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Democrats in the U.S. Senate now have 41 votes committed to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which in Olden Times would have meant the nomination was good and blocked, and the president would probably say, “Well gosh, if there’s no bipartisan consensus, I guess maybe I should look at that Garland fellow again.” Or not quite that, but the point is that every other successful Supreme Court nominee has managed to get at least 60 votes, and you might think a united opposition to a clearly unfit nominee — a guy who says truckers should freeze to death and people with leukemia have no recourse if they’re fired for not wanting to die from an avoidable infection — might count for something. Even now in the age of Hyper-Partisanship, if not Aquarius.

Instead, what’s almost certain to happen is that the Republicans, having stolen a Supreme Court nomination from an actual serving president, will in a fit of very high principles toss out the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees, ensuring that Donald Trump will get the Justice he carefully picked from a list provided to him by the Federalist Society. And a brand new Supreme Court member will be sworn in with a simple majority, then go on to create all sorts of judicial havoc in the name of making America great again.

The last four Democratic votes needed to vote in the Cloture Wars were Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Christopher Coons of Delaware, and Mark Warner of Virginia. Leahy, the longest-serving member of the Senate, called Gorsuch’s answers to questions during his confirmation hearings “excruciatingly evasive,” which seems a bit nicer than really necessary.

“I cannot recall a nominee refusing to answer such basic questions about the principles underlying our Constitution and about how he interprets those principles,” Leahy said. “These are fundamental questions that we should ask every nominee seeking a lifetime appointment to our highest court.”

Leahy also said he was sorry the filibuster rule would likely be pitched by the end of the week to install a Justice few Democrats can stomach, but that doing what he could to stop Gorsuch was more important than preserving a Senate tradition.

“I cannot vote solely to protect an institution when the rights of hard-working Americans are at risk,” he said, “because I fear that the Senate I would be defending no longer exists.”

Republicans, needless to say, were shocked, shocked that Democrats would risk harming the beloved Senate and its traditions, as if the Republican refusal to even hold hearings for Merrick Garland hadn’t done a fine job already of dynamiting normality in the Senate. Lindsey Graham fretted that the Senate was entering an era where “you don’t need one person from the other side to pick a judge,” which he feared would lead to even more nasty partisanship — again, as if runaway partisanship in 2016 hadn’t already made that inevitable.

There was also much tut-tutting about how this was all really the Democrats’ fault to begin with, since they wouldn’t let Robert Goddamn Saturday Night Massacre Bork join the Supremes in 1987, which rather misses the point, if you want to talk about bipartisan opposition to a terrible judicial nominee:

In any case, assuming Gorsuch doesn’t suddenly notice that other SCOTUS candidates who couldn’t get at least 60 votes withdrew from nomination — he might ask Chief Justice Abe Fortas about that — the filibuster rule will be tossed out by the end of the week, and then the Federalist Society can have its man on the Supreme Court to advance the agenda of the wrecking crew.

This is where we might hope for some road back from the judicial abyss, but as things stand, the Senate may as well formally pass a rule specifying that only Republican presidents can get their nominees confirmed, forever. Maybe David Brooks will explain how we can fix this mess by all being as reasonable as David Brooks.

Or not:

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  • MynameisBlarney

    Srsly.
    The GOP can totes go fuck themselves.

  • FlownΩver

    Ahh, Miss Lindsey – does the name “Garland” ring a bell?

    Not sure how far the Republicans will get with the whole “Democrats need to be less partisan” thing.

    • H0mer0

      ISWYDT
      (I think)
      ya know, “Garland” and “ring” and..
      ah, fergit it!

      • FlownΩver

        Hey – I’m a lot cleverer than I thought!

  • cats530

    “Lindsey Graham fretted that the Senate was entering an era where “you
    don’t need one person from the other side to pick a judge,” which he
    feared would lead to even more nasty partisanship — again, as if runaway
    partisanship in 2016 hadn’t already made that inevitable.”

    Miss Lindsey and his merry band of authoritarians are butt-hurt because partisanship should only work for the GOP? LMAO.

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • MynameisBlarney
    • FlownΩver

      Now I won’t be able to sleep, for fear this could pop up in my dreams. Entire new dimensions of weird.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Until I saw this picture, I thought “Singing Midget” was an accordion brand.

    • yyyaz

      I’m pretty sure they played at my church once when I was a kid.

    • Vincent Ricola

      “Papa, tell me again what it was like before political correctness ruined democracy?”

    • mancityRed6

      both of those guys look way too much alike to not be related.

