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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Gallup poll released Tuesday found that 41 percent of Americans want to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the bench, while 37 percent of respondents want the Senate to reject his nomination. The four-point advantage for Kavanaugh is the lowest for any of the last 10 nominees since 1987 to be recorded by Gallup. Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork previously had the least amount of support in the poll's history, recording a six-point advantage over those who wanted to see his nomination fail when he was first announced in 1987, which it eventually did.

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Trump Supreme Court pick: I would 'put the nail' in ruling upholding independent counsel

Updated 10:48 AM ET, Wed July 18, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh two years ago expressed his desire to overturn a three-decade-old Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel, a comment bound to get renewed scrutiny in his confirmation proceedings to sit on the high court.

Whether that means Kavanaugh views Mueller's appointment and investigation itself as unconstitutional is unclear, given the special counsel works directly for the Justice Department under a different set of rules that governed the independent counsel.

Yet the 2016 remarks, which have not been previously reported, are consistent with Kavanaugh's judicial record expressing disdain for the Morrison ruling." excerpts

www.cnn.com

A Trump guy through and through.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-18 04:56 PM | Reply

He's being nominated by a man most persons wouldn't let dog sit, so of course he's unpopular.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-18 05:00 PM | Reply


A sports junkie who ate pasta with ketchup: Law school friends reflect on Kavanaugh's time at YLS
yaledailynews.com

...those who knew him personally during his time at law school, the federal judge -- who, if confirmed, would give the court's conservative block a 5–4 majority, potentially leading to the rollback of abortion and voting rights -- was not a fire-spitting conservative but a sports junkie with picky eating habits.

Kavanaugh's apartment, where he lived with two classmates, had a larger living room than the building's other units. The common area became a hangout spot for residents of the house, said Steve Hartmann LAW '90, who lived with Kavanaugh in the apartment and now works as associate general counsel at Verizon. The housemates used to watch Jeopardy together, playing their own version of the game by yelling answers at the screen before the players did, recalled another roommate, Kenneth Christmas LAW '91.

But Kavanaugh and Christmas far prefered ESPN's SportsCenter to the game show.

"Brett and I were two of the ones that looked upon [watching Jeopardy] with disdain," Christmas recalled....



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-07-18 05:07 PM | Reply

The senate will confirm him despite his questionable financial behavior. No repub will vote against him because they're either afraid of Trump's base (not Trump himself) or out of party loyalty. If needed Pence will save Trump's day.

#4 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-07-18 08:23 PM | Reply

3: sports junkie: I suggested a few days ago that Kavanaugh's spending problem could be gambling, not actually buying a ridiculous amount of season tickets. It would be more believable to me.

#5 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-07-18 08:27 PM | Reply

Trump doesnt get this confirmation till after Mueller instigation is over.

#6 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-07-18 09:50 PM | Reply

Shouldn't we be waiting for the next president as per Republican tradition?

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-19 12:04 AM | Reply

I'm not sure Kavanaugh knows what he's signing up for.

Any association with Trump is like a Roach Motel.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-07-19 07:57 AM | Reply

Shouldn't we be waiting for the next president as per Republican tradition?

#7 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-07-19 12:04 AM | REPLY

Oy vey!

What's worst: that "tradition" or the "nuclear option" where only a bare majority gets a SCOTUS nominee in?

#9 | Posted by drivelikejehu at 2018-07-19 08:29 AM | Reply

As far as I understand the law, the only poll that maters is in the senate.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-19 09:53 AM | Reply

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the only poll that maters is in the senate.

#10 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

There is another even more important ...and that poll will be taken in Nov 2018.

The U.S. Senate has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two independents). The 2018 Senate election takes place on November 6, 2018. There are 35 seats up in 2018, of which 26 are held by Democrats. That party will need to gain 2 seats to take control.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-19 10:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As far as I understand the law, the only poll that maters is in the senate.

#10 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-07-19 09:53 AM | FLAG:

Why do you hate democracy?

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-19 10:44 AM | Reply

12 | Posted by DirkStruan Because genius, we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic. As I remember pure democracy leads to the tyranny of the majority. Hitler was big on plebiscites too. Every major piece of legislation passed establishing his power was passed by popular vote. The Nuremberg Laws included. Democracy is basically two wolves and a lamb taking a vote on what is for dinner. Any unrestrained power is more than dangerous.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-19 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Because genius, we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic."

A DEMOCRATIC republic, although I can see you'd have it otherwise, you freedom-hating imperialist goon.

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-19 12:19 PM | Reply

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan, You are wrong, if that were true there would be provisions in the Constitution for a plebiscite, there are none. We elect individuals to make law and policy. If you don't like what they are doing, you have to wait for the next election. Or do what terrorist resort to, set of bombs and try to assassinate members of the government. I honestly still believe that Trump will be assassinated. The result will not go in the progressive's favor.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-19 12:32 PM | Reply

The result will not go in the progressive's favor.

