Morning Reads — Monday, February 15

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s cold (like my heart) and dark (like my soul) but it’ll be a great day! Unless it’s not.

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John Konop
John Konop

Is this why younger Dem women have rejected Hillary? When Hillary Clinton Killed Feminism By Dowd ……..What the three older women seemed to miss was that the young women supporting Sanders are living the feminist dream, where gender no longer restricts and defines your choices, where girls grow up knowing they can be anything they want. The aspirations of ’70s feminism are now baked into the culture. The interesting thing about the spectacle of older women trying to shame younger ones on behalf of Hillary is that Hillary and Bill killed the integrity of institutional feminism back in the ’90s… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Rubio, Trump, Bush, Carson…..all have questioned the integrity of Cruz. They have pointed out issue after issue, in which Cruz claims to pass the purity test but facts do not add up, from immigration, wall street, Roberts…..Is it a fair attack?

Ted Cruz is bashing John Roberts after years of praising him from BI

http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-is-bashing-john-roberts-after-years-of-praising-him-2015-6

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Justice Scalia’s passing is a terrible loss as he exemplified what we need in leaders. He gave all a voice, thought it through and gave it his best decision. He was a conservative with many liberal friends. Scalia was the diametric opposite of Clinton and Trump whose strategy is to destroy any opposition and virtually drag their naked corpses through streets lined by thousands of their minions screaming and demonstrating. It is expected for the democratic president to press to nominate a replacement and for the Republicans to reject or delay the nomination. The best outcome for American is for… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Salt,

Who do you support?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Rubio – not perfect by a long shot – I prefer a flat tax, a private ( not government owned) but mandated health care, common cause with states in league and no federal involvement, abortion with a few exceptions, govt that looks as all as individuals not in favored groups, voting districts based on communities, not race, sex, religion, political party….. Politicians that respect and deal with history not rewrite it. Wha happens 100 years from now if we look back on abortion as a method of birth control to be more barbaric in our history than slavery ? Tear… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

We are very close in how we see it via policy….Rubio seems rather green and his policemen of the world foriegn policy is off based. That is why I am supporting Kasich at this pont, like your point no one is perfect.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

A historical leader surrounds himself with folks most capable of getting their assigned task done. He has the instincts to sort them from the panderers and those combing on the backs of others.

I hope Rubio can pull it off and I like Kasich but just don’t have that feeing. As it is so rare of an occurrence the odds of picking that person is slim.

John Konop
John Konop

All good points…

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Typing while riding: typos like s/b anti-abortion with a few exceptions. Climbing not combing…….You got the drift,

Benevolus
Benevolus

My understanding is that the Dems back then were actually opposing recess appointments, but in any case, I suppose today’s Dems will be hoping some Repubs stand by their 1960 support for a full Supreme Court complement as soon as possible.

John Konop
John Konop

Historically both sides have flip/flop based on the situation, not any real ideology. Sorta like Bush verse Gore, GOP argued for federal rights and the Dems were for States right. Politics over substance has been the standard. In my opinion, the framers wanted compromise on situations like this, ie why all the checks and balances. It seems that balance has been lost by politics. The irony is Ginsberg from the Left and Scalia from the right were best friends. They both respected the differences and in many cases they agreed on rulings. Both agreed the intellectual debate challenges brought out… Read more »

auh2o
auh2o

Will not happen. Finally, the Republicans have the actual power to oppose Obama. Question is, will they wilt like usual or have some stones. Cannot wait for the fireworks. The Republicans guarantee themselves defeat in any, any future senate race if they do. “Gimme the House, we’ll defeat Obama’s plans!” Gave them the House. “Gimme the Senate, we’ll stop Obama’s plans!” Gave them the Senate. Nothing but capitulation in both chambers. This actually gives them the ability to begin growing a spine. A calcium infusion, if you will.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well honestly, it’s just stupid to even oppose a nomination that hasn’t even been made. What if he nominates someone like Kennedy? Just opposing Obama for the sake of opposing Obama will not sit well among many mainstream voters. In any case, I think that opposing any and all nominees decreases the chance of a Republican presidential victory.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Do you think Obama nominates a candidate that is appealing to both sides, B? No way. Also, I see this unfortunate incident one that fires up the base, and keeps them white-hot, even those who stayed home in protest of Romney. The national political landscape/future is gen-u-ine-ly in the balance, not rhetoric this time.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well look at it this way: If he picks an apparent liberal he knows it will never go through and he gets nothing (unless he thinks it would benefit someone’s campaign and wants to intervene like that. I think this is unlikely though because how does that play out- he nominates a lib, the Repubs reject him/her, then Dems try to make an issue of that, but it would be hard to defend if it was a lib!). But I suspect he would rather have a middle-road justice sitting there than whatever he would get if a Repub happened to… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I think Obama probably nominates a liberal knowing that that person stands no chance of getting confirmed. The hope is that republicans look bad and Hillary wins the presidency. The senate map this year is such that if Hillary wins there is a chance the democrats take the senate as well. If that happens Hillary will get a liberal judge and not a middle of the road one. Just thinking out loud.