    • Shoto

      I’m hoping this band will be touring with Springsteen.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        You say that now, but, what if Bruce is detained or a no-show….?

    • MynameisBlarney
    • therblig

      his rendition of “slap that bass” bordered on the pornographic, but was always a show stopper.

  • schmannity

    It will suck until 2020 when President Warren expands the Supreme Court to 18, thereby relegating Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Gorsuch to a permanent minority for the next 40 years.

    • dslindc

      Needs an odd number. How about 27?

      • schmannity

        Conservatives only get 3/5ths of a vote.

    • writersbloc

      It’s weird seeing 2020 and realizing it isn’t some distant science-fiction date for Mars Travel or Jetpacks….

      • schmannity

        I share your disappointment.,

      • therblig

        i just got a new debit card with a 2020 expiration date. looks weird and unattainable.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Yes. It’s like when I was about 13 and I realized that I would turn 40 in the year 2000. I paused for a moment, then dismissed the entire thing as implausible.

  • memzilla Ω
  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    If there is an upside to any of this, can somebody please explain it to me? I thought these were all politicians who know how to do politics. Guess not….

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The Senate’s reputation as a vibrant and useful part of the American system takes another hit?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        So, Putin likes it?…not much of an upside, but one man’s ceiling….

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Anything that makes the Senate more of a joke is one tiny step closer to getting rid of it. Not that I expect it to be reformed in my lifetime.

      • FlownΩver

        If ever there was a ship that had sailed…

    • Chyron HR

      Has Dr. Stein already decreed that the GOP majority unilaterally abolishing the filibuster and forcing Gorsuch through with 50 votes is all the Democrap party’s fault, or are you just trying to anticipate your new talking points before they’re issued?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    I cannot vote solely to protect an institution when the rights of hard-working Americans are at risk,”
    — Leahy, figuring out that protecting the filibuster is not worth caving to Reputlicans for, about 8 years too late?

  • exinkwretch

    Hey, Turtle! President Fuckwit’s term is practically over! It would be unwise to let him pick a Supreme Court justice at this juncture.

  • mancityRed6

    OT: Kansas house falls 3 votes short of overriding Brownback’s veto on expanding medicaid..
    https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-04-03/kansas-house-fails-in-attempt-to-override-medicaid-veto-reports

    • Latverian Diplomat

      It’s a great day for Christian values.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Sorry Kansas, you won the election and now you have to live with the consequences.

    • FlownΩver

      81 Democrats and moderate Republicans say “Heal the sick.” 44 Republicans say “Nah, fuck ’em.” The latter subscribe to the Gospel According to Koch.

    • dslindc

      If people who need healthcare would just stop being poor, they wouldn’t need Medicaid in the first place!

    • schmannity

      Good news for Gov. Mad Max Brownback!

      • SterWonk

        Max Rockatansky LIBEL!!! He helped the downtrodden, he didn’t tread on them more!

    • schmannity

      Does electing a Republican Governor and legislature trigger federal disaster assistance?

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Heh. Disaster assistance. Like that’s even going to be a thing anymore.

        Get real, Pollyanna.

  • Vecchioivan

    Why can’t us dems compromise and give the Republicans everything they want?

    • Nightcrawler

      The last 8 years ring too loud for our right wing counterparts it seems.

  • I’m just going to assume that Miss Lindsay is lying, ’cause I don’t think even Republicans can be THAT stupid.

  • schmannity
    • Lance Thrustwell

      It’s a Jar O’ Meat! Who could resist?

    • exinkwretch

      There used to be (maybe still is) a Hare Krishna in Seattle who washed windows. His legal name was Nonesuch. Would probably be a better pick for SCOTUS, too.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        I got a Krishna cousin. He sells furniture in Illinois.

        • SterWonk

          My dad got into ISKON big-time bigly about 15 years ago. Unfortunately, he has taken that to be a license to tell other Hindus that they’re Hinduing wrong, and — despite taking a sacred vow not to press his beliefs on those who are un-receptive — can’t stop trying to pressure my brothers and me into finding Krishna. I think it also somewhat re-enforced his pre-existing, latent Islamophobia. :-/

  • Nightcrawler

    As a millennial, I give props to Dok for the Invader Zim reference,

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    For those of us who tweet:

    #NoProbeNoRobe

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The last four Democratic votes needed to vote in the Cloture Wars were Dianne Feinstein of California

    Congratulations to any of you who were able to get through to her office. Christ, even the Fresno one was busy!

  • LarryHoudini

    FYI: Alito was 58-42. I’m no SCOTUS nerd, I’ve just been hearing this on cable news for the past week.

