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Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:11 PM

Senate Democrats to end boycott, plan to meet with Kavanaugh later this month

Source: WaPo

Senate Democrats will begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh to press him privately on releasing his papers, a senior Democratic aide said Friday, after Democrats had boycotted these sit-downs for weeks amid a document dispute with Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, had held off scheduling the traditional one-on-one sessions as they tussled with Republicans over releasing documents from Kavanaugh’s voluminous paper trail, primarily from his time in the George W. Bush White House.

But Schumer and Feinstein will start meeting with President Trump’s pick to succeed retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy after the Senate returns from its truncated recess on Aug. 15, a senior Senate Democratic aide said. They will press Kavanaugh on releasing his papers from his tenure as Bush’s staff secretary — which Republicans argue are irrelevant in assessing his fitness to be a justice — and “question him about their contents.”

“In addition to questioning Judge Kavanaugh on health care, women’s freedom, presidential power and other issues, Senate Democrats intend to demand that he call for and support the release of all of his files from his time in the Bush White House,” the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity to freely describe party strategy. “Democrats will urge Judge Kavanaugh to ask the National Archives and President Bush to adhere to the same standard that was met for Justice [Elena] Kagan’s confirmation.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-democrats-to-end-boycott-plan-to-meet-with-kavanaugh-later-this-month/2018/08/03/ec8bffce-9741-11e8-810c-5fa705927d54_story.html

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Reply Senate Democrats to end boycott, plan to meet with Kavanaugh later this month (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 2018 OP
Eliot Rosewater Aug 2018 #1
Snellius Aug 2018 #2
forgotmylogin Aug 2018 #19
Snellius Aug 2018 #20
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #3
Snellius Aug 2018 #5
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #6
Snellius Aug 2018 #10
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #11
Snellius Aug 2018 #16
walkingman Aug 2018 #21
Honeycombe8 Aug 2018 #13
turbinetree Aug 2018 #4
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #7
Grasswire2 Aug 2018 #17
kacekwl Aug 2018 #26
elmac Aug 2018 #8
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #12
Equinox Moon Aug 2018 #9
DownriverDem Aug 2018 #14
Honeycombe8 Aug 2018 #15
Grasswire2 Aug 2018 #18
oberliner Aug 2018 #22
Recursion Aug 2018 #24
oberliner Aug 2018 #25
Recursion Aug 2018 #27
Recursion Aug 2018 #23

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:17 PM

1. Or they can keep up the boycott and the traitors will push him thru anyway

now that the GOP doesnt follow the rules of democracy.

DNC is always in a "no win" situation. I think meeting with him is one way to expose who he really is, sadly he will just lie to them like Roberts and Alito did, like Thomas and Gorsuch did.

All republicans are no good fucking filthy liars.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:23 PM

2. There's an innuendo in this Dems "end boycott" headline that's false.

It implies that they have capitulated and given up which is not the case. A tactical slow walk is not a headlong retreat.

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Response to Snellius (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:50 PM

19. They don't wanna give up the papers.

No docs, no vote.

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #19)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:55 PM

20. Can they do that? Without a couple of Repubs? With no Dem defections? nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:24 PM

3. Not surprised

As much as we would like for the Dems to be able to stop all we don't like, elections have consequences. I know it sounds trite, but it's true. Every time trump et al do something or say something, I just shake my heard and think about for the purity left HRC was progressive enough. If the lesson of 2016 hasn't been learned, we just my lose our country. I know a couple that are still working and could retire. They are too scared of trump to do that. Instead they are going to continue to work and collect SS. It won't hurt them because they are already at full retirement age. Some folks say that is double dipping. I say it's a good idea.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:31 PM

5. "the purity left HRC was progressive enough"???

"If the lesson of 2016 hasn't been learned, we just my lose our country."???
Defeatism gets defeated!
Panic is paralyzing!

