A while back, I wrote an essay suggesting that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should make a deal with President Trump: retire in exchange for a say (some say—but only some) in whom the president would nominate to replace her, with that someone being a nominee other than Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Well, Justice Ginsburg didn’t listen to me, and now any hope she may have had of influencing Trump’s choice is gone. (Snip) There are two names that have been floated previously, : Judge Britt Grant of the 11th Circuit and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“You don’t have to do this, Joe.” —Barack Obama The Democratic presidential nominee had embraced one of the most bizarre but—until recently—effective strategies thus far in a presidential campaign. Like some fictive vampire, Joe Biden has been ensconced in a basement tomb and, now pale, he is reemerging into the light and finding the glare all but lethal. Under the cloak of the coronavirus and national quarantine, Biden essentially had shut down his campaign from late March to the present. Ostensibly, his handlers believed that any downside of appearing to play-rope-a-dope and to avoid unscripted events was more than outweighed by not putting a sometimes frail 77-year-old man with apparent
Teleprompter Use 6 replies
At his Wisconsin rally last night, President Donald Trump continued to tease former Vice President Joe Biden for relying on a teleprompter when he answers queries from the media. While teleprompter use is very common for politicians and others giving formal speeches, Biden is the first candidate to regularly use one outside of formal speeches, such as during press conferences. During Biden’s nearly 50 years in politics, his off-the-cuff remarks have gotten him in more than a bit of trouble, but the obvious teleprompter use is posing problems of its own. The Trump campaign made a brutal one-minute ad about it recently:
Impeachment to Stop SCOTUS Nomination 18 replies
Okay. Enough is enough. Democratic leaders are now officially clinically insane and are threatening to upend the Constitution (Snip) ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and listen to her answer.(Tweet)He asks about the idea of impeaching the president or Attorney General Bill Barr (?) if Trump tries to go ahead with a hearing on the nomination (Snip)Pelosi then gave a puzzling answer, responding: “Good morning. Sunday morning. The, uh, we have a responsibility, we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution(Snip) uh, that, uh, is, uh, when the we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use
Court Contenders 19 replies
It’s no secret that Republicans take filling judgeships much more seriously than Democrats. President Trump released his first list of prospective Supreme Court nominees before he was even elected, back in September 2016, and – in what was taken at the time as a grim harbinger of RBG’s condition – released his most recent revisions/additions earlier this month, just days before RBG died. But in the latest indication of just how low a priority selecting Supreme Court judges has been for Democrats (Snip)Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reportedly refusing to release a list of potential nominees, should he ever get the opportunity to fill the vacancy left by the death
The instant Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing was announced, the battle lines were drawn. Or, more accurately, one side girded for battle, while Republicans clucked with confusion about what to do next. Which should be no surprise. If Republicans are good at anything, it’s finding “principled” reasons to betray their constituents and contradict their much vaunted philosophy. President Trump, naturally, has sounded strong, as, to his credit, has Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). But the majority leader has to manage a fractious caucus and a thin margin. Many of his members either will be looking for excuses not to vote, or for a reason to vote no, or (worse) will be persuadable
Sent to White House, Addressed to
President Trump 13 replies
Breaking News: CNN has reported in the last 30 minutes that Ricin was discovered in a package sent to the White House, addressed to President Trump. CNN broke into their coverage of the death of Justice Ginsburg to deliver the report: ( Tweet) (Video) The package was found at an off-site mail facility that handles all mail deliveries for the White House. The discovery of the ricin was apparently made days ago, but law enforcement officials have spent the last few days conducting tests on the substance to confirm it was indeed ricin. As more information becomes available, we will report it here at RedState.
How to Honor Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy 24 replies
Former President Barack Obama was one of the notable figures who offered tributes of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and condolences to her family after her passing Friday. In a piece posted on his Medium account, he recounted the discrimination she’d faced as a woman in the workplace and how she smacked down the institutions that treated her as inferior because of her gender: (Snip)No timelines anywhere to be found, because they don’t exist. And, there is no requirement to fulfill the politically-based last wishes of those who’ve been appointed to the bench. Sorry, Barack and Ruth, that’s not how it works.
in Minneapolis and It’s Blocking Emergency
Calls to Victims 7 replies
Turns out that like Seattle, there’s been a continuing smaller barricaded ‘autonomous zone’ in Minneapolis that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. But of course it’s not good for the folks in Minneapolis and particular the businesses in the area being occupied. The owner of an auto repair said he was violently attacked while in his office by someone who came from this nearby zone which they are calling “the free State of George Floyd.”From Fox News: “I was in my office and I heard a noise. I was talking to the guy and I woke up after that in the hospital,” he said. “He broke my computer and took stuff out of
Where Will His 50 Votes Come From? 18 replies
There are 53 GOP Senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will need 50 votes to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice, with Vice President Mike Pence standing by to break any tie. One GOP Senator, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska has already signaled today that she will not vote to confirm any new Supreme Court Justice until after Inauguration Day in January. That means Cocaine Mitch can only endure two more defections and still be able to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice. In my view, the following Senators are solid votes to confirm pretty much any nominee sent to the Senate by Pres. Trump in the next 45 days: John
Trump nominee should get same
speedy consideration 12 replies
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made valid arguments Saturday in convincing President Donald Trump to nominate a successor to the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed 42 days after she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. @RealDonaldTrump‘s nominee should get the same speedy consideration by the Senate,” Fitton wrote in one tweet.“COUP KARMA: If the Left can impeach and try to remove a president during an election year, a Supreme Court justice can certainly be appointed during an election year,” he added in a second post,
Country, Fill Ginsburg’s Seat Quickly 6 replies
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87. (Snip)After Donald Trump’s election in 2016, many on the Left expressed dismay that she chose to stay on the court rather than resign and let President Obama nominate her replacement. (Snip)Given that she herself put the country in this difficult position, we should not allow our thinking to be clouded by any false sentimentality about her death.(Snip) Democrats may assume that Ginsburg’s dying wish is a given. And they will pretend that it is some time-honored precedent. With the election only six weeks away, they assume there just won’t be enough time to act.