Trump Needs to Fill the Court Before the Contested Election

 

I don’t do a lot of social media, other than R> and Instagram (I joined so I could videochat with my daughter traveling in Japan; I stayed because I love posting), but what little I do has been filled for the past day and a half with anguished commentary about RBG and the need to preserve her legacy and burn down Congress and rise up etc etc.

It occurred to me that Susan Collins and her ilk might be persuaded that filling the seat is important if they remembered the 2000 election and the necessity of the SCOTUS to decide the winner. We all know that 2020 is going to be one of the craziest elections of American history, and having a SCOTUS ready to decide may be very very important for the future of the Republic.

Fill the seat!

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  1. Fritz Coolidge
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    @Fritz

    I liked someone’s remark (sorry, can’t find the source) that a president doesn’t stop being president after 3 years and 8 months; a president is in office for all 48 months of the term, so exercising the powers of the office is not in any way departing from regular order. Fill the seat!

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  2. Miffed White Male Member
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    I liked someone’s remark (sorry, can’t find the source) that a president doesn’t stop being president after 3 years and 8 months; a president is in office for all 48 months of the term, so exercising the powers of the office is not in any way departing from regular order. Fill the seat!

    I believe that was RBG.

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  3. John Park Member
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    @jpark

    The alternative is a Court that splits 4-4 and decides nothing important. After Justice Scalia died, a challenge to mandatory public sector union membership or contribution (Freidrichs) split 4-4. That issue wasn’t resolved until Janus in 2018. Another 4-4 split involved the civil jurisdiction of tribal courts.

    Given the prevalence of forum shopping by litigants, a Supreme Court that splits 4-4 puts a lot of things in doubt. 

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  4. Buckpasser Member
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    @Buckpasser

    There will be nothing better than democratic party members burning down additional businesses and tearing down statues. I’m sure that will help their election prospects even in Maine.  Fill the vacancy.

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  5. Phil Turmel Coolidge
    Phil Turmel
    @PhilTurmel

    Senator Cruz made basically this point yesterday.  You’re in good company.

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  6. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Yes. And point out that RBG voted with the rest of the court in the unanimous Bush v. Gore, and was against professional sports players engaging in disrespect of the flag and national anthem, and was against pretending that the ERA was still a live amendment, which could be magically ratified with one or two more states today.

    In short, she supported basic civic virtue and regular order in our politics.

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  7. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    “Hey, you can’t shoot at me! Remember that time I was nice and didn’t shoot at you?” 

    “I remember that you were out of bullets.” 

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  8. Doctor Robert Member
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    @DoctorRobert

    If Trump’s next justice will make the court 6-3, must the court not be 5-3 now?  So where’s the tie?

    Ohhhh yeah, Justice Roberts.

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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    “Ilk”?  Susan Collins is the only Republican who could win in Maine, and her Senate speech on Kavanaugh was the best speeches I have seen in the Senate in the lasr couple of years.

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  10. Manny Member
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    Yes I agree.  Fill it immediately.  When the news of her death first broke, I wasn’t sure what was in Trump’s interest.  I could see how it would motivate the left vote to come out if he selected a conservative, and we Trump supporters are already huge in to vote for The Donald.  We’re motivated, they weren’t, and this potentially motivates them now.  But it has happened.  She’s dead and the vacancy is there whether someone is nominated or not.  Might as well fill it.  If we don’t, the left will think the worst anyway.  If we do, we have a bird in the hand with another conservative justice.  Go ahead, nominate and fill it immediately.

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  11. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

    Not to be [readacty] about it, but absolutely fill it ASAP – it’s been vacant for quite awhile. 

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  12. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    “Ilk”? Susan Collins is the only Republican who could win in Maine, and her Senate speech on Kavanaugh was the best speeches I have seen in the Senate in the lasr couple of years.

    “Ilk” does not necessarily have negative connotations. 

    Your huffy offense seems rather prissy to me.

    (“Prissy” definitely has negative connotations.)

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  13. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Since its coming back up, I think its only fair to point out, that Merrick Garland was never going to be on the supreme court.

    He was selected as the moderate choice that might sucker republicans into supporting the nomination. Once republicans didnt go for it, his nomination was dead. IF Hillary Clinton had won, his nomination would have been withdrawn and a more radical nominee more inline with the Clinton worldview would have been put forward.

    The nomination of Merrick Garland was a cynical power play on Obama’s part.

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  14. Unsk Member
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    The Dems need one more vote after the traitors Murkowski, Collins and Mittens vote against Amy Barrett- the most likely nominee. They probably won’t get it, because this is one of the most important votes of the century  and as a consequence any Republican who successfully votes to deny this nomination is Dead Man or Women walking politically. If it’s only the traitor 3, then Pence breaks the tie if no Dem votes for Barrett. 

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  15. Weeping Inactive
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    Unsk (View Comment):

    The Dems need one more vote after the traitors Murkowski, Collins and Mittens vote against Amy Barrett- the most likely nominee. They probably won’t get it, because this is one of the most important votes of the century and as a consequence any Republican who successfully votes to deny this nomination is Dead Man or Women walking politically. If it’s only the traitor 3, then Pence breaks the tie if no Dem votes for Barrett.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you think it’s more likely to be Amy Barrett instead of Barbara Lagoa from Florida? 

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  16. Miffed White Male Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    her Senate speech on Kavanaugh was the best speeches I have seen in the Senate in the lasr couple of years.

    Yeah, but that’s roughly like saying “The best gas station sushi along I-94 in North Dakota”.

     

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  17. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Weeping (View Comment):

    Unsk (View Comment):

    The Dems need one more vote after the traitors Murkowski, Collins and Mittens vote against Amy Barrett- the most likely nominee. They probably won’t get it, because this is one of the most important votes of the century and as a consequence any Republican who successfully votes to deny this nomination is Dead Man or Women walking politically. If it’s only the traitor 3, then Pence breaks the tie if no Dem votes for Barrett.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you think it’s more likely to be Amy Barrett instead of Barbara Lagoa from Florida?

    Yea, I agree. Its going to be Barbara Lagoa.

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  18. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    @ArizonaPatriot

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    her Senate speech on Kavanaugh was the best speeches I have seen in the Senate in the lasr couple of years.

    Yeah, but that’s roughly like saying “The best gas station sushi along I-94 in North Dakota”.

     

    Maybe so, as a matter of comparison, but it was a great speech. 

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