A Bridge Too Far

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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7

The Lioness of Justice shall roar no more. My eyes are finally dry. While I mourn her passing, the incredible legacy she leaves behind sill live long after the pangs of sadness at her passing are gone. For me she will always be Notorious RGB. Anybody who knows Ruth Bader Ginsberg knows that if there is one thing she never backed down from, it was a good, old fashioned b are knuckles brawl. That being said, she is, by now, sitting back far above, with the microwave popping up the extra butter Orville Redenbachers, and ready to watch the WWE Battle Royale Cage Match ab out to take place.

Mitch McConnell is finally about to be hoist on his own petard. He held the Scalia seat open for more than 400 days until the people had their choice, and now he is the exact opposite position. And now McConnell is looking at a Supreme Court vacancy only 46 days from the general election. And Chuck Schumer has already used his own 2016 words against him.

In October of 2018, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters, that if there were a SCOTUS vacancy in the last year of the first Trump term, he would not consider naming a replacement before the election, specifically noting that he would likely be the Senate Judiciary Chair by then. He even said Hold the tape. Well, Graham is now the chair of the Senate Judiciary committee, and he is about to be held to his word.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already laid down his marker. He released a statement saying that a Trump appointee would receive a vote on the floor of the Senate before the election. And in doing so, he bit off more than he can chew.

Graham is already on record, and he is in a 48-48 dogfight with Jamie Harrison in South Carolina for his political life. Susan Collins is so far underwater in Maine that she needs a ballast suit, and part of that is her vote to confirm Brewski
Brett Kavanaugh. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has already said that she thinks that there should be no vote before the November election. Thom Tillis is behind in North Carolina, Joni Ernst is behind in Iowa. Corey Gardner is already a dead man walking in Colorado. All of them expressed a reluctance for the cheap shot maneuver that McConnell pulled, and swore that it would not become a tradition.

And it’s not just them. There has been a long and bitter debate as to whether there is actually a Republican party anymore, or if it has been enveloped into the  Party of Trump. And that rift is about to be fully exposed.

For instance, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has already said that she will not vote for a replacement before the election. I find it inconceivable that Utah Senator Mitt Romney would take part in such a cynical grab, even though he was not in the Senate in 2016. senator Ben Sasse gas been careful in choosing his opportunities, but has repeatedly criticized Trump. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has also chosen his spots. But these Senators are clearly looking at a GOP following the reign of Trump. and this is a place where they can be comfortable to make a stand. Especially if they’re looking at the polling, and seeing the likelihood of the Democrats taking over the Senate in November.

This is going to play out over weeks to come. But if Mitch McConnell thinks that his caucus is just going to fall right into line and back his craven power play, after he put them in mortal peril in the first place, he’s got another thought coming. This is by no means over.

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Ursula Faw
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Murf, I switched out your photo. The photo you put up was a Fox News chyron, which they actually displayed in 2019. They reported Justice Ginsburg’s passing in 2019. I kept the photo in the vault for the next time the need to do a piece on real “fake news” comes up. Not Trump’s fantasy, but the real thing.

blueman
Member

If he doesn’t fill the spot, Trump can use the vacancy as a rally cry. We are in a bad spot. I don’t know that this could bump Trump’s numbers or not. We will see.

Bareshark
Guest

Get a grip, Blue. Yes, Trump will use it as a rally cry by NOT filling the seat. And that’s before you get into all the Senate problems Murf noted above. And my man Hoarse Whisperer is of the firm opinion that Trump himself will make sure they don’t even get it in the lame duck period. Remember HIS Golden Rule: what’s in it for me? And there’s nothing in it for him on SCOTUS.

blueman
Member

Yes, I do think we will take the Senate even if they don’t fill the seat before the election. You are right, Trump might not fill it as a lame duck just out of spite.

Bareshark
Guest

He’s got plenty of ways to screw with the rest of us, right? But not so many on the GOP…so jamming them on a SCOTUS seat would be one of the few ways he could do that.

Steven McCrary
Guest

This is true, Bareshark, this filling in a SCOTUS seat would be RADIOACTIVE POISON for Republicans holding on for dear life to their seat. And, true, if Trump was the type to look out for other Republicans (which he is not), he wouldn’t dare make such a grab. He’s only going for regular form, whatever he does, which is Looking Out For Trump.
REST EASY, JUSTICE GINSBURG, THE PROGRESSIVE CITIZENS WILL TAKE IT FROM HERE.

Bareshark
Guest

You’re goddamn right on that last, Steven. As I said in my sister’s FB post last night, “Her fight is over. Ours continues.”

daithi
Guest

You miss the point that the orange excrescence on the posterior of humanity has (a) the political nous to do that and (b) he’s convinced he will win because his supporters all love him (and they’ll start a civil war if he feels he’s been cheated). He simply doesn’t CARE about anything except playing the big boy in a kindergarten

Bareshark
Guest

No, Murf, all this has done is make shit get even more real.

Elaine Ngai
Guest

Thank you Murf. You always talk me off the ledge.

old grey dude
Guest

I sent my suggestions to my texas senators cruz and cornyn. they are not nsfw, so I will not share them. but they know my perspective.

Steven McCrary
Guest

Just when I’m just about to give up, the Murph showers me with the political logic.
Thanks, Murph.

Bareshark
Guest

Remember…giving up is what McConnell and Co. want as it makes their lives easier. Why should we do that favor, especially after THIS year?

Scott Jackson
Guest

Funny how the evangelicals are the ones to push for it, while ignoring ALL the warnings of both the old & new testament. A fly in ur wine, or rain on ur wedding day isnt “ironic” alanis, but the so called “christians” pretending God endorses their hypocrisy while supporting evil, surely is. As God told Abraham in Dylan’s HWY61, u can ignore my command, “But the next time you see me, you better run.” Funny how living fool’s us into a miscalculation of how long it will last. Hey repulsicans…time to go.

Bareshark
Guest

They know it’s their last chance on this, a final bite at the apple. Too bad for them that they lack the muscle to make it happen.

Bwolofsky
Guest
Scott, as a pretty serious Jew who just finished online Rosh HaShana services this second, I just want to tell you that your Christian name notwithstanding, when you quote Robert Allen Zimmerman THAT perfectly, well, I have to make you a honourary member of the tribe. Over many decades I have been lobbying many rabbis to include Highway 61 Revisited as part of the Jewish liturgy along with the Tanach and Talmud, alas, to no avail. The closest I got was an amazing Rabbi named Dan Ornstein in Albany, NY who once gave a sermon about an actual person he… Read more »
Rosie72
Guest

I so enjoy all the comments! Many make me laugh, some I simply purse my lips in thought…tRump is a selfish horse’s ass…but We the People needed someone like him to WAKE US UP to the danger of complacency. Rock on!

Bareshark
Guest

He was always the logical endpoint of what the GOP has become. That may yet work in our favor.

Rita
Member

I hope they stand up to McConnell , because we are going to take him out in Ky. in Nov. election .