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Response to Snellius (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:57 PM

6. Ooops

I meant "wasn't" progressive enough. I'm at work. Give me a break.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:04 PM

10. Fine. Just trying to understand.

Sorry. Not grammar picking. The general tone seemed pretty despondent. Understandable, of course. But couldn't get why you thought so. Too radical? Not radical enough? Desperate times these days require serious solutions.

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Response to Snellius (Reply #10)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:15 PM

11. Hard to be hopeful

I watched in horror as the country moved right election after election going back to reagan. Now it seems that the country is moving left (not far left). I sure hope left leaning voters realize how serious the midterms are.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:43 PM

16. Absolutely. We're both old enough it seems to appreciate how serious it is.

And to be shocked that it ever got this far. After all the gains that had been made and to see them not only threatened but reversed. Even the Endangered Species Act? Signed into law under Nixon? November will be the critical test. I'm actually pretty confident in the long term but in the short term it could be catastrophic and the short term could take a very long time. I'm actually as concerned about what happens if the midterms fail. It will be a powder keg waiting for a spark. And the spark will come.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #11)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 07:18 PM

21. Midterms are indeed very serious but Dems who act like Republican Lite will continue to LOSE forever

to Republicans.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:25 PM

13. The lesson of 2016 was clamp down on Russian interference in our election.

That's who elected Trump.

As for working & collecting SS...any SS benefit that you don't get in the present because of work,you get added to your check after you quit working. You don't lose it.

That's different from add'l taxes on your SS because of investment income.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:30 PM

4. Then we should demand that these meetings be held open to the public....................

since the Federalists Society supporters want to block a lot of this assholes work and opinions...............and then each and every democrat can ask this asshole, if he thinks Merrick Garland should have been given the opportunity to have a vote, and does he think that president is above the law and can just run around and break the law for four years, can I do that or you....................I don't want to hear any happy horseshit, with smiles and handshakes, this isn't a social contact...............................this is a man that may allow a fucking traitor well be a fucking traitor................................................


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Response to turbinetree (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:58 PM

7. Hearings

Hearings are live on tv.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:46 PM

17. But the interviews individual senators have with him are private. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 08:44 PM

26. Amen. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:02 PM

8. Giving in to the fascists, in any way, for any reason, is not a good idea right now

 

if you want to energize people to get out the vote. Not looking good so far.

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Response to elmac (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:17 PM

12. No choice

The repubs do not need Dem votes. At least the Dems will be bringing out all the nasty stuff about him.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:04 PM

9. Why are they backing down?

Why in the world would our Dem leadership back down?

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Response to Equinox Moon (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:27 PM

14. Backing down?

I don't see it that way. They will be bringing out all that is known about Kavanaugh. The Dems have very little power. The repubs do not need them to confirm. We lost big time. In order to win in November we need Dems and independents. It's sucks, but we lost.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:28 PM

15. Of course. Not surprised. Be nice & respectful. I'm sure they'll reciprocate.

Not.

There's no point in wasting time on this. They have absolutely no say in it. I guess they just want to try to be relevant? Or bring out something they think one or 2 Republicans might find interesting and vote against Kavanaugh because of it? That's very unlikely. Any Repub who doesn't vote for Kavanaugh will have to leave politics or the party, or both. They will be done for in that party.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 03:47 PM

18. once they do this, they can delay the vote...

.....by not showing up for a quorum. Repeatedly.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 07:21 PM

22. Is there a scenario where he doesn't get confirmed?

 

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Response to oberliner (Reply #22)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 08:18 PM

24. One: if some skeleton falls out of some closet

Gotta keep hoping

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Response to Recursion (Reply #24)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 08:27 PM

25. Good point

 

Quite a long shot, I would imagine, but you never know!

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Response to oberliner (Reply #25)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 09:06 PM

27. Remember that the Moore pedo story came literally out of nowhere

Keep faith alive...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2018, 08:18 PM

23. They made their point. McConnell can call the vote tomorrow if he wants

Might as well get the guy on record.

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