  • Nightcrawler
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Words cannot describe my contempt for this subhuman….go ahead, try some!….

      • Shoto

        All of the expletives.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Not enough!…

      • Nightcrawler

        Well, he resembles a turtle. So if the conspiracy twits are right about reptilians, we got one right here.

        • cmd resistor

          Except I like turtles, so I will just say he resembles shit.

      • Tennessee Rain

        http://foulomatic.hnldesign.nl/ <—-this might help

      • BearGHAZI

        His chuckling on Meet the Press yesterday aged me 5 years, with hatred

      • YoBunnyBunny

        IF928U4F0 4ff40!?>!po494DJWRFNVNV!!$$$!@$@$@%??!?!}|{{!!!!

        Not words but you see what I’m getting at.

    • SayItWithWookies

      McConnell’s deeply held principles are whatever window dressing gets him what he wants at any given moment.

    • Jenny

      Arrrgh that is it. I am going to figure out how to edit videos if only to make political ads on youtube!

  • Msgr_MΩment
  • Shoto

    Miss Lindsey, scumbag piece of shit Turtle-Boy McConnell, and others screech and yammer about sand being thrown in the gears of the Gorsuch nomination without the slightest twinge of irony at the utter hypocrisy of having straight-up stolen a SCOTUS appointment from the prior president. Just…Fuck these people.

    • Ricky Gay

      They just chortle and say the magic incantation “Biden Rule” and then commence to fuckery.

      • Lord Jim

        Except when Biden made his speech, there were no vacancies to fill. In addition, besides his remarks being aimed at a situation in which a vacancy occurred during the summer of an election year, he only urged suspending the process until campaign season was ever. He did not indicate that he would oppose considering a nomination the day after an election.

  • geoffalnutt

    Dammit. Democrats are always “nicer than necessary”.

  • LarryHoudini

    BORK AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED HIMSELF SHOWING UP IN THAT OUTLANDISH SWAN DRESS.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “I’m not going to be part of a Senate where Democrats get their judges but Republicans don’t get theirs”

    Senator Graham was one of the senators who confirmed Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court? Good to know!

    Wait, what?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28db1bd6f1a0c5eceabb630652b3bfae1498facabbad738f74657f79a7d1cb23.jpg

  • snigsy

    Fucking hell.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Hey Republicans — remember the last time one of your favorites got elected to something backed by untraceable money and evasive answers about serious subjects? Why Gorsuch wouldn’t be tainted by Russian trolls, just like Assmouth and everyone else in his administration, is simply beyond the ability of a reasonable human to understand.

  • memzilla Ω

    Leave us not forget, Gorsuch would not even say that he would have voted for Brown v. Board of Education. Back to the ’50s we go. The 1850s.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Oh shit — has anyone asked him about Dredd Scott yet?

      • laughingnome

        Trump is hearing more and more about him lately.

      • therblig

        stallone or urban?

        • Lord Jim

          Urban. Moar laconic. Less scenery chewing.

    • MynameisBlarney

      The fuck?

      And I keep hearing on the damn news about how fucking qualified he is.

      GAH!

  • John Iwaniszek

    I, too, am Zim.

  • cheetojeebus

    If I hear one more fucking Republican say something to the effect of ‘The Democrats would do this if they were in our position’ or’ the democrats did it first’ or ‘it’s because the democrats…’ brick shaped votes will be flung.
    Honestly, how weak, you’re fucking Senators, come up with a more plausible fucking excuse for your fucking craven ball sac sweat sucking horse shit acts.

    • Claire

      It’s like they really believe that doing a Bad Thing is completely okay if someone else did it first. Don’t most people outgrow that level of moral reasoning by like third grade?

      • Lord Jim

        They’re actually arguing that it’s OK to do a Bad Thing if you THINK someone else MIGHT do the same Bad Thing you’re considering. In other words “Two wrongs, one of which need only be hypothetical, really do make a right.”

        • Thespian Pony Ron

          During WWII, trucks in German convoys would often have red crosses painted on the roofs, so that Allied aircraft wouldn’t shoot at them. But Luftwaffe pilots would shoot at Allied ambulances, because ‘They’re obviously doing the same thing.’

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Does “Because we’re fucking shameless assholes” qualify as an excuse?
      Because that’s the only “more plausible excuse” there is.

      • cheetojeebus

        I have always felt that honesty is the best policy. So yes.

    • cmd resistor

      You know damned well we never would have pulled that Garland shit although I heard someone say the other day we sure would have. It might even have been Lindsey on one of his bad days.

  • jesterpunk

    Hey remember when Republicans said if Hillary won they wouldnt confirm anyone she picked?

