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19-09-2020, 18:08   #3736
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Who are they looking to replace her with?
That's not addressing what I said. They actively blocked an appointment because it was an election year...
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19-09-2020, 18:13   #3737
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No I'm not aware of the situation. Only that a great trailblazing lawmaker has died and already they are looking to replace her.
But that's just life. Doubtful they will find someone half as good as she was. Different times.
Then read up. Obama nominated a replacement SC for one who died in 2016. Mitch McConnell shot down the nomination as senate majority leader claiming they shouldn't - in an election year. Here we are in 2020 and history repeats with the same player as kingmaker. Suddenly the election year matters much less. Respectfully it might help engage discussion of you at least make yourself aware of both players and context of the game. Conservatives are champing at the bit for a similarly minded SC, so the pressure is on to deliver another (with the potential to kill Roe vs. Wade)
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That's not addressing what I said. They actively blocked an appointment because it was an election year...
Ok. I understand.

Who are they looking to replace her with?
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19-09-2020, 19:04   #3739
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No I'm not aware of the situation. Only that a great trailblazing lawmaker has died and already they are looking to replace her.
But that's just life. Doubtful they will find someone half as good as she was. Different times.
Then maybe it would be better to inform yourself before posting. It's just a waste if time reading your posts otherwise and contributes nothing to the discussion
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19-09-2020, 19:27   #3740
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Who are they looking to replace her with?
Ted Cruz is on Trump's vacancy-filling wish list. The prize might be an apologia for Trump's speculating in 2016 that Ted's father was involved in JFK's murder, could be a fixing-up of offences in Texas GOP politics where Ted was a U.S Senator in Washington.

To be fair to Ted, he graduated from Harvard Law School & served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995 and Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States in 1996. Cruz was the first Hispanic American to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States so he would know his way around the chambers there. He was on GW Bush's election team & an associate D/AG with DOJ while GWB was president.
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19-09-2020, 19:57   #3741
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Then maybe it would be better to inform yourself before posting. It's just a waste if time reading your posts otherwise and contributes nothing to the discussion
You don't have to read them. It's a discussion not a general knowledge test.
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19-09-2020, 20:00   #3742
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Ted Cruz is on Trump's vacancy-filling wish list. The prize might be an apologia for Trump's speculating in 2016 that Ted's father was involved in JFK's murder, could be a fixing-up of offences in Texas GOP politics where Ted was a U.S Senator in Washington.

To be fair to Ted, he graduated from Harvard Law School & served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995 and Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States in 1996. Cruz was the first Hispanic American to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States so he would know his way around the chambers there. He was on GW Bush's election team & an associate D/AG with DOJ while GWB was president.
Isnt that the same "Lying Ted" from the previous Republican nomination race? Amazing how t by else things just go away

Although he does sound like he has the variety of experience and qualifications. I don't know much about him overall
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Biden said Cruz was the most miserable son of a bitch he'd ever come across.
Cruz is not liked by most people.

If the Dems swing both the Presidency and the Senate they can increase the number of Judges. Maybe put time limits on them or retirement age, while they're at it.
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Biden said Cruz was the most miserable son of a bitch he'd ever come across.
Cruz is not liked by most people.

If the Dems swing both the Presidency and the Senate they can increase the number of Judges. Maybe put time limits on them or retirement age, while they're at it.
Cruz is a slieveen, pure and simple!
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Biden said Cruz was the most miserable son of a bitch he'd ever come across.
Cruz is not liked by most people.
All the more reason for the GOP to stick him in.
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Biden said Cruz was the most miserable son of a bitch he'd ever come across.
Cruz is not liked by most people.

If the Dems swing both the Presidency and the Senate they can increase the number of Judges. Maybe put time limits on them or retirement age, while they're at it.
And this is exactly why the GoP need to act now. Polls are against a Trump victory, so they well never get another chance.

This could turn SCOTUS super conservative for a generation, regardless of the voting public.
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Many Republicans said this, including notorious turncoat Lindsey Graham. In fact, he said 'you can playback this tape and quote me' after he made his position clear in 2016. Let's see what his position is in 2020...
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“People try to analyze Lindsey through the prism of the manifest inconsistencies that exist between things that he used to believe and what he’s doing now,” Schmidt says. “The way to understand him is to look at what’s consistent. And essentially what he is in American politics is what, in the aquatic world, would be a pilot fish: a smaller fish that hovers about a larger predator, like a shark, living off of its detritus. That’s Lindsey. And when he swam around the McCain shark, broadly viewed as a virtuous and good shark, Lindsey took on the patina of virtue. But wherever the apex shark is, you find the Lindsey fish hovering about, and Trump’s the newest shark in the sea. Lindsey has a real draw to power — but he’s found it unattainable on his own merits.”
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Regular, predictable term limits are needed to depoliticise the SC. It also makes sense for the court to better reflect the general public, rather than being filled with pensioners for life.
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And this is exactly why the GoP need to act now. Polls are against a Trump victory, so they well never get another chance.

This could turn SCOTUS super conservative for a generation, regardless of the voting public.
It's a double-edged sword.

If they push too far the majority will snap back against them.

There's a backlash building, and between decades of failed economic policy, growing fascism from the far right, and the current civil rights and pandemic related unrest, if they take the piss now, they could be making a rod for their own back.

Perhaps the strategic move might be to nominate someone middle of the road (like a Garland or whatever an equivalent Republican choice would be), placate the Dems into not taking the nuclear option and, if not reversing progressive legislation, at least holding their ground on things like the 2nd amendment.

Of course, it's difficult to know what elected Republicans actually want.
So long as they can make an issue of abortion legislation and fearmonger about everything under the sun, it's a driving force to get their base out to vote. I certainly don't think Mitch McConnell gives a **** about abortion legislation, one way or the other.

On the more practical side of things, some federal appointments have been happy to act as lapdogs for Trump, but it's been notable that the supreme court have not followed suit, with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh being decidedly more sane in their decisions than the likes of Alito. Unless they appoint someone seriously corrupt, it's far from certain they can use the SC to destroy the rule of law and start dismantling democracy.
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It's a double-edged sword.

On the more practical side of things, some federal appointments have been happy to act as lapdogs for Trump, but it's been notable that the supreme court have not followed suit, with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh being decidedly more sane in their decisions than the likes of Alito. Unless they appoint someone seriously corrupt, it's far from certain they can use the SC to destroy the rule of law and start dismantling democracy.
That's the truth of SC appointments. Trump cant reverse or sway the opinions of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, they are beholden to neither him nor the GOP. He's stuck with them for his life now.
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