BREAKING: Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To SCOTUS

The New York Times reports:

President Trump campaigned as a Washington outsider. But his first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, has deep roots in the city and the establishment Mr. Trump often criticized. Judge Gorsuch’s mother was a high-level official in the Reagan administration. He spent part of his childhood in Washington and practiced law here for a decade, at a prominent law firm and in the Justice Department.

And, like all of the current justices, Judge Gorsuch is a product of the Ivy League, having attended college at Columbia and law school at Harvard. But there is no doubt about his conservative credentials. And if there is a justice whom he most resembles, it is the one whose seat he has been nominated to fill, Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Gorsuch, 49 — who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, by President George W. Bush — is an originalist, meaning he tries to interpret the Constitution consistently with the understanding of those who drafted and adopted it. This approach leads him to generally but not uniformly conservative results. “Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” he wrote in a concurrence last year. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

  • empidonax_road

    Could have been worse. Could have been Pryor.

    • That’s my feeling. Or Roy Moore.

      • j.martindale

        Or Loonie Gohmert.

        • I was only thinking about the names that were ACTUALLY thrown around as possible noms by the wingnut brigade. And both Pryor and Moore were on the short lists.

          • j.martindale

            Gohmert wasn’t? Must have been an oversight.

          • KnownDonorDad

            Moore was on the short list? Great googly moogly.

      • Paula

        That would have been very bad.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          At least Moore would soon die and join Scalia in h3ll.
          Gosuck is only 49.

          • Piet

            I wonder if he likes fried foods. I’ve heard the fried chicken in DC is outstanding. Also the crab cakes. And I hope he gets a cook who knows you can’t get a good piecrust without lard.

      • whollyfool

        Dear god.

    • karen in kalifornia

      This guy is close to just as bad, just more subtle about it.
      Anti choice, and all the other antis which go along with pro religion.

  • Paula

    This is one of the worst outcomes that I could have imagined.

    • Todd20036

      I don’t think you are going to get much disagreement in these forums.

      This is disgusting.

    • TimCA

      Limited amount of ammo to fight him with. Some of the other possible loons have much more fringe records on which to base an opposition.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Thats what i figured too. Trump didnt pick gorsuch. Somebody who knew what they were doing pick him. Gorsuch im sure is very very hard right but hobby lobby is the only controversial case hes ruled on.
        That theyve mentioned so far

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Compare to the other 5 on Donnie’s unofficial short list, he’s the more “moderate” one on anti-gay issues.

      • Todd20036

        I think Paula means that a centrist is delayed for a year, and then America goes fucking nuts and elects a Nazi, who then puts another Nazi on SCOTUS

        • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Thanks!!!
          WTF happened to the spineless Dems that couldn’t even bring a SCOTUS vote to the floor? Well, at least most of the rightwing nutso sites I’ve read shredded this guy, so he must be less evil than the rest 🙂

          • fuow

            Before we attack our spineless Democrats in the House and Senate, let’s ask ourselves the more relevant question: Why the fucking hell didn’t young women and gay men get out and VOTE?

          • Oh, Parker

            Because, let’s be honest, they’ve had it relatively easy. They don’t remember the height of the AIDS epidemic. They don’t remember when we had to routinely endure having bricks and bottles thrown at us while going out to gay clubs, or having the police actively engaging in slurs and rounding up drag performers as prostitutes, calling them “he/shes.” They don’t remember ACT UP and all of the protests, or losing people close to them while the “Christian” community piled on and did everything in their power to make us suffer all the more. The younger LGBT crowd is about to learn just how much work previous generations did on their behalf so they can enjoy the rights they have now.

          • fuow

            Yeah, there’s some truth to that. I spent most of 2016 saying: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good to younger gay men who told me I needed to ‘be taught a lesson’ for not submitting a better candidate than Hillary.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            U know what pisses me off the most about the millenials?
            Theyre spoiled.
            They dont like anyone but themselves. Theyre not particularly good at hiding that fact either.
            Sooner rather than later theyll get older too.

    • UrsusArctos

      Nope, Pryor was the worst. This is bad, but not the worst. With Pryor on the court and Sessions as AG things would go badly FAST. Those 2 have suppressed rights and buried crimes together for years.

    • perversatile

      “Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”
      -Terry Pratchett

  • karen in kalifornia

    Hobby Lobby.
    Religious freedom to discriminate is here to stay.

  • Steven Leahy

    I think I am gonna hurl…..

  • j.martindale

    We DO NOT LIVE IN THE 18TH CENTURY!

    • Todd20036

      Wanna bet?

    • IamM

      Republican conservativism equals denying that anything has been learned or otherwise changed in over two hundred years. aka Insanity.

    • BobSF_94117

      There you are, going high again.

      Go low… think 13th Century…

  • CraigNJ

    Dems need to hold up his confirmation for at least a year, just like the Rethugs did to Obama’s nomination.

    • Steven Leahy

      I have a feeling you’ll get your wish.

      • another_steve

        What about the Rethugs changing the Senate filibuster rules?

        Is there any doubt they’ll do that in this instance, if necessary?

        • KCMC

          Mike Signorile
          ‏If GOP ends filibuster for SCOTUS it will only galvanize opposition even more. They’ve seen the protests, McConnell will be wary

          • another_steve

            They don’t give a fuckin’ shit about “protests.” Look at the protests these past few days re the Muslim ban. How many congressional Republicans give a shit?

            Two? Three? Maybe four?

          • KCMC

            Michael’s thoughts

          • DaveW

            I’m sitting next to two “women” in Charlotte. Claiming the only reason women marched last weekend is they have a vagina. And madonna is a harlot. Sean spicer has the hardest job. My husband makes 64% of the household budget so he gets to be boss

            Seriously do not assume fairness and logical thinking and protests are going to save us.

            These bitches were disgusting suburbanites. I usually like eating at the bar when away. Now I just feel like the president will be accepted by these isiots

          • Al

            Yup. The stupid is very deep in many areas. Let me guess; they were white.

          • Al

            It will take 3 of the Repugnants to vote against rule changes to keep status quo. I’m doubtful, but hopeful.

        • abqdan

          They can’t do that until 2019, assuming they retain the Senate; the filibuster is part of the rules, adopted at the start of the session, that everyone has already voted on. Although ADOPTING the rules just takes a straight majority, to CHANGE the rules during the current session, they need a super-majority 🙂 (According to Wikipedia, “Despite this written requirement, the Senate’s presiding officer could, on motion, declare a Senate rule unconstitutional, and that decision could be upheld by a simple majority vote.”)

          • another_steve

            The Senate rules-keeper (a Republican, I assume) will have to sort it out.

            These are thieves and bandits.

            I assume they’ll do whatever it takes, legal or not.

          • Derrick Johns

            Interesting, abqdan. Thanks

      • TuuxKabin

        Welcome back. Good to see you here.

        • Steven Leahy

          Thanks Tuux – always good to see you.

    • j.martindale

      Four years. They stole this seat.

      • MonochromeMouse

        Or at the absolute least when the left retakes the presidency in 2020 they need to declare a state of emergency, enforce martial law, suspend the constitution, then undo every single thing trump has done and will do including removing any justices he appointed and replacing them with ones of their choosing, then declare the emergency over and reinstate the constitution.

        • fuow

          Sounds promising – just – given what I’ve experienced at the last three party meetings since November 2016, there is zero chance my party will anything productive to win in 2017/2018 much less 2020.

          • MonochromeMouse

            Yeah, unfortunately the Democrats seem to have lost their spine.

        • The_Wretched

          Absolutely not. You’re normalizing what trumps wants to do in 2018.

          • MonochromeMouse

            So we should just live with the horrible things trump is doing to the country even though there is a viable solution to reverse all of it?

          • The_Wretched

            Of course we need to fight back. For now, that means protests but those are not enough. We also need the Dems to recruit and run candidates in every and all offices. No more skipping the ‘hard’ ones.

          • The_Wretched

            suspending the constitution is not a viable solution and even arguing that is give Trump and buddies permission to do it first.

          • MonochromeMouse

            If it is not a viable solution then why does the concept of Martial Law exist in the first place?

          • The_Wretched

            I’m having a hard time believing you’re real.

            Martial Law does not exist as valid US law. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States

          • MonochromeMouse

            You just linked to the wikipedia page for the United States, which is entirely irrelevant to the discussion as the words “martial law” do not appear once on the page. Martial Law does exist as an option for a president to suspend parts of the constitution during a state of emergency, the option has existed since the country was founded. If you don’t think trump’s illegitimate reign and unconstitutional edicts would warrant that type of action to fix then I doubt you understand how dangerous he is to this country.

          • The_Wretched

            Right, you’re an utter quisling.

            the link has a list of when partial martial law was used in the US and how fundamentally it’s been ruled illegal or deemed unAmerican. And rightly so. The mere existence of an idea does not mean it’s a good idea.

            Trump’s admin is much more likely to declair martial law than the DEMS.liberals are and much more likely to use raw power to carry out their goals. He’s the president if you haven’t noticed.

          • MonochromeMouse

            Where exactly on the page the link goes to is that list? When I do a search for the words “Martial Law” on the page it shows 0 out of 0 results.

          • The_Wretched

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law scroll down to the US part.

          • MonochromeMouse

            That is not the page you linked to in your original argument, that doesn’t make you look good, in fact I think you must be a right-wing troll, go back to brietbart or free republic or stormfront troll. Whatever Alex Jones or James O’Kafee is paying you is too much, you aren’t even a good troll. (see how easy it is to call anyone who ever disagrees with you a troll)

          • The_Wretched

            I wasn’t disagreeing with you. I was saying you’re extreme to the point of doing the work of trump etal for them.

          • The_Wretched

            I am the rational antibody and will stand up to stupid advocacy.

          • MonochromeMouse

            You aren’t being “the rational antibody” you are arguing that standing up to trump in any meaningful way is bad and we should just stick to marching around with signs and feel-good slogans and hope our activism makes the orange grinch’s heart grow.

          • The_Wretched

            “you are arguing that standing up to trump in any meaningful way is bad”<–see, baseless arguments like that is part and parcel of the rightwing plants. You argued for the left to suspend the Constitution. That's beyond extreme. I argued for DEMS to up their game in elections and for the protests to continue. That's far from nothing.

            So thanks for the back and forth, it's shown you're a plant, a troll, an agent provocateur, a propaganda agent in sheeps clothes.

          • MonochromeMouse

            Wow, I’ve been commenting here for years and this is the first time anyone has ever accused me of being a troll, all because I disagreed with you on something.

          • The_Wretched

            now you’re doing the tar baby, i’m out.

    • You presume the GOPers won’t just Calvinball the rules like they ALWAYS do whenever it’s their interests and goals on the line.

      • Todd20036

        Yup. That’s a real possibility. Maybe even a probability. And all that has to happen is an “accident” to RBG.

        • zhera

          Hush you!

          RBG is to be protected by all the good forces in this world.

          • Todd20036

            Or Trump could just ignore SCOTUS entirely.

            After all, to the Nazis, we’re just a bunch of fags.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            LOL I doubt Tramp would do sth drastic on LGBT. Too small potatoes & not worth his efforts. Bannon & Pence are entirely different story. It looks like best case scenario we’d have Pence going down with Tramp & get POTUS Ryan. Still bad but let’s face it, Tramp’s demise is inevitable.

          • MonochromeMouse

            President Ryan wouldn’t be able to do anything, the Democrats hate him and the Republicans really fucking hate him, no one would cooperate with him in the house or senate and he would just have to sit around until he gets booted out in the next election.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            bahahah, that’s why this Russian investigation is so important. If they can find some collusion, the GOP would be forced to get rid of Pence for the “tainted” camp. Paul Ryan would have no mandate whatsoever, that’s why I think it’s best.

          • pj

            wont happen. chump will be president for long enough to start all the kock brothers favorite causes. when the chaos gets to be too much pence will take over and clean up the mess. then everybody will get the man they really want. checkmate. keep in mind the real players in this game.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            we’ll see. A lot of crap I didn’t think possible already happened.

          • Frostbite

            Pence won’t go down with Trump, he’s their ace-in-the-hole, when the GOP tires of TrumpTantrums they’ll bag his ass and replace him with a more manageable puppet.

          • pj

            just like them

    • bmoore4026

      They won’t. A lot of the Democrats we have now are of the old school and usually have Republicans walk all over them. We need new Democrats. A new, stronger willed, more aggressive Democratic party.

      • Todd20036

        We may never have an opposition party ever again.

      • another_steve

        Thank you. Well said.

        Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote (by a relatively narrow margin), she played a sissy’s game. Her campaign wasn’t nearly as aggressive and strategic as it needed to be.

        We need a new generation of smart, aggressive, cutthroat Democrats.

        • fuow

          Yup – gosh. How often were those of us who are out and loud told, even here, to shut the fuck up and not rock the boat?
          Young women and gay men who sat this one out need to be brought into the voting booth in 2017/18 and 2020. Not seeing anything so far that would bring that to be.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Hillary had the same problem obama had.
          Angry black man
          Angry woman

      • Frostbite

        Unfortunately we won’t have them for a few years at least, and they’ll all be freshmen, have very little power and be too busy kissing ass so they can get re-elected in the future. Useless.

      • fuow

        Dein Wort in Gottes Ohr.
        My generation has been a total, complete, utter clusterfuck for our party. Unfortunately, the millennials still haven’t grasped that elections matter. Just look at the voter demographics in November 2016. Ouch.

    • Lawerence Collins

      Democrats need to grow a spine and a heavy set of pendulous_________!

    • TimCA

      We can try. Unfortunately the Repubs will just lower the confirmation vote threshold to a simple majority.

    • Octoberfurst

      I just home the Democrats grow a pair and block this nutjob from the Supreme Court. If they let this asshole get in then we are truly lost.

  • Boycott NC

    Shouldn’t we know whether Russia hacked our election BEFORE we even consider debating any Supreme Court nominees from Trump?

    • TampaDink

      We should also know the detailed results of the apricot hellbeast’s autopsy, whether there was clear evidence of severe mental illness or whether he was just an asshole?

