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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Senate Republicans dealt with the Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court by voting to exercise the “nuclear option” and repealing Senate rules allowing filibusters of Supreme Court nominees. The vote rolled over the Democratic filibuster like a Mack truck with no brakes, which coincidentally will now be a perfectly legal vehicle for trucking companies to require employees to drive. The rule change follows Democrats’ doing away with the filibuster for other cabinet and judicial appointees back in 2013, which specifically excluded confirmations to the Supreme Court because that’s supposed to be especially sacred. But now Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote, at least until the next time Republicans lose control of the Senate, at which point we expect the lame-duck session to pass new Senate rules that only permit Republicans to vote on nominees.

The procedural change clears the way for Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed by what Donald Trump will no doubt brag is a record-setting 56 votes. Republicans insist blowing up the filibuster was absolutely necessary to save the Senate from itself, since no Democrats would ever vote for a Trump Supreme Court nominee except maybe the four who have said they plan to vote for Gorsuch. Also, for some reason, the Democrats are definitely the bad guys doing obstruction here and wrecking the bipartisan comity of the Senate, since they didn’t quietly go along with Republican stonewalling of Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, who at least can look himself in the mirror with a clean conscience. We are of course joking there; Neil Gorsuch, having determined that consciences were not envisioned by the Founders, never has any problems with his, either.

Still, Republicans insist on being the sorest possible winners, especially since some people unfairly accuse them of hypocrisy. Mitch McConnell cried that the Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch was simply unthinkable:

“This is the latest escalation in the left’s never-ending judicial war, the most audacious yet,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said after describing Democratic opposition in the past to Judge Robert H. Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas. “And it cannot and it will not stand. There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president.”

Silly leftists! Don’t you know that if a Democratic president nominates someone to the Supreme Court, they don’t really deserve even a hearing? Also, stop living in the past and obsessing over long-ago fights like the one over Garland, when there are far more current examples of Senate obstructionism like Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, both of whom were denied their rightful place on the Court when Republicans voted against Bork and Thomas was confirmed on a 52-48 vote after allegations of sexual harassment. (Oh, heck, Gorsuch’s vote won’t even set the record for narrowest confirmation.)

The Senate is preparing for a vote on Gorsuch tomorrow; in one of the more breathtaking speeches leading up before the vote, Lindsey Graham fretted today about how the politics of the moment have made judicial confirmations so horrifying, and will lead to the eventual loss of the filibuster on ordinary laws and therefore the “death of the Senate.” He also wondered how, if he didn’t vote to kill the filibuster, he’d ever explain the unfairness of it all to his constituents:

I don’t know what I go home and tell people why Sotomayor and Kagan got on the Court, and Gorsuch couldn’t. Why President Obama was able to pick two people that were highly qualified, and Trump wasn’t able to pick one person who was highly qualified. We just can’t have it where one side gets their judges and the other side doesn’t.

You know, that would be a little more persuasive if Graham had noted that Barack Obama nominated three highly-qualified people to the Court, but only two of those nominations were considered real by Republicans.

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  • whitroth

    And when we take back the Senate next year, IMPEACH CLARENCE FUCKING THOMAS for conflict of interest ethics violations in Bush v. Gore, as well as LYING TO CONGRESS during his hearings.

    • puredog

      Boy, hold a grudge much?

  • Marion in Savannah

    I can’t… I just can’t… My only remaining hope is that what goes around comes around. WITH MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF VOTES.

  • shoeflyin

    I yelled at the turtle on twitter…futile gestures that make me feel slightly better

    • Roni Raven, Just Microwavin’

      I yelled FUCK YOU at him on NPR in the car this morning. I thought I might ragestroke out.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        I wish I could yell more often, but I share my home office with a very talented parrot and I don’t want to go to jail.

  • Beowoof14

    Oh this is a nice win for the moment, but Mitch just gave up the republican tool of obstruction and I do believe he and the republicans will pay dearly for what they have done. The Cheetolini government is going to lead to a hopefully massive beating for republicans in the next election. And then Mitch can fuck himself in a turtle tunnel.

