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Supreme Court vacancy update

Yesterday morning I blogged about the significance of Joe Biden’s 1992 speech.

Later in the day, yesterday, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they are not going to have any hearings for any Obama nominee.

I credit the Joe Biden speech for that manning-up on the part of the Republicans. After watching Joe Biden, now the sitting Vice President, say that Democrats would not hold any hearings for a Republican nominee in the last year of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, the Republicans were forced to use the exact same Biden strategy against Obama and Biden today. Otherwise they’d look like a bunch of p-words. Without that speech, there’s a good chance they would have caved.

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“Tarl” wrote an interesting comment yesterday. He asked: “Why was Biden even saying this? There wasn’t an open seat in 1992, was there?”

Indeed, there was no nominee so it was incredibly stupid for Joe Biden to be saying that in front of a TV camera. The only explanation is that Biden was completely clueless that he could find himself on the other side of the aisle in the future. But how could Biden possibly be so clueless about that? Even though he went to a pretty fourth-rate law school, it doesn’t take any sort of political genius to imagine that one day there might be a Democratic President and a Republican Senate.

Another commenter, “Abundance Mentality”, wrote:

I think this is because the Left is so outcome-driven, they don’t even understand the neutrality of processes. It’s almost like magical thinking. “I’m such a good person, the world could never result in a set of conditions where I’d be holding the shit end of the stick through no fault of my own.”

Indeed, neutrality of process is something that conservatives intuitively get and appreciate but liberals don’t. Under liberal thinking, fairness is only judged by “correct” outcomes and not by a neutral process. Which is why it’s so important to prevent liberals from attaining a majority on the Supreme Court. A liberal Supreme Court will ignore stare decisis, the plain meaning of statutes and the Constitution in order to achieve outcomes desired by liberals.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

Posted in Law, Politics

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  1. The obvious answer is that in the old-media days, a leftist could count on the media preserving or covering up his words for posterity, until, including and past the point at which it may or may not have been to his or their benefit. I think in ’92, the Limbaugh phenomenon was not very well know, and of course ALL the major news outlets (in my memory as far back as the 80’s) were known by the observant adults as “A Bunch of Communists”, “Nothing But Communists”, “Communist Broadcasting Station”, and “Public Bunch of Socialists”.

    not my name

    February 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

  2. You won’t win centrist and left(ish) whites with that attitude. And yes, considering the demographics, you need us. Grassroots conservatives are very sensitive that you distinguish between the normal ones and the establishment/”elites”/Conservatism Inc. types. And rightly so. But that means you have to distinguish between the scumbags on our side who gain political power and the ones who just want different things but are fundamentally different.

    I once had a friend comment that we think conservatives are wrong, they think we’re – at best – only semi human. I snorted it away as self pity at the time, but it’s starting to look like a very incisive observation.

    Jesse

    February 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

    • Fundamentally “different”. Sorry.

      Jesse

      February 24, 2016 at 10:41 am

    • Fundamentally DECENT. Dammit.

      Jesse

      February 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

      • I once had a friend comment that we think conservatives are wrong, they think we’re – at best – only semi human. I snorted it away as self pity at the time, but it’s starting to look like a very incisive observation.

        No, it’s the other way around. Conservatives believe that liberals are misguided, while liberals believe that conservatives are evil. Open your eyes.

        Gilbert Ratchet

        February 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      • “Conservatives believe that liberals are misguided, while liberals believe that conservatives are evil. Open your eyes.”

        I agree with this. Just look at the language they use. Conservatives are “racist” and to be a racist is to be the most evil type of person imaginable with no redeeming qualities.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      • “No, it’s the other way around. Conservatives believe that liberals are misguided, while liberals believe that conservatives are evil. Open your eyes.”

        Oh, nail yourselves to some crosses, already. The establishment right is just as invested in hating raaaaacism as any one of their leftist counterparts.

        Also, that kind of talk is just spineless: “Waaaaaah, those lefties think that we’re evil, but we’re so good we think they’re just wrong. Why are they so evil as to think these things of us, while we’re so good that we’d NEVER think those things of them. Let me spend the next 3 paragraphs putting words and evil motivations into all liberals and beautifully munificent motivations into all conservatives, because I respond so civilly when the left does it to us, amirite?”

        Jesse

        February 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      • Jesse: are you denying that the writers and commenters at places like Jezebel, Salon and DailyKos are evil?

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      • Sorry, Gilbert is right. Conservatives think lefties are misguided; liberals think righties are evil.

        ScarletNumber

        February 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      • “Jesse: are you denying that the writers and commenters at places like Jezebel, Salon and DailyKos are evil?”

        Fine. Are you denying that the mainstream rightist writers and commenters are a bunch of whining pussies who like to ascribe every evil motive under the sun to leftists, while whining that it’s the leftists who are meeeaaaannn. It’s give and take.

        Jesse

        February 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      • The difference is pretty obvious: Mainstream conservative writers are total morons. Liberals are usually extremely smart*.

        *The DailyKos comments section has caused me to doubt that, however.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 25, 2016 at 1:53 am

      • DailyKos commenters aren’t actually mainstream liberals.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

    • Liberals are, generally speaking, fundamentally evil.

      Guys like Chris Hayes or even Jon Stewart, they are decent guys who I just disagree with. But the Colbert, Salon and Dailykos types? Truly evil. Co-existence with such people is impossible, it’s us or them.