#15 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-07-19 12:32 PM | FLAG:

You thugs just can't wait for the next civil war, can you? Disgusting. I hope the government has your sorry, pension draining ass on a watchlist.

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-19 12:40 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan, We shall see. I actually hope he leaves office as alive as he is now. But, I have a little more prospective. POTUS who make major changes to the status quo end up dead.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-19 12:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"We shall see."

About you being on a watchlist? Why don't you just call yourself in. It's your patriotic duty.

#18 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-19 01:08 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by DirkStruan Why not be a good commissar and report me. My name and address are no secret.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-19 03:55 PM | Reply

"POTUS who make major changes to the status quo end up dead."

Thanks, Second Amendment!

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-19 03:59 PM | Reply

"As I remember pure democracy leads to the tyranny of the majority. "

The worst right wing talking point ever invented. "Tyranny of the majority" is an obscenity. The majority should rule anyone who says different has an agenda which will harm the majority.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-20 08:31 AM | Reply

Trump chose Kavanaugh because he believes and has written that Presidents should be immune from investigation and prosecution. He said that after he was the number 2 guy in the Ken Starr, 3 year investigation of Bill Clinton. He is a right wing politician who shouldn't be wearing a black robe at all. So, of course, Trump would choose him. He's Trump's insurance policy to ward off any prosecution for his crimes.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-20 08:35 AM | Reply

Republicans don't care about what's popular. Tax cuts for billionaires aren't popular, leaving the Paris climate agreement isn't popular, dismantling the EPA isn't popular, building a wall isn't popular, and their President* lost the popular vote. They'll ram through Kavanaugh anyway.

#23 | Posted by JOE at 2018-07-20 09:08 AM | Reply

A DEMOCRATIC republic, although I can see you'd have it otherwise, you freedom-hating imperialist goon.

#14 | Posted by DirkStruan

We are a Constitutional Republic you ignoramus.

Only Democratic at the local level mostly. But certainly not at the national level. And thank God for it.

#24 | Posted by boaz at 2018-07-20 10:00 AM | Reply

The majority should rule anyone who says different

posted by Danni

And there it is, ladies and gentlemen. The start of Dictators by popular majority.

#25 | Posted by boaz at 2018-07-20 10:01 AM | Reply

#21 | Posted by danni, Learn a little history. Democracies can be authoritarian, brutal, and unjust. The behavior of a Democracy depends solely upon the nature of the majority. A person has the capacity to be reasonable. A crowd is mindless, panicky, emotion driven and responds to the loudest noise. Republics are supposed to be a limit upon those excesses. What is popular today might be viewed as a crime later. As I remember one century ago, the largest fraternal organization in this nation was the Klu Klux Klan, who elected Woodrow Wilson. Wilson was pure evil. He re-segregated federal employment, fired all the black staff at the White House and crushed civil rights after he led this country into WWI. He was the first to have concentration camps in the US. He is the individual who had people put into federal prison for opposing his policies. He was a true Democrat. His propaganda was so effective that Te Nazis used it as a model when they came to power.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-20 10:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When mob rule passed laws against homosexual marriage in California, the right wing loved it.

Now...not so much.

#27 | Posted by Nixon at 2018-07-20 10:22 AM | Reply

When mob rule passed laws against homosexual marriage in California, the right wing loved it.
Now...not so much.

POSTED BY NIXON AT 2018-07-20 10:22 AM | REPLY

EGGactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#28 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-07-20 10:23 AM | Reply

Think of Kavanaugh as to the right of anyone now on the SCOTUS. He thinks Presidential power is absolute and the long-arm-of-the-law should reach inside every woman and girl for Jeebus.

MAGA

#29 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-20 10:34 AM | Reply

Marriage was not a concern of the government until the black codes appeared. So what y'all are saying is the power of government should have limits?

#30 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-20 10:38 AM | Reply

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#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-20 11:07 AM | Reply

"Republics are supposed to be a limit upon those excesses."

"1 a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
b (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : a political unit (such as a nation) having such a form of government
c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit the French Fourth Republic"

www.merriam-webster.com

It has nothing to do with limiting the power of the majority. We have a Supreme Court for that though our present court is dominated by right wing conservative politicians who don't really even respect the Constitution; i.e. corporate personhood.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-20 11:09 AM | Reply

"We are a Constitutional Republic you ignoramus."

Homeschooled were ya? Poor dear.

Actually we live in a Democratic Republic.

But you could say Constitutional Democratic Republic to be a little more accurate as we do have a Constitution.

A damn good one I might add.

You should read it sometime.

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-20 11:17 AM | Reply

You people have so little understanding of our form of government.

We are supposed to be a federation of sovereign states. Not one whole centralized country. What goes on in California or New York isn't supposed to have an iota of effect on me in NC. You want to ban guns in California or some other liberal hellhole? Ok, who cares? But dont expect us to do it in NC, or TX or wherever freedom loving Americans live.