    • puredog

      And you don’t think that the lame-duck Republican majority will reinstitute the filibuster after their (hopefully) disastrous performance in the 2018 midterms because. . . .why?

      • ZAmazingProfessionalCrastinatr

        I thought of that. Can not the Democrats unreinstitute it after they, as a majority, are sworn in shortly thereafter? Assuming enough of the have the intestinal fortitude to do so …

        • chortlingdingo

          If that’s how it goes, they should kill it again and remind McConnell (publicly) that you can’t have two sets of standards.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Why President Obama was able to pick two people that were highly qualified, and Trump wasn’t able to pick one person who was highly qualified.

    Because Gorsuch shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place had YOU, Senator Mint Julep Cornpone, done your damn job last year. How about that?

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      I’d rather fuck in clover, but that’s just me.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        me too….

    • Beowoof14

      I am old enough to remember doing this. And with Drumpfenfurher running the show I am afraid I am going to have to show my grandkids this move.

    • schmannity

      Fuck and shove her?

      –Corey Lewandowski

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/2ZpvcBPpYENQ4/giphy.gif

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Funny there were two sets of standards from 2010-2016, then. Must’ve been a silly mix-up.

    • ariel_gee_398

      It’s okay because it wasn’t Democrat vs. Republican standards. It was black president vs. white president standards.

      • marxalot

        Yep! Elect a black Republican, and you’ll see!

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance
  • schmannity

    Nuclear Turtles is the name of my Happy Together tribute band.

  • elviouslyqueer
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      He’s not this adorable…

  • ariel_gee_398

    I assume that if Trump is forced to resign in disgrace within the next 8 months, Gorsuch will resign because no President should be allowed to nominate a SC Justice in the last year of their term, right?

    • jesterpunk

      IOKIYR

    • Vincent Ricola

      Unfortunately, those media checks for the tacky “elect me” Gorsuck commercials have already cleared, so now we’re stuck.

      • “M”

        That was … every time one of those aired I wanted to scream

        “PROPAGANDAAAAAAAAA” at the television.

        Seriously – could they have been any more bald-faced about it?

        “He’s a good judge.” — Who are you, the voice from 1984??

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

    I find myself not feeling nearly as bad as I used to when I see turtles that have been run over by cars these days for some reason…

    • vivian

      Hey! I am a turtle and that is not fair! We don’t judge you, just because you choose a President who looks like an inflatable children’s toy and is trying to destroy the world… although, come to think of it, maybe would should.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      I have to hold back from spitting on packs of Chiclet gum in stores, because they look like boxes of Mitch McConnell smiles.

  • elviouslyqueer
    • marxalot

      Have you seen the vids of Frump shoving drink coasters and other things away from him? Reminded me of this.

  • Vincent Ricola

    “Why do you make me do this terrible thing to you, America? You need to quit asking for it with your expectations of decency and fairness.” – GOP

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    “And it cannot and it will not stand. There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president,” said McConnell.

    “Unless that Democratic President is black,” he hastily added.

    • God Emperor Emeritus

      Or a Democrat.

    • clubseal

      I can’t envision being so oblivious – or dishonest – a person that I could actually complain about Democrats obstructing a Supreme Court nominee vote mere months after Republicans did the same exact thing.
      How is it even possible?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        turtles all the way down…

        • “M”

          We remember what happened at the end of that book …

          • Jeffery Campbell

            How I long for that!!

            ”You hush up your mouth!” howled the mighty King Yertle. ”You’ve no right to talk to the world’s highest turtle. I rule from the clouds! Over land ! Over sea! There’s nothing, no, NOTHING, that’s higher than me!”

            But, as Yertle the Turtle King, lifted his hand And started to order and give the command, That plain little turtle below in the stack, That plain little turtle whose name was just Mack, Decided he’d taken enough. And he had. And that plain little lad got a little bit mad And that plain little Mack did a plain little thing. He burped! And his burp shook the throne of a king! And Yertle the Turtle, the king of the trees, The king of the air and the birds and the bees, The king of a house and a cow and a mule … Well, that was the end of the Turtle King’s rule! For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond, Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!

            And today the Great Yertle, that Marvelous he, Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see. And the turtles, of course all the turtles are free As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.

