem with democrats when they take power (and they will sooner or later) payback time.their motto is malcolm X’s by any means necessary! you see it now with democrats trying to out radical each other. the corporate establishment democrats who were installed by the corporate deep state that protects conservatism as well as the deep state has now been discredited. who will protect you now? your guns ? they did not protect david karresh or the warsaw ghetto. it won’t be the hated obama saying no blood shed at bundy ranch. you will be treated the way the black panthers and spa were treated. good luck!

    lany (cca28d)

  20. Gotta push as many judges as possible through. The admin appointees can wait for the mass recess appointment at the end of the session.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  21. almost 20% of everybody in america lives in the 9th circuit

    “Uninvited residents” may increase that number.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  22. It sounds like the Senate may be in recess until after the election

    Hmmm. Speaking of payback…

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  23. 23 democrat left demands democrats use jury system to find anyone who attacks a republican be found not guilty by democrat juries all black and brown people be found not guilty and hang the jury if necessary to make the corpora deep state pay to high a price for trump.

    lany (cca28d)

  24. What a whiff of entitlement:

    In a letter sent to Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said the White House made a good faith effort to work with California’s senators, both Democrats.

    “We have made more attempts to consult, and devoted more time to that state than any other in the country,” McGahn said in the letter.

    He detailed dozens of meetings with Feinstein or her staff regarding the White House’s list of potential 9th Circuit judges since Trump took office and the lack of “constructive” feedback he says he received. He said that Harris refused to “engage with the White House at any level, whatsoever on the issue.”

    “At a certain point, we just have to nominate people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Times.

    Both Harris’ and Feinstein’s staffs took issue with McGahn’s description, saying their judicial selection review committees, made up of legal experts, law professors and attorneys, looked at but did not recommend any of Trump’s picks. Together the senators proposed their own nominees in May.

    “I met with Don McGahn on June 27 to discuss the vacancies and explained that Sen. Harris and I strongly opposed Daniel Collins,” Feinstein said. “I also told him Kenneth Lee had problems because he failed to disclose to our judicial selection committees controversial writings on voting rights and affirmative action.”

    In a letter sent to McGahn last week, Feinstein said the White House had rejected the three nominees she and Harris had proposed in May, District Judges Lucy H. Koh and Andrew J. Guilford and appellate attorney Boris Feldman, but she asked that negotiations continue.

    Meanwhile, Harris is headed to Iowa

    Dana (023079)

  25. Fauxcahontas – Kamalatoe 2020!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. A shout-out to perry!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  27. “And the Lord looked down and beheld the Amerikites and muttered irritably to himself, and wondered, all things considered, whether it was worth shedding any more of his grace upon them.”

    And it came to pass that the sons of men elected them a king, and his name was Trump.

    And Trump said unto the Amerikites, Go to, we shall be great again, and shall build a great wall. We’ll be so great you’ll get tired of being great, believe me.

    And the Lord came down and beheld the Amerikites and their king and he saw that nothing was restrained from him.

    And the Lord said, Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language and their ideas, one from another, and the tribes of the Amerikites shall dwell in enmity and confusion, for Babel means confusion.

    And so it was.

    Now the Feminites and Progressivites in their multitudes were sore with Trump, and they warned him, Touch not Roe.

    And it came to pass, there opened up a vacancy on the Court, and Trump named Kavanaugh.

    The Deplorabites were good with that, but the Feminites and Progressivites gnashed their teeth, and they schemed against him, for that if he were sent to the Court, he might touch Roe, albeit he said it was settled law. They trusted Kavanaugh not.

    Now in those days there were talk shows, and the curse of Babel fell heavily upon them, and even Stephanopoulos of ABC sat with sheepish grin as contending overtalkers yakked and yakked and cried out like needy, spoiled children, and waved their hands, and cried, “Me, me, me,” so that the words of none were heard at all, or understood, until the yakkers subsided into little puddles of spittle and wrath.

    The confusion of Babel was abroad even in all the networks. Fox News proffered one language with its universe of values, and MSNBC proffered a different language and universe, and they wot not one the other. And their voices rose to different gods in different heavens.

    And the tribes on Facebook and Twitter posted and tweeted, hip and thigh, to the number of six billion posts and tweets of wrath. And all were mutually uncomprehending. And they cursed and damned one another, and made of each other cartoons and devils and all manner of evil things.