#34 | Posted by boaz at 2018-07-20 11:38 AM | Reply

"We are supposed to be a federation of sovereign states."

"The first constitution of the United States was the "Articles of Confederation". The first government of the United States was called "The United States in Congress Assembled". The first President of the First Government was John Hanson. This government lasted from 1781 to 1789, at which point they dissolved themselves, a new Constitution was put in place, and the Second (and final) government came into being. The first President of the Second Government was George Washington.

The first government was not very effective. They were unable to stop individual states from pursuing their own foreign policies (such as Georgia and Spanish Florida), nor could they stop the British from freely landing and doing what they would. The members of the Congress decided that they needed a firmer federal government with more powers. This resulted in the new Constitution."

www.quora.com

The Constitution strengthend the federal government and gave it power over the individual states. The Civil War was the proof of that.

#35 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-20 11:46 AM | Reply

The Civil War was the proof of that.

The civil War was only proof that once you join, you cant get out.

Sort of like a gang.

#36 | Posted by boaz at 2018-07-20 12:07 PM | Reply

"...we do not live in a democracy, we live in a republic. As I remember pure democracy leads to the tyranny of the majority..."
13 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Why, then, have we been so actively trying to spread democracy for so long?

#37 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-07-20 01:00 PM | Reply

is boaz just a Schmuck, or a stooge?

#38 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-07-20 01:09 PM | Reply

The civil War was only proof that once you join, you cant get out.
Sort of like a gang.

#36 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-07-20 12:07 PM | FLAG:

Not true. It also confirmed the supervening powers of the federal government. Learn to love it, chum.

#39 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-20 01:11 PM | Reply

"But dont expect us to do it in NC, or TX or wherever freedom loving Americans live."

You haven't the first clue what freedom means if you think freedom means gun "rights." But, you know, enjoy all the school shootings.

#40 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-20 01:13 PM | Reply

#34 - "But dont expect us to do it in NC, or TX or wherever freedom loving Americans live." And NC or TX will be the first to open fire.

WINNING!

#41 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-20 01:14 PM | Reply

Marriage was not a concern of the government until the black codes appeared.

#30 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-07-20 10:38 AM | FLAG:

Laughably false.

#42 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-20 01:14 PM | Reply

"What goes on in California or New York isn't supposed to have an iota of effect on me in NC."

You should be so lucky as to have your fate dictated by the coastal states.

#43 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-20 01:17 PM | Reply

Not one whole centralized country.

Not really into that whole creating a more Perfect Union thing I see.

But dont expect us to do it in NC, or TX or wherever freedom loving Americans live.

#34 | Posted by boaz

Define Freedom.

I don't care where you live in the US.

We do expect you to abide by the US Constitution, like the rest of us.

If you cannot do that you are welcome to find another place to live.

#44 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-20 01:25 PM | Reply

Marriage was not a concern of the government until the black codes appeared.

#30 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2018-07-20 10:38 AM | FLAG:

Laughably false.

#42 | Posted by DirkStruan

Where do these dain bramaged people come from?

#45 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-20 01:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Reading the comments, you'd think Boaz would be a neverTrumper.

#46 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-20 01:29 PM | Reply

#45 | Posted by donnerboy People who have actually read the Constitution. Maybe studied the Federalist, and understand the point of the Bill of Rights. Note they limit the power and scope of the federal government.

#47 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-20 05:58 PM | Reply

"We are supposed to be a federation of sovereign states." - #34 | Posted by pfc. boazotoes© (h/t to ichiro) at 2018-07-20 11:38 AM

Before the [Civil] war, it was said 'the United States are' -- grammatically it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. And after the war it was always 'the United States is,' as we say today without being self-conscious at all. And that sums up what the war accomplished. It made us an 'is.' - Shelby Foote
The time to which you refer was when people like you would be in chains.

Perhaps you should try living in the now, pfc. boazotoes.

And be thankful that the liberals of that "supposed" time freed your ancestors' collective asses.

#48 | Posted by Hans at 2018-07-20 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

45 | Posted by donnerboy Why not do a bit of research instead calling a statement false. Marriage was a mater for the church, except if the marriage included a member of the black race, those laws were passed in Virginia in the 1680s. At that time until well after the revolution all colonies has such laws, as they all practiced slavery, including New York, and the rest of New England.

#49 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-21 08:01 AM | Reply

#33 | Posted by donnerboy, Read the Constitution for the first time I guess. The word democracy does not appear once.

#50 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-21 08:07 AM | Reply

The word republic occurs only once in the Constitution and only referring to guaranteeing the states a republican form of state government. Doesn't refer to the country as a republic. There's nothing magical about being a republic, BTW, just that you don't have a(n) (official) hereditary "king". Consider the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or the Republic of China or Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

#51 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-07-21 09:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also notice, we are the United States of America, not the Several States of America.

#52 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-07-21 11:10 AM | Reply

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