          • “M”

            Just waiting … waiting … for it to all come CRASHING DOWN …

    • DrBigHead

      McConnell must own a set of cognitive dissonance-resistant underwear.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Now THERE’S the jobs Republicans are bringing back to America: Specialty underwear manufacturing. Making Utah Great Again!

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        They must be made out of asbestos, given how often his pants must be on fire.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Please let’s not think on Yertle’s underwear, hugging that saggy old ball sac. It’s probably worse than that baroque disarray of a neck.

    • LucindathePook

      Or a gurl.

    • Ninja0980

      Or any Democrat for that matter.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I don’t know what I go home and tell people why Sotomayor and Kagan got on the Court, and Gorsuch couldn’t.

    Well, neither Sotomayor nor Kagan made extremist decisions such as ruling that an employee who wasn’t willing to risk his life waiting in bitterly cold weather should be fired or that a company that invested in birth control but that didn’t want to cover it for its employees should be allowed to do so because RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!!, so there’s your starting point, Senator Graham…

    https://68.media.tumblr.com/6d0418429b9d45a597a544e342324926/tumblr_olvvetPqOe1vaqoiqo1_400.gif

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Dude, you’re gonna get what you want. Spike the football and move on. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ee50eda31f58feaeb1fe9a9c3d9c97c4cc7528a2407542f987a4bedaced386b0.gif

  • Marceline

    As much as I hate McConnell, I hate the people who sat home because they wanted “change” and to “destroy the status quo” even more. They fucked us for generations.

    • jesterpunk

      But emalllllsss .

    • “M”
    • Suse

      They also said Killary would get us into war immediately. Hello Syria!

      • ~ ☆ míkhαílα ☆ ~ 【忠実反抗】

        Of course they were projecting with that whole “plunge the country into another stupid and unneeded war” thing, just like almost everything else.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Oh yes… I was just interacting with one of those folks in the comments that are not allowed on another piece. He was objecting to being called a “purity pony” because he’s obvs better than everyone else and we are all corrupt for having voted for someone who isn’t perfect.
      Those assholes give me a pain.

      • Marceline

        That’s why we have to never stop reminding them of the damage they did. I know Editrix wants to move on from the primary. So do I but it’s obvious that the ponies are just waiting for the chance to sabotage us again. They consider the Dems a bigger threat than the actual Nazis and Repubs that have taken control of this country. If they sat home or spite voted then they helped cause this and they should never get to pretend they didn’t. It doesn’t matter why they did it, they own this mess. We need to remind them all of the difference between intent and impact.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6330a73a3eaa44aa6d56057d02af57c75b404f40049ff54bdc5c2548189483d.jpg

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          YES!! THIS!!

      • “M”

        Because the NAME HE’S BEING CALLED is the most important thing.

        Never mind the racist, sexist, violent thuggery he enabled by voting for a warmongering privacy-raping bigot.

    • Ninja0980

      Same as they did with W.

  • Royal Ugly Dude
  • Fartknocker

    Turtle Boy brought this shit onto himself. It won’t make a damn bit of difference to the fine people of Kentucky because they’ll continue to vote for this shit bag because stupid runs deep in the hills. Maybe Gorsuch can issue a ruling to bring back coal mining jerbs.

    On a happier note (it’s play Corgis!!! for children):
    http://austin.blog.mystatesman.com/2017/04/06/ut-students-launch-the-worlds-cutest-business-selling-memory-foam-corgis/

    • Tiny kaiju

      Squeeeee! Ima get me a Waffle!

  • Carpe Vagenda

    I don’t know what I go home and tell people why Sotomayor and Kagan got on the Court, and Gorsuch couldn’t. Why President Obama was able to pick two people that were highly qualified, and Trump wasn’t able to pick one person who was highly qualified. We just can’t have it where one side gets their judges and the other side doesn’t.

    Well, he could say “remember that thing that pretty much everybody in the audience at that last town hall I held screamed at me not to do? I didn’t do it.”