  • Ninja0980

    For those claiming it could be worse, keep in mind this asshole wrote an article stating LGBT people had no right to come to the courts for rights and had to get them at the ballot box.
    Not to mention he supported the Hobby Lobby choice.
    This POS is as bad as it could have gotten, simple as that.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Hmmm I think the other guys on Donnie’s shortlist are more anti-gay than him.

      I’m not on his side here, but the piece he wrote is more of a complain about how the LGBT overused the court system rather than about the outcomes. The other 3 flatout wanted to flip Obergefell or had some anti gay rulings in the past

    • empidonax_road

      That’s not what the article said. He said the that the left overrelies on the courts, which is arguably true.

      I think he’s leaving out the fact that minority protections are one of the courts’ primary functions in holding back majority tyranny, but he only mentions LGBT issues in a broader context of Democratic policy goals.

      I’d point out to him that those court wins helped build the broader popular support LGBT citizens have now, and helped make our various ballot-box wins possible by legitimizing our concerns to a broader public.

      Don’t get me wrong: it’s appalling that this seat isn’t going to Merrill Garland. But based on the limited information that we have about this guy, I’m less utterly horrified than I might have been.

      • fuow

        Yes, he’s more Mao than Stalin, that’s true.
        For what it’s worth.

    • JCF

      I believe he WROTE the Hobby Lobby decision?

  • Leo

    We are getting a century of Reaganesque theocracy on steroids.

    I quote Xuuths from the last thread:

    This, from the analysis of SCOTUSBLOG, should scare you:

    Gorsuch also has a pair of dissenting opinions in which he criticizes the “reasonable observer” test for establishment clause cases as far too likely to find impermissible endorsements of religion by the government

    • IamM

      Ugh. “Too far” in limiting the ability of government to interfere in individuals’ religious liberty. Ugh 😑

  • kcken

    Alright Dems, do your best blocking !! Go!

  • TampaDink

    So….did the runner up leave with some lovely parting gifts? A lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni?

    • Todd20036

      No silly. He got a copy of SCOTUS PICK The Home Game!

      • TampaDink

        I should have guessed that would be his lovely parting gifts.
        When I was a kid, I misunderstood that phrase & wondered what “lovely party gifts” were….as I aged, I realized it was bongs.

  • Smartypants

    On the bright side it’s not Ted Cruz.

  • The single most important thing to remember here: The Republican party stole a Supreme Court nomination by refusing for an entire year to do what the Constitution would otherwise require them to do. And they are paying no price for their anti-American anti-democratic power-grab.

    The second most important thing? This here proves why elections matter, and the radical purism-obsessed left fell on its face by pretending there was no difference between Clinton and the feces-hurling gibbon currently occupying the White House.

    • Ninja0980

      As far as I’m concerned, Bernie and others can fuck off.
      They helped doom us all, simple as that.

      • Todd20036

        Any “democrat” who didn’t vote for Clinton in the general can fuck off.

        They wanted purity? Well they got it. This president is the purest Nazi America has ever had.

        And I’d bet it’s the last president we will ever have.

        • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          ugh, especially the dumb gays who kept on “She wasn’t with us 2098239048 years ago”
          Like Tramp was???
          P.S. To be fair, Tramp isn’t a homophobe whatsoever. It’s simply a “cause” he doesn’t care about

          • pj

            one of so many

          • petert

            His great enthusiasm for the First Amendment Defense Act makes him pretty anti-gay to me…

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Well, in truth, Tramp is the least homophobic of all the big GOP candidates. It’s somewhat of an open secret that Tramp hates blacks, kinda likes Asians & doesn’t discriminate gays.

          • Chris Baker

            Right, but do you think he might cave to pressure when Congress pushes against some of his ideas? “Now, Donald, if you really want us to support X, then we just want you to sign the ‘gays are icky’ executive order…”

            Trump really has no convictions either way about things and just wants what he wants. He’s a slimy [allegedly] businessman who [allegedly] doesn’t pay his contractors if he doesn’t think they deserve what he originally agreed to pay them. No morals whatsoever. He’s probably keeping the anti-gay EO in his pocket when he needs to use it for a bargaining tool.

          • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            he’s all pro-Trump

        • bill weber

          Trump is Trump, that’s bad enough.

          (I thought he was Russian?)

      • Steven Leahy

        Unfortunately many of the ones still protesting Trump so loudly did the same.

      • UrsusArctos

        Bernie pushed Clinton left in the primaries, which was a good thing. Those who played purity politics because they fell in love with him deserve a special place in hell. I voted Bernie in the primaries, but voted real politik (Hillary) in the general.

        • danolgb

          Bernie couldn’t be bothered to actually concede when he lost and he caused Hillary to fight a multi-front war. Everyone but he and his blind followers knew the math was out of his reach in March. He even had his precious white millennials believing he’d magically get the nom at the convention. This is all on Bernie.

          • UrsusArctos

            Nope this is on poor DNC strategy, plus idiots who wouldn’t get over the butthurt of Bernie not getting the nomination, AND those who didn’t bother to vote. There’s enough blood to cover all hands. With the hubris of not campaigning crazy hard in WI, MI, PA Clinton sealed her fate. By insisting on throwing it all in Bernie’s lap, you’re missing the same things that lost the election through the electoral college.

          • danolgb

            You do realize who went to WI, MI and PA to “campaign” for Hillary? That would be Bernie. He certainly hit the campaign trail on Nov 9th to sell his book much harder than he actually “did everything in his power to stop Trump.”
            Hillary would not have needed to fight two fronts had Bernie conceded properly when Trump had clinched the nom. The math was already out of reach for Bernie. But he doubled down and started attacking Hillary, the Dems, and the process.. Half the bullshit lies Trump told about Hillary were even started by Bernie and his surrogates. And the idiots that were butthurt over Bernie not getting the nomination were misled by Bernie. He had no loyalty to the Dems and he certainly behaved as such.
            Also, Bernie pushing Hillary to the left would only have been a good thing had she gotten the Presidency. That she’s not the President, by definition means it doesn’t really matter now.
            https://medium.com/@sashastone/now-that-they-wrecked-our-future-its-time-for-bernie-sanders-jill-stein-and-their-faux-b83d3d26093#.av161pizy

          • Dom Saunders

            It wouldn’t have matter if he conceded “properly” or not. Hillary still deserves some blame for making herself unelectable. And I’m far from a Bernie-bro (I voted Hillary even though I preferred him as I too am a pragmatist) but this is on her hands too. This was her election to lose, not Trump’s to win, and she messed it up. Besides, Bernie himself told his “followers” to get over themselves and vote against Trump for Hillary, and that still failed. Sure, blame them too since they do deserve it, but blame the DNC as well for overall running a spineless and crappy campaign and for not listening to people.

          • danolgb

            Maybe if Bernie hadn’t literally told his sheep, “If I ever tell you who to vote for, don’t listen to me.” And yes, it would have helped had he conceded properly. You don’t make the nominee fight two fights. Bernie did that and it was all about his ego. People sat out of the election or voted for terrible third party candidates because Bernie led them to believe he was cheated. His shortsightedness and entitlement cost us the election.

          • Dom Saunders

            It wasn’t his responsibility to make Hillary toe the line, nor was it his fault for making the nominee fight “two fights.” You don’t get it. Whether it were Bernie or someone else is really irrelevant. Hillary had decades of baggage on her that made her grossly unpopular. Even if you consider the fact that, yes, she won the popular vote, how many of those people were honestly all avid supporters of her, and didn’t just tolerate her because they didn’t have better options, such as how I was when I voted for her? Her record as Sect. of State left a lot to be desired, and she had been known to flip-flop on particular issues important to progressives. She did all that before Bernie was even a household name. He didn’t cost us anything. The DNC did simply by making her a candidate who was bound to lose and already had a record for losing.

          • danolgb

            It is actually the responsibility of a primary candidate to understand the long term ramifications of their actions and concede when it was clear the math was not going to give them a win and the nominee needs to be allowed to focus on fighting Satan. Bernie’s entitlement wouldn’t let him do that. Also, you fell for all the same lies Bernie was peddling. Hillary always got high approval ratings when in office. But that was all ignored and Bernie’s surrogates started pushing the lies that she and Trump were both the same.
            And the DNC didn’t make her the nominee. 4 million more people voted for her over Saint Bernie. That you think it was the DNC that made her the nominee shows you fell for all the Bernie bullshit that he was being cheated. Bernie couldn’t bother to join the party until he decided he needed its resources. He had no loyalty and that’s why it was fine for him to trash the party and the process when realized he was failing at securing the nomination.

          • Dom Saunders

            Don’t use the word “entitlement” when you don’t know what that means. Because last I checked, everyone and their mother assumed Clinton would win before final polling even took place, to the point that she failed, or rather, chose not to, campaign in several key states. So miss me with the crap, because I’m not buying it. Bernie wasn’t entitled. His followers certainly are, considering their purist tendencies, yes, that’s not up for debate, but of the two, Clinton was by FAR the most entitled of the two. Notice how Sanders is still actually keeping Republicans in check and still doing his job to minimize as best he can the damage Trump wants to do. Clinton lost that election and went full Casper-the-ghost. She disappeared. She stopped caring about people when the election ended. Do you see that happening with Sanders or Warren, who surprisingly would have been the better choice to run? No, you don’t.

            And yes, 4 million more people voted for her, but if the DNC really did what they could to tip the scales in her favor by prioritizing her in terms of debate counts, to the point of even feeding her questions ahead of time before some debates, and then going on a smear campaign about Sanders’ alleged atheism just to make him that much more unelectable, then don’t be surprised she was able to get the people she did. Nor can you blame him for not joining a party he doesn’t ideologically fit with save for when he needed to run a viable campaign. Third parties don’t win, so he had to run as a Democrat. Democrats today are spineless, want to be right-wing in terms of how they play, and don’t care about common people anymore, all of which Sanders isn’t. Notice that to this day, the DNC continues to blame everyone but themselves for running one of the worst candidates in election history. I don’t blame him for not having loyalty for people who quite honestly don’t deserve it, but we don’t have Trump because of him. Refocus your priorities before you can pretend you can come to me as if you actually know anything.

          • danolgb

            Not conceding, saying that even tho he lost, the super delegates should flip to vote for him, is indeed entitlement. Hillary worked for those super delegates and for her endorsements. That’s part of campaigning. That Bernie didn’t do that himself does not mean that Hillary is entitled. There’s a reason why he didn’t have many endorsements from his colleagues. He throws them under the bus when they don’t vote the way he thinks they should.
            Congratulations! You believed the bullshit. Please show where anyone actually acted on the atheism “smear”? I paid attention throughout the primary. I saw the damage Bernie was doing. The emails were all written in May and June when he had ZERO chance but was kneecapping Hillary by blaming the DNC for his poor performance. They were all in response to his unfounded attacks.
            Believing that you’ve done what needed to be done because all the polls are telling you you’re going to win is not entitlement.
            Hillary is now a private citizen again because idiots like you helped Trump get elected. Bernie got to go back to his grandstanding on the Senate. How is Bernie keeping the Republicans in check? They’re pushing through everything they want while he blathers.

            Read and learn:
            https://forwardprogressives.com/let-me-address-this-ridiculousness-surround-the-dnc-email-hack/

          • Dom Saunders

            So we’re NOT going to act as if labeling a political candidate as an atheist isn’t a smear?

            http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/atheism-slur-american-life-dnc-emails-show-article-1.2725247

            Even today, the average American citizen would be quicker to vote for an LGBT person before an atheist in office, so yeah, the fact that the DNC were willing to run on that proved they were willing to go low enough to sink him. These are facts, not bullshit.

            Oh, and also, sit down and shut the hell up, because how the hell did I of all people put Trump in office WHEN I VOTED FOR HER?! What part of “pragmatism” do you not understand? Or you just can’t read? Well congratulations, that’s a trait you share with the people you hate: the Trumpsters.

            Here’s the thing, you are the only idiot here because you insist on blaming Bernie for everything when that’s blatantly inaccurate. You have the DNC with their shady tactics (which are facts), Hillary for phoning in her campaign and being overall very lacking in charisma, the Bernie bros for putting ideological purity above keeping Trump out of office, racist white people and the dumb morons from other groups who supported Trump, and Frick and Frack (Johnson and Stein). Multiple people and parties are to blame, but you would rather keep up a hate boner for a guy who, by all accounts, is actually still using the power he has to fight for people where Hillary is not. Is Hillary calling people like DeVos and Sessions out to their face for their lies? Is she checking them on their corrupt pasts or hypocrisies and how that should make them unelectable? Even if Trump and the Republicans are blowing through all that, it’s only because they control every level of government. But that’s not my fault when I literally voted AGAINST that. But the point is, he’s still on the front lines. NOT her.

            Don’t come for me when you don’t know a damn thing about me. Keep talking and I will cancel you. We’re done.

          • danolgb

            You don’t read very well. NOBODY acted on that email WHICH WAS FROM MAY! The “shady tactics” are not facts. They’re confirmation bias. Bernie is a lazy grand stander who gets attention for being loud. That’s all he is. You don’t seem to understand how things work. Bernie gets to call them out to their face because he’s in Congress. Hillary is not. How is this so hard for you to understand?

          • Dom Saunders

            What’s hard for me to understand is how you insist on acting as if you’re correct when you mischaracterized me from the jump, then wanted to act as if Bernie and his people cost Hillary the election when the fact is, SHE failed to gather up the base. Furthermore, 46% of qualified people didn’t vote one way or the other, and she did absolutely nothing to encourage those people to vote for her. Meanwhile, the DNC decided to sacrifice the middle class voter in favor of courting wealthy conservatives. They are on record as saying that. Guess who ended up going for Trump after the party of the people abandoned the people? They went for Trump and you can’t be surprised at that because it’s hard to convince white people not to vote against their best interests if they’re poor. Racism, sexism, bigotry doesn’t matter to them if they’re poor and least likely to be affected by either of those things in the first place. So you want to blame someone who was absolutely instrumental in getting Trump into office? Blame those people and blame the DNC as a whole.

