Archive for February, 2016

Finding a new Nino, SCOTUS replacement

That suddenly vacated Supreme Court seat could sit for 11 to 13 months before the next President touches the Bible.

The real subject before us is how to bring the SCOTUS up to its 9 justices. However, let us not fall prey to the urge to overly praise Antonin Scalia. Everyone from President Obama to plain old lawyers have tried to outdo each other calling him brilliant and a towering figure.

In reality, he was petty and puerile. His deeply held and often emotionally based dicta on the law and Constitution were skewed by politics and worse. He strongly and anachronistically voted for states-rights interpretations of law from marriage to equal opportunity in education to women’s rights.

Let us not confuse cleverness with brilliance. He was quick to insult without intellect. Disdaining a group such as homosexuals is no excuse for harming them. He clearly did not believe in the editing adage that if you have fallen in love with a phrase, cut it out of the text.

Dems need only 4 Senate seats to take control again. Here’s betting that if GOP Senators refuse to have hearings or vote on a SCOTUS nominee, that could make the difference in the 24 races the GOP faces in the Senate in November. If they have any wit and sense of self-preservation, they’ll deal on one of the tepid centrists Obama would surely nominate.

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Dead Scalia still roiling the waters

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Around tomorrow (WED. 2/17) at 2:30 Eastern)? Will your brain be in gear? If so feel free to call in at tell me your truth about filling the suddenly vacated Supreme Court seat in the 11 months before the next President touches the Bible. Call (718) 664-6966 then and make sure your phone number is not blocked — (718) 664-6966. Go here for the live show or to catch it on demand later.

You can be sure I’ll have my opinions and I shall fill the slot without you if that’s hjow you want it.

Consider:

  • President Barack Obama has a Constitutional duty to nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • The GOP has a Senate majority and before Scalia’s corpse left Texas their leaders were swearing to block ANY nominee from the Dem Prez.
  • There are huge cases (think voting rights and abortion for two) next session.
  • Right now the left/right wings are evenly split after many years of a 4/5 favoring conservatives.
  • A divided court decision in effect upholds lower federal court rulings, which lean left.
  • The Senate must approve any nominee but is not required to hear or vote on any.
  • 24 Republican Senate seats are up for reelection in November and no one can be sure how voters will treat obstructionist, duty-shirking sitting Senators.

Call in or leave me to go on by myself.

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Sure, Sanders and Trump, but a Big So What?

bernburnIt’s everything…and nothing. As polled and predicted, Trump and Sanders won the New Hampshire primary yesterday. That was the first clear win for each of them and settled little.

Predictions that the GOP chaff would fly in the wind were exaggerated. The two female would-be POTUSes are more determined, Hillary from power and reason and Fiorina from vanity and spite. The two main Dems are straight ahead and depend on results from first Nevada and South Carolina (2/20 and in SC also 2/27) and March 1’s Super Tuesday.

I do know a bit about of SC politics from my previous life there. I suppose I have as much right as the next blowhard to analyze and predict.

With over a 20% win over Clinton in NH, Sanders gives me reason to be more sanguine about his chances at nomination. He’s gone from nowhere to a solid possible. I talk about the perils I see for both of them.

I can’t really hide my disdain for the GOP candidates. I do have views of what will happen in the run to nomination as well as general.

I talk about what I see coming up for Super Tuesday, but particularly in South Carolina.

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Iowa teaser, NH some meat, Super Tuesday full meal

Everyone’s uncle, niece, cousin and coworker has opinions on the Presidential race. Hovering between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, we blowhards just le it rip. My turn.

I’ll drop my cornhusker conclusions ? Bernie, Hillary, the dropouts, Trump, Cruz,?and Rubio ? plus New Hampshire know-it-all forecasting.

My 6-month granddaughter is among Sanders’ youngest supporters, aided by her mother. They went from Seattle to Des Moines and now on to ye olde Granite State. So expect some skewing.

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