    I feel as if they’d learn to live with it.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Any holdouts still thinking McCain and Miss Lindsay are human?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      In the Nietzschean “all too human” manner? Yes. In the basic human decency sense?

      https://preferredmct.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/umm-no.gif?w=490

    • Suttree

      The next time I see some blog say that shit, I will be getting banned right quick.

    • Vincent Ricola

      But.. but.. mavericks?

      • Thespian Pony Ron

        IIRC, mavericks were cows that refused to stay in the herd and were thus a pain in the saddle for the cowboys. The usual fate of a maverick was to be immediately turned into steaks.
        Hint, hint.

  • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend
  • Chadwells

    OT: What? Dude, for real? WTFF?!?!

    “Trump: We’ve had ‘one of the most successful 13 weeks’ in history”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/327669-trump-weve-had-one-of-the-most-successful-13-weeks-in-history

    • boyblue123

      By we he means his own bank account

  • Michael R
    • OrG

      I agree with all of that, except the “if” part.

    • Thespian Pony Ron

      Can you lot PLEASE hurry up with that?

      • Michael R
        • Lambsendbeds

          This is why I install the toilet paper roll backwards. The cats can’t unroll the whole fucking thing. They can, however, bite big chunks out of it when they get frustrated.

  • Suttree

    I want to drop kick a turtle right now.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Through the ever shifting goalposts of Hell.

    • stubbornirishlass

      No. Just no. It is not the fault of turtles that Mitch McConnell is a chinless piece of shit.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Yertle the Turtle cannot be hit with enough sharp, pointy votes to satisfy my votelust.

  • Chadwells

    Also…I cut Ice Road Truckers season 3.

  • memzilla Ω

    “This is the latest escalation in the left’s never-ending judicial war,
    the most audacious yet,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky…

    Scotty, what’s your analysis?
    http://media.giphy.com/media/3og0IKv6HUTBC39jjO/giphy.gif

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Like Roger Maris’ 61 homer season, can we put an asterisk next to Justice Gorsuch’s name?

    • Marion in Savannah

      Yep. Just like Charlie Pierce and I refer to President* Trump.

      • JoeChristmas

        I opt for Swindler in Chief

      • SeeTrain65

        I replace President* with “idiot.” Saves time and letters.

  • jesterpunk

    But Mitch you where ok with blocking any nominee Hillary would have put up if she won.You where also ok with blocking Garland when Obama nominated him.

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

    • Thespian Pony Ron

      So?
      – the voice of the turtle

      • jesterpunk

        This is different, Trump isnt presidenting while black or while being a women also IOKIYR.

  • “M”

    “Look what you made me do” is the language of an ABUSER.

    • Nightcrawler

      Victim blaming is a white winger’s pastime.

    • puredog

      All the upfists. That is a brilliant apercu.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        …and kudos for “apercu.” If I keep hanging around this joint, there is no telling how smart I may get!

        • puredog

          If I was a little bit more SMRT, I coulda put a cedilla under the c. I mean, I COULD have opened up my word-processing program and created it there and then cut-and-pasted, I suppose, but I’m lazy.

          • Shakenbake

            You can also add the US International keyboard. I write in French a lot and it’s a YUGE timesaver.

          • “M”

            You can do it.

            Tu le faîtes comme ça.

            (We have to do it quick like bunnies before Donnie starts WWIII.)

          • chortlingdingo

            Also, too, HTML. ç

  • Nockular cavity

    will lead to…the “death of the Senate.”

    Good. Get rid of that, and the Electoral College too, and expand the House.

    • Regret

      That… is a really bad idea.
      If your government is overstepping it’s bounds, the solution is never to increase the power-centralization.
      Bad government is fixed by decentralizing power.
      So, one ruler = bad.
      One ruler that needs permission from an independent group = better.
      One ruler who cannot write his own laws but needs to have that done by an independent arm of government before these laws are approved by the law checking group = even better.
      One ruler + law writing group + law approving group + law executing group = even more better.

      You can keep on splitting the power nexuses, but these are the basics of good government through reduced power centralization.

      Extra robustness can be added to the system by having the various groups elected in different ways on different times. You can even have 1 group hereditary, my personal preference is to do that with the now nearly completely impotent ruler. It is the cheapest option. Just make sure that ruler still has some power (for example, a veto right on one law of their choice) otherwise, you are paying for an arm of the government that doesn’t actually add anything.