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/clinton-wins-gop-say-no-9-supreme-court/

    • MynameisBlarney

      Yup.
      And remember all the GOP obstruction during Obama’s presidency?

      • jesterpunk

        They dont, good thing the ACA still covers mental health care.

    • Electric Ukulele Land

      That’s different. Somehow. Believe me.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      But that’s different, because shut up, is why.

      • jesterpunk

        BENGHAZI!!! 9/11 emaaaaailllls OBAMA KENYA

  • MynameisBlarney

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016182597

    Kinda-sorta what I said the other night, ‘cept less cussin.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Got that right.

      ‘swhy I tipped $20 to the Ossoff campaign last payday, and then another ten to teh Wonkettes.

      I encourage all here to do so.

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    When I was young, I had a friend that I had sleepovers with nearly every weekend. Whenever she was at my house, she had to have her way on everything because “she was the guest.” Whenever I was at her house, she had to have her way on everything because “it was her house.” If I didn’t give in, I was “a big meanie” and she didn’t want to be my friend anymore.

    Congressional Republicans remind me of that girl.

    She was six.

    • snark-lurker

      prolly votes R now too

      • Amelia Resists and Persists

        Based on the person she became by the end of HS, if she voted at all I would be genuinely shocked.

        • snark-lurker

          really! humph

    • Persistent Demme

      Sounds like a mean girl.

      When I rescued my mom from The Villages in Florida (I called it “Glennbeckistan”), there were lots of mean girl olds making mom’s life miserable.

      • Amelia Resists and Persists

        I’ll admit I stayed friends with her longer than I should have because I am loyal to a fault sometimes, but we crashed and burned when we got to middle school because she realized hanging out with the fat girl was an obstacle on her path to Most Popular Sixth Grader Ever.

        I made better friends my second try.

        • Dazza

          Hmmm. That insulting bullshit can burn for years. I swear that the outrages and insults of school days have a longer half life than uranium 238.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Lurch Gorsuch will need to put on a few pounds to fill Fat Tony Scalia’s robes as planned.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      maybe he can eat a pillow

      • Lord Jim

        I welcome him to eat a dick.

  • Jennifer R

    I made fried slime whistle snot weed okra today. From frozen chopped pieces because I am poor.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7e0bbd47542ccbcec0173d25ef62d74da40ff462fc981e044a43f1f53718f8d5.jpg

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Looks good! I do a lot of canned or frozen Okra myself. I don’t care what Anypony says, I *like* it. :)

    • MynameisBlarney

      FRIED OKRA IS BEST OKRA!

      Unless its pickled.

      • Jennifer R

        Mine came out fine without having to buttermilk soak it too.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I lurve okra! Fried, stewed, pickled – it’s all good! And good for you.

    • Hey we had expensive cajun take away last night. Our okra looked exactly like your okra.

    • Anna Rompage

      I’m a huge fan of okra! One of my favorite dishes right now is tomato based creole gumbo with lots and lots of okra!

      • MynameisBlarney

        I make a big vat of bachelor chow from time to time, and I use the tomato, corn and okra stuff as my base.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I do something similar to eggplant–but then I can’t stop without the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s quite a risky endeavor.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Okay, I’m just over here slobbering on my keyboard now. Fried okra is THE BOMB!!!

    • ahughes798

      Is it slimy? I’ve never tried okra because I heard it was slimy. It’s a really beautiful plant, though.

      • cmd resistor

        Slimy if boiled but fried not so much. And pickled okra is amazing (and crispy)l.

      • Jennifer R

        It can be slimey depending on preparation method. Mine I made are not, not has the breading slid off.

        • ahughes798

          I will try it fried, then. Thanks!

    • LucindathePook

      Had okra in Greece once, in some little village on Crete. We were staying with a woman who runs a cooking school (friend of a high school friend of mine). We hoped she had leftovers for breakfast for us. Other times, not so much.

    • Persistent Demme

      Love okra (bhindi).
      Especially Indian preparations with coconut:
      http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/bhindi-nariyal-sabzi/

    • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

      One of my most favorite things, ever.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    OT

    Seems par for the course. Activist ‘upset’ that Trump staff secretly photographed her urinating

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/03/activist-rohan-beyts-really-upset-donald-trump-employees-secretly-photographed-her

    • tapp_my_wire,please

      And the poor women wasn’t even compensated for peeing for Trump.

