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Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:25 PM

SC Justice Kennedy to retire this summer, is the rumor.

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If true, because people had to HOLD THEIR NOSES and whine like LITTLE ASSHOLES it will no longer be a woman's body, it will be THE GOP'S body to decide what women can do with it.

God fucking dammit this shit makes me angry.



http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/377555-gop-senator-justice-kennedy-is-going-to-retire-this-summer


DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS FUCKING MEANS?


edit: Yes it seems he has hired law clerks, great news. Better news would be if people had not whined, bitched and moaned about Hillary for two solid years even the Russians couldnt have stolen the election and we wouldnt have to worry about it in the first place.

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Reply SC Justice Kennedy to retire this summer, is the rumor. (Original post)
Eliot Rosewater Mar 2018 OP
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exboyfil Mar 2018 #14
RKP5637 Mar 2018 #25
Hortensis Mar 2018 #77
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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:29 PM

1. FFS!!!!!! The US will be over with any hint of a democracy or civil rights. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:30 PM

2. NOTHING that happens in November changes this either. Impeachment, etc.

Nothing....

It is basically a done deal.

And not just women's reproductive rights.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:33 PM

4. If I were in my youth, I would be leaving this place. I think the future for the US is

dismal. Hopefully the midterms will help, but this is so damn major.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

14. I regularly have that discussion with my 20 year old daughter

She is single, no school debt, and an RN. Her pension at work is matching 401(k) so after three years (2 1/2 left) she will be fully vested in it and her signing bonus will be up. She is living at home saving money and using our car to get to work and back. After three years experience I think she would have a lot of options for English speaking countries. She would only flush her three years of Social Security contributions.

I bet a lot of young adults my daughter's age are having that discussion right now.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:03 PM

25. Yep, it's very smart to consider all of the options in other countries. It's hard to tell where the

US is headed, but it does not seem good at this time. I had an opportunity in my youth to leave, way back, but I stayed, and it worked out well. ... but often, now, I think about where I might be now, away from this mess and in Canada.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #25)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:24 PM

77. Other countries have their resurgent right wings also.

That includes Canada, with its population clustered along the American border. Serious problems in the U.S. would inevitably lead to serious problems there, and with them the inevitable rise in negative conservative reactions. But if you do run, I recommend choosing a nation with a cooler climate like Canada. Hot climate encourages conservatism. No accident that most established democracies and healthy blue states are in temperate regions.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #77)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:31 PM

98. Living in Florida you have a point. But is it better educational systems?

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Response to Oppaloopa (Reply #98)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:40 PM

102. :) No. Chicken and egg. Better educational systems

are a factor of course, but they are more reliably found in more liberal cultures.

I promise I didn't make this up. Various scientific disciplines have documented it. But look at a political map of the U.S., and another of the planet. Climates of all kinds that threaten rather than facilitate life tend to foster protective conservatism, like Canada's not far north of the southern border.

You can imagine how people living in disease ridden tropics might react to strangers appearing on the opposite river bank over the 20,000 years that predated antibiotics. Lack of conservative protections, including a very useful hostility, might result in an entire village or region being wiped out.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #77)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:39 PM

100. Interesting - I recommend choosing a nation with a cooler climate like Canada.

I recommend choosing a nation with a cooler climate like Canada. Hot climate encourages conservatism. No accident that most established democracies and healthy blue states are in temperate regions."


It does seem that way, doesn't it.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #100)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:05 PM

108. Take a look at the southern and southwestern states.

Not coincidentally, either, they tended to be settled more, or at least first on the coasts, by people bringing culture from southern European regions, which developed from Rome's, which believed that a person's rights were conferred by social status, not inborn. (Presumably that's why Maximus in Gladiator accepted going from confidant of an emperor to slave, instead of saying nuts to this and cutting out like any self respecting American would.)

Conversely, Germanic cultures from cooler, more northern regions tended to believe in inborn individual rights, at least of men, one of the earliest antecedents to the Enlightenment.

Very simplistic, but that's about as far as my education extends. Scientists have linked these big cultural patterns in a variety of ways to climate, though.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #108)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:07 PM

109. It's a very interesting observation! Thanks! n/t

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #77)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 01:54 PM

155. In colder climates the people have to work together to survive. When it is warmer individualism

is present.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:19 PM

118. I was just reading that there are a lot of opportunities for RNs in Mexico.

 

She would maybe have to learn Spanish, but where there’s a will there’s way.

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Response to Queen of the Iceni (Reply #118)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 09:53 PM

132. Spanish is one of the easiest languages for an English speaker to learn...

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:33 PM

3. What this could mean makes me feel sick.

I'm going to put abortion out there, though -- it's the #1 wedge issue that keeps many conservatives who are bitterly disillusioned with their party still voting Republican at the polls. The last thing those controlling the Republicans should want is to take that ring out of the noses of nearly 100 million conservative voters.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:53 PM

20. I agree with this

It would be a major win for them but could finish unraveling their coalition.

I am sure there are plenty of GOP operative types who would not want to win this particular battle. After all, many of the other culture wars have lost steam.

However, what we have seen in the last decade is a transition from GOP politicians who cynically abuse the religious right to GOP politicians who are true believers. I fear that there are plenty enough of the true believers in Congress who won't even think about the strategic ramifications.

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Response to genxlib (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:01 PM

65. I think that last might just be. There are true believers

in the ultrawealthy classes, horrible thought. But by and large the dominant venal secularists are having trouble controlling the very people they slotted in because they were more easily lead.
Those latter have already been going too far, and we know they will go very, very far if they can.