    • Serai 1

      Jesus Christ, that is a SERIOUSLY shitty idea.

  • shastakoala

    Quit hitting yourself! No, you quit hitting yourself!

  • Shoto

    I have a Moran Question because I am A Idiot.

    If and when the Democrats retake the majority in the senate, can they reverse this bullshit? In other words, does screwing around with the rules work both ways?

    • jesterpunk

      Yes they can but they can also keep the rules and just tell the republicans to STFU.

      • Shoto

        Can they punch Turtle-Boy McConnell in the face too, also? With votes and pepper spray?

        • jesterpunk

          Well republicans do want to get rid of the endangered species act or remove 1 animal for every new one added so turtles may not be protected anymore. So yeah they can beat him with votes once they retake the Senate non stop.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          This deserves a nut punch with a Mack truck. For the drivers.

      • Serai 1

        Which is when the GOPpers will learn that when you shoot yourself in the foot, the bullet sometimes takes a while to hit your instep.

    • puredog

      Yeah, they can, but if they are a similarly constituted majority (i.e., 50-60 Dems), they will just say fine, sauce for the goose, here, have some single-payer, etc. I’m afraid that the next big fight is going to be over a constitutional convention. Talk about nuclear.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Welp, they tried the constitutional amendment thing with the ERA. And we all know how that went, don’t we?

        • puredog

          Uh, yeah, well, all they need is 34 state legislatures, and 33 are presently controlled by the GOP. You do the math.

    • Stulexington

      The problem is once you give power to the government it is very reluctant to give it back no matter which side of the tug of war rope they’re on. This ability to ram stuff through with a simple majority will probably stay for a long time.

  • BMW

    Mitch McConnell may be the biggest hypocrite currently serving in Congress, which is really saying something.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      I don’t know… Walnuts whinging that this was a dark day for the Senate literally minutes after voting in favor of killing the filibuster has to have earned him some kind of prize. I mean… that’s hypocrisy to Olympic standard.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Walnuts sold his integrity long ago for political gain. An officer’s word is supposed to be his bond, but Walnuts tossed that totally out the window to get the nomination in 2008. His ambition killed any ethics he had left.

      • Ninja0980

        Don’t forget he was the first to suggest Hillary’s nominees be blocked, even before Ted Cruz did.

    • Serai 1

      Superlatives are meaningless with this crowd. There’s no way to say who is the most venal, or hypocritical, or bigoted, etc. They’re each as bad as the other in that crowd.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Is there video of Merrick Garland taking a nature walk in the woods with Hillary yet?

    • Anna Rompage

      No, but I think I saw one of him with a voodoo doll that looked remarkably like Mitch McConnell…

      • tapp_my_wire,please

        O.K. His pet turtle breathes easier.

  • ~ ☆ míkhαílα ☆ ~ 【忠実反抗】

    FUCK THESE TRAITORS UP (WITH VOTES)!

    • puredog

      Fuck these traitors up the. . .where?

      • ~ ☆ míkhαílα ☆ ~ 【忠実反抗】

        Uhm…where ever you want?

        • puredog

          N.O.T., K!

  • Suse

    We are so screwed.

    • tapp_my_wire,please

      Go down to your local Chamber of Commerce where toasts are being offered. If you like non-alcoholic punch however

    • Serai 1

      We’ve been screwed for a while. It’s just that now we’re starting to feel it.

  • BMW

    I’m opposed to Gorsuch’s nomination on principle. However, I’m also opposed to the filibuster in general. It went from only being used in special circumstances to being a regular tool of obstructing any bill or appointment every time at least 41 senators are against something. If this hypocritical move by the Senate majority brings us one step closer to its abolition, then perhaps this Gorsuch cloud has a silver lining after all.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    The filibuster actually died when Republicans started to filibuster every Democratic nominee under the sun. This is just its funeral. And even if you’ll miss it in the coming four years, you’ll be better off without it in the long run. It’s an undemocratic travesty in a Senate that is already heavily weighted in favour of the minority. Sooner or later, it had to go. Now Americans will just have to learn that elections matter.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      You’ll note that the Dems mounted a filibuster the old fashioned way, by talking continuously on the floor of the Senate for hours, not the cowardly GOP “silent filibuster” technique in which they hid from CSPAN cameras to conduct their perfidy. Merkley was out there loud and proud and unashamed of what he was doing, for a matter of principle…that Merrick Garland should be sitting in dead Fat Tony’s chair, not this fuckwit Gorsuch.