    For the Amerikites had become as angry children.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  28. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 10/13/2018 @ 3:42 pm


    felipe (023cc9)

  29. Am I the only one who sees the irony in the constant, scorched-earth defense of Roe, while calling it “settled law.”

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  30. Kavanaugh (2020), following the overturning of Roe: “So, I said to myself, if they want to impeach me, I’ll give them something to impeach me about….”

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  31. did our incompetent joke air force leave billions of dollars worth of aircraft sitting in a hurricane


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  32. 19 – “word is the DNC is thankful the first stop isn’t until after the mid-terms…..”

    And no stops in Wisconsin…..

    harkin (adce92)

  33. Why screw up the Walker fatigue/8 year cycle?

    urbanleftbehind (469781)

  34. @32. It’s called ‘all weather testing,’ Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  35. @32. All-weather testing, Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. Did any of them have “TRUMP” spray painted on them?

    felipe (023cc9)

  37. “Them” being the F-22s.

    felipe (023cc9)

  38. @3@36. Moderation? “Weather” can be nasty but it is not a nasty word.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  39. It’s okay. Other senators from states covered by the 9th Circuit have their approval. Thankfully, California doesn’t get to decide how the rest of the country lives.

    NJRob (64dc23)

  40. Having lived in extremely liberal states my entire life. I wished we would’ve come to the Big Island sooner. Liberal as can be, but in small numbers. Less than 200,000 people on the island. Triathlon today.

    mg (da6caf)

  41. 37. Maybe not directly, but they get outsize benefit from their large number of representatives in the House that get to vote on policy that affects you and I just as much as anyone.

    Gryph (5efbad)

  42. Watching “July 22” on Netflix…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  43. Reading the history of “blue slips” its another one of those moronic out-of-date “Traditions” that change constantly and never existed prior to 1920.

    Given how important the court of appeals are. And the fact that judges ANYWHERE in the country can stop the POTUS from doing ANYTHING, why should any senator have a veto over judges from his/her state?

    These are FEDERAL judges that rule on NATIONWIDE Policy. Feinstein shouldn’t have anymore say over the 9th circuit then Lindsey Graham.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  44. And wed don’t elect Feinstein to pick court of appeals judges. We elect Trump. If Feinstin won’t approve Conservative judges – then to hell with her. She’s not POTUS

    rcocean (1a839e)

  45. Blue slips were relevant when there was a filibuster. Now they’re just an anachronism. A political relic.

    Paul Montagu (28f6c3)

  46. Uh-uh! It’s Senatorial courtesy better called privilege. A Senator can ask that a judicial nominee for his state not get a hearing or a vote and the other 99 go along. Grassley said that will no longer exist for Court of Appeals judges. It still exists for District judges.

    nk (dbc370)

  47. As far as I know.

    nk (dbc370)

  48. nk – Does Grassley hold Flake’s vote as well as his own? Collins? Moosekowsky?

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  49. He is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He can rule an attempt to block a nominee out of order and set hearings and a vote. I don’t know what it takes to overrule his ruling.

    nk (dbc370)

  50. District judges only take cases within their district which, afaik, is a state or portion thereof. Appeals courts are different.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  51. I don’t know what it takes to overrule his ruling.

    Under Robert’s Rules, a chair can be overruled by a majority of the committee or assembly. Senate Rules may differ.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  52. I agree with you procedurally. Homie don’t play no mo, as you wrote. The niceties are over.

    But, the political reality is that Flake holds a veto in committee, as do the other flakes on the floor. The Collins we saw last Saturday is NOT who she is.

    Let’s just see, also, if Mr. Judges himself, McConnell throws everything behind these nominations.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  53. #39: Your punctuation was troubling and there’s this new grammar and punctuation filter (narciso is exempted).

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  54. I can’t see Flake objecting to a Federalist Society judge. If it was a Trump Society judge, sure, but few actual Republicans have issues with the FS.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  55. kevin M – He won’t object to the judge(s), just as he did not object to Kavanaugh. It’s the prooooocesssssss, doncha know.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  56. District judges only take cases within their district which,

    Yeah, that’s why we’ve had six immigration moves by Trump blocked by district judges issuing nation-wide injunctions.

    Have you asleep since Jan 2017?

    rcocean (1a839e)

  57. And that’s why there are appeals courts, so that those district judges can’t get away with that. Not my fault that Trump’s DoJ is full of people who hate him and drag their feet.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  58. It’s the prooooocesssssss, doncha know.