Btw, reminds of one troubling offshoot of empowered women that I read about: Unwillingly umarried men. Increasing numbers of men who can't get a girlfriend or a wife because women who once would have looked at them are making other choices. Don't know what the actual numbers are, but sites like Breitbart that feed various resentments and feelings portray empowerment as a zero sum game -- gains for women mean losses for men. And it only makes sense that widespread inability to have a sex life and a family could itself lead to intense political backlash against women's rights.

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Response to genxlib (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:14 PM

94. The religious right is showing now that it is more right than religious.

 

The Stormy Daniels issue is real. It isn't just about sex. It is about the hypocrisy of the religious right. It is enormous.

John Edwards had a heart and a soul. His wife was ill. He had an affair. Democrats ousted him from the primaries at a time when he was competing well.

But Republicans and the religious right phonies who support them are not revolted by the idea that Trump paid off a porn star for sex -- $130,000 plus for sex.

What a bunch of losers.

The abortion issue is nothing compared to the rife hypocrisy of the religious right.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #94)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:26 PM

96. I can't disagree with you on that for sure

But it actually makes the analysis worse for them.

They are so invested in the abortion issue that they are willing to overlook other sins. If they are successful on the abortion issue, will they be so loyal after that?

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:23 PM

35. Abortion is a health issue.

 

If you put abortion out there, every time a woman has a miscarriage, questions will be asked.

I had two live babies who became wonderful adults. But I tended to have miscarriages as did my great-grandmother.

If you put abortion on the table, the conservatives will be able to hound every woman who has miscarriages to prove she did not have an abortion.

And by the way, when I actually had my second child (in another country in which abortion is not just legal but an acceptable process), the doctor told me that if I got pregnant again, I would not be able to complete the pregnancy. That's how bad my situation was.

It would not be fair to place a woman who is trying to have a baby in the position of a suspect of a crime.

Anti-abortion haters are just that: haters.

Abortion should never be "put on the table." It's just ignorance that makes people anti-abortion.

A woman's body is hers and no one else's.

It is, in the end, a medical matter.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #35)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:15 PM

72. I put it "out there" for discussion. You are presenting

pretty much a standard ideological view, but it seems too limited and dogmatic to allow discussion. Sure, it's a medical matter. It's also far more. And let's NOT get into it now, but we should never forget that at some interminably argued point it becomes a medical matter for two people.

Gorsuch's elevation to SCOTUS was of course a major victory for the religious right, a payoff to them for supporting the shift of power to the wealthy, but even those who fed those "red in tooth and nail" understood that that victory would only make them hungry for much more.

We can spike their guns big time in November, though, if we take control of the Senate, even if the worst happens, Kennedy retires and they rush through a confirmation before then. And no power tops that of the electorate for long; what religious extremists want would cause an enormous backlash against them.

And let's never forget, though SCOTUS would become very unrepresentative before it happened, that if necessary congress could increase the number of justices to redress the balance. That's a card we always hold in our pockets without need for constitutional amendment.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #72)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:11 PM

93. Another pregnancy carried to term would have been a death sentence for me.

 

Many women are in that position.

Abortion is a life and death issue for many mothers.

It isn't an issue that ignorant conservatives can just "put out" there and vote on. It is a personal issue between a doctor and a patient.

If Republicans "go there," and outlaw abortion, they will be responsible for deaths.

My Republican relative was all in when one her husband's family had to have an abortion because of a tubal pregnancy (I may have the wrong terminology).

Abortion is a medical issue. It does not belong in politics.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #93)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:29 PM

97. As I said. Your position is entirely stated in 5 words.

No need for further discussion.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #97)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:38 PM

99. I repeat. Abortion prohibitions are death sentences for a certain number of women.

 

I suppose they don't matter.

And then there is birth control. And as soon as the abortion opponents end abortion, they will attack birth control.

My mother had four children in six years and after that, years and years of doctors bills because her reproductive organs constantly caused her trouble.

Abortion opponents are wrong. And anyone who is lax about supporting abortion doesn't really care about women. Same for birth control opponents.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #99)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 09:46 AM

146. They're already attacking birth control.

An awful lot of RWers believe that BC methods like IUD's and the Pill work by inducing an abortion. That's why Hobby Lobby went to court over coverage of certain forms of BC. Where are they getting this idea? There also appears to be a deliberate attempt to cause ignorant people to confuse RU-486 with postcoital contraception - I've heard people refer to Plan B as Abortion Pills.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #35)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:40 PM

101. It's by and large not about babies and the unborn.

It's about slut shaming, shutting down what they consider rampant sexual licentiousness and the end of sex without consequences.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #101)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 07:24 AM

152. I would venture to say it could be about many things even to same person

And then again for some on the right, a genuine one on one discussion with them often leads to vacuous debate.

Contraceptive use worldwide helps puts women on an even footing in many avenues of life. Antithetical to all that is patriarchy

The only thing conservative about the CON's is them wishing politics where still like they were in the 1800's

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:34 PM

5. Well yes. Because anything was better than President Hillary Clinton.

 

Welcome to "better".

Ignorant fuckers. All of them.

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Response to Wwcd (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 05:25 PM

126. Yep, but her emails! And insert various JPR Wharrgarbl here

 

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #126)

Fri Mar 16, 2018, 01:59 AM

159. Yep.

Too bad we couldn't go after Comey for a Post Election Hatch Act violation.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:36 PM

6. It means the absolute end of the great American experiment.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:30 PM

79. Good grief. Some virtual worms to go eat, maybe?



Maybe a bit too early to despair? Plan to vote November 6.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #79)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 05:12 PM

124. I have never missed a national election in the last 50 years. I do not

foresee a United States of America ever being a welcoming democracy again. I see it as a white dominated theocracy where women and all minorities are second class citizens. Voting in November will have little impact on unstacking the SCOTUS.