      • Serai 1

        I never understood why anyone accepted that “silent” bullshit. Why have these hateful fuckers been allowed to slag off and just get their own fucking way for so long?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          1975. The Senate changed the rules to allow for this…a filibuster no longer preempted all Senate business for the duration.

    • puredog

      If they didn’t learn it in time for 2016, I have to wonder; but I sure hope so, since we have no other hope.

    • mancityRed6

      It died when they didn’t even have to filibuster, just a voice roll call and then said it was their plan to filibuster. They would then move on to something else.
      I don’t mind the filibuster, but if you’re going to do it, then do it right. Make them have to stand up and talk for hours on end.

      • H0mer0

        [Wendy Davis did it, them buncha pussies]

    • Serai 1

      It died when they started accepting loopholes and excuses instead of having someone actually standing there for as long as it took. But we can’t expect GOPpers to put in that kind of effort, can we?

    • canes_pugnaces

      but the emails… and the pantsuit… and I don’t like her voice…

    • stubbornirishlass

      Additionally, I think most Americans simply do not understand the filibuster, which is one reason the wrong party often gets the blame for things that happen, or that do not happen. My neighbor, who is a fairly simple-minded person who calls herself a Libertarian (though she has no real concept of what that actually means; and who also thinks the 3 branches of government are President, Senate and Congress), never could understand why Senate Democrats were not getting things done when they had the majority. Most people think the majority has all the control, right? So we may as well let them, and perhaps a few people will develop a better grip on where they should be placing blame for what goes on.

  • shastakoala
    • Stulexington

      Oh how times have changed, today he’d just order pizza.

  • fawkedifiknow

    The filibuster was most injuriously and consistently used for the longest time by Southern bigots to prolong Jim Crow. Fuck them.

  • Crystalclear12

    Damn commenting rules.
    I will be in the corner fuming.

    And possibly plotting

    • Villago Delenda Est

      With votes!

      • Tiny kaiju

        And Legos.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    I pride myself on my nice manners, but I want, more than anything I have ever wanted, to spit in Mitch McConnell’s face, slap it clean, spit in his face again, slap it clean…ad infinitum.

    Oh yeah…with votes of course.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Really? We have to use votes? I would rather use actual spit, just this once.

      • Serai 1

        I’m a little sick of that pretense, myself. We’re not fooling anyone, you know.

  • Thespian Pony Ron

    Proof there is no God: Mitch did NOT burst into flames at the egregiousness of his lies.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Wet turtle shit isn’t very flammable anyway.

  • “IT’S TURTLES! TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN! F’ING TURTLES, MAN! GAME OVER! GAME OVER, MAN”!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ad8372f06c3f5a7082f39880e3a0ef33753dac8fd1b544548b36052387ca2b3.jpg

  • Serai 1

    We’ll see how great the GOPpers think this is the next time THEY need the filibuster. Nothing like shootin’ yourself in the foot, is there?

    • atheist

      What, politicians doing something that could bite them on the ass later on? Say it ain’t so!

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      I think *they* think they’ll just reinstate it if they need it.

      • Amy!

        They really can’t. I mean, as majority party, they could, but as majority party, they don’t need it. And having been discarded once, there’s no precedent to break when they reinstate it and Dems take control. Republicans are in the minority with their reinstated rule; Democrats revoke the rule, pass whatever it is that Republicans were filibustering, and (perhaps, to be snarky) reinstate the rule.

        It only worked as a tool so long as it was respected. Once it’s been violated, it can’t be made into inviolable tradition again.

  • canes_pugnaces

    In fairness, the Dems don’t exactly have a high moral road to walk here, higher than the GOP’s manure highway. But still.