            The irony is that you’re calling out Bernie people for being ideological purists, yet here you are without a shred of integrity defending or outright ignoring the wrongdoings of the DNC and standing down for Clinton as if out of blind loyalty. You are just another side of the same damn coin as the Bernie supporters and that’s why I and people like me don’t sit with either camp. Because both sides have their priorities skewed. You’re both wrong.

          • danolgb

            When Bernie goes around saying he was cheated, something that he let his followers believe all the way through the convention, people are turned off from voting. Bernie was not cheated, but the emails were used to confirm people’s biases even tho when put in context, they prove no such thing. That’s how the Russians hacked the election. When you expect a trophy for voting for Hillary, yet you were probably whining the whole time during the general about how she wasn’t your candidate, you turn other people off. That’s how you help Trump win.

          • Dom Saunders

            Oh, so because I don’t stand down for our presumptive queen, I help Trump win? You’re delusional and you expect loyalty to be given without it being earned. This is why you and I will never see eye to eye because I am no one’s fucking slave and you’re not entitled to my rights. Period. Even if we’re assuming Bernie wasn’t cheated and was, at best, a victim of having the media organized against him, that still means Clinton had a clear advantage over Bernie that was undeserved, one she only had because she was the household name and not him. She pulled the same stunts with Obama and surprise surprise, she failed then, too, for the same exact reasons: she’s not authentic. You want to call Sanders a “grandstander” but he’s the one getting shit done with his grand-standing. What has Clinton done now or since? Not a damn thing. She’s just a lazy politician and that’s the truth.

            And don’t say shit about trophies when you know damn well you’re only saying that because you’re bitter that your go-to insults for third party voters and Trumpsters don’t work on me because you’re arguing with someone who knows their shit and had enough sense to be pragmatic about an honestly awful election. So it’s cute you’re mad, but it’s not my problem.

            I don’t expect a damn thing for voting for Hillary. I merely HOPED she’d win because I didn’t want Trump to, and she had the best chance of keeping him out of office. She had one job and she failed and yet you still choose to blame everyone BUT her. So no, I didn’t help Trump do shit and he may be my president, but that does NOT mean I respect any bits about him nor his evil-ass VP Pence. Your insults have no place with me because I’m not the one you can even get mad at, and it boils your shit. Well, get over it, because I’m not the one.

          • danolgb

            Yes, you kind of prove my point. If you were talking about Hillary during the general the way you’re talking about her now, you were helping Trump. Congrats.

          • Dom Saunders

            Right, because my speaking facts is PRECISELY what got Trump, a man who literally built a platform on lies, into office. I’m guessing you failed basic Logic in college too. Congrats on being a dumbass. If you honestly believe a vote for Hillary was a vote for Trump, then you’re literally too far gone and deranged to have any type of reasonable discussion. So I guess that means I win by default.

          • fuow

            No, that’s incorrect. While I supported Hillary from the get-go (I’m a pragmatist), I completely understand the support Bernie’s followers gave to him. Bernie is not to blame for this. The young women and gay men who simply couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the good when they couldn’t have the perfect are to blame. Pure and simple.

          • danolgb

            Please tell me when another primary candidate refused to concede after the final primaries?

          • fuow

            He did concede and he did support Hillary. Passionately. Perhaps not as quickly in the beginning as you would have liked, but let’s not confuse the long-term support with the short term.

          • danolgb

            Please link me to his concession speech. Also again, he hit the ground much more passionately after the election to sell his book.

          • JWC

            This discussion on Hillary Sanders where why and how is all academic Trump won Put that behind you. As democrats see where you were wrong what you will do to change it and work your ass off to get rid of the orange menace

          • fuow

            Um, that’s what I’ve been shouting from the rooftops since November 8…..

          • JWC

            I agree There is a lot od discussion on here but 95% of it is the” coulds woudda shoudda” vein very little constructive or organizesd Its time to stand up to the Orange Menace and his band or crooks

        • bill weber

          He didn’t “push” her anywhere, just her words. Please stay reality-based.

          • UrsusArctos

            Point taken. Some of those words were put out there in ways that she would have to work HARD to leave behind. Not that she isn’t a hard worker. *sigh*

        • Jeffg166

          Me too. I’m old enough to have been through a fantasy candidate who will solve all our problems several times. The right thinks Trump is their. He will be awful but there will be lots of blow back and resistance from the public if not from the congress. We won’t go quietly.

      • Alan S. Lee

        I wonder where people like Susan Sarandon are hiding nowadays!

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          In their mansions. Hiding with their money

    • Steven Leahy

      Not to mention vitriolic democrats who talked and squawked a lot, but didn’t bother to vote.

    • UrsusArctos

      Preach. I detest most things Clinton, and have for ages BUT knew that I could stand the damage they would inflict with fewer scars than this shit show that EFFING PURITY voters midwifed. Those of us who held our nose and voted for the lesser evil are NOT in a mood to hear “They’re all the same”.

      • fuow

        Damn gay we’re not. I’m just slightly to the right of Bill P. and it makes me want to barf when I think of all the stupid things the DNC has done, about all the wasted opportunities because President Obama believed in compromise.
        Regardless – I fought HARD for Hillary because the alternative was loss of our human and civil rights as gay men.
        The last time I expressed my feelings for the A-Lister Fags who voted green or stayed home, they bitched to poor Joe so much he had to take it down. Wish they’d put 1/10 as much energy into organizing and getting out the vote in 2017/18 and 2020 as they do in pretending elections don’t matter.

        • JT

          The travesty Perdouche has always said the Supreme Court doesn’t matter. It’s the zeitgeist. Bull shit. That kind of sophistry deserves repudiation at every opportunity.

        • Dom Saunders

          I don’t blame Obama for wanting to compromise. It’s the Republicans’ fault for not wanting to let him do his job because all they wanted was power for their team. Everything else, I agree with. I hated Hillary too, but I’d rather have her than what we got now. And even now, people still refuse to see the big picture. People were so worried about Clinton’s emails, meanwhile Trump’s actually doing and signing awful crap now, yet the same people who lambasted her for her emails have zilch to say on Trump’s current and daily corruption.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      well, but we’re in a pickle now. Holding up this guy might make Donnie nominate someone like Pryor or even Sessions

    • another_steve

      ^^ That that that.

    • Talisman

      I think we should have a Constitutional Amendment.

      My thoughts are:

      1. The President must submit a letter of nomination to the senate.

      2. The Senate must enter the letter in their record within 24 hours.

      3. The Senate must vote to confirm or reject the nomination within 30 days, and no senator can filibuster a confirmation vote.

      4. If the Senate does not confirm or reject the nominee within 30 days, they forfeit the vote, and the nominee can assume the seat as defined by the appropriate laws.

      5. If the Senate rejects the nominee, the process begins again. However, if the Senate rejects three nominees in a row for the seat, the President’s 4th nominee can assume the seat. At the end of one year, the Senate must again vote to confirm or reject this nominee, and again must hold the vote within 30 days after the anniversary date If the nominee is rejected, the process begins again. This final vote does not count as the first rejection.

      6. The President’s right to nominate candidates for office shall not be abridged for any reason.

      • Todd20036

        The only Constitutional Amendments we will get are

        Marriage is defined as one man and one woman

        Freedom of religion only applies to Christians.

        • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          lol we had Scalia & got Obergefell passed, but anything is possible. However, it seems like the right is focusing more on abortion now. Gay cause is so 1990 for them

          • Todd20036

            Scalia wasn’t a legislature. He couldn’t make laws, just rule then constitutional or not.

            And btw, when Obergefell passed, we had 5 SCOTUS justices willing to see equality as important.

            Trump can and will pass laws that make us second class citizens.

            And RBG will probably die this term. Either by natural causes… or not.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Oh we will be back in their sniper scopes soon enuf

        • Derrick Johns

          Oh, ye of little faith, Todd. There may be an effort to rescind marriage equality, but it won’t all the states it needs to succeed.

      • Shy Guy

        Rule 5 would just mean the President can have whatever judge he wants on the supreme court for 8 months a year. (or 12 months out of 16, depending on how you count your years.)

        Nominate 3 impossible to confirm judges in turn, each rejected after 30 days, then nominate your chosen judge who gets to serve a year regardless.

        This makes them even more beholden to the President, since they don’t get a lifetime appointment, and will be replaced next year unless they vote the way he wants.

        It does mean they are gone when the presidency changes hands though, rather than a curse for a generation.

        • Talisman

          Maybe. I could imagine the dumpster doing that, but most Presidents would probably act in good faith.

          I also don’t think this process will make the person more beholden to the President, any more than a recess appointee does now. It’s not the President that’s determining whether he continues in the office; it’s the Senate.

          There’s always room for refinement.

          • Shy Guy

            Yes, it’s the senate that would have to confirm them after their year was up, but in my example, the president was using the rule to his advantage to get a nominee past the senate who would never be confirmed otherwise, so they would almost certainly be voted down after their year was up, meaning they would then need the President to re-nominate them after 3 sacrificial candidates the following year.

            Given how polarised everything is these days, I don’t think the rules should ever assume good faith.

    • bill weber

      A tiny, tiny minority said “no difference.” But keep blaming them (what happened to Putin? Comey? so confused).

    • fuow

      BeccaM, this is the single sanest comment I’ve read in the last two weeks. I’d upvote you a billion million zillion times if I could.

  • Steven Leahy

    I don’t see Ginsberg making it through this presidency. Our troubles have just begun.

    • Ninja0980

      She should have resigned when Democrats still had the Senate.
      Sad to say but I see another Thurgood Marshall/Clarence Thomas happening.

      • Todd20036

        When they legalize at the SCOTUS level anti LBGT and/or anti Muslim bigotry, that will be the last step before camps start springing up

        • Ninja0980

          I hope Guy Benson and Richard Grenell are the first to go.

          • Todd20036

            How about Milo? Take him while he’s on a speaking tour.

          • safari

            So they’ll just be sadistic prisoner toadies?

  • Harvey888

    You stole your seat from a Black man. What else is new?

  • karen in kalifornia

    Dept of Education misuse of public monies in religious schools will be just fine from now on.

  • CottonBlimp

    an originalist, meaning he tries to interpret the Constitution consistently with the understanding of those who drafted and adopted it.

    I hate when newspapers just repeat bullshit propaganda without comment. The only views of the founders “originalists” care about is how our founding fathers viewed the non-white. Otherwise their “originalism” is just an excuse for any regressive crap they feel like.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4be01f80481c93786b5e72cf6f03f720bf6c218f571681bc01e0a83349b06e0.jpg

    • Steven Leahy

      Agree with you, and not only what you’ve stated, but they had completely different perspectives around just about everything. The whole concept of LGBT rights, women’s reproductive rights, etc as we know it didn’t even exist. Those who think the constitution is eternal and unchanging are delusional.

      • Guest

        They didn’t exist? I’m pretty sure the world hasn’t changed. You know, Ye Olde Laptoppes…or the General Store and ICBM Stand…

  • Clive Johnson

    “Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” he wrote in a concurrence last year. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

    Hence the conservative jurisprudential swindle which holds that only conservatism is “neutral” and everything else is “activism.” Don’t get me started on the intellectual incoherence of originalism, whose fallacies Scalia was prey to.

    • BobSF_94117

      “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

      Right, it’s an inkblot onto which you’re supposed to project your prejudices and biases.

      Duh…

  • AtticusP

    Hitler Youth: they grow up so fast.

  • DaddyRay

    I was thinking he would appoint dead Scalia

  • Rick

    Wow, a rich, ivy-league white guy. What a surprise.

  • another_steve
  • Lazycrockett

    Are protesters outside of the WH?

  • Ninja0980

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/213590/liberalsnlawsuits-joseph-6
    Read this and tell me if you think this pick isn’t bad.
    To all the Berniebots and everyone else who said Hillary would be just as bad, go fuck yourselves.

  • Steven Leahy

    If there were ever a reason to vote, despite all the other hyperbole around Trump, THIS is it.

  • Lazycrockett
    • karen in kalifornia

      Which will be on CNN at 9pm ET.

    • safari

      I’m leery on them. They are fun to read, though.

  • TimCA

    I refuse to watch Trump live delivering an announcement, speech or anything else. Don’t want to be mistaken for part of his adorning fan base. I’ll get my info from other sources later.

    • Lazycrockett

      Amen!

    • coram nobis

      “Mr. President, thank you, and what’s this Art. XII to the Constitution you were talking about?”

  • kanehau

    Gee, I figured he’d pick Bannon.

  • MikeBx2

    Obstruct and resist.

  • Sam_Handwich

    He basically assfucked the widow Scalia on live TV.

    This is all he wants. And they’re too dumb to see it.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lumpy Gaga

      Sahil Kapur: Speed Queen

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
    • MikeBx2

      And by Americans he means the approximately 25 percent of eligible voters who turned out for Trump.

    • TimCA

      In other words, sane rational people should oppose this nominee tooth and nail

    • pj

      when pond scum endorses you the end is near

  • Lazycrockett
  • religion is insane

    He is not only a conservative constitutionalist but an ardent defender of religious right.

  • coram nobis

    Wonder if he’s as scornful or bombastic as Scalia? Scalia’s opinions tended to be one of two modes:
    1. “See how clever and erudite I can be.”
    2. “Splutter, splutter, splutter.”

    This new justice is 49. Trump may be gone one day but this one could be on the Court till 2050 or so.

    What is an Eternal Truth? It’s a 5-4 decision on the Supreme Court.

    • Ninja0980

      Something our base didn’t get and never has when it comes to the court.

  • Cuberly

    “…he tries to interpret the Constitution consistently with the understanding of those who drafted and adopted it.”

    This is an untenable endeavor. There’s no such thing. It’s a vestige of the St. Reagan of the Deluded era. It’s window dressing for a far-far-far-right political agenda. It has one goal, abolish 150+ years of legal precedent.