So take your ugly worms elsewhere.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #124)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 08:07 AM

142. As opposed to the ugly sentiments that it's all hopeless?

 

We have come a long way as a country and we continue to make progress. Sure it isn't a linear progression but compare where we were in 1800 to now. Women can vote, minorities can vote, same sex marriage is legal, slavery isn't, non-property owners can vote, etc.

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Response to mythology (Reply #142)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 09:29 AM

145. I can express as many sentiments that the USA as a democracy is

is being f**king destroyed as I want. All those things, especially same sex marriage can be, and just might be, overturned by stacked SCOTUS. All they would have to do is condone GOP gerrymandering, voter suppression, and 'religious freedom ' laws.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:37 PM

7. It's hard not to feel like this would be the nail in the coffin.

Everyday I wake up & hope that I'm back in the real world & not this alternate reality TV circus. But alas, here I am. Fuck.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:40 PM

8. Kennedy hired four clerks for the Fall term.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:42 PM

11. Hope so.

Of course the purpose of this thread is more of SHOCK value to show people how their actions or lack of actions (some of us, not all of us) have put us ONE retirement away from MADNESS.

We should not have to even talk about this, but we do...thanks to certain folks.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:57 PM

59. When Barack Obama was the candidate, Democrats came out and voted for him.

 

All kinds of Democrats. Those who supported him in the primaries and caucuses and many of those who did not.

The Democratic Party was united, and people voted. I know. I was at the polls, watching them as they marched in to vote. The Party was united because Barack Obama united it. And that is why he won.

I had gotten up very, very early that morning to go to the polls. Then I had to drive back to where I was staying. I was exhausted and went straight to bed thinking we would not know the results until the next morning.

To my surprise, my children called me to tell me that Obama had won. It was only about 10 p.m., maybe a little later or earlier. What a wonderful surprise. It was great.

There were lessons to be learned from that amazing election victory.

When Democrats nominate candidates people want to vote for, when Democrats charge the nominee with the task of uniting the Party and not just expecting people to vote for the candidate because, after all, he or she is the candidate, then the candidate wins. And he or she wins for ALL DEMOCRATS, not just those who supported him or her during the primary.

In 2016, the division in the Democratic Party was open, sore and close to bleeding during the Democratic convention. People here blame it on Bernie, but the Party was divided before Bernie decided to run. The candidate people wanted to have run against Hillary was maybe Elizabeth Warren, maybe Kucinich, maybe this one or that one, but the Party was already divided. The division was not caused by Bernie. It was not created by Bernie. It was there before Bernie decided to run. Many have forgotten that fact. Look back at the posts on DU before Bernie announced his candidacy. It's there to see.

Hillary then won the primaries and the convention. But her effort to unite the Party and make sure all Democrats especially in swing states voted for her was far too weak. I think she thought that Democrats would of course unite behind her. That did not happen.

And that failure to unite the Party behind the candidate is ALWAYS the fault of the Party leadership, ALWAYS.

Sorry. But it always is, and it was in 2016.

Leadership means uniting those being led. Uniting others is the task, the responsibility, the test of a leader.

My dad was a minister. If people didn't show up for church on Sunday morning, he did not blame THEM. He knew who was responsible. He was. People did not show up for church was because he was not supporting THEM, the people in his congregation, in the way he should. So, Monday, he would start making "calls."

What is a "call"? It's when you visit someone in their home or if they own a business, in their business, and you ask how they are doing, what is on their mind, how you can help THEM, what you can do to show solidarity with them, to support them in their life. If you are a Christian, you pray with them. That is what a "call" is. Hillary was raised a Methodist. My father was a Methodist. I assume she knows what a "call" is.

Unfortunately, Hillary did not make the "calls" she needed to make to disenchanted voters. I know it hard for people here to recognize that. But that was her mistake. She did not try to find out why people supported Bernie instead of her. She did not ask them about their problems. She could have done it. It would have been easy in this day of the internet to do it. But she could not get past bitterness, her own and that of the Bernie supporters. She should have started well before the primaries.

So don't blame Bernie. He lost, and he tried to unite the Party. He was out there trying to get people to vote for Hillary, much to the disgust of some of his supporters. Check on what Bernie was doing between the primary and the election. Google it. He was holding rallies for Hillary as well as doing his day job.

Sorry. But back to the topic of this post -- the winner of a primary is responsible for making sure that he/she unites the voters who voted for other candidates behind the winning candidate's candidacy. We need to make that very clear in the Democratic Party for candidates at all levels. The winner unites the supporters of other candidates behind him- or herself. That's how you win an election.

Truman did it. JFK did it. Clinton did it. Obama did it. That is what makes the difference between winning and losing.

Uniting the voters can be difficult. It may not seem fair that the responsibility for doing it falls upon the winner of the primary or convention, but there really is no alternative.

After WWII, the winner, that is the allies led by the US and Great Britain, had the responsibility to unite the countries that lost that war as well as the countries that had been invaded, Italy, Germany, Spain and Austria, France, the Netherlands, etc. behind the winners that had not been invaded.

We succeeded in that task, but it took a lot of generosity and good will to do it.

Generosity and good will -- the secret traits that allow winners to unite the losers behind the winner.

Apparently there was not enough generosity and good will toward the many, many Democrats who did not vote for Hillary in 2016.