    • Lefty Wright

      Right. That attitude is what got us where we are. Leftists saying their conscience would not allow them to vote for Clinton because of things. Let me give you my opinion. On a scale of one to ten, with one being the worst, the GOP ranks a negative million. The Democratic party ranks an eight. With those numbers, comparison is not necessary. And should not have required any nose holding to vote for Clinton.

      • canes_pugnaces

        I agree. And I voted for Clinton. However, the filibuster (mostly used to defend Jim Crowe) was used for cynical ends by both parties.

        • chimpevil

          Sorry, that “both sides do it” BS just won’t wash here. As Schumer pointed out (per Huffpo), of all the 147 cloture motions involving judicial nominations in the history of the country, more than half–79!–took place in the first six years of the Obama admin. That’s what was un-fucking-precedented and what the Empty Ball Sack fails to mention when he blames Reid for blowing up the filibuster for presidential appointees. The Repubs obstructed everything Obama tried to do and only chose not to fight Kagan and Sotomayor because they were replacing liberals. The Dems usually have little room to complain because they’re so damn awash in corporate blood money themselves, but in this case, their actions were righteous and true and I for one am proud of them for a change.

          • canes_pugnaces

            True. The actual number of procedural blocks by the GOP during Obama’s run was close to 500. Not including the secret handshake about blocking anything and everything Obama did. The point, my only point, is the Dems are not sterling examples of shiny perfect legislation angels. Reid took a cynical jag, and the Schumer (like everyone) thought HRC was going to win so didn’t play his hand before the election. That’s all.

    • ♚ King Leo ♚

      More than half of all Presidential appointees that have EVER been blocked were blocked during Obama’s term.

      More. Than. Half.

      • chimpevil

        Sorry, King, didn’t see your comment as I was typing my screed below, but that point definitely cannot be made enough.

  • Tiny kaiju

    There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president.”
    And yet that is exactly what you created Mitch. So fuck you in the ear with an F 35.

  • Zonath

    All this fucking emo drama over blowing up what was ultimately a symbolic “rule” anyhow, given that the “unprecedented” move of actually holding a filibuster against a Supreme Court nominee necessitated the reversal of the rule allowing filibusters. This all makes me think that Mich is going to go home for his two week vacation and just listen to Fall Out Boy and cut himself.

  • mailman27

    Mitch McConnell really is totally that craven and dishonest. In case you were wondering.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I literally shouted NO HE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT at my computer, which is fantastic: I found out there is a level of depraved mendacity to which Mitch McTraitor sinks that still surprises me!

    • puredog

      There’s something wonderful about discovering the continued capacity for wonder, innit?

  • Resistance Fighter Astraea
    • HazooToo

      I still haven’t found that ad ‘in the wild’. I’m not entirely convinced it’s real.

    • Serai 1

      White has been associated with cleanliness and purity throughout all cultures pretty much forever. Maybe try to separate the racial meaning of “white” from its meaning purely as a color? So you won’t get so upset about things like this?

      • HarpyLibtart

        Or maybe, since Nivea has a bit of a history of racially insensitive advertising, could people who think “you don’t have to make EVERYTHING about race” possibly stay in their lanes?
        So as to not get so upset about things like this?

        • thixotropic jerk

          Good luck with that one

        • Serai 1

          Honey, you’re the upset one, not me. I saw that and knew it was about the color itself, not her skin. Know why? Because she’s WEARING IT. Not everything you assume about people’s intentions are right, you know.

        • AyeDiosDrinko

          Don’t bother with that one.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      Are they trying to market to the white supremacist demographic?

  • Stulexington

    I wonder if the Dems are gonna stage another sit in?

  • Phenicks

    He should have to legally change his name to Gorsuch-R.

    • stubbornirishlass

      I think I’m going to refer to him as Justice Plagiarist.

      • Marceline

        I will forever call him The #RussianJustice.

        • stubbornirishlass

          Also a valid choice.

  • Blackest Noobs

    STUPID STUPID STUPID…and of course Republicans would put another Judge on the Supreme Court who couldn’t get the 60+ votes in the Senate.