    • bzrd

      my feeling is if the only guns the “second amenders” had were muskets, then we could interpret the constitution of the forefathers. Times have changed, we went to the moon for the love of JMG.

  • Dale Snyder

    I can’t wait for the response from the Log Crappin’ Republicans.

    I CAN’T WAIT!

    • coram nobis

      “Ooh, he’s almost as dishy as Milo Yappypoodle!”

    • DaddyRay

      They will say give him a chance

  • Mordred LeFey

    Admittedly, I am relieved that the event itself was tame and relatively normal.

    The nominee, on the other hand. I don’t know much about him but he seems to be not good for us.

    • BobSF_94117

      Relatively normal? When was the last SCOTUS nomination on national TV?

  • Brian in Valdosta

    “Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution. And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

    On the contrary. Just read ANYTHING written by Thomas Jefferson, and you will see that he and the other founding fathers of this nation meant for it to be a living document that would grow and evolve with the minds and hearts of the citizens that it was designed to protect!!

    • Talisman

      If that were true, we wouldn’t have standing armed forces or interstates, just as examples.

      • coram nobis

        Or even Robert Fulton’s steamboat. See Gibbons v. Ogden (1824).

    • coram nobis

      Inkblot. No, the Constitution wasn’t written by Hermann Rorschach. So what. The Framers expected future jurists to interpret it.

      The warmest friends to and the best supporters of the Constitution, do not contend that it is free from imperfections; but these were not to be avoided, and they are convinced if evils are likely to flow from them, that the remedy must come thereafter; because, in the present moment it is not to be obtained. And as there is a Constitutional door open for it, I think the people (for it is with them to judge) can, as they will have the aid of experience on their side, decide with as much propriety on the alterations and amendments which shall be found necessary, as ourselves; for I do not conceive that we are more inspired–have more wisdom–or possess more virtue than those who will come after us. The power under the Constitution will always be with the people.
      — G. Washington, to Bushrod Washington, Nov. 9, 1787

      • Brian in Valdosta

        Wonderful quote, Coram!! I was looking for one from Jefferson to share, but I was tired last night and didn’t feel like sifting through a book.

  • houstonray

    Not sure if this has been posted but here’s a picture of Gorsuck and Scalia, during a fishing trip….best buds apparently.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8dba53cc0cd0b6a29696efc030240248952bc3b9e2da4fa49ff4fc72dcbd8b02.png

    • Steven Leahy

      Fishing trip…..Is that what that was???

      • Robincho

        “Jack NASTY!” — Alma Delmar

    • Michael R

      Before or after Scalia died ?

      • KCMC

        Weekend at Uncle Bernie’s Fishing Shack.

    • coram nobis

      Reminds me of that brokeback movie. All those fishing trips and did they put anything in their creel?

    • MB

      Sooooo, Gorsuck killed Scalia …..
      NOW the truth comes out.

    • BobSF_94117

      Fishing trip paid for by…

    • JCF

      Although they were saying just tonight, Scalia and Elena Kagan used to go fishing together too.

  • JoeMyGod
    • coram nobis

      Read it. Dog whistling past the graveyard.

    • safari

      “Marriage equality is here to stay, and the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch — or any conservative justice — will not change that.”

      • DaddyRay

        No thanks to LCR

      • coram nobis

        “The mountains may tumble, the White House may crumble,
        They’re only made of clay —
        Our love is here to stay.”

        • KCMC

          “But, Oh my dear”

      • safari

        Their track record isn’t very good.

    • Ninja0980

      Better tell Thomas and Alito that.
      They’ve made it clear they’ve have no qualms overturning marriage equality.
      If they get a majority, the Texas case coming up the pipeline will overturn it.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Marriage equality may (or not) be here to stay depending on the composition of the court. Still, with this nomination, you will still be able to get married on Saturday (for now), fired on Monday for being LGBT and expelled from your apartment on Tuesday for being LGBT.

    • another_steve

      Suck Jared Kushner’s cock in hell, Log Cabin Republicans.

    • fuzzybits

      Does it matter anymore what they have to say?

      • safari

        I like to mock them.

  • Acronym Jim

    I missed it. Was it a cage match or did the nominees have to beat each other bloody with folding chairs?

    • KCMC

      Pornhub amateur wrestling flip fuck.

      • Acronym Jim

        Ew. Glad to see I didn’t miss anything.

  • Lazycrockett

    I hope Hillary has a pillow handy.

  • FAEN

    A white heterosexual Christian man? I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you 🙄.

    • ultragreen

      Married and with 2 kids. I’m really tired of having only this demographic group represented on the court.

  • Ollie1L

    Well, he’s rather handsome, so that’s a good thing.

    I bet he’s a take-charge, yet tender-loving, top man.

    I want to get into his briefs.

    • KCMC

      Gorsuch, Scandinavian? Nordic Madchen purity.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Sounds like your dick is screwed on right. Now pray that your love object lets you use it.

  • MPJZ

    All those liberals who sat home on election day because Hillary wasn’t their first choice really showed them!

    • Luddite

      There are still lots of Bernie Bros on line complaining about how Bernie was cheated and Hillary was the problem.

      • UrsusArctos

        Argh! They need to STFU. Adults voted with their heads, not hearts. Look where holding their feelings first got them.

      • SoCalGal20

        There is a real schism between the far left of the party and everybody else. When I was at the SD airport rally on Sunday there was a guy near us who got a small “We wanted Bernie” chant going. They are NOT letting it go. And they will vote against their own best interests (not to mention the rest of us) if they don’t get their way. The Dems need to put a popular super progressive out there who is not Bernie and actually knows what the fuck they’re doing to move their attention away from St. Bernie and on to things that matter.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Well they arent getting a free education from washington now. Theyre real problem is they want the dems to be pure like the tea party did to the repugs. But dems arent all homogenous.

      • IamM

        None of which in any way excuses letting someone as unfit and destructive as Bannon/Pence/Trump be elected. I’d have voted for “Mr. I’m running for president, what’s Aleppo?”, if it were between him and Cheetolini.

      • ultragreen

        Hillary WAS a big part of the problem. That’s why she lost to Trump.

    • JCF

      The NPR talk show tonight had on a GENIUS who voted for Drumpf…but was now worried about preserving abortion rights! {pound head on desk trying to induce aneurysm}

      When asked the obvious: “I couldn’t vote for Hillary, she was The Establishment”

      FUCK YOU BERNIE, for starting that INSANE blathering-point! The daughter of the drape-printer, got her JD so she could work for the Children’s Defense Fund as “Establishment”!!!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81ca88c9b5d9a13fcd93fa44b5a9390b6dc56648548f95fe510cf3c83b63a765.gif

  • TJR101

    He’ll be confirmed, there’s no stopping this. Republicans play dirty to win. They held up Obama’s nominee and they still got rewarded with the levers of power.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, it’s a question of when, not if.

      • Homo Erectus

        “Failure is impossible” – Susan B. Anthony

    • Natty Enquirer

      Their craven self-service will not be forgotten.

      • TJR101

        Those of us on here will not forget…the rest of America?😒

  • DaddyRay

    Republicans to drop the first Nuke soon

  • Michael R
  • DesertSun59

    Never assume that just because it’s the 21st century that the Constitution should ever be updated. After all, no one is allowed to update the Bible either.

    And that’s the definition of a ‘strict Constitutionalist’.

  • MikeBx2

    Unbelievable. This makes me want to bang my head on a wall…
    https://twitter.com/David_Gergen/status/826603488004161536

    • DaddyRay

      Please – I just ate

    • Sam_Handwich

      did he forget the /s

    • coram nobis

      “He didn’t publicly embarrass us. This time.”

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • CanuckDon

      These fuckers live in some sort of foolhardy dreamworld if they think Trump is capable of having one ounce of dignity.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Go ahead. The shitgibbon didn’t wipe any feces on the wall – he was very presidential – so you’re probably good to go.

    • JCF

      This is straight out of Masha Gessen’s [para.] “Beware of those who NORMALIZE the autocracy. Those who say, oh he was OK today. Didn’t embarrass us.”

      They’ll normalize us right into the firing squad.

  • thom

    I think he’ll be a disaster on the court. but i do think he’ll get approved fairly easily. he hasn’t said anything controversial enough to prompt mass, spontaneous protests.

    I’m interested to hear what Obama says about him. my guess is he won’t wade into the question of approving his nomination but will probably give vague praise. they were in the same Harvard Law class graduating in 91.
    Kagan has also spoke highly of his legal writings.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’m not surgar coating my response and I didn’t…..#TheResistance #ThisIsWAR

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/826602904714936320

  • Steven Leahy

    Well, months before the election we were all discussing here the horrific eventuality of this moment, if we lost – I just didn’t think it would actually happen.

    • Ninja0980

      I knew it could, especially with that open seat.
      I just didn’t want it too.

    • Homo Erectus

      Here we are.

  • No More GOP.

    Well, fuck.

    • David L. Caster

      Yeah, this is a fucked turn of events.

  • Michael R
  • The Professor

    He’s replacing Scalia. Can’t possibly be further right than ol’ Anton.

    • SoCalGal20

      He’s between Thomas and Scalia on the conservative scale with Thomas being the most conservative.

      • pj

        thomas is a door stop

        • David L. Caster

          More like a boat anchor.

      • The Professor

        Even so. DOn’t die on the hill for this one. It’s the next one that counts. Get us to 2018 and make sure we get the Senate back.

  • houstonray

    Judge Gorsuch is a staunch originalist in the mold of Antonin Scalia, as revealed in a tribute Gorsuch gave after Scalia’s death. The judge summarized and endorsed Scalia’s method of legal interpretation.

    “Judges should instead strive (if humanly and so imperfectly) to apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to text, structure, and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best. As Justice Scalia put it, “if you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong.”

    WE MUST RESIST AND FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT!!!!!

    • SoCalGal20

      I think the Founding Fathers would be pretty appalled at the idea of the Constitution being a dead document set in stone with no life or room for interpretation. But maybe that’s just me.

      • Homo Erectus

        In order to form a more perfect union:
        We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect
        Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
        common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • MikeBx2
  • the martian ambassador

    The Scalia replacement was always going to be a strong conservative. Better to wait and filibuster a nominee that will tip the court, like a retiring Kennedy or RBG. You can only play that card so many times.

    • safari

      When ones family security is on the line, when is it improper to fight?

      • the martian ambassador

        Democrats are in such a weak state (and they’re going to be worse off after 2018) there’s really nothing they can do.

        I do think that Trump will try to keep the court from swinging too far to the right in future picks.
        Right now, republicans are kicking ass and have taken over almost the entire country at the state level. I don’t think they plan to risk that by resurrecting the culture war.

        • safari

          What do they have to lose?

        • Ninja0980

          You didn’t see what they are doing in some states then have you?
          Nor have you heard what Thomas and Alito have said.
          They are coming for us, like it or not.

          • the martian ambassador

            It’s not like they’re going to reverse Obergefell. That’s not gonna happen.

          • TuuxKabin
          • Todd20036

            Why not? Of course they will. They’ll throw us in camps.

          • the martian ambassador
          • safari

            It very well can. Texas, for example, wants to see if it can carve same sex marriages out of the marriage pie by classifying them differently for the purpose of benefits and responsibilities at the municipal level, for example.

          • the martian ambassador

            That’s not going anywhere.

          • safari

            You’re being entirely too reasonable.

          • Talisman

            The SCOTUS might not reverse the decision, but there’s nothing really stopping the Republicans from starting the amendment process. They only need 2 more right-leaning states to have enough to call a Constitutional Convention (it requires 2/3 (or 34) of the state legislatures) to propose an amendment. And they are very close to having just enough control in enough states (it requires 3/4 (or 38 states) to ratify an amendment.

            If 2018 goes badly for the dems on the state level, we’re screwed.

          • David L. Caster

            Yes, that is a serious threat—to a lot of things.

  • Millstone
  • Michael R

    Logic you just can’t argue with

    https://s23.postimg.org/s8ohntpt7/scalia_quote.jpg

    • j.martindale

      He always had my contempt.

      • pj

        so did chump

    • Gianni

      Fool for Christ – did he apply his foolishness to the Constitution?

      • Homo Erectus

        Jezus been dead for 2,000 years. We need to live in the here and now.

    • TampaDink

      I kind of wonder what his best friend on the court thought of that statement & others like it.

      • Homo Erectus

        D’ya mean Clarence the Clown?

        • pj

          what a joke he is

        • TampaDink

          Actually, I was referring to the notorious RBG. They were besties & I just wonder how she felt about his thoughts expressed with extra cheesus.

    • pj

      rip

  • Lazycrockett
    • fuzzybits

      We love Sherrod here.

  • Sam_Handwich

    HRC can get a few cocktail parties out of this

    https://twitter.com/ChadHGriffin/status/826605603351064581

    • DaddyRay

      I think we will all be getting drunk

    • Homo Erectus

      It’s time to re-open all those gay bars we thought we didn’t need anymore.

  • abqdan

    So we just need to delay this for three years. (Remember, according to Republican rationale, a president can’t nominate to the Supreme court in his last year of office…) If any Dems vote for this guy, they need to be booted out of office as soon as possible. I’d even donate to a Republican to do that. After all, if they BEHAVE like a republican, you might as well have a real one.

  • Ninja0980

    Remember Trump not doing away with Obama’s EO?
    He won’t have to, this man will do it for him.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Exactly!

    • Mark

      trump is not going to do away with Obama’s EO as it can be reinstated by the next dem president. He knows the courts will be the final say….and his term will be ending shortly…..like a month or two….

      • Gianni

        Trump won’t need to dirty is pretty hands doing that. Once the Republican Congress passes the FADA, the religious freakoids will have all they need to discriminate against gay people with no repercussions whatsoever.