There is still too much anger and hatred, too much focus on having lost. We do need to win this year. The future of our democracy depends on our winning in November.

Time to put the anger behind us and unite the Party around good candidates, candidates we can trust.

Anger at other Democrats or liberals if you will is divisive. It blames. It divides. It loses elections.

We need to change our view on why we lost in 2016 and unite.

Blaming does not unite our Party.

Let's remember why we are Democrats, what we stand for and be proud and united. Forget the blaming about the past. It's over and done with. We can't change it.

Make that "call." Reach out and care about someone who did not vote for your candidate in 2016.

Many here do not agree with Christianity. I respect that. I understand that. But the way that the Christian churches constructed and maintain themselves is uniting behind the common value of caring. Unity is strength.

As long as many Democrats are blackballed and not viewed as Democrats but as troublemakers, the Democratic Party will not be able to unite. So we have to change and unite ourselves with others who may have slightly different opinions than we have. So be it. Amen.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #59)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:55 PM

85. Righteous rant!

Should be an OP.

And those divides are still here. I'm amazed how the primaries are still being fought in here, rules be damned. Although less frequently. But there is still this underlying disturbance waiting to be sparked. There is a new direction wanting to be born in the party with bold progressive policies, and the old guard still clinging on top of their hill wanting to control the message and afraid of upsetting the apple cart. And we see this tale of two cities being played out on DU in a microcosm.

I've always been shocked at the vitriol spewed here at not only Bernie for not sewing a D on his lapel, but against Nader, Stein, Sarandon, etc.. as well. I guess it makes a difference where you live, but as someone from outside your country I look at progressive and liberal pushback against the ever increasing right wing world as an international struggle, with giant corps consolidating and merging to become even bigger, including media outlets, I look at these characters as allies in the greater worldwide struggle, where the other side usually wins.

My point that I wanted to make, was we have been told to try and communicate and find common ground with deplorables. That they are not bad people, not stupid people, we just have to listen to them, be empathetic to .....what? ....
When it is much easier to communicate and find common ground with the other side of the spectrum, on the left. If the more reserved, moderate, Democrat would listen not to deplorabes, but to those that agree with them on most every issue, if only that they are more extreme in those goal demands, then we'd have more than enough to assure a victories for the foreseeable future. When Bernie supporters, and even Green supporters, feel unwelcome and insulted daily, they will only hunker down and get more isolated and extreme and spend their days on JPR.

Yet , all it takes for a lot of them, not all of course, but enough of them to help win the battle next time, is to be at the very least, appreciated for their comradere on issues like woman's rights, LGBT rights, the environment, minority justice, civil rights, a strong safety net, universal medicare, and a lot of other issues I'm sure. That it is confusing to any young person, new to politics, but full of passion to help change the world, when they see Democrats fighting and bad mouthing other individuals that share their own general platform! Instead of sowing this kind of divisiveness, just usurp their platforms, open the tent up in the back instead of putting all the energy in the front trying to plead with Trump humpers to come inside.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #85)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:07 PM

91. Thanks. We cannot win if we are divided.

 

I started a thread here asking the question, "Why are you a Democrat?"

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=10332236

The answers were inspiring.

And I will bet that all who adhere to Bernie, the Green Party, and many who don't vote at all out of desperation would have agreed with every answer on that thread.

We liberals/progressives/Democrats, etc. have so much in common. We can be a positive force for good, for change that helps everyone. We just have to unite and get out the vote, and we will win.

I'm utterly certain of that.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #85)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:09 PM

110. It will in all likelyhood be too late next time which is the entire point...these folks can fuck off

they deserted us during an important election...and if Trump gets another court pick, the progressive party is over. You don't get a second chance . Somethings can't be undone. I hope their pouty butt hurt was worth it to them...really and I hope they pay for the rest of their sorry lives for what they did.

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #59)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:05 PM

107. I hope those who refused to be 'united' and vote for the only one who could stop Trump...take the

brunt of the misery they caused...they absolutely deserve it... I send a giant "fuck you" traitors... their way. It is their fault that we will lose progressive policy achieved in difficult fights with people way smarter and more courageous than these asses people who fought the good fight and some who died to get unions and the 40 hour week,...to get Medicare and all the rest...so these whiny and truly stupid faux progressives could lose it all; they were not 'inspired'-well boo fucking hoo....anyone who preferred Trump over Hillary is not progressive at all...and deserve to shut their God damned mouths for the rest of their useless, sorry lives...Green trash and spoiled riffraff...not Democrats and not progressive. I know progressives and am one...they are nothing of the sort...Republican enablers is what they are. (No not you Sophia as you are here I assume you voted Hillary).

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:43 PM

12. Thanks for that!

I feel a little less frightened.

Surely Kennedy has some interest in the country's future - he should know he's part of a thin wall between survival and catastrophe. Unless he has health problems, the thought of retirement should terrify him.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:56 PM

22. He always was more conservative than liberal

I think if feels that the Democrats have any shot at the Senate in 2018 he will bolt. If we don't win it back, he surely will fold his cards before 2020 thus ensuring a Republican replacement which will be a Gorsuch corporate clone.

Ginsberg takes good care of herself, but the actuarial tables are not in her favor for making it to Jan, 2021. We could be facing the swing vote being Alito with Roberts grouped with the four most liberal justices.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:18 PM

30. I think its the opposite.

He may wait until after 2018 to give the democrats a chance to win the senate so social conservatives don't win a majority on the court.

If he wants a justice nominated like him then having the democrats force Trump to nominate a moderate is the best chance of that.