      • Christopher Story

        They never are

    • C4TWOMAN

      And the sewer of political discourse just keeps getting deeper…

  • Michael R

    Repeating one last time …

    This is something that slipped by me when it happened …

    From March 21st …

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pointed to an outside dark money group that spent $7 million lobbying for the blockade of Merrick Garland’s nomination by President Obama and that was now spending $10 million to support Gorsuch.

    “That’s a $17 million delta and for the life of me I’m trying to figure out what they see in you that makes that $17 million delta worth their spending,” Whitehouse said. “Do you have any answer to that?”

    “You’d have to ask them,” Gorsuch deflected.

    “I can’t. Because I don’t know who they are. It’s just a front group,” Whitehouse responded.

    • Jenny

      Let’s take a guess! Mercer, Sheldon, and Koche?

      • yyyaz

        Doesn’t even matter which right-wing oligarchs put up the chump change. They are all laughing their asses off and pointing at us anyway.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      “Oh damn,” alternate universe Gorsuch exclaimed. “For a second there, I thought you might save me time and have the list of who I had to quid this and pro quo that.”

    • cmd resistor

      I remember seeing it, amazingly because it barely got any attention at the time so it was just chance I caught it.

  • Anna Rompage

    Since corporations are people are people too, , why should there be any sort of expectation for a business to pay for birth control for womenz, when corporations and men don’t get that same same benefit?

    • jesterpunk

      When Texas executes a corporation then I will believe they are people.

      • Anna Rompage

        Exactly!

    • redblack

      corporations and men get the viagra, so there’s that.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Gorsuch is dogshit in human form…like every Rethuglican in the Senate.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Shoehorn that fucker in before the indictments start. Party of personal responsibility and so forth.

    • Anna Rompage

      He’s probably better than anyone Pence would pick…

      • MynameisBlarney

        Maybe…
        But just fuckin’ barely.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        He’s exactly who Pence would pick. His judicial philosophy is as extremist as Roy Motherfucking Moore, but it’s wrapped in a prettier, more congenial package.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Dear Jill Stein: fuck you.

    — Canes

  • Lefty Frizzell

    The shear effrontery of Lindsey’s quote is hard to stomach.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    What. in. the. actual. fuck, Miss Lindsay????

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Thorough dissection of Jason Chaffetz in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/jason-chaffetz-oversight/521271

    Within hours of the “Access Hollywood” tape leaking, Chaffetz was on the set of the local Fox affiliate, declaring, “I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.” Eighteen days later, he announced he would vote for Trump.
    Now he’s in charge of turning the Senate “Oversight” Committee into the “Overlook” Committee, which is what he wants to do with ever crooked thing Trump has ever gotten, or will get, into. He’s your basic opportunistic GOP toady, so not really news, but he does get a pretty satisfying beating.

  • yyyaz
  • Great, Senator Graham. Kindly resign.

    Not that I would expect the next Senator from the great state of Treason to be any better.

  • Jgb979

    As per always:
    Bork had an initial vote in committee, that vote failed, he nevertheless went to a full vote in the senate, that vote also failed.

    Garland wasn’t given the courtesy of a hearing. Whatever “YOU GUYS STARTED IT” whine power “Bork’d” once had was permanently and forever destroyed with Republican actions last year.

    • gene108

      Bork’s defeat is like some sort of serious psychological trauma for right-wingers.

      All of their media messaging coordination, win-at-all costs attitude really galvanized after Bork’s defeat.

      It was a watershed moment for them.

  • OneYieldRegular

    If Gorsuch withdraws, Trump should nominate Rex Tillerson. I hear that guy hates his current job.

  • Shanzgood

    OT: Someone sent baconzgood a couple of books that arrived today but they came from Amazon so he doesn’t know who to thank!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      AOU, K?

    • phoenix00

      Secret Santa strikes… late?

      I suppose he can thank Jeff Bezos….

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Sorry Miss Lindsay, but you’re already part of a Senate where Republicans get the Democrats’ picks. Fuck them, and you.

  • anon_the_great

    Not to worry. Those little Senate Queens are never going to strip themselves of their ability to fuck shit up all by their weesome. (Is too a word and not the dirty one the pervs at Urban Dictionary say it is. I swear, those guys try to make everything dirty…)

  • Electric Ukulele Land

    We’re pretty much past the point of pretending our institutional norms matter at all — which incidentally was one scholar was attributing as the cause of the fall of the Roman empire in a video I recently watched — the whole political rhetorical of civilized vs. barbarian got turned on its heads and numerous “outsiders” basically caused the system to die a death of thousand cuts to the point where controlling it wasn’t worth anything anymore — called the demise of the empire an “accidental suicide.”