  • John Ruff

    Let them try and take away my family’s marriage license..Let’s just say there’ll be a few dead straight people afterwards

  • Sam_Handwich

    so i went to the internet anagram server and plugged in Neil Gorsuch

    honest to FSM, this was at top of the list:

    Echoing Slur

    • safari

      Sounds like a Breitbarter handle

  • thom

    I hope he’s as opposed to authoritarian tendencies in our executive branch as scalia was. like it or not, we will probably be depending on him and the other justices in preventing President Bannon from becoming Putin.

    • TimCA

      I’m sure Gorsuch was properly screened for ideological conformity to the Trump agenda before this. I’m not optimistic. 🙁

      • thom

        me neither

        • Todd20036

          I’m pessimistic. I really think there will be camps.

          But no one is listening.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Im listening. And i agree with you.

  • SoCalGal20

    Riverside, CA Rep. MARK TAKANO WITH THE MIC DROP

    https://twitter.com/repmarktakano/status/826600879432282112

    • DaddyRay

      I see what he did there

      • David Walker

        One of his staff should point out the clarity /s gives to a tweet, and it’s only 2 characters.

    • stevenj

      “He should receive the same type of fair & honest consideration in the Senate.”

      Like the Republicans gave Garland?

      • Gianni

        My first reaction exactly. I don’t advocate perpetuating the non-performance of the Republican Senate, but there’s a need for some shit to be rubbed in their faces over that – especially that prick, McConnell.

        • stevenj

          trump has said he wants the Republicans to use the nuclear option if the Dems try to stall/block confirmation. They will.

          • Gianni

            I readily believe that. The Reps are feeling their oats and rightly so. They literally have gotten it all. Christ!

          • stevenj

            It’s a Republican wet dream. Allen Dulles is doing cartwheels in hell. Tricky Dick, Ronny and Nancy just put their non flammable black tie attire on in hell. The Bush neocons are all salivating and rechecking their investments. trump’s cabinet is doing likewise. Oy.

          • Gianni

            😀

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          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            No we gave them all. We handed them the entire govt on a silver platter with our infighting.

          • j.martindale

            They are leading to a path of violent resistance.

          • cleos_mom

            That’s a predictable result if peaceful demonstrations come and go and nothing changes.

          • Michael

            The nuclear option will be tied up in the courts for a long time. The nuclear option is a guarantee of nothing.

          • Guest

            That is not true. All of the right on the supreme Court give the Congress, both chambers wide latitude on their rules. And in past decisions, RBG has as well. This is a rules of the Senate situation. As thus, the SC will not wade in here. All lower federal courts will very much not get involved with the rules the Constitution clearly allows each chamber to make.

            Also, righty speak = interpret means to decide how they wish. Make law means to decide as the left wishes. And yet it is the righties on the SC, especially Roberts and the Roberts court that have tossed out over 100 years of settled law with citizens united destroying campaign finance laws; and tossed out over 45 years of settled law with the destruction of the voting rights act. As always, the right and their projection

          • stevenj

            Where do you get your information?

          • saucetin

            Which is what, at this point? Government shutdown?

          • Gianni

            Even old Mitch McConnell is precumming over this.

      • SoCalGal20

        Exactly like the Republicans gave Garland.

      • Al

        Oh honey (pat’s head).

        • stevenj

          A little lower please.

      • JCF

        Ja, that’s der point…

    • houstonray

      Subtle but well played….I like it!

      • SoCalGal20

        Rep. Takano is gay just fyi. All part of the Gay Agenda!

    • Homo Erectus

      Except he wasn’t nominated by an uppity negro.

    • coram nobis

      Roland Freisler was a respected judge. George Jeffreys was a respected judge. Torquemada was a respected judge. So?

    • T-Batwoman

      Dems will fold, they are spineless with less conviction than rethugs. Empathy and compromise can be a real detriment at times.

  • Lawerence Collins

    This is where we’ll see who comes out to fight for us!
    This is a fight for true progressives.
    Take a look at JusticeDemocrats.com
    Read their platform.

  • DaddyRay
  • Sam_Handwich

    this is a name brimming with anagrams

    Hosing Ulcer
    Slouch Reign
    Cursing Hole
    Choir Lunges
    Nicer Ghouls
    Closure Nigh
    Urchins Ogle
    Lunch Orgies

    • coram nobis

      America needs nicer ghouls. We have so many who aren’t and they’re all Republicans.

  • Michael R
  • j.martindale

    Oppose every goddam thing the fascist does. Do not give an inch. Vote no on everything, or plan to get the same results the tea party gave their opponents. We cannot do compromise with fascists. Primary any Democrat who supports anything the rethugs give them an opportunity to vote on. Don’t let them have quorums. Do sit-ins. Add amendments and poison pills to everything. They wanted to destroy the government. Well, they have. We have one objective now. Make this administration fail.

  • Earl

    He sounds a bit young, but maybe that’s just me.

    • andrew

      No matter what your political leanings, the idea of giving lifetime appointment, to positions of such enormous power, needs to be rethought. Supreme Court Justices actually have as much and sometimes more power than Presidents, who are term limited.

      • Earl

        Hogwash. Appointing someone for life gives them the flexibility required to do their jobs without worrying about someone who will fire them because they did or didn’t rule the ‘right’ way.

        • empidonax_road

          Anthony Kennedy being an awfully big case in point.

        • IamM

          No. He’s right and you’re half right. Justices need to be safe from being arbitrarily fired but, we shouldn’t allow a collision of vacancies and opportunists to bias the court for several decades either.

          With modern life expectancies SCOTUS terms should either expire at random or be on a rotation schedule, so that the court turns over completely every thirty-six years or so.

          • ultragreen

            Or you could require them to be at least age 60 before judicial candidates are appointed to SCOTUS. Of course, that would result in a court completely dominated by elderly people, which may not be desirable.

      • coram nobis

        The whole point was removing it from having to run for office. Worth remembering that some conservative Republican appointees could evolve, see, e.g., Earl Warren, William Brennan, Harry Blackmun, David Souter.

        The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.
        —Justice Robert H. Jackson, W. Vir. State Bd. Of Ed. v. Barnette (1943)

        • ultragreen

          Yes, but U.S. Supreme Court justices in the 19th century didn’t live as long as today’s justices, and it is my impression that they were appointed at an older age (typically around age 60) and they would typically die at around age 65.

          I don’t think it is appropriate for a person to sit on SCOTUS for 30, 40, and even 50 years. Many conservative justices, like Rehnquist and Scalia, didn’t leave the court until they dropped dead. Therefore, an argument could be made that all candidates for SCOTUS should be at least age 60 before they are appointed.

          • coram nobis

            SCOTUS judges also didn’t like having to ride circuit, during the years from 1789 to 1850 or so. They tended to quit,

  • Mark

    Did anybody else notice that at the end….during the handshaking at the podium…Trump tries twice to pull Gorsuch to him…but Gorsuch resists. Was that a “hail cheetolini” maneuver?? It was kind of like a ‘daughter deflects daddy-cruz kiss’ thing…

    • DaddyRay

      He didn’t want to be grabbed in the pussy

      • another_steve

        Does the sexual predator-in-chief like male pussy?

        • DaddyRay

          Maybe he thought he might get pee on him

    • Donald has no respect for other people’s physical space. Never has.

  • another_steve

    Analysts are saying he’s more conservative at core than Scalia was.

    (If you can believe such a thing is possible.)

    • Michael R

      The question is will he allow Trump to put his hand up his ass

      • Homo Erectus

        How kinky is that? Putin has his hand up Trump’s ass…

        • Mark

          so ….like tur-duk-en? Put-rump-suck

        • fuzzybits

          You could drive a semi up donnie’s ass.

          • Mark

            with an oversized CAT load on it.

  • andrew

    Chris Matthews is predicting that Gorsuch will not be confirmed. He says that Gorsuch will not get a single Democratic vote and that Mitch McConnell is such a stickler for Senate traditions, that he will not go against the 60 votes needed. Hopefully he is correct.

    • Lazycrockett

      Please McConnell will switch to majority only in a second if it looks like Gorsuch wont get the seat.

      • andrew

        You may be right.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I totally predicted that Chris Matthews would be predicting things.

  • Lazycrockett

    Nancy Pelosi is doing a Town Hall on the Drumpf free CNN network.

  • Homo Erectus

    49? Is that in AOL years?

    • Millstone

      What’s AOL?

      • Homo Erectus

        Grindr in the ’90s

        • danolgb

          I miss the m4m rooms.

      • Lazycrockett
        • Millstone

          I got chills just hearing it.

          Take it easy. I need a break from all…. everything. ; )

        • DaddyRay

          I remember those days

      • Silver Badger

        America On Line. An early internet provider.

        • Millstone

          Should have added /s. Cheers.

          • Silver Badger

            From what I’ve been told, you are right.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          No YOU shut up. My disqus account is linked to an AOL email address.

          • Silver Badger

            I beg your pardon. I’m not sure what you’re upset about, but I apologize if I’ve offended you. I’ve never used AOL but know several people who hated it. Odds are, just as many loved it.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            No worries. Just jumped in the middle of what looked like some HateOL.

            Given the “security” measures that have been taken since 1996 by online vendors, ebay, paypal, etc…. if I had to re-establish all those business relationships online in a snap, I’d probably leave most of it just lying there like the USA in about 6 months.

    • Lazycrockett

      Thankfully as we all know we can die at any moment.

    • Ollie1L

      How unusual! A homothexual implying in a catty manner that a gentleman is older than the age he claims.

      Of course, the same homothexual probably creams his designer briefs at the sight of HAWT silverhaired Anderson Cooper.

      Pathetic, really.

  • fuzzybits
  • Michael R

    Welcome white thing of no real quality

    https://s30.postimg.org/uzupj3cfl/wonder_bread.jpg

    • fuzzybits

      Yes,so much diversity!

  • Pretty sure the voting polulace of 2020 need a say in this – let’s wait for the confirmation until then.

  • DaddyRay

    I doubt Trump had anything to do with this pick, it had to be President Bannon

    • fuzzybits

      Or Pence,just like he did with Betsy.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Geeze, he’s not looking too good for 49. I guess evil ages you, unlike Dorian Grey.

    • SoCalGal20

      Maybe Kellyanne has been draining his lifeforce.

      • Andymac3

        Bannon, Spicer, Alex Jones, Matt Drudge, they all look shit for their age. Their vile is showing.

  • aar9n

    I demand Democrats to block ANY nominee. I didn’t get my nominee, SO NEITHER DO YOU

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/826612058212925443?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    Guy’s response to Joe.
    It’s people like Joe and others that made this miserable POS be able to be a Gay Republican and not be jailed or killed for it.
    FUCK YOU Guy, that is all.

  • Leo

    Schumer confirmed him to the bench in 2006 :/ Ouuu that’s gonna bite him.

    • Millstone

      Maybe he was the right man for the job.

      • Leo

        Progressive activists are already laying into him on Twitter for it though. It doesn’t help to have him be the face of the resistance with that hypocrisy.

        • Tiger Quinn

          Which is how YOU are spinning it.

      • BobSF_94117

        Eleven years on the appellate bench isn’t long enough.

    • Ninja0980

      Hatch and McCain did the same with Garland.
      What’s good for the goose..

  • Mark

    Ok…so it could be worse. But….I am more concerned about kennedy and RBG retiring. If Trump gets those seats – we ARE eternally fucked.

  • AtticusP

    I won’t say that he’s not my President, because I have to go along for the ride along with everybody else.

    But I will say that my President is an asshole. At least until my right to say so is suspended.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/718ac75fbade8beecd8701d6601d487c2e7b3807f9c7e35326a229cd7cd25be5.jpg

    • Mark

      that would be assHOLE

    • JCF

      He’s Putin’s President. Period.

  • SoCalGal20

    The Army Corps of Engineers has granted the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. So it begins…

    https://twitter.com/emilysmithcnn/status/826602590884524032

    • Lazycrockett

      Hell we will be drilling in the Grand Canyon by the end of the year, Praise Exxon.

      • Ninja0980

        Both parties are the same though.

        • IamM

          /s

          • Andymac3

            But her emails! /s

        • ultragreen

          Under Obama, both fracking and offshore drilling for oil in the United States skyrocketed. And Obama has never opposed the Tar Sands pipeline, he merely proposed to reroute it around the Indian reservation at the last minute.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Has there been any move to boycott Exxon? Not that the other gas companies are great but with Tillerson as S of S, I think they should be extra roasted.

        • boobert

          I never did buy gas at exxon.

        • houstonray

          After the Exxon Valdez disaster, I never bought another drop of Exxon gasoline and my hubby (this was YEARS before we met) did the same thing. I know quite a few people that stopped then and never bought again. But it’s time for a not so heavy handed reminder to all our friends.

          • djcoastermark

            Another reason (including the spill) I never bought from Exxon was their long standing refusal to put LGBT protections into their policy and when they purchased Mobile, they did away with the LGBT protections that Mobile had.

    • Mark

      that is incredibly disheartening….and the next sound you hear is gonna be a whole bunch of people with fire and pitchforks…

    • zhera

      It’s gonna get real ugly. The protesters won’t quit, they believe in their cause and are doing good work. I think perhaps this will be the first protest to have fatalities. 🙁

    • AJ Drew

      USACE was, and is, a huge resource of information for infrastructure and land planning (things like 100-year floodplains,) and though it’s not so much interested in non-human environmental issues, its purpose of “preventing human development disaster” has often meshed with wildlife management and land conservation.

      USACE has no actual “power” to enforce, but it used to be largely (and rightfully) respected. Its waning influence has been on a slow roll for the past decades, but this current Corp approved Dakota pipeline easement is odd, and sad.

      http://www.usace.army.mil/About/

  • Lazycrockett
    • Bryan

      Kellyanne Conway: “It’s a small price to pay for security.”

      • TimCA

        Spicer blabbering on about ‘a very small number of people delayed by a few hours’

    • djcoastermark

      A small inconvenience may butt. Letting a person die ? If there was a way to sue. Heartbreaking.

    • houstonray

      I guess now that she’s dead, they’ll let her in?

      Disgusting, this administration is just horrific….

      • OdieDenCO

        don’t bet on it

        • JCF

          Anchor Corpses!!1!!