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Response to mr_liberal (Reply #30)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:25 PM

36. Going forward whoever controls

the Senate controls the calendar on when the next vacancy is filled. If the President and Senate are split, then no action.

That is the product of what GOP did.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #36)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:34 PM

47. I doubt the democrats could hold out more than a year.

the election year. So I think he could retire in 2019 and they'd still have to allow Trump to nominate someone.

It is something he may be considering though so that's a good point. Even though I don't think he'd want social conservatives to take over the court he's republican so I think he does want to be replaced by a republican president.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #36)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:35 PM

80. I don't think anyone should count on Trump to

stand firm on anything but not crossing Putin. Even if he were still in office. A Democratic congress could play him.

Pence is a True Believer and would likely present an intractable block. Unless he were desperate to get something else through congress.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:00 PM

23. Isn't he the "swing" vote who's leaned more right anyway?



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Response to brush (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:21 PM

32. No, he's liberal on social issues. He's the 5th vote that upholds Roe v Wade, for gay rights... nm

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Response to mr_liberal (Reply #32)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:57 PM

106. He's not called the "swing" vote for nothing. He's been swinging more right than left lately.

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Response to brush (Reply #106)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:11 PM

111. with him gone...Womens rights, gay rights and a host of other important issues are

going to be decided in a partisan right wing way...he was the only GOP appointed judges who voted our way on important occasions.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #111)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:16 PM

115. I don't want him gone because of who will replace him but I wish he swing left more...

and stop being that 5th vote that sides with the repugs on the court.

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Response to brush (Reply #115)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 08:35 AM

143. Oh for sure... I agree. But right now, he is all we have to stop the GOP train.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:38 PM

81. Most of the legal blogs believe that Justice Kennedy is not retiring in July

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #81)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:52 PM

84. +1

The court usually does not allow retiring justices to hire a full slate of clerks since they have to fit into the annual budget.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:41 PM

9. Do the leftists purists get it now?

That there IS a difference between Hillary and Trump?

Or will we see more temper tantrums and whining about "purity"

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Response to nycbos (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:49 PM

16. I hope center-right purists will be able to start seeing beyond resentment and start

working with the rest of the party to save America. Please try to keep up; the primaries ended 1.5 years ago. It's time for you to acknowledge that the people on DU are Dems; we vote for Dem candidates. You may disagree with some peoples' primary votes, but it's way past time to get over it. Now is now, and we have a crisis to solve.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:34 PM

46. what are you talking about?

I think you have it backwards there mate. Those aren't the droids you are looking for.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:24 PM

76. I am a very progressive person.

I have voted Dem in every election for both very progressive candidates and candidates I wished were more progressive but were better than the Republican.

I currently see organizations like Our Revolution declining to endorse Ralph Northam or Phill Murphy and supporting people like Dennis Kucinich even though he sounds like a Republican talking about the "deep state"

The warning signs are still there and ignoring them won't make them go away.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #76)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:56 PM

86. Two types of capital-P Progressives, neither purists.

The first is ordinary people drawn hopefully by the activist rhetoric. They often peel off to support something timely, like Hillary when she won the primary, but if not they'll eventually "get it" when they realize issues and Republicans always take a back seat to displacing Democrats. Seems to me there's a lot less tolerance for badmouthing Democrats here now. Some hard lessons were learned in 2016.

The others are those drawn by personality, the emoprogs, whose basic orientation is to be dissatisfied with whatever mainstream voters do because it's never the right thing, and I think you know those aren't ever going to change. For them, this so-called "purity" is whatever standard is needed to justify opposing others with the same goals, but fortunately they're a small minority. Notably, Thomas Jefferson strongly recommended avoiding zealots because there was no reaching consensus through discussion with them, Adams felt famously plagued by them, and the American revolution was mostly conducted without their input.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:13 PM

112. There is no such thing as a center right purist...the pure movement is on the left.

I hope some on the left will not consider electability and voting for candidates they don't love or even like if they are Democrats to further our policy. I would vote for a dead dog before a worthless Republican.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #112)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 10:06 PM

134. Oh there most certainly is

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Response to melman (Reply #134)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 07:44 AM

140. No there isn't...and the pure movement has cost us big policy going back to 2000 ...94

really...It is a damn shame that we are fighting for our lives and some on the left left...don't know what you call them as I am left and would vote for anyone with a 'D' next to their name are still at it...I guess purist is more apropos than progressive in this instance...but centrist no.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #112)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 07:31 AM

138. you're right....

 

...there's absolutely nothing pure about the center-right.

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Response to tomp (Reply #138)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 08:01 AM

141. I am progressive. I would love to run 'pure' in all states. But I challenge you to examine all

50 states and tell me how we get a majority in the Senate without moderates...remember for most things we need 60 votes. It won't happen unless we accept some centrists as in the old days when we spent decades in the majority or we become the permanent minority party and never given the GOP behavior in 16, get another supreme court judge. The problem is that those who demand 'pure' are not reasonable nor realistic as to what it takes to win. This year, you vote for a warm body and get the numbers...running inappropriate candidates for a state is a foolish waste of money and time and can only lead to significant losses...then we get to watch all progressive policy hard fought since Roosevelt disappear. Of course the height of stupidity is primarying sitting Democrats especially in red states when the money and time could be spend going after Republican seats.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #141)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 08:59 AM

144. more rationalization for centrism.