John Vestal
John Vestal

So which makes the GOP (Senators) look worse?

(a) Refusing to hold hearings on a far-left liberal appointee?

– or –

(b) Refusing to hold hearings on a moderate appointee previously approved to lower court bench by unanimous Senate vote? (Kelly 96-0, Srinivasan 97-0)

The Eiger
The Eiger

I think in a presidential election year like this one republican voters aren’t going to see liberal appointee or moderate appointee. They will see an Obama appointee. That is all they need to oppose that person and republican senators will be happy to follow the wishes of their voters. Either way they look bad to moderate voters but they win brownie points with the angry right so that’s why they will oppose anyone appointed by Obama.

Benevolus
Benevolus

“republican voters” probably aren’t what is at issue here though. It’s independents, undecideds, swing voters… If a Repub candidate opposes a nominee who is perceived as very qualified and non-partisan, I suspect they will pay a price.

John Konop
John Konop

The Eiger,

I agree, very good post, this could be trap. I was thinking the same thing, but you made the point way better than I could….

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Yep…Obama is gonna do what he is gonna do and the GOP would be better served by waiting (publically) until he plays a card. Or we can Waive our swords and taunts until the public just doesn’t give a flip.

Davo65
Davo65

This latest turn of events with Scalia just adds to the notion that the GOP has no real desire to lead and is truly not a conservative party. Obama has 300+ days left in office and yet we are supposed to believe that it’s improper for him to do his job? Isakson, the GOP candidates, etc. are always holding Obamas feet to the fire in regards to the Constitution….except when it may cost them politically. Do they really think the chances get any better under Hillary? Why would the GOP want to win the presidency anyway? Wouldn’t that require a… Read more »

gcp
gcp

A few notes on Saturday’s messy debate. Rubio. Did good however, he and Cruz calling each other liars is getting old and is unproductive. Rubio couldn’t adequately explain additional child tax credit. He does have good ideas on immigration and returning power to states. If he does not do well in SC he has no chance of winning nomination. Cruz. Just did ok. Trumpet. Loser. Made repeated references to Bush family. Could not articulate a workable SS reform plan. Dysfunctional or non existent foreign policy. Jebby. Just ok. Once again too much talk of Bush family. Did not adequately explain… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Gcp, Do you not think Cruz has a real issue with integrity on issues? The guy claims to be the only standard to use on all issues, and his past does not add up. Cruz was a main cheerleader of judge Roberts for years, Cruz was for a path for illegal immigrants to stay in this country for years, Cruz did take votes away from Carson via not telling the truth, Cruz is using robo calls in SC that are not honest, Cruz in NY is open to gay rights, but to social conservatives Cruz claims it is a major… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

John, most conservatives were cheerleaders for Roberts until he voted to make Obamacare constitutional. Since that time, most have no use for him, realizing what a serious mistake his nomination turned out to be.

John Konop
John Konop

I get it, but the point Cruz was making he would never make a nomination like Roberts, yet he is one on his biggest advocates. When he in charge of helping Bush 2 with the biggest issue ie winning the election with the dispute in Florida, his go to guy was Roberts. Now he claims he would of never nominate him for a court position. HUH? Somehow Cruz has magical powers that he knows how a nomination will vote on every issue, no one else running, but him can do it via his message. Cruz claims like the issues I… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

“The reason Trump and Sanders are surging is because Americans have had enough of the spin BS….” You got that right!

gcp
gcp

Several candidates have credibility/integrity problems but continuing to call a candidate a liar is unwise. Rubio and Cruz looked like kids arguing. Best for Rubio to highlight his current programs and policies and contrast his policies with Cruz current policies.

BTW, still have not heard of any Iowa Carson voter that changed his