  • AJ Drew

    The problem with “Constitutional Originalists” is that things change. There’s a reason we have Constitutional Amendments and that the original Constitution authors actually thought about that and allowed them.

    • IamM

      Also we both learn and come across situations they never considered.

      What seemed, or was, good yesterday may not be today, because it’s not fucken yesterday anymore.

      • Cuberly

        The checks and balances in the gov prove your point. Our system is designed to adapt and change, albeit slowly, but the founding documents were intended to be situationally interpreted. Hence 3 branches of gov.

        • IamM

          Exactly. If you try to overhaul a complex system completely from scratch you’re liable to break more than you fix, but if you never try to fix anything it’s going to be broken forever. So, progressive improvement by mostly small fixes. But now the Republicans don’t want anything improved, and their so-called ‘conservative’ agenda is to make radical changes to undo decades of improvement.

          • Cuberly

            Making the system arduous and considered was a feature.

            Then, the GOP came along. Well, not really, the talibanjelicals came along.

    • Cuberly

      Yep. “Originalism” can’t exist. It’s exactly like a christianist claiming their a “biblical literalist”.

      Jefferson would have been for Corporate personhood?
      Do christianists throw their misbehaving children against the rocks?

      It’s all bs, it’s an intellectually lazy excuse for a far-right political movement.

  • Michael R

    On a less turd filled note :

    Seventy years ago this month, Edward Lowe created Kitty Litter

    https://s29.postimg.org/5svutpraf/kitty_litter_3.jpg

  • “In Yellowbear v. Lampert (2014), Gorsuch sided with the plaintiff, Andrew Yellowbear, a prisoner of native American descent who sued the Wyoming Department of Corrections for preventing him access to a sweat lodge which he argued was part of his faith. Gorsuch ruled that the Department of Correction violated Yellowbear’s religious rights.”

    Go supporters of Native Americans!

    Oh wait… shit. Religious liberty sucks. I think.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Clearly, our strongest argument will require Chris Pratt to fuck me in front of the Supreme Court, with me going “oh, God! Oh my God!”.

      Religious freedom!!!

      • I’d admit I’d enjoy that as well. Get in line!

        • Lumpy Gaga

          You guyyyyys! This is serious! Habeus corpus and shit!

    • One person’s religious liberty should end where another person’s right to be left alone — and to practice their own beliefs or be free of spirituality altogether — begins.

      The problem, as always, is when one god-botherer decides they have a right to tell other people how they should live and attempt to use gov’t power to force others to comply.

    • BobSF_94117

      The purpose of RFRA laws was to protect the religious rights of individuals, particularly religious minority individuals. It was not to pretend that a corporation can have a religious belief that is an extension of its owner’s religious beliefs.

      But you probably know that.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Premonition?

    After being in a months-long library hold waiting list, RBG’s e-book (“My Own Words”) finally popped up in my queue today as available for checkout.

  • leastyebejudged

    Unintentional irony is the best kind of irony.

    “Ours is the job of interpreting the Constitution,” he wrote in a concurrence last year. “And that document isn’t some inkblot on which litigants may project their hopes and dreams.”

    No way would the Constitution have been ratified if it had not been exactly that.

    I get why it bothers him, because law type people tend to be rather full of themselves, but the historical fact remains – the Constitution was intentionally written to be vague enough to appeal to all.

    • safari

      Here here

    • AJ Drew

      The authors of the Constitution were willing to admit they might be “in the moment” and things could change, thus they allowed the possibility of Amendments.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It bothers him not because it offends his vanity, but because it frightens him. The job of judge is a lot less scary when you can pretend everything is tidy and settled if only you’ll play Chris Reeve in Somewhere In Time.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Treant

    We can’t confirm him! No President can nominate a Supreme Court Justice during the last year of their Presidency per Republican rules. And there ain’t no way Trump lasts the year.

    • IamM

      If they confirm Merrick Garland for this vacancy, I’m willing to consider this guy for the next one.

      • Ross

        I second such a motion.

  • JHunter
  • houstonray

    Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told CNN that he is “not going to do to President Trump’s nominee what the Republicans in the Senate did to President Obama’s.”
    “I will push for a hearing and I will push for a vote,” he said.
    ______________________________________________________________________
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said in an interview that his party is wrong to oppose all potential nominees, noting that the person will be conservative and anti-choice, which Democrats will have to accept. “You’ve got to let him put staff together,” he said, adding the stipulation that he would not support a racist or bigoted nominee.
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Then moderate Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) piled on, telling Politico that Trump’s nominee “should get a full hearing” and should “absolutely” get a straight vote rather than be blocked by a filibuster.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    • safari

      Can’t be too upset at the expected. Maybe next time.

      • houstonray

        Sad but true….

    • Treant

      Manchin is no surprise, he’s a D in name only.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, and he is against LGBT rights which is why Gorsuch views on those issues isn’t anti-LGBT to him.

    • Homo Erectus

      We’re fucked.

    • AJ Drew

      Hmm. Yo Coons, Manchin, Heitkamp… what’s good for the goose-step deserves equal payback. Ahem, imho.

    • djcoastermark

      One hope I do have, seeing as there isn’t a snowballs chance.., is that a least the Dems put him through a good grilling. At least not let him just slip right on in.

    • Ninja0980

      Too bad Coons didn’t say this last year, he could have been primaried if he had.

    • J Ascher

      What will it take for the Democrats to realize you can’t play nice with Republicans? Do they have to be led away to a detention center?

    • MichaelJ

      Why is anyone surprised by Manchin and Heitkamp? They each come from states that voted heavily for Trump and face very tough re-election fights in 2018.

  • Max_1

    If Trump demands loyalty and Country first… why won’t he show the American people what being loyal to ones Nation by bringing his clothing manufacturing home to America and put some Americans to work, for fucks sake?

    • AJ Drew

      DT’s tax filings. Period! /s

  • Joe in PA

    I have a good pal that is an attorney in Philly, we’ve been ‘discussing’ Gorsuch for a while now, she met hin at some kind of conference and said she liked him. Whatever, she sent me a link from the NYT: why libs should like him (personally I’m not buy-in it)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/why-liberals-should-back-neil-gorsuch.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

    I did a little research and it turns out the writer of this opinion piece (Neal Katyal—a democrat appointed at some point by Obama) is also a partner in a law firm in Colorado, turns out Gorsuch is speaking at an event at this law firm…and the event was published by The Federalist Society: Let that sink in.

    http://www.fed-soc.org/events/detail/getting-legal-ethics-right

    Yeah.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Yeah, I’m not interested in anything that the FEDSOC approves of ,either.

    • Lazycrockett

      Well the deal is its not allowed for the President to ask specific questions on issues to the possible nominee. They can look at previous rulings and come to conclusion but they really have no clue how a justice will decide on a specific case. Roberts is a good example when he sided with the ACA. Not in any way tooting this horrible man’s nomination.

      • Joe in PA

        Yeah, there shouldn’t have been any doubt as to how Roberts would turn out. I listened to a FreshAir episode in which a the speaker explained Robert’s former decisions (and even his former corporate job). Citizens United was a no-brainer. Ugh.

    • David L. Caster

      Originalists are not to be trusted. They are essentially stuck in the late 1700s.

      • JCF

        “Imagine what George Washington would think of gay marriage!!!”

        Yeah, well, imagine what George Washington would think of Clarence Effing Thomas on the Supreme Court—but we’re not bound by Ol’ George on THAT one, are we?

    • danolgb

      There are plenty of examples of people who are friendly in person, then vote away your rights.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Yes that includes just about every white person in south carolina with the exception of a few

  • Lazycrockett
  • jsmukg

    Pure poison. Smarmy, snarky, snotty, entitled little devilspawn of the bitch who did her best to destroy the EPA–and please get a load of his shit on how civil rights are dependent on and subject to the tyranny of majority vote by idiot bigots?

  • TheManicMechanic

    An “originalist,” eh? Sorry, but if the framers of the Constitution were to be able the meet this guy, they’d stop just short of hanging him for his truly anti-American, nationalist views. Same would go for likely every Repug in the executive and legislative branches.

    • Natty Enquirer

      You realize you are talking about the guys who thought “all men” means “all free white men” and many of whom pretended to own other human beings?

  • Lazycrockett

    So The Last Word is saying that Gorsuch use to work for Kennedy and Ken. trust and his influence may pull Kennedy to the right or even retire.

    • Ninja0980

      Kennedy is not a moderate if you look at his overall record.
      Hell, even on some LGBT issues he’s not a surefire thing.
      But he is still the swing vote and I fear the latter more then the former.

  • boobert

    I guess clarence thomas will have some new shoes to shine! Too soon? lol

    • Todd20036

      Nope.

  • Blake J Butler

    White house spokespeople will no longer appear on CNN because it doesnt promote trump agenda.

    “We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” a White House official told Politico, indicating they believe CNN has been unfair to them.

    Mrs. Conway will not be making any recent appearances on CNN in the near future.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/white-house-spokespeople-will-no-longer-appear-on-cnn-because-it-doesnt-promote-trump-agenda/

    • Eric Lewis

      Thank God.

    • boobert

      Does that mean I can watch them, and not worry about seeing that hag?

      • Blake J Butler

        You will not have to look at that hag if you choose to watch CNN.

        • boobert

          Their ratings might increase, lol.

          • Blake J Butler

            I think having her on there on a regular basis but people off during the general election with her snake oil salesman remarks, always contradicting herself. Same situation now, even worse with Spicer in the mix, they are trying to sell us an outhouse and tell us it is the Tak-Mahal. Its bullshit after bullshit remarks they say when they defend trump on a daily basis.

      • ultragreen

        So there’s a small silver lining in this dark cloud, after all.

    • Todd20036

      Considering how much free air time CNN gave to Hair Furor, and covered Clinton’s emails ad nauseous while ignoring Trump’s real scandals, I’ll not shed a tear for CNN

  • kaydenpat

    Dems do your job: oppose, obstruct.

  • Blake J Butler
    • danolgb

      I dislike how she upstaged a great speech.

  • fuow

    Hey, all you gay men who didn’t bother to vote or who voted ‘green’ to teach us Democrats a lesson – you just got schooled.
    Yes, it could have been worse. Just, there’s no reason not to believe the next – and, sadly, the odds are great there will be a next – won’t be even worse.
    As things stand now, unless those of us to the left of Genghis Kahn can’t get our acts together, we’re going to make the same mistakes Maine has made with LePage.
    I’m not hopeful.

    • Ninja0980

      I’m not either given the fact so many folks still keep pushing the Bernie would have won meme and are attacking Schumer more then Trump.

  • BeaverTales

    Well, he’s not as bad as some of the other names that were tossed around. Soon the SCOTUS will be stacked with conservatives anyway.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Well, he’s not as old… unfortunately.

    • Ninja0980

      He is that bad but sad to say, he won’t be the worst.

  • Blake J Butler

    i give you Jess Herbst, the first openly transgender elected official in Texas history, as the mayor of New Hope, a suburb of McKinney considered to be one of the most conservative suburban areas of Texas.

    https://www.texasobserver.org/collin-county-mayor-becomes-texas-first-transgender-elected-official/

    • djcoastermark

      How cool is that!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lazycrockett

      please retweet this to @kellyannepolls.

    • djcoastermark

      This kind of awful thing needs to be Widely Publicized. The general public needs to know that this isn’t just some “extra” questioning going on.

    • Max_1

      If you noticed the one comment on that thread… The idiot is blaming the “liberal media” for confusing the story. Like he even can read the story and especially the part: “his dad returned to their war-ravaged country to be with his wife as she gave birth to Dilbreen’s little brother.” Let us guess… Trump voter.

  • Dirk Prophet

    He thinks corporations can be religious people. I suppose there might be corporations floating around in heaven.

  • houstonray

    Not sure if this has been mentioned but I was watching CNN and they said that next Wednesday they will host a live debate between Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders….about healthcare!!!

    Might be a popcorn worthy night….

  • Lazycrockett

    New totals in the Women’s March on Washington was 1 million in DC and 5 million world wide.

    • moebym posted this

      So the crowd in DC was at least 4x larger than that for the inauguration, and the worldwide count is at least 20x larger. That’s got to make Trump’s raisins shrivel.

      • Lazycrockett

        The group is gonna need to find a focus soon to keep momentum going. We are 2 years out from the primaries which I think is a bit too long to maintain. We need something closer.

        • SoCalGal20

          Well if Trump keeps issuing offensive and unconstitutionsl EOs everyday that will keep people motivated and focused.

  • SoCalGal20

    Gorsuch is an originalist who thinks we need to look backward. So, blacks and women can’t vote. Slavery is legal. Poll taxes are ok! Sorry, 18 year olds, you don’t get to vote!

    • Lazycrockett

      Only white man who own property can vote!!! woohoo.

      • Ninja0980

        And LGBT rights won’t exist.
        Homocons like Guy Benson and Richard Grenell who have been attacking Joe won’t care of course, given how they have $$$ to deal with the fallout.

    • safari

      He’s not really that bad. He won’t invoke the 14th for a protected class, I imagine, though. He’s certainly no fan of the legal protection of abortion and likes businesses being able to invoke personal religion to not comply with federal law. He also doesn’t see a problem with the 10 Commandments in government buildings without requiring other religious admissions, which is also disturbing.

  • BobSF_94117

    Good lord. He’s only been a judge 11 years.

    http://www.fed-soc.org/events/detail/getting-legal-ethics-right

    • safari

      *21. 1995 was his first job.

      • BobSF_94117

        From 1995–2005, Judge Gorsuch was in private practice

        Then he did one whole year in the DOJ. That gets him to 2006, eleven years ago, when he was raised to the bench.

        Another, longer list. In previous decades, he’d have been seen as under-prepared. But, hey, what counts today is longevity.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gorsuch#Career

        • safari

          You’re right. I’m wrong.

          • BobSF_94117

            It’s late.

            🙂

  • TallBearNC

    They want him because he is 49. Potentially 30 yrs on the Supreme Court.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, like Requist, Thomas etc.