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Serious question here:
    Do you really think the Repubs, looking at the head of their party and the huge numbers of protesters against him; attending town halls and being shouted at by their own voters; and staring down the barrel at 2018, will really take the chance of eliminating the filibuster, knowing they’re damn likely to be in the minority – perhaps very much so – come January 2019?

    Because I don’t know what to think.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      I don’t think they look that far ahead. All they see is a challenge to their dominance, today.

      • snark-lurker

        you beat me to that point

    • Rick Hill

      More like: “Yes the Senate is now in Democratic control but the need for the filibuster is more evident today than….blah blah blah…”

    • DerpyGurdyMan

      If they feel threatened by a new scenario after midterms, they would probably try to call “Do-Over” before the next Congress assembles, and vote to re-instate filibuster

    • Mavenmaven

      They’ll just gerrymander the whole effing country. Who will stop them?

    • gene108

      McConnell gambled and won big, by going all-in on obstructing an extremely popular President, in 2009.

      He gambled again, in 2016, by blocking Garland’s nomination.

      So far he’s on a winning streak.

      There’s no reason for him to think he’s going to lose.

      Also, the electoral map favors Republicans in 2018 Senate elections. 23 Democrats are up for re-election, with 8 Republicans, and 2 Democrat caucusing Independents.

      The Republicans up for re-election are in safe Republican states, except Dean Heller (R-NV).

      Democrats have to defend seats in places like W. Va, Indiana, Ohio, Montana, Florida, Virginia, and Missouri, which all went for Trump in 2016.

      There’s a good chance Republicans pick-up seats in the Senate in 2018, unless Trump really crashes and burns and takes the rest of the Republican Party with him.

      • BrendaKay

        Well stated. I want to believe things will get better in 2018, but it feels like we are putting all our eggs in that basket… Just like we all knew Hillary was going to win…

        • gene108

          I don’t think we have a choice. We have to retake Congress.

      • Kelly Lane

        Virginia did NOT go for Trump. Our last several governors have been Democrat as are our two Senators. The House is gerrymandered to hell but there is legal movement to change that. I don’t think our Senate seats will go Republican.

    • MeerkatsRMammals

      They don’t care about Americans :(

  • Persistent Demme

    Thanks for the reminder, (you were missed).
    Lindsey Graham is an ASSHOLE!

    • TheBoatDude

      …and I thought Lindsey was coming around….dammit, Virginia, Santa Clause is dead…

      • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

        Only when he feels obliged to differ with Republicans, anything to do with Democrats forget it.

  • DerpyGurdyMan

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  • Mack N. Nietzsche

    Michael F. Bennett is a traitor. Nuff said.

  • Sardonicuss

    I don’t know. I keep hearing people say things like: This is not the hill to die on….blah..blah…blah
    When the republicans had minorities or didn’t control all three branches I heard the same thing: as the republicans ruled from the minority and actively (and successfully) opposed, in lock step, every single part of the democratically elected President’s agenda.
    If being in a hopeless minority isn’t the time to out the DINO’s…then when is?

    • Yellerduck

      If not this hill, then which?

  • lucidamente

    Even Chuck Todd has a vague clue that this is a sham:

    http://www.pmcarpenter.com/2017/04/todd-mcconnell-and-absurdity.html

    • MeerkatsRMammals

      That smug turtle bastard sitting there chuckling? Ooohhh…that really melted my butter! Such a punchable face!

  • Mavenmaven

    They should just make Putin SCOTUS already.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Back when George W. Bush The Lesser was Presnit, Democrats filibustered a shit-ton of his nominees all the fucking time.

    The Repubs bitched about it to no end, “upperdown vote!” but they never pulled the pin on that Nuclear Option grenade.

    That they’d do it for this inept sack of orange shart-stains as President?

    No. Fuckin. Way.

    There’s waaaay more to Gorsuch being the dirty cheat ringer they want, than Judge Neil Gee-Goshwillickers even began to let on during his hearings.

    • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

      “Nominated by Trump” is kind of a clue. Scalia already legalized insurrection in Heller, Gorsuch will do something really cute.

  • Roni Raven, Just Microwavin’
    • TJ Barke

      Fuck these goddamned fascists.

    • blackwater founder aka brother of Sweet Betsy the Bear Fear-er

    • phoenix00

      Because they’re all treasonous pond scum.

  • Jennifer R

    Fellow nerds help me! I need to buy card sleeves at some point (two sizes 42mm x 63mm and 63mm x 88mm). What brand is considered to be a good one nowadays?

    • starfanglednut

      No idea what you’re talking about, but I hope you’re having a great day!

