What is the principle at stake if Republicans pursue a raw exercise of power over Democratic objections to confirm a new justice to the Supreme Court? We’re not sure. But it’s also possible that the equilibrium some fear might be overturned by such a course of action doesn’t exist because there is no normal anymore.

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  1. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    It’s pretty amusing to hear JPod genuflecting to Will, Goldberg, and French, while even his band of pretty mushy (but often lovable) semi-conservatives dismiss their “grand bargain” proposal as ridiculous and naive.

    It’s Trump Derangement Syndrome, folks. It’s a shame to see it infecting prior heroes like Will, Goldberg, and French. But if you think it ain’t so, I’m gonna start calling you Cleopatra.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 4:28 PM PDT
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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    One of the problems with adding two states in such a partisan way is that there will be a new flag, with 52 stars. A lot of people will not see the new flag as the US flag, but rather as the Democrat flag. This is just asking for horrible problems.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 4:50 PM PDT
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  3. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    One of the problems with adding two states in such a partisan way is that there will be a new flag, with 52 stars. A lot of people will not see the new flag as the US flag, but rather as the Democrat flag. This is just asking for horrible problems.

    And course conservatives could always split Texas into some gerrymandered nominal 5 parts just to gain access more U.S. Senate power.

    The Republicans could start creating rotten boroughs all over the place too.

    Puerto Rico as a state would be a somewhat okay idea, if they spoke English, were probably less corrupt, and were a bit more similar to other states.

    Making DC a state should be Unconstitutional. Congress never should have given DC any important home rule powers.

    Noah says that a lame-duck session confirmation would be unacceptable.

    However, John Marshall, perhaps the most famous justice, was confirmed in a lame-duck session, beginning his tenure on February 4, 1801, at the age of 45 after serving as Secretary of State, congressman, and lieutenant in the Continental Army during the war at Brandywine and Valley Forge.

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    • September 22, 2020, at 8:06 PM PDT
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