    • Lazycrockett

      Anyone can step in front of a bus… or find a a pillow on their face.

    • BobSF_94117

      Seems he was chosen quite a while back, given a year at the DOJ and then, presto, change-o, a federal appeals judge.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gorsuch#Career

  • Ninja0980

    To put it bluntly, the fact is Republicans and their voters cared more about this issue then our side did.
    Why we don’t take the courts seriously I’ll never know but it is about to bite us in the butt big time.

    • Lazycrockett

      Well a lot of white suburban white women went back to Drumpf cause they felt Hillary was too pro choice. Which I don’t what to make of that.

      • SoCalGal20

        Not sure how much I believe that was the reason even if that’s what women say. I still think racism and sexism was behind Trump’s win. Not to mention 30 years of anti-Hillary bullshit. There are polls that show a high correlation between voters opinions on race and immigration and whether they voted for Trump. That’s a more accurate predictor than economic anxiety. I’d be interested to see a comparison with pro-choice.

        • Lazycrockett

          I tend to agree with you but MSNBC did a segment on a while back. I still blame Comey.

          • SoCalGal20

            Well, yes, Comey and the Russians played their part.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          I believe theres a hidden bias with a lot of females as to having a female “boss”

  • BobSF_94117

    On a side note, that’s a horrible tie.

    • Cuberly

      Well, his wife’s conserva-burka isn’t much better.

      • Lazycrockett

        That look, its amazing she not holding a fresh batch of cookies on a sheet right out of an oven.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          …. you know she’s thinking about shoving something into ovens, but it’s not got nothing to do with cookies….

          • Cuberly

            She’s “shoveling” the wrong oppressor.

        • Cuberly

          Totally creeps me out, that conserva-obedience thing. If it’s a choice it’s one thing. But if it’s got some messed up machinations in the background…EWWWWWW! Call 911!

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            What I hate is when a lot of conservative/traditional women can only comprehend having power and prestige through one’s spouse. I’ve always wanted to point at Newt’s former wives and go “Idiots, he can always throw you the fuck away for a newer model and he may really be into owls.”

  • Paula

    I am afraid that these people will do things to ensure that no democrats ever get the presidency again.

    • That’s exactly what they’ve already done.

    • Ninja0980

      The voter id laws will see to that.
      Too bad so many people on our side were too stupid to see that and not vote.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Well they got their wish. Now they wont be able to vote again ever. Thatll free up more time to do other important things like goo to the local bread line for a free meal

  • moebym posted this
  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: This article perfectly explains why I hate conservative women who preach domesticity yet have high-profile political jobs.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-and-the-post-feminist-con_us_588fc7b4e4b02c397c178afc?pgtixwfbtx0z4cxr&amp;

    “Borrowing the rhetoric of figures like Roosevelt and conservative anti-feminist crusader Phyllis Schlafly, women like Conway have ignored or reasoned away women’s inequality while simultaneously achieving their own political and economic success. Conway is Counselor to the most powerful man in the nation, is the first female campaign strategist to see a presidential candidate to victory, and has built a career and reputation in Washington that many men would envy.

    She accomplished all of these feats while publicly supporting conventional gender stereotypes and rejecting feminism outright—feminism that enabled women like her to engage in politics in the first place. In an article she wrote in 2011, for instance, the political strategist and pollster proclaimed, “femininity is replacing feminism as a leading attribute for American women… if women really want to be taken seriously in the workforce these days, looking feminine is a good way to start.”

    • Lazycrockett

      Conway thinks that only the Bitch wins in the male controlled world. She is cold, manipulative, confrontational towards other women, and see them as competition. She totally rejects the notion of sisterhood.

      • safari

        I’ve encountered quite a few women like that in the sciences both biological and computational.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          She’s basically like the character who was a former televangelist in The Handmaid’s Tale. She pimped the kind of people who overthrew the government and installed the Republic of Gilead and only regretted it when she herself was stripped of all her power, fame and autonomy.

          • safari

            I don’t remember the details of that character. I do remember the vibe you just described. Rage fueled by regret.

        • Lazycrockett

          There is an article or something that came out a couple of days ago, bout how she said something bout her daughter feeling the pressure of her moms success and Conway basically said then ” go find a cure for cancer.” basically compete against my accomplishments if you want to feel better. Sad, old fashioned and pitiful.

          • safari

            I can understand how it forms. Some of the women in my field have done things like deliberately become aggressive to ward off unwanted attention (it’s a classroom/workplace; not a dating service) or to communicate (being cut off is not ok). But in some of the older people higher up the food chain, I’ve seen them eat their young. It is messy and very hurtful.

      • moebym posted this

        This might explain her loathing of HRC. The latter was able to achieve success in politics without having to cut others down to do so, and while gaining widespread admiration and fame.

        • TampaDink

          Also while maintaining what appears to be a loving relationship with her daughter. I suspect that Mrs. Conjob’s children dislike their mother.

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            Maybe instead of just a private school, they should request a boarding school in a more civilized country under an assumed name.

          • TampaDink

            With mother helping out pres. Bannon & his puppet, we may all soon be living in a less civilized country…without moving. Some of us might be granted scholarships to reeducation institutions. Instead of assumed names, we’ll just have numbers.

          • grada3784

            Remember, Mother Bates wouldn’t even swat a fly.

          • TampaDink

            Compared to Kellyanne, Mother Bates and the mother in “Flowers in the Attic” are truly maternal & loving.

        • Lazycrockett

          History will hopefully see Hillary as the mother of the movement, Kellyanne will be seen as a footnote in a wanna be dictator failed attempt to destroy America.

    • Max_1
    • JCF

      “See, I can’t be a despicable feminist—I’m wearing Fuck Me heels!”

  • SoCalGal20

    The ban isn’t hurting anybody and it only affects a few people! /s

    1. So far, Australian kid can’t go to Space Camp

    2. Dr. at Cleveland Clinic can’t get back

    3. Elderly Iraqi women dies while she and the family are stuck and can’t get back to Detroit.

    4. Child with burns separated from parents.

    5. And this sad video.

    https://twitter.com/malonebarry/status/826307519412838400

    • Ross

      Unbearable, yes.

      And important.

      Thank you.

    • bzrd

      arg, that hurt so much

    • houstonray

      That is not only unbearable and difficult but it’s shameful. I’m ashamed of my country right now (not those protesting of course, that makes me proud) but this administration is beyond words to even describe.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Lol had a dyslexic moment and thought the tweet was from barry manilow

  • SoCalGal20

    So Jerry Falwell Jr. Is leading that “higher education” “task force”.

    Former student at his school posted a thread on twitter showing excerpts of the textbooks they had to use.

    https://twitter.com/kevinroose/status/826630781892251648

    https://twitter.com/kevinroose/status/826631714269184000

    • Lazycrockett

      Soon husbands will be able to beat women with the rule of thumb law again. great.

      • ByronK

        Right now that’s Russia. 380 to 3 to decriminalize domestic violence.

      • AJ Drew

        spare the rod, spoil the child, cuz you can’t get it up and need to feel somethin’. (too harsh? nah.)

    • safari

      We need more fantasy in higher education, apparently.

      • The_Wretched

        Would that it were just fantasy. It’s propaganda and teaching hate.

    • Lazycrockett

      But but where are the dinos????

  • TampaDink

    I refused to watch….and haven’t had time to wade through all of the comments in this thread or the previous one about Hair Furor’s SCOTUS Challenge Game Show. Having said that, did he make the guy he didn’t choose appear before the cameras for the live announcement?

  • greenmanTN

    “is an originalist, meaning he tries to interpret the Constitution consistently with the understanding of those who drafted and adopted it”

    Now how fucking stupid is that? At that time the US was a largely agrarian society in which a black person counted for 3/5ths a white person merely for political demographic purposes since it wasn’t like they could actually, you know, vote. Since then we have had the Industrial Revolution, the women’s sufferage movement which allowed women to (gasp!) to vote, the Civil Rights Movement which was at least a step toward racial equality and voting rights, the sexual revolution, the gay rights movement, and now the Computer Revolution, which may have a larger effect than all the others put together.

    But sure, put your little Swami hat on and try to divine what a bunch of privileged straight white men in the 17 fucking hundreds REALLY meant!

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c3/3a/ec/c33aecc7aa81e24ca6c2f027cf9c45de.jpg

    There is a reason why they call the Constitution a “living document,” you tiny minded shitweasel.

    • ByronK

      I always think that if these people are actual “originalists” they would have a radical interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Militias and all. And I’ve tried to wrap my head around this kind of approach to constitutions but then I need to lie down in a dark room for an hour. There is no logic to it in my mind.

      • greenmanTN

        I believe the Constitution is mostly a really great document despite a few flaws (could we get a definition of a “well-ordered militia” please?)

        But Scalia claimed to be an originalist, and now comes along this toad.

        Here’s the big thing you have to keep in mind about the authors of the Constitution: THEY OWNED SLAVES! So while it’s a great jumping off point for rights and government, the “founding fathers” had more than a few blind spots and nothing anyone should emulate.

      • Tor

        Single shot muskets are original.

        • grada3784

          They did have Kentucky Long Rifles in 1776. Again, single shot.

    • AJ Drew

      I wrote much elsewhere, but YES, the authors of the Constitution actually wrote into it the possibility of Amendments cuz even they knew “shit might change” and they did NOT include religion other than “freedom to worship” but made a VERY (originalist) point that there must always be a separation of Church and State.

      • greenmanTN

        The separation of Church and State is a HUGE one, though not a favorite of the Christian Right, who claim to be so patriotic.

    • Max_1

      So he believes that muskets are the only legal arm to bear… ?

  • ByronK
    • TampaDink

      I think that his brain needs to be studied, very closely…very soon. Draw your own conclusions on how I imagine that exam being performed.

    • Lazycrockett

      Looks like the EU is starting to fight back against the Russia propaganda. They are coming to the realization that Drumpf’s and america’s influence needs to be controlled and minimualized for the next 4 years. Mexico is doing the same.

      • kevin vincent

        Aligning with Trump was a grave mistake

    • danolgb

      Honestly, I wonder if this is something we can use to get Bannon out. If we keep pushing that Bannon is actually running the show and Trump is just an impotent puppet, I wonder if we can use Trump’s ego against him.

      • grada3784

        Either that or Putin and Bannon can get into a fight as to whose puppet Trump really is. And the dummy can get broken in the fight.

  • AJ Drew

    OT and apropos of nothing, maybe…

    http://www.wral.com/peep-holes-found-in-men-s-bathroom-at-johnston-county-rest-stop/16489931/

    But, Johnston County is steadfast GOP and anti anything anti-Bible, what?

    ahem… “No damage was located in the women’s bathroom”

    And yet there is just one comment so far about that article from a contractor…

    “$4,800 for 6 little holes? Man, that’s $800 per hole. I would have loved to get that contract. I’ve been in construction work for 47 years, and that is highway robbery. No pun intended. That price is flat out wrong.”

    • SoCalGal20

      Nothing to see here!

      • AJ Drew

        well, not anymore, I guess.

    • ByronK

      But the Musak is always playing banjo music.

      • AJ Drew

        There IS Musak in NC elevators, but it is a loop of instrumental versions of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “DIrty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”

      • Bryan

        And people keep commenting on the quality of my mediocre dental care. I don’t like it here mommy, let’s go some place where they don’t smell like feces, death and hate.

    • Max_1

      It was a priest… Confessional holes.

    • The_Wretched

      those aren’t peep holes.

  • SoCalGal20

    This is a good thread to read as a reminder of things that have been accomplished. Lots of work still to do but we can make a difference.

    https://twitter.com/blowticious/status/826582040472645633

  • A Black

    How are you an “originalist”? The constitution has had to be amended several times because of changing political climates and social advances.

    • DaddyRay

      Hopefully conservatives will give up their computers, cell phones and cars – it wasn’t covered in the original constitution after all

      • Bad Tom

        Neither were machine guns.

        • Stogiebear

          Careful. That’s as potent for calling Vichy Kate back into our midst as saying her name in front of a mirror three times.

    • The_Wretched

      “Originalists” always struck me as thinly veiled racists. The Civil War Amendments (13, 14, 15) fundamentally changed the Constitution. Freeing the slaves is a BFD and more than half the reason the southern law makers are still trying to destroy the country (which they see as ‘the north’).

  • SDG

    BLOCK BLOCK BLOCK!!!

  • Max_1

    Argle bargle appointment…

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This is what America feels like to me.

    https://youtu.be/otG4G1xI39U

  • ultragreen
  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/guardianworld/status/826676729418653697

    i just say we pack the bags and move to Canada. They do it right.

    • Max_1

      FOXNews(R) corrected their Alt-Tweet AFTER Canadian Officers rebuked FOXNews(R) for spreading PROPAGANDA.

    • Max_1

      Something to think about:
      That white nationalist Trumper murdered more North Americans than any so called terrorist coming from the Trump7 countries of banned-not banned nations.

  • Max_1
    • geoffalnutt

      Yes. Women are to become property again.

  • safari

    Here’s a set of alleged EO drafts to chill the soul. Immigration orders to deny visa entry if there is the possibility of use of government benefits including Medicaid, TANF; possible deportation for usage; and charging visa sponsors for usage. The information collected — including information about refugee relocation costs — would then be used and displayed to show where money has flowed away from American investment.

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/31/14457678/trump-order-immigrants-welfare

  • Max_1

    Emoluments Clause…
    Why are DJ Trump’s sons, er BUSINESSES even there?

    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/826594098240970752

    • The_Wretched

      Some of the attorneys on the emoluments case are ethics lawyers from the Bush the Lesser admin.

  • safari

    Hardiman, the “runner-up” started to drive to DC before apparently being told he didn’t get the nomination (reading between the lines) because Donald “likes a contest” and didn’t want to decide until the last minute, even going so far as to have two packets available for each Senator in case he changed his mind.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/31/politics/gorsuch-supreme-court-hardiman/

    • danolgb

      From what I gathered from Rogue POTUS Staff, Trump did indeed not actually make up his mind until just this afternoon.