    • phoenix00

      It’s probably better to just get something readily available and cheap, so you can easily (read: cheaply) replace any that rip open, crease, or get lost.

      • Jennifer R

        Cheap sleeves are shit and rip. Plus they eat your cards. I remember that much from the days of Deck Protector and Dragon Skin. Thin papery sleeves ripping every game and people who’s cards had lost all the luster despite never not being in a sleeve.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      I’ve heard good things about Fantasy Flight’s sleeves.

      https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/fantasy-flight-supply/

      • Jennifer R

        Several people have said that, so I guess they will be the winner.

  • Edith Prickly

    Some interesting thoughts from Brother Charlie Pierce: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54271/trump-self-destruct/

    • CripesAmighty

      Preach, Brother Charlie!

  • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

    Got a lot with four toy cameras and a Smena-2 described as not working. Turns out the frame counter was jammed, which would prevent the film from advancing. Just fixed it.

    I now have FIVE Smena-2s, all working.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fcddf7f2312b24039faee609934bf0467a992d1dde5f25986e3055b6877beb9e.jpg

    • Thespian Pony Ron

      Err… does this mean YOU’RE the Russian spy everyone’s looking for?

    • TheBoatDude

      Cool! There’s a Russian knock off of a Leica M3 (or is it a 2?) that I’d like to play with for shits, giggles… Toy cameras are fun (e.g. Holga) because there’s a certain “Fuck it, it’s not going to turn out all that great anyway, so go for it” mentality…

      What’s this thing run? 35mm? 120?

      • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

        35mm.

  • jaspersdad

    Now would be a good time to remember that the republicans promised their supporters that if Clinton became president they would never confirm her choice, so f*ck them.

    • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

      That too. Good point. Also the treason thing.

  • TJ Barke

    Again, at what point does it count as self defense to shoot republicans? With votes or whatever.

    • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

      Soon.

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    These rotten, no good motherfuckers!!! They stole a seat from Obama. Enough Dems can filibuster Gorsuch (with very good reason), yet they’re gonna use the nuclear option now? I’m sorry, but if anyone deserved to be put on hold, it’s this guy…in this illegitimate administration.

  • TJ Barke

    Illegitimate president, double illegitimate scotus nom.

  • WiscoJoe

    Can Republicans really “go nuclear” when Congress is already Chernobyl?

  • TheBoatDude

    Is there the outside chance that the nuke option has such nasty political backlash that this is all MT Promises? Not that I know from whom or wherem said backlash would originate from.

    • starfanglednut

      I guess our only hope is it will backfire on them somewhere down the line.

  • lroom

    The Democratic Party has a legit reason to not vote on this bullshit. The president should not be allowed to nominate anyone while under investigation for possible treason! They should be hitting every news show and repeating this so the public understands that this investigation is serious and effects our country. That should be the only damn message out there FFS.

    • TJ Barke

      They should be confirming Garland. STOLEN SEAT!

    • this country says it’s about

      That is the message I sent to both of my Senators (both Democrats) one of whom was on the fence. They are now both on board with the filibuster.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Why don’t they just get Zombie Robert Bork? If you listen on a quiet summer night, the gentle breeze will still bring the soft echo of that motherfucker’s complaining.

    • MApispevooooiCaptainHowdy

      “No activity that society thinks immoral is victimless. Knowledge that an activity is taking place is a harm to those who find it profoundly immoral.”

      “A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable.”

      “The major obstacle to a religious renewal is the intellectual classes, who are highly influential and tend to view religion as primitive superstition. They believe that science has left atheism as the only respectable intellectual stance.”

      “There can be no doubt that the systematic hostility of the courts to religion has lowered the prestige of religion in the public mind.”

      “Radical feminism is the most destructive and fanatical movement to come down to us from the Sixties. This is a revolutionary, not a reformist, movement, and it is meeting with considerable success. Totalitarian in spirit, it is deeply antagonistic to traditional Western culture and proposes the complete restructuring of society, morality, and human nature.”

      “One evening at a hotel in New York I flipped around the television channels. Suddenly there on the public access channel was a voluptuous young woman, naked, her body oiled, writhing on the floor while fondling herself intimately… I watched for some time — riveted by the sociological significance of it all.”

      • Lord Jim

        “No activity that society thinks immoral is victimless. Knowledge that
        an activity is taking place is a harm to those who find it profoundly
        immoral.”

        And it’s liberals that are easily-triggered, special snowflakes?

  • starfanglednut

    Christ, I am so fucking angry. This is a stolen seat, plain and simple. These people fight dirty. These were the kids who hid rocks in ice balls for schoolyard snowball fights, and claimed it was somebody else’s fault when the smallest kid in the class got his head split open.