 

sounds logical, then you look at the results over...well, ever.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:41 PM

10. Trump is an extinction level event...existential threat to the USA as we know it. -nt

 

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:44 PM

13. The next Democratic president should expand the Supreme Court

no buts, ands, or ifs

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:04 PM

26. FDR tried that in 1937. It didn't end well.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:14 PM

113. That is never going to happen...not ever. We will be stuck with a right wing court for years.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

15. The right is throwing this out to energize the base for the midterm

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:51 PM

17. This rumor has been out there for months and months.

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:52 PM

18. Let's hope that is all it is. Let's also make sure we DONT make the SAME mistakes that

makes it something to worry about in the first place

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:52 PM

19. Agree. GOTV this November and November 2020.

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #19)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:54 PM

21. Thanks, yes. GOTV and stop with the fucking NOSE holding when a democratic politician

you dont agree with 100% is on the ballet.

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 07:35 AM

139. GOTV mean little if votes are not counted honestly.

 

what have the dems done since 2000 to ensure that?

We now have two and likely three democratic presidential candidates that lost due to election irregularites. Where is the democratic response?

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:53 PM

56. the rumor will always be there until it actually happens

nt

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:03 PM

24. Yep, America will turn

Pretty colors of tan quicker.

People of means will just fly overseas to get the RU486. Baby worshippers really only worship white babies.

Oh well, people just couldn't mind their own business.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:10 PM

27. STOP! Ginsburg, Kennedy hire law clerks for future Supreme Court terms.

'Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy have already hired multiple law clerks for future terms, sending strong signals they're not going anywhere anytime soon.'>>>

http://thehill.com/regulation/367950-ginsburg-kennedy-hire-law-clerks-for-future-supreme-court-terms

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Response to elleng (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:17 PM

29. Heller is likely gone.

He is trying to rile up the base.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:23 PM

34. The only way it would work though is if it actually happens. nm

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:48 PM

83. Exactly! Chill its just Heller throwing a Hail Mary.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #29)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 07:41 PM

130. Agreed. Heller is "Most Endangered Senator" (R) 2018; he's desperate

Needs every RW voter in Nev to turn out for him in both the Nev primary & national election. Nothing gets the Swarm out like threatening Supreme Court loss.

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Response to elleng (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:25 PM

38. While your assessment may be correct, the fact is that none of them are particularly young, and

anything can happen. We are barely hanging by a thread.

Gorsuch is where he is today because of 2016.

Every Democrat running for Senate in those critical swing states lost to the republican, and that more than any thing means that unless we can take back the Senate in 2018, which will be very challenging, we are very vulnerable for at least the next two and a half years



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Response to elleng (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 05:52 PM

127. +1

I am surprised that this post was placed on the front page of DU (I wouldn't have seen it otherwise, if you know what I mean).

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:13 PM

28. Repug senator tries to fire up the base by saying

a liberal justice will retire. He's probably full of shit. Most of them are.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:19 PM

31. That's right Eiot, and why I will NEVER forgive those self-identified progressives who refused to

vote for the Democratic nominee in 2016.

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Response to still_one (Reply #31)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:21 PM

33. Hell, I will go one step further, I want an apology from the ones who DID vote for her

but whined incessantly to anyone who would listen and said shit like "I will hold my nose and vote for Hillary"

I met so many like that in real life and on line. I recall some in a store one day, and what really worries me are the millennials I met who did not bother to hold their noses, they were told by SOMEONE that the system is corrupt, the D party was corrupt and they voted 3rd party.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:25 PM

37. Let's not let this rumor create opportunities for people to revisit the 2016 election...

and all the non-productive squabbling and recriminations.

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Response to Chakaconcarne (Reply #37)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:28 PM

40. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.

Just saying.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #40)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:31 PM

43. Shh, dont discuss how certain folks put us here in the first place, shhhh

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #43)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:11 PM

69. Sorry...it's simply not productive..

I think people get it after about the 100th time.

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Response to Chakaconcarne (Reply #69)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 05:24 PM

125. No, far too many don't. nt

 

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #40)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:12 PM

70. In my case I identify those who have an agenda here and I refuse to respond to them.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #70)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:13 PM

71. Yes, I know what you mean.

Sometimes it's like a mine field here.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:27 PM

39. Wasn't he also supposed to retire last summer?

and that never panned out.

I just hope that if Democrats pull off a miracle and win back the Senate they put a complete stop on ALL federal judicial nominations. No judges can be named if the president is under investigation.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:29 PM

41. Since this is the last year of Trump's presidency

He should not be allowed to appoint any more judges.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:31 PM

42. Can they find someone worse than gorsuch?

Of course.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:32 PM

44. The Republicans stoled the election and 2 Supreme Court justices

When the second judge is installed the only that will save us will be a revolution

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:32 PM

45. And to all those purists that said they wouldnt vote for Hillary

I hope you are f—-ing happy! We all begged you remember the scotus.. but on no!!!

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #45)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:34 PM

48. and the ones who finally did vote for her after telling anyone who would listen how corrupt she was

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:37 PM

49. If true, that's the end of the country as we know it.

If I had to take a guess, someone has gotten to him and "convinced" him he'd be able to retire in total comfort, all his dreams fulfilled, if only he'd retire before the mid-terms.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #49)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:51 PM

103. I'd bet everything I have that you are wrong.

Why the rush to assume everyone is unprincipled and evil? Besides, what exactly is it that you think Kennedy is lacking for the last decade of his life? It's not like he's going to the poor house when he retires.