    There is nothing in the Constitution about blue slips. If anything, it’s anti-constitutional for senators to be trying to nominate judges.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  59. Murkowski and Flake = Moose and Squirrel 🐿???

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  60. The jurisdiction of the federal courts (with the minor exceptions for the Supreme Court enumerated in Article III) is entirely up to Congress. Totally. Completely. One hundred percent. It could limit it to tickets for overtime parking on federal property if it wanted to. Write to your Congressman and Senator and ask them to clarify that the authority of the federal District Courts is only within their respective districts.

    nk (dbc370)

  61. Maxine must be Boris

    mg (9e54f8)

  62. It could limit it to tickets for overtime parking on federal property if it wanted to

    OF course, this would leave a vacuum in the settling of federal disputes.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  63. Maybe bust out the tilt-meters…..

    Marc Thiessen: Trump could be the most honest president in modern history

    harkin (adce92)

  64. Agree with you Kevin. The blue slips are just another example of noblesse oblige amongst the aristos. The Dems killed that, so…appoint the judges!

    Patricia (3363ec)

  65. There’s only so much you can try to persuade people who won’t be persuaded. I’m glad they’re moving ahead with these folks.

    Patterico (8665ef)

  66. Marc Thiessen: Trump could be the most honest president in modern history

    I agree with Thiessen that Trump lies all the time. As for the notion that he kept his all promises: only if you don’t count the ones he didn’t. He can eliminate the debt in eight years and repeal ObamaCare. It will be easy!

    I had not paid attention to Thiessen lately (or much before) and did not realize he had turned into a walking joke. Maybe he always was.

    Patterico (8665ef)

  67. My Bach fix?

    Golden Eagle (491bd9)

  68. the sleazy federal reserve gonna make the debt a big big big issue lickety and also split

    and people gonna have to do more with less!

    this is why the incompetent corrupt air force needs to stop leaving all its fancy aeroplanes out in the hurricane (severe weather damage)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  69. Trump may be the most honest blunt modern President.

    DRJ (46c88f)

  70. “The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.

    As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country, during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

    They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.

    “Trump’s successes in reducing the cost of taxes and regulations, rebuilding our military, avoiding wars of choice and changing the courts rival those of all previous Republican presidents,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

    “Trump has an advantage over Ronald Reagan: He has a Reagan Republican House and Senate while Reagan had a [Democratic Speaker] Tip O’Neill House and a pre-Reagan Republican Senate. Reagan and [former GOP Speaker] Newt Gingrich were the ice breakers that allowed Trump’s victories to grow in number and significance,” he added.

    Unlike the Year One list which included many proposals and orders still to be acted on, the new collection includes dozens of actions already in place, signed legislation, and enforced executive orders.

    For example, while the Year One list bragged about the administration’s efforts to rewrite the much-maligned NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the Year Two list said: “Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.”

    And shockingly the NAFTA achievement is presented as a sidebar to the larger achievement that reads, “President Trump is negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.” Under that umbrella are eight trade deals cut with Japan, South Korea, Europe and China.

    “President Trump is a truly unique leader in American history. He’s a kid from Queens who became an international business leader and made billions by getting things when no one said he could,” said Trump’s 2016 campaign pollster John McLaughlin.

    “They told him he couldn’t be president and beat the establishment and he did. For two years the establishment is telling him he can’t do things in Washington and he’s succeeding in spite of them. He never retreats. He doesn’t back up. He’s relentless. He just wins,” he added.”

    For the complete list, go to the link…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  71. Trump’s better at being president than dingle-butt Paul Ryan is at being speaker that’s for sure

    he’s got lots more to show for himself, and much of his many accomplish is of the kind that honors conservative principles

    poor baby boy Paul doesn’t have that much to show for himself, but he didn’t try very hard

    so there’s a lesson here:

    when you get elected to a job you should try real hard to do good policies

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  72. My Bach fix?

    It’s up now. Sorry for the lateness of the hour.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  73. As Haiku 71’s link notes, Trump is also known for bragging.

    DRJ (15874d)

  74. Ryan is a disgrace to you rino lovers.

    mg (9e54f8)

  75. 74… probably not unusual among presidents…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  76. Texans oughtta appreciate that, no?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  77. Maybe repeating unverified claims from al Sarah might cause doubt.

    If trump doesn’t state his accomplishment you think the press will, only when there’s no alternative.

    Narciso (b9586d)

  78. “He’s a kid from Queens”


    Davethulhu (a57167)

  79. 79… you’ll always have Felonia von Pantsuit and 0bama’s Reign of Error, Cthulhu!


