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S.E. Cupp: "I Don't Have Amnesia As A Republican"

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 04/25/17 12:58

by Dave Mindeman

On Bill Maher's show last week, there was an insightful discussion about how Republicans are more "tribal" than Democrats.

Tribal, in this context, means that their viewpoint is determined by the source. If a Republican says it, they agree. If a Democrat says it, they disagree.

A Pew research poll comparison between similar questions during the Obama administration and the Trump administration was enlightening.

On his show, Maher pointed this out:

Bill Maher pointed out that even though the economy has not changed in any meaningful way under Trump, Republicans magically believe it is doing much better. When Obama wanted to bomb Syria, only 22% of Republicans approved. Now 88% approve of Trump bombing Syria. The income tax has not changed under Trump. Yet, Republicans went from it being 39% fair to 56% fair. Democrats answers remained statistically the same. "They are more tribal," Bill Maher said of Republicans. "I am sorry. And they are less concerned with observable reality. That seems like, there are facts in there that say that."

On the Maher panels, there is usually at least one conservative present. On this show, CNN analyst S.E. Cupp was involved, and she had to agree with the data Maher was talking about.

You can listen to the exchange at this site...excuse the sound quality because I think they took a recording off of the TV.

Cupp summed it up this way...

"But the hypocrisy on the Right has been incredibly disturbing and obvious. I don't have amnesia as a Republican."

I wish more Republicans would self-examine that way.
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Mitch McConnell Is Going To Disrespect The Institution

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 04/04/17 09:50

by Dave Mindeman

Mitch McConnell's smug face has graced the talk shows giving his argument for placing Neal Gorsuch on the bench. He has gone from the "Biden rule" (which delayed a nominee with the argument that it was too close to a presidential election - but that nominee got confirmed anyway) to the "of course Neal Gorsuch is eminently qualified" to a general "it's the Democrats fault" in all things.

All of those arguments gloss over the central fact that McConnell chose to delay for over a year, the nomination of Merrick Garland as President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court.

Garland never got a hearing, he never got a vote, he never even got to meet with more than a few Democratic Senators. Merrick Garland was completely sabotaged as a candidate for pure partisan purposes.

Garland has every qualification that Gorsuch has - and he was a more bipartisan choice. Orrin Hatch praised his qualifications publicly. But all of that was foiled by a political action of Mitch McConnell.

Every single argument and rationale that Mitch McConnell makes about the nomination of Neal Gorsuch can never, ever get past the Merrick Garland travesty.

To me, it compares to a school bully browbeating a classmate to the point that he has to leave school - and then the bully gets elected to President of the student council.

You do not forget that kind of wrong. You do not gloss over that kind of judgment.

It does not matter how qualified Neal Gorsuch is for the Supreme Court. Because he CANNOT BE PLACED IN A STOLEN SEAT.

When Mitch McConnell invokes the "nuclear option" this week, and changes the advise and consent Senate rules on Supreme Court nominees forever, he will be doing this for all the wrong reasons. The 60 vote rule was established to make sure that the President would nominate someone for the court who was acceptable to both parties and could be a consensus choice. It had a noble purpose. But McConnell is anything but noble.

McConnell talks with pride of his "respect" for the institution of the Senate. How much he respects Senate rules and Senate decorum. Well, Mitch McConnell is taking his place in the annals of Senate history as the most blatantly partisan leader every given that authority.

He has changed the Senate and left his mark - and not for the better.
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A Supreme Court That Will Be Under A Cloud

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 03/21/17 23:00

by Dave Mindeman

Judge Gorsuch will probably get confirmed. I'm not naive enough to think otherwise.

But one thing I do know...Gorsuch will forever have an asterisk by his name. Whenever he makes a decision that swings the court, there will be this lingering question - what if he hadn't stolen that seat?

In addition, we have this cloud that will hang over this. We have an illegitimate President nominating a judge to an illegitimate seat. It is always going to be that way. It will linger in the air. It will cause an eternity of speculation. It will taint his participation forever.

Judge Gorsuch is not a bad person. He is certainly a qualified judge. But he will never belong on the Supreme Court. Never. We will never be able to look past what the Republican Senate did to Merrick Garland. Never. Mitch McConnell, the traditionalist...the defender of Senate protocol...broke all the rules...all of them, to allow a Republican President to appoint a nominee for a seat that should have already been filled.

There is no defense of that. There is no justification for it. It is wrong and it will always be wrong.

That, most certainly, is not the fault of Neal Gorsuch. It does not reflect on his ability or his character. It is not about him.

It is all about the fairness of this particular situation. All about this particular moment in history. And the Republicans in the Senate failed that fairness test miserably. And they have forever established a cloud over any Supreme Court decision that includes Neil Gorsuch.

That is the crux of the matter and that is why Democrats should vote no on his confirmation. Not as a reflection on Gorsuch personally - but as a reflection on justice itself.
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