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Response to SomethingNew (Reply #103)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:54 PM

122. LOL. That's funny. nt

That a very smart Republican would resign a few months BEFORE the mid-terms, where Dems are expected to win bigly and cut the Repub majority, instead of a few months after, knowing full well that that would mean a far-right Republican nominee instilled for life, to the effect that it would forever change the trajectory of policy and the Constitution of the U.S. That that smart man would not know that, and would not intend that. Yeah, that's funny.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #122)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 05:00 PM

123. How so?

It seems I may be unique here at DU (although it would not shock me to find the other lawyers here good similar, if private, views) in truly holding great respect for all the current members of the Supreme Court. I think none of them have bad intentions but simply disagree in how they think their good intents might best achieved. I even think that of perhaps the most vilified recent past justice, Scalia.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:42 PM

50. Perhaps... the "rumor" is being floated out there to bolster rethugs' resolve.

Right now the polls in the PA special election are favoring the Dem. With new other polls seemingly indicating that the Dems could not only pick up a significant number of seats in the Congress, including the Senate, they could actually regain the majority. I don't know whether that's possible, but the rethugs know they need to play every card in their stacked deck to pull out a win. If the rethugs feel there is hope of gaining another SCOTUS pick, this become an extremely valuable carrot to dangle before them and may urge them to go to the polls in greater numbers than they might have otherwise.

Barring that, the only hope this great, but dangerously in jeopardy, republic is all but doomed unless there is an act of God or Karma to prevent it, but I just can't see how that's possible, because whether tRump is holding the reins of power or Pence is, the rethugs will appoint the next SC justice.

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Response to Texin (Reply #50)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:46 PM

53. I wont bring it up again, but I mainly wanted to make the larger point that we didnt need

to worry about this in the first place but for certain people.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:43 PM

51. We need a new system.

SC Justices should be elected and have term limits, just like any other office.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #51)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:00 PM

64. Um, no. n/t

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Response to MichMary (Reply #64)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:06 PM

66. Why not?

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #66)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:18 PM

73. As a "for instance,"

take Roe v. Wade. It has been the law of the land for 45 years. It has survived the following R Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, and now Trump. Reagan won in 1984 by an overwhelming landslide. There were wave elections in 1994, 2010, and 2014. What do you imagine would have happened in those elections if there had been anti-Roe SC candidates on the ballot?

Appointments make the Court a lot less political than it would be if justices were elected, and lifetime appointments mean there is some continuity. Elected justices who serve limited terms would mean that there would be wild swings, which this country couldn't survive.

Oh, and since that is also in the Constitution, changing it would mean a Constitutional Amendment, which would be as bound to fail as repealing the 2nd Amendment.

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Response to MichMary (Reply #73)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:03 PM

89. Ok, I guess that makes sense.

I am just terrified of a right wing court that we will never get rid of in our lifetime.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #89)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:05 PM

90. That's why elections matter

GOTV!!

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:44 PM

52. Tried to tell folks what was at stake...

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:48 PM

54. The Democrats should immediately state ...

That we'll let the electorate decide in November, who should confirm the next Supreme Court Justice.
Basically pulling the same stunt that McTurtlehead did to Obama.

Then after November, we take control of the Senate and confirm a more moderate
Supreme Court justice to replace the some what moderate Kennedy.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #54)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:19 PM

74. That won't work.

The left forced Democrats to use the filibuster on Gorsuch, so Republicans just got rid of the filibuster. Now you only need 51 votes to force a vote and to confirm a supreme court nominee. Republicans have exactly 51 senators. There's no way to stop it if it happens in 2018.

After 2019 it's possible but only if Democrats take back control of the senate.

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Response to mr_liberal (Reply #74)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:45 PM

82. Don't rain on my parade. n/t

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #82)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:56 PM

87. There is some hope....

Two republican senators (Collins and Murkowski) are pro choice and may oppose a Trump conservative nominee. That takes their total down to 49. Democrats would have to hold all their senators and get those two republicans plus both independnets (Sanders and King) to force Trump to nominate someone moderate. It'd be really tough but may be possible.

It'd be much easier though if democrats would just have saved the filibuster and not blew it on Gorsuch then Trump would need 60 votes.

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Response to mr_liberal (Reply #87)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 04:47 PM

149. filibuster would be gone either way

I don't think there was any chance of saving the filibuster. Even if the Democrats had waited to use it for the nominee following Gorsuch, Republicans would've gotten rid of it at that future point in time. I think that's the case even if they or Trump were in a weaker position politically. They've already shown from the Garland situation that there's nothing they won't do, and since they weren't punished for it by the electorate, they're not going to let up anytime soon.

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Response to InformedElitist (Reply #149)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 08:42 AM

153. Yes, it would have worked

Democrats could have made a deal with Collins, Murkowski, McCain.... to let Gorsuch be confirmed then they would promise not to nuke the filibuster for the nomination after him. They wanted to do it, but Democrats (Coons and some others) couldn't agree because there was too much pressure from the left to filibuster Gorsuch. The left is emotional and dumb and don't know how to think strategically.

They did it once before with "The Gang of 14". Google it.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:49 PM

55. NO!!!!!

OMG another russian drumpf loyalist on SCOTUS, we are truly fucked if so. He's even doing it then to ensure drumpf gets the pick and can install another person who swears loyalty to him above the constitution. Even if we win back the House and Senate, would an activist russian repug SCOTUS protect him above the constitution - YES.

I hope Mueller is able to indict drumpf, and has proof on tape, of him conspiring against America with a hostile foreign country, before this happens. Maybe then enough reupgs won't go along with him stacking the court with other traitors? Maybe? Either that, or we are well and truly fucked and the end of our constitutional democracy will be at hand.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:54 PM

57. We should pull a McConnell and let the next president pick the SCOTUS justice.

Just sayin'.