      Also, most of us here aren’t conservative, we’re just anti-liberal. Most of us think that conservatives are a bunch of retards.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      • Hear, Hear

        B.T.D.T.

        February 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  3. I believe Biden was trying to discourage any potential justices from resigning so Bush could appoint their successor. He rightly intuited that a Democrat would win in 2002 and he wanted to give the Democrat president the opportunity to nominate justices.

    I think Biden was wrong then and the Senate GOP is wrong now. A a certain point the upping of partisan hackery needs to stop. BUT its also foolish to give in if the other side is not going to play fair. So I understand why the Senate GOP is acting the way it is. Oh well.

    Jimi

    February 24, 2016 at 10:59 am

    • “I believe Biden was trying to discourage any potential justices from resigning so Bush could appoint their successor. He rightly intuited that a Democrat would win in 2002 and he wanted to give the Democrat president the opportunity to nominate justices.”

      I was thinking exactly the same thing.

      dbp

      February 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    • This may actually be one of the worst times to want to bury the hatchet. We have seen over and over and over that doing so is taken by the left as weakness and a license to redouble the effort to destroy us. The leftists don’t want peace, they want unconditional surrender (followed by eradication, in case you were thinking about it). They won’t be magnanimous while they’re winning.

      Glengarry

      February 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • Bad strategy. He should have said nothing, so that the justice resigned, and then said “oh so sorry, no hearings for a successor in an election year.” That way they could have gotten rid of the conservative justice and let a Democrat name his replacement.

      Tarl

      February 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  4. Right, it is always heads I win, tails you lose with them.

    That is why they are so apoplectic about Trump. He broaches subjects that are supposed to be settled. He doesn’t do it nearly so much as he could, but any of it is a paradigm shift. Indeed every leftist win is supposed to be settled and every conservative win is supposed to be open to discussion.

    The leftist theological cannon has grown so large and unwieldy that it is impossible to protect all parts of the narrative all at once. On top of this is the fact that when the working principles of any organization are replaced with leftist theology, that organization begins to fail.

    The intellectual high-water mark of leftism has already come and gone. Leftism is no longer cutting edge on any topic I can think of. Practically, leftism can be applied much, much more widely, but the bloom is forever off the rose.

    Trump’s slogan itself, Make America Great Again, is the purest heresy against leftist religion possible. The core of the leftist religion is the idea that human progress is aligned with the arrow of time. All this leftward movement is part of Progress and cannot be revoked. The idea that the past could have been better than the present is distilled heresy to a leftist. So much leftist garbage is impossible to overturn because to do so would overturn PROGRESS. But if you don’t believe in progress in the first place, the hold of leftist theology is broken.

    Trump, by helping to wreak the narrative of eternal progress, is surely impacting leftists in a major way, robbing them of their religion. The tailwind is on Trump’s back in this. Civilization has climbed very high and there is a lot of room for backsliding.

    Dan

    February 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

    • Very, very well said.

      Sagi Is My Guru

      February 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    • Trump, by helping to wreak the narrative of eternal progress, is surely impacting leftists in a major way, robbing them of their religion.

      Agreed, very well said. I’ve never considered in quite the way you’ve phrased it here but yes, yes yes.

      The Progressive and SJW reaction to Trump is both visceral and pathetic, they’re screeching and flapping their arms wildly like confused neanderthals dropped onto the Las Vegas strip on a Friday night.

      Camlost

      February 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm

  5. Progressives are the new conservatives, and have lost the mandate of heaven.

    Trump represents progress and the new now, and unfortunately for the democrats, he is on the right.

    jjbees

    February 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

  6. LotB: A liberal Supreme Court will ignore stare decisis, the plain meaning of statutes and the Constitution in order to achieve outcomes desired by liberals.

    An excellent prognostication and proven fact.

    E. Rekshun

    February 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  7. Obama would appoint a justice who’d rubber-stamp his executive orders in his final year. The first executive order would amnesty 30 million illegals and open the floodgates. Regardless of how pathetic the current Republican congress is they’d never go for creating millions of new Democrat just in time for the November election..

    There’s another appointment no one ever talks about — Ginsburg. She’s 82 and had pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago. Yet she refused to step down. She has to know she won’t make another 8 years. She’s hanging on by her finger-nails. But why? Perhaps she’d rather be replaced by anyone, including a conservative, than an Obama nominee. Or perhaps she doesn’t want trust what Obama would do if he had a liberal supreme court to rubber-stamp his executive orders.

    destructure

    February 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    • I’ve talked about it. I guess she really really likes being on the Supreme Court and put that ahead of the possibility that a Republican could be elected and she won’t make it another four years.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    • The theory I heard is that she wants to be the longest serving jewish justice. She’s nuts if she values that over being replaced by a democratic appointee.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 25, 2016 at 1:01 am

    • Notorious RBG’s husband died six years ago and her best friend was Nino Scalia. Of course she wasn’t going to resign from the court; it was the best thing left in her life.

      Now that Scalia is gone, she might double down on spending her last years there or she might wait to see how the election goes and move on if Democrats can appoint a successor. Her life expectancy says that she’ll probably make it four to eight more years.

      owentt

      February 25, 2016 at 6:29 am


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