    • Max_1

      You know Donald wanted a dash cam inside the ride to catch the tears al-la Apprentice fired rides home…

  • Max_1

    When Trumpers declare their love of Trump, remind them of a few simple facts (and yes, for these folks simple works): They now are in the minority of citizens that like Trump. The minority. Hedging toward 40% approval. The minority. And you know how Trumpers think minorities do not deserve a place at the table, and all… “I know how you (the Trumper) feel about minorities and equal Rights and all… It must suck being that minority. Tough shit. Isn’t that how it’s said?”

  • Max_1

    Trump is doing a ‘bang-up’ job…
    … Grab ’em by the pussy!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Judge Gorsuch’s mother was a high-level official in the Reagan administration.

    Judge Gorsuch’s mother lasted 22 months (amazingly) heading Reagan’s EPA. She was a big proponent of a plan to burn toxic waste from boats off the MD-Delaware coast.

    Judge Gorsuch’s mother pretty likely wanted Superfund FAIL, because that’s sure how she acted when put in charge of it.

    And this is why I still watch MSNBC. (h/t Rachel Maddow)

    • safari
      • Lumpy Gaga

        “A Cabinet-level official has never before faced such a charge.”

        She’s the original originalist!!

        • safari

          She apparently died of cancer at 62.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Those toxic waste boats’ll kill ya.

          • safari

            Wikipedia said she fought against lead prohibition in gasoline, going so far as to promise (verbally) that a company can violate the standards. There was press, resulting backlash, fines, and the rest of the drama followed, evidently.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Then she died from cancer, so happy ending.

          • safari

            His transition into public service started at the time of her death.

          • safari

            What is odd is that he seems eager, along with the current Congress, to take down the Cheveron Defence — wherein the courts defer to executive agencies interpretations of law rather than allow judicial interpretation of Congressional intent in areas where the law is ambiguous or silent in the event of litigation. The Cheveron case happened on his mother’s watch at EPA. The holding held up the Reagan administration’s interpretation of the law.

          • safari

            If the courts or Congress were to weaken the Cheeron Defence, it would transfer quite a bit of power to the judicial branch from the executive.

          • safari

            I can’t help but feel he’s trying to avenge his mother by fixing the delineation between legislative intent and executive interpretation. I think his originalism may be a direct response to his mother’s time at EPA.

          • safari

            His mother also seems to be cut from the same cloth as Donald:

            Amazon’s review of her book “Are You Tough Enough?” (1986) from Publisher’s Weekly:
            “While insisting that she is not bitter about her negative treatment by the press, and that her two-year stint as President Reagan’s first director of the Environmental Protection Administration was “fun,” Burford blasts her critics in this lively inside account. A conservative Republican legislator in Colorado when asked to join Reagan’s transition team in 1980, Burford portrays herself as an EPA head who favored enforcement of environmental laws and sought to make a bloated, backlogged agency “efficient and effective.” During 22 controversial months in office, however, she found herself hampered constantly by what she considers unfair news media, environmental “extremists” and Machiavellian maneuvering by White House staffers

          • Ninja0980

            Sounds cold but I hope her son follows in his mom’s footsteps.

  • AJ Drew

    It’s all head-spinning and nauseating, and that’s the Prez Bannon intent apparently. Stay upright and steady, and hound your reps. They do listen.

    I have joined https://dailyaction.org, it’s free, no strings attached, and it is a reminder that we need to raise our voices while we still can… (Daily Action sends a text message daily Mon-Fri reminding you to call your sens/reps with a direct phone link to tell them what you think about current issues.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5848ea46bde925c1496738b91dcaba5fd36d306cc9119577f9502bd6b7a2b85.jpg

    • TuuxKabin

      Thanks AJ, I signed up but didn’t receive a reply. Will click on and do it again.

      • AJ Drew

        It took a full 24 hours before I got a reply when I signed up. Since then it’s been working as expected. It was started by an “internet journalist” and her tech-savvy husband as a way to keep the energy of the Women’s March (and Sister Marches) going.

        Honestly, it’s just a daily reminder to stay involved, but I appreciate the nudge and the convenience of the text messages’ phone links. So far I have been making calls to my sen/reps each morning while walking my dogs.

        https://www.bustle.com/articles/200351-daily-action-alerts-is-the-simplest-way-to-make-a-difference-during-trumps-presidency

        • TuuxKabin

          What a great way to get a couple of things done at once, walk the dogs and get those messages out. We get a vicarious thrill from the dog walkers in the neighborhood, especially the ones walking a pack of six or more. So many personalities to admire, traits to watch and reasons to grin, if not laugh out loud. We’re in a blue bubble, but I keep our congressman, Nadler, and senators, Gillibrand and Schumer fax and email addresses bookmarked to send messages pronto.

          • AJ Drew

            Yup, that Daily Action app is just a nudge, but the phone link embedded in the text message really is convenient and makes *not* calling feel a bit shameful… so far it’s worked for me, though I’m sure the persons answering my calls have been annoyed by me punctuating my call with “dammit, SIT, stop pulling!” Ha!

  • safari

    A Detroit man who worked as a contractor for US Special Forces lost his 75 year old mother when she fell ill while visiting Iraq and was denied re-entry. She had lived in the US since 1995.
    http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/232856168-story

  • NowVoyager

    Some Democrats are clutching their pearls in fear of the Republican Senate Majority Leader’s not-so-veiled threat of doing away with the filibuster regarding US Supreme Court Nominees. I believe most Senate Republicans may be loath to do that. As it is, with their tiny majority of 52 to 48 in the Senate (Republican’s lost two Senate seats in Nov. 2016), in less than two years they might be in the minority position again; then they would be powerless if they’ve done away with the filibuster. Remember how they used (misused) the filibuster when the Senate Republicans were in the minority during Obama’s first four years? If they use “the nuclear option”, then they also make themselves as legislatively impotent as the current minority party in the House of Representatives when political dominance shifts once again — and it will. Believe me, the US Senate, that ersatz American version of the British “House of Lords”, would not enjoy losing their distinctiveness and be nothing more special than a lowly Congressional House Representative. Neither side would want that. The Senate Democrats must insist, as retribution for the unprecedented Senate Republicans’ theft of that open 2016 Supreme Court seat from the Obama administration, that the seat should be left open until the next mid-term election. There must be a fair reckoning to put the scales back in balance.

    • 1) The Republicans have no intention of ever being in the minority again. That’s what all the gerrymandering is about, that’s what the voter ID laws are about, that’s what purging voter rolls is about, that’s what their whole electoral strategy is about.

      2) Republicans don’t believe in “fair” if that means Democrats get something. In GOP-speak, “fair” means they get everything they want and the other side gets nothing.

      • geoffalnutt

        With Republicans it’s war all the time (on some level). It has to be.

      • Mark

        I’ll agree – but I will add: Dems need to get off their ass, roll up the sleeves, and get their hands dirty. Hope and prayer are just about the same thing – so they best get focused on getting voters registered now vs 45 days before the mid-terms. They aren’t going to win jack shit being fair or looking pretty. And in the blue states – they best create real jobs and real opportunity other than ‘pot for sale’ store fronts.

        The job market in Dallas right now is booming….and folks from all over the country are flocking to where the money is. Red or blue gets ‘trumped’ by the green.

  • safari

    I can’t necessarily blame Donald, but his first-ordered clandestine strike abroad failed. It was in Yemen. Quite a bit of death.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/seal-american-girl-die-first-trump-era-u-s-military-n714346

  • saucetin

    Oh good, another pale Christian. Shouldn’t they mix it up, a LITTLE?

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  • the martian ambassador

    Democrats bet it all on “demographics” and lost. They didn’t count on Trump appealing to low income black and hispanic American citizens, who’s jobs are actually threatened by unskilled illegal immigrants.

    I know exactly what the dems were thinking. We don’t even need to control congress or even the states. With a “lock” on the presidency due to “demographic changes”, democrats could rule by executive order. With the presidency and the supreme court, they could control the country’s agenda until all the white people die. Nice try.

    Here’s whats gonna happen now. The voter rolls are going to be purged of all the illegal voters over the next few years. Illegal alien criminals are going to be deported – up to 2 million. The welfare magnet is going to be eliminated.

    Leaked Executive Order Reveals Trump Crackdown On Immigrant Welfare http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-31/leaked-executive-order-reveals-trump-crackdown-immigrant-welfare
    We’re going to have a mandatory e-verify system. Employers are going to have to pay immigrants enough to keep them off government assistance, or they will not be allowed to stay.

    Add in the local democrats pushing for mandatory minimum wage and automation is going to go into overdrive. We will need to be much more selective about who we let in. No more importing welfare dependents to vote democrat their entire lives.

    • Bryan

      No, HERE’S what’s going to happen now, your little bitchboy is going to overstep his grounds, and reality is going to come down on him like a steel beam upon his head dropped from on high. When he’s impeached, and he WILL be impeached if he’s not removed via the 25th, which while technically different, is functionally impeaching him. His cabal will be destroyed, your side will lose and the millennials and 80s/90s brats that are my age now? In the words of another Russian you people might know quite well, WE. WILL. BURY. YOU. And I mean it both the way he actually meant it and the way stupid Americans took it.

      Here’s something else that’s about to happen, I don’t have any more breath to waste on toxic fucking Russian fascist skidmarks and posers who think Trump’s the living embodiment of the right wing’s second coming, run back to BlightShart you backwoods basement troll. FUCKIN’, BLOCKED!

      • safari

        He’d been inactive for six or seven hours. He really seems to like this thread.

        • the martian ambassador

          I had to sleep.

          • The_Wretched

            Wimp, loser, low energy. #sad.

          • stevenj

            You apparently have been sleeping for a very long time.

        • Bryan

          Think it pisses him off that I can’t see his comments? Buddy buddy buddy, hey….hey….psst…..Hey. I’m pleasuring myself to the joy of your impotent Republican tears while responding to you by proxy space cadet.

      • the martian ambassador

        You are funny. You make me laff. If Trump is impeached, you get President Mike Pence.

      • Treant

        It’s much easier and quieter to block them at their first bit of dribble that spews from around their mouths while blowing Trump.

        Also, lower blood pressure.

        • safari

          This one caught my eye. Before he went to bed — or wherever he went to — he wanted us to know that Obergefell will not be overturned. Then he immediately lost it.

          • JT

            Another fuckwad Roosky troll.

          • Treant

            Trump…er, I mean he…must have taken his nightly cocaine.

        • Bryan

          I usually do, but then I remember how much fun everybody says it is to be a flying monkey, so I decided to trash him and then block him for a change.

          • Treant

            You did a good job at it, too. 🙂

    • JT

      “I know exactly what the dems were thinking.”

      You know a lot about what people were thinking, don’t you?

      • Djurisk

        He’s the original Ms. Cleo.

    • The_Wretched

      hi kate.

    • UrsusArctos

      I call bullshit. The “illegal” problem would have evaporated long ago if enforcement law shifted focus from the “illegals” to the people that employ them. Make it a crime with jail time to repeatedly hire undocumented and apply it to corporate management, owners, and boards. Presto! No more paying undocumented under the table. Use the DEA to enforce, since they’re always looking to fill the jails.
      It’s NEVER been about immigration. It’s always been about making low wage undocumented people stay in the shadows.

  • JT
  • the martian ambassador

    It’s true, the republicans can easily do away with the filibuster for supreme court and his nominations will pass.

    Having said that, I think Trump is smart. His agenda is about the middle class and working class. He knows that if the court gets packed with conservatives, that will be just as detrimental to his base as it being packed with liberals.
    He’s rewarding the hard right with this appointment, and it’s really a freebie because it doesn’t change the balance of the court.

    I’ve been paying VERY close attention to the language being used by Trump and his surrogates. During the campaign he came up with that list of like 20 judges he would appoint in order to appease the right, who were claiming he would only appoint crypto liberals to the court. Initially, Trump said he would only pick nominees from that list.
    Later on I they backed ever so slightly away from that, saying he would make at least his first choice from that list.

    Again, the democrats are on the ropes and Trump knows it. He doesn’t need to ignite the culture war because the people are with him on his economic policies and immigration. He knows that many of his supporters are democrats and independents who are agnostic or libertarian on issues like gay rights and pot. He doesn’t need to go there and I don’t think he will.

  • TuuxKabin
  • thom

    best tweet of the night (by far) came from Chris Murphy of Connecticut

    Senate Republicans tomorrow when asked about the precedent set by their treatment of Merrick Garland. https://t.co/dCE5458hnw

  • Tomcat

    And thus it begins, 30+ more years of unbalanced SCOTUS Justices.
    Thanks all of you that were too disillusioned with Hillary to vote for Democracy over Rightwing Fascism. May the millennial be the first to realize they screwed up by throwing their votes away on other unwinnable candidates. Millennial’s sure are a strange group scream for equality, vote for division.

    • The_Wretched

      There were a bunch of things that mattered. ‘loony leftists’ was only one of them. I know it’s popular to blame them but it’s not that simple.

  • JT

    Resist! Democrats, take action!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QEqLTbEXy0

  • JT

    More trouble with the site today. It was ok until a few minutes ago. Have to enter through Disqus.

  • TomKitten1960

    This. This is how the right & the fascists win, and continue to win. Is it really a big shock that the tiny-handed gibbon nominated a Justice Scoliosis carbon copy? While we’re focusing our hate/outrage/attention on each subsequent offense, ten slip by unnoticed. Big picture, people. We, and our representatives, need to be spending their time on getting this man out rather than wasting their time and energy bemoaning each unsurprising action.

    • Tor

      I suppose it could have been worse. I was expecting some wild-eyed wingnut Xtianist. This guy may very well be one, he just has a nicer veneer. And I think the Dems need to delay and never let him come up for a vote.

  • LiberalDeacon

    I thought we didn’t allow President’s to make SCOTUS nominations in the last year of their administration?

    • The_Wretched

      zing!