  • Me not sure

    “I cannot cast a vote for any man who would accept the nomination of Donald Trump for this seat on the court unless that person is Merrick Garland. Anyone who would accept nomination for a seat stolen from a legally sitting President will have shown such disrespect to the intent of the founders, and to the document itself, that they would be disqualified to be on the Court, in my eyes, as a result of that action.”

    Any Democratic Senator who wants to use it.

    • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

      I want every Democratic Senator to adopt that stance! So well stated. Thank you.

      • Me not sure

        There’s just a touch of Catch 22 in it.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    I wouldn’t care if Gorsuch was really Louis Brandies and Learned Hand combined and reincarnated as the smartest fucking judge ever, that seat belongs to Garland.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    No, Ms. Graham, you are part of a Senate where Democrats don’t get their picks and treasonous Russian puppet pachyderms do.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • Pookabun

    If they go nuclear, so to speak, and toss out the filibuster then doesn’t that mean that they can’t filibuster either, in the future? Setting precedent and all? Will they really be so shortsighted as to just throw away one of their favorite things, filibustering Democrats’ nominees? Even for them that seems weird.

    • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

      If Democrats ever break through the dark money barrier and take the majority again, the dark money Republicans will simply change the rules again. Or shut the place down. Or bring loaded weapons onto the floor of the chamber and start shooting Democrats. Whatever it takes.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    The dark money Republicans know exactly what they’re doing when they say things that are untethered from reality, the opposite of truth.

    It’s an art they perfected long ago, it used to be known as “straight up fucking shamelessly lying,” although the genteel political press smirkingly refers to it as “spin” and on the whole lets Republicans get away with doing a whole lot of it.

    These bastards know that by eroding consensus, shredding our shared knowledge and understanding of the world, throwing their vile (and heavily armed) base into raptures of angry righteousness by attacking and barking out these mad little lies, they delay–perhaps forever–the day of reckoning, the day when even Republican voters might stand up and say, no more: enough: fuck off.

  • HogeyeGrex

    where Democrats get their judges but Republicans don’t

    What an incredible load of shit. Not even bringing up the absurd obstructionism of Obama’s lower court appointees, here’s a question:

    When was the last time that a Republican Senate confirmed the Supreme Court nomination from a Democratic President?

    Answer?

    1895.

    Of the 30 successful confirmations since 1945, 13 of the votes, or about 43 percent, came when the President’s party didn’t control the Senate. This was especially true when the Democrats ran the Senate for long periods during the 1960s and 1970s.

    In fact, all 13 of the Supreme Court nominations since 1945 that were eventually approved by an opposing party in the Senate were made by Republican presidents. Familiar names such as Earl Warren, William Brennan and Potter Stewart were Eisenhower nominees approved by a Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Spare me the false victimhood, and the bizarroworld gaslighting bullshit. You’re going to put Party above Country, above Senate, and above Humanity, just like you and yours always do. At least fucking own it.

    • Christopher Story

      Lol… What?

      • HogeyeGrex

        The last paragraph was to Miss Lindsey.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Only problem with nuclear option is the idea that Dems will have a majority down the road. We had the best opportunity to beat ’em this time with some vulnerable seats in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and what did we net, like 1 Senator I think? Yes, it’s great to look forward to a Dem majority, but how good of a chance is that when you’ve got an electorate that’s insanely stupid and ignorant.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      2018 will be a good year.

      • Raan

        It’s gonna be fun.

    • Leliel

      *looks at Rump’s approval rating*

      Yeah, sure. Keep telling yourself that.

      Better a morale win now than lose to lose again later.

    • SullivanSt

      There is simply no planet on which it’s good for Democrats to have a filibuster rule that only the GOP is allowed to benefit from.

      If the nuclear option means Senate Democrats must always back down from filibustering, the filibuster is *already dead*

  • JD Mulvey

    Sheldon Whitehouse on losing the filibuster over the Gorsuch nomination: “To my mind, there’s no reason to lose a fight in order to save yourself for a later fight. You just face the same fight later, plus you’ve already lost.”

    • Carole

      That quote should be read by either Keanu Reeves (as Ted Logan) or Sean Penn (as Jeff Spicoli).

      • Sakonyachen

        ALEX WINTER LIBULLLLZZ!!!!

  • Don’t get theirs.
    But the Republicans are not being the partisan ones. Oh no heavens.

  • Maybe

    At this point we can consider ourselves lucky when Repubs are required to get even a straight majority. They weren’t for the 2016 election, after all.

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