    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  80. After of two days of re-tweets by the juice box gang, NBC admits talking out its backside regarding President’s comments on Robert E Lee:

    NBC News
    CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as “incredible” at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump’s remark. Here is the full clip.

    harkin (adce92)

  81. nbc and cnn jake tapper have been very busy cracking the whip on illiterate house negro kanye west

    they are very racism

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  82. @80

    She’s living rent-free in your head.

    Davethulhu (5cc577)

  83. Texans do love to brag but they also enjoy jokes at their expense. W did it (remember “strategery”?), as did his Dad. Trump seems to lack that humility.

    DRJ (46c88f)

  84. “She’s living rent-free in your head.”

    Anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Ave bro!

    harkin (adce92)

  85. I wish Bush had sold his successes better. He definitely had an amazing presidency considering what he was up against, and deserves more credit that the press obviously wasn’t going to give him. I do appreciate that Trump doesn’t bother pretending the press is anything but what they are, democrats pushing democrats to win elections.

    On the other hand, a lot of thought goes into saying Trump won and therefore we should have more people like Trump, and it’s important to recognize he won in peculiar situations. He won a primary where most of his party didn’t like him, because all the sane guys split the sane vote. He then beat Hillary because his own problems, ethics, lying, ruthlessless, they all applied to Hillary too. In fact, Hillary was barely able to walk around and still won millions more actual votes.

    Trump has done really good stuff in a few areas. I think he deserves credit for the GOP standing strong with Kavanaugh, though he also deserves credit for the success of the #metoo campaign that caused the drama in the first place.

    Trump has failed to deliver on his most important promises, the very things that earned Trump votes over the more realistic promises. Anyone saying Trump has succeeded as a president, or that he keeps promises, comes across as a hack in an era where being a hack is a good way to a paycheck (Ace of Spades, Instapundit, Sean Hannity). Fake news isn’t a problem if people have reliable places to get information… but they don’t, so the culture is on decline thanks to the failure of leadership in pundits and journalists.

    But there’s great reason for conservatives to be happy, and even happy with Trump. We just replaced the swing vote on the Supreme Court with a conservative. That alone makes Trump’s presidency a net plus. No way around that reality in my opinion.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  86. She’s living rent-free in your head.

    Davethulhu (5cc577) — 10/14/2018 @ 1:45 pm

    Clever and true. A lot of people support Trump so much because they are afraid of democrats, frustrated with Obama, and don’t want another 4 years of that. I think we can all appreciate that, but it’s frustrating to me that when Trump does the stuff Hillary did or would do, it’s no big deal because Hillary. That doesn’t make sense.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  87. 84… I dunno, DRJ… jump to 2:20 mark…

    Hard to top that one…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  88. 85… amen, 6-3 liberal SCOTUS, just for starters…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  89. “He would be a mess” if he drank, but he doesn’t. You think that is humility? That is bragging because he doesn’t drink.

    DRJ (15874d)

  90. Hopefully Kavanaugh ends up like Thomas or Alito, not Roberts or Kennedy, but it is too soon to tell.

    DRJ (15874d)

  91. “Hopefully Kavanaugh ends up like Thomas or Alito, not Roberts or Kennedy, but it is too soon to tell.”

    They’re already planning the dinner party campaign to convince him he can ‘save his legacy’ by making surprise progressive decisions.

    harkin (adce92)

  92. harkin, I don’t think they will succeed. Kavanaugh did everything right, and was smeared and attacked repeatedly. He may decide differently than some people like, but he will not, in my opinion, cave to anyone’s ideas…especially anyone remotely associated with those who shamed his family for political gain.

    Simon Jester (a6712e)

  93. “Just think what a mess I’d be.”

    You wrote about self-deprecation, not humilty, DRJ.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  94. humility…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  95. Both GHW Bush and GWB were much better men than presidents, at least in my opinion.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  96. We’ll be fortunate if Trump is a much better president than a man.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  97. I wrote about humility, but it seems to me that powerful people have trouble being self-deprecating unless they have humility.

    DRJ (15874d)

  98. 84… my miss, looking back at your last sentence, you also wrote of humility.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  99. We’ll be fortunate if Trump is a much better president than a man.

    If he’s not better than he is a man, we are so truly fracked.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  100. #93: Kavanaugh won’t be intimidated easily in any event. He showed that, when he refused to quit as they kept hoping he would.