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Response to Initech (Reply #57)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:56 PM

58. So anyone who says ONE WORD about purity, who could interfere with taking over the House or

Senate, can we just say NOW in the OPEN they are TRAITORS at least to the Democratic Party if not America?

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Response to Initech (Reply #57)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:10 PM

67. Call it what it is.

The McConnell Rule.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:58 PM

60. Better still would be if the SCOTUS hadn't installed Bush.

I hope every justice who was on the wrong side of Bush v. Gore rots in Hades.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:59 PM

61. You don't think Mitch had anything to do with

The SC problem we have right now?
Seems like we still can't let that primary go.

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Response to ornotna (Reply #61)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:00 PM

63. I am not refighting the primary, you seem to be doing that though

At no point have I mentioned that.

Otherwise why bring up something I have not mentioned, not once.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #63)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 11:31 PM

151. never mind

not worth it.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 01:59 PM

62. JESUS....

 

SO have we heard this from Justice Kennedy? We hear it from the GOP. Jesus Christ, relax until it happens. They are trying to stoke their base because they know the right wing is FUCKED, and they also know when the Senate flips to Democrat, we control who comes and goes. McConnell is shitting in his diapers knowing that if dems take the Senate, they can easily sit on ANY nomination they please.... Lets hear it from Kennedy first.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:10 PM

68. We are FUCKED if Kennedy retires while Trump is president.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #68)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 07:29 AM

137. I do not think he is going to retire this year. Who knows about next.

 

The two I really worry about are Sonia Sotomayor and RBG. Sotomayor's diabetes is really getting bad, she has had the paramedics come for her in January, and RGB, whilst very vigorous for her age, is a multiple cancer survivor.

Think all 3 can hold on until 2020. After that, almost zero chance all three do. The 2020 POTUS election is going to have more riding on it than any in my short lifetime.

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Response to Exotica (Reply #137)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 11:07 PM

150. Yep. nt

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:24 PM

75. OK, breathe.

We all knew that SCOTUS was going to be turned
the minute 45 stole the election.

This is not a surprise.

Vote with your feet.
Take to the street.

And persist!!!!

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Response to ananda (Reply #75)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:26 PM

78. YES

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:56 PM

88. So many people on DU are still smoking what the russian trolls were/are selling. n/t

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:09 PM

92. Oh brother...

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:23 PM

95. I will vote for Beto for U.S. Senate this fall, and the entire Democratic ticket as usual

But I will be doing so from my safe haven in Germany.

Best of luck and courage to all back in the States. Despair is what the bad guys want from us right now. I, for one, will NOT give them their wish.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:51 PM

104. But...

...she got paid for speaking to Goldman-Sacs people - and she said nice things to them!

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Response to Mike Nelson (Reply #104)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:16 PM

114. Yeah...of course they elected someone that gave millions of taxpayer money essentially to

Goldman Sachs.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:53 PM

105. We tried to warn them.

And unless we take the Senate clearly even if we get the presidency, we won't get a justice through.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:18 PM

116. I think the next President should be allowed to appoint a SC Justice

This one is in his final year.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:19 PM

117. What a drag. nt

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:26 PM

119. Unfortunate/disturbing. trump will get at least this one, and one or two other nominations.

That's not good at all, and why I turned TV off on election night when early Kentucky votes came in and Clinton came nowhere near expectations. Sickening.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #119)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:50 PM

121. Exactly, how and why all of a sudden did Hillary not get close to her polling?

I think I know why.

We vehemently disagree on guns, I know. But we very much agree on most other stuff and we need each other.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #121)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 07:59 PM

131. Agree. For some reason I was not aware we disagree on guns, but I am easily

confused nowadays.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 04:49 PM

120. Want to be Republicans replace him in six weeks flat. They don't care that they

refused to allow Alito's replacement by Obama for 10 months until they had won the election.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 06:49 PM

128. lets preparet to hear this song from trumps xtian soliders..

"well yes, trump was a sleaze, but thanks to him we have saved the lives of the unborn, and done away with many things that made people focus on the rights, rather than their obligations to god (especially those brown and blacks who would be in hell if we did not convert them anyway)."

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 07:27 PM

129. 2018 becomes even more critical, especially in the Senate where the majority party in the Senate can

prevent a nomination from going through like McConnel did, and Gorsuch got in.

Regardless, we are in a very precarious situation right now, and we have to hope that nothing happens to justices for the next three years





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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 10:03 PM

133. Garbage thread

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 10:08 PM

135. Why would any thinking person give a grain of credence to anything Heller says?

Sheesh!

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 02:39 AM

136. Sam Seder on MSNBC

said, fwiw, that Heller floated this rumor to get R voters motivated (i.e. USSC vacancy) to help his re-election chances. Sounds about right.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 11:38 AM

147. The would not be good timing. If there's anything that gets the GOP base out, it's

Supreme Court nominations.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 03:48 PM

148. I wish we could convince him to stay until January

When we hopefully have a new Senate

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 11:09 AM

154. A rumor by a GOP Senator is merely wishful thinking

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #154)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 07:29 PM

157. You are correct DesertRat


Unfortunately, that is all it takes to make "'educated" Dem's go nuts. Stay the course my friends! Our goal is to kick a$$ and take names and our chance is coming soon!!!!

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 02:18 PM

156. Stolen Supreme Court Seat #2

neither would have happened if they hadn't stolen the election and suppressed the will of the American People in Congress

We didn't fight this hard enough in 2016

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 01:50 AM

158. God forbid

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