    THIS IS A FUCKING DISGRACE, REPUBLICANS!!!!

    https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/nominations/Nominations.htm

  • MikeyArmstrong

    This is why Hillary needed to win, Bernie bros.

    • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

      Your horse is dead. Stop beating it.

      • akryan

        for real. there were a few dead enders, but almost all the Sanders supporters ended up coming over. the ones that didn’t come over mainly lived in solidly blue states anyway.

        • DT

          I still here the Bernie would have won bitchers.

          • Marceline

            Same. These people want us to forget what they did. If we do they’ll screw us again and again.

          • DT

            No, they paradoxically DON’T want us to forget what they did, because they think they did good.

    • VirginiaLady

      She did. By 3 million votes.

  • Fine, Mitch, Lindsay, Panama John, I get it.
    2018 bitches. You will whine so very much and it will be wonderful.

    • Bec Jenn

      Alas Panama John has 6 more years of this crap. Flake will be up for election in 2018. The only way to get rid of McCain right now is a recall election. Not holding my breath though…I mean he DID survive the Keating 5 scandal, so dude knows where all the bodies are hidden.

      • eka

        Toomey still has six years too, but it might take that long for Pennsylvanians to realize that coal jobs are not coming back – having more time might not always be a bad thing. Question is, if we scare them by voting out representatives in 2018, will they reform their behavior just enough to be reelected or double down on being horrific to try to reach their base?

  • HogeyeGrex

    There cannot be two sets of standards: one for the nominees of the Democratic president and another for the nominee of a Republican president

    You mean like how Democratic Senate majorities approve Republican nominees (13 times since WW2), but the last time a Republican Senate approved a Democratic President’s Supreme Court nominee was in 1895?

    Yah. Right. Fuck you in the neck with a rabid mongoose, Mitch.

  • Shibusa

    It’s just amazing to hear Senators on C-SPAN droning on about Democratic obstruction. Fuck these assholes.

  • Zyxomma

    ITMFA.

  • Jesse

    So in 4 years when President Gillibrand gets to appoint the first openly gay justice, the first muslim american justice, judge Michelle Obama, and judge Al Franken… Mitchypoo will be just ducky with it?

    Guess he’s gonna have to be. =D

    • phoenix00

      “Mitchypoo”. I like that.

    • writersbloc

      Openly gay, Muslim- married to jewish partner would just be the most head’sploding awesome unicorn nomination ever.

  • Greg Comlish

    At least the Dems didn’t cave.

    Seriously, the filibuster is only meaningful if the Dems are willing to use it. If the Dems aren’t willing to use it, then the only thing the filibuster is useful for is allowing the opposition a huge amount of leverage to impede their agenda. The Dems should have reformed the filibuster back in 2009 and vastly restricted its use. Had they done so, we would have had a much strong healthcare bill with a robust public option. Instead we allowed Joe fucking piece of shit Lieberman to filibuster his own goddamn party after Obama went out of his way to campaign for that fucking piece of shit and then we got a seriously diluted bill. Not to mention the thousands of other bills that died or didn’t even get discussed because of constant universal use of the filibuster by the GOP. The same filibuster that the Dems bent over backwards to preserve during the Bush years. “Oh no, don’t take away the filibuster Mr. Bush! Please let’s compromise by just passing everything you want and in return you can preserve this procedural hurdle so the GOP can fuck us over when we finally get some power!” Fuck the filibuster. I’m glad we played hard ball and I hope the GOP is so fucking short-sighted that they remove it for all legislation because the 99% of the time the filibuster is used, it is to benefit the GOP.

    • akryan

      Seriously. All the Repubs are having a sad about taking it away. Well they didn’t have to. It’s meant to be used. It really wouldn’t have been as convincing if we didn’t know they would filibuster every single thing that Democrats passed and every single person Clinton nominated for anything if we got into power.

  • thixotropic jerk

    FuCkonnell McMitchly

  • Patricia Ong

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  • Nezrite

    So how do we, the voters, get our own “nuclear option” which allows us to elect presidents with a simple majority vote?

  • BurntPlasiic

    Goddamn nightmare. There is a special place in Hell waiting for Mitch McAsshole and his cronies..

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