    Here is the lesson: Don’t dick around appointing someone and then schedule the confirmation as late as humanly possible. PLAN on needing to go to option 2. As it stood, had the nomination failed it would be the next Congress that confirmed, and the Dems would have been riding a “success” into the midterms.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  101. The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.

    Lessee …

    Reagan, in the first 2 years:

    Brought the Iranian hostages back home on Day One
    Recovered from an assassination attempt
    Cut the top tax rate from 70% to 28%
    Ended US inflation
    Set the foundation for the Great Bull Market (1982-1999)

    Rescued the US military from near ruin
    Won the Cold War
    Opened the world up for capitalism

    and all with an opposition House

    Trump can blow me if he thinks he’s in the same league. He’s better than Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama though.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  102. I agree Kavanaugh may be affected by this chaos. It may stiffen his spine. But that doesn’t mean he will be a reliable conservative. He may decide to absolutely be like Kennedy.

    DRJ (15874d)

  103. Well they had a different burden, you don’t want 18% Interest rates do you. There was an assassination attempt last year in manila,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  104. Binary choice won’t work forever.

    I certainly hope Kavanaugh will be a conservative Justice but we don’t know if he will. But he is a Justice now and who Hillary would have picked is irrelevant. What matters is who Trump picks and some of the clerks think Kavanaugh will be independent like Kennedy.

    DRJ (15874d)

  105. Bush v Gore was bad enough.

    We forgive, and therefore embrace mediocrity or worse, because the other side is terrible. The other side does the same. We see the other side through a critical lens because we are so hostile, so each election, the appeal to let our own side’s problems slide gets stronger, the offense to the other side also gets stronger.

    Until one day you’re staring at a ballot where you can pick Hillary or Trump to lead the free world.

    Many things about our world make our country stable. But binary choice won’t work forever because it’s destabilizing our institutions. I tend to wonder if it’s even necessary for a nation to be as large as the USA. New Yorkers didn’t like being led by a Texan, and I don’t like being led by this particular New Yorker (can’t think of any I would like to be led by).

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  106. Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten wears a “Make America Great Again” t-shirt as smokes a coffin nail before a New Orleans gig…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  107. They seem willing on abolishing the senate and the supreme court, until they get what they want then they’ll get 11 member or who knows where this t 4 rage virus will end.

    narciso (d1f714)

  108. Although low odds, the best chance for this none sense by the Soros/Chamber of Commerce creeps is for the electorate to.get smart and vote the democrats out, No violence just common sense.

    mg (9e54f8)

  109. You guys do realize that the whole thing, I mean the whole government thing — the President, the Congress, the judges — is a scripted show with audience participation, right? Everything is produced and directed by the real government which remains behind the scenes and is very careful never to break the fourth wall. The Presidential election, the Congressional elections, the judicial and cabinet confirmations are nothing more than episodes in the series. The debates are fake, the fights are fake, even a lot of the “audience participation” is faked by actors pretending to be ordinary citizens. I mean, come on, look around you? Do you think anybody in his right mind would trust the happy idiots that populate America with self-government? With democracy? America would have ceased to exist within the first generation. Get real, people!

    nk (dbc370)

  110. Too bad for the public that they have to deal with all these crooked lawyers stealing money from them.

    mg (da6caf)

  111. You live in Chicago, which has more wrong lizards than most anywhere, except California.

    narciso (d1f714)

  112. You sunshine staters are due for your Ann Richards interregnum, though he might displace Tom Bradley’s surname in a certain phenomenom.

    urbanleftbehind (6098cf)

  113. No Gollum is more like your barefoot boy, imported from the islands.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  114. Like the Chicago Irish are smart enough, or ever sober enough, to be anything more than catspaws for the Illuminati like all the other puppets.

    nk (dbc370)

  115. Hmpf. Looks like our own little Georgia Trumpian mini-mes are imitating big boy Trump, by talking loudly, and stealing a big stick. Or, to be precise, a few (well, 57,000) voter registrations of people not likely to vote Republican.

    Georgia’s Secretary of State, responsible for the voter rolls and our take it on faith because we don’t have an audit trail with our voting machines happens to be our GOP candidate for governor.

    So, please, narc and the usuals, please do not lecture over-much about Dem corruption. Because there is plenty of Republican corruption to go around. But, hey, that’s all ok as long as the libs are well and truly owned, isn’t it?

    Appalled (96665e)

  116. When they jail a Democrat let me know. Lmao.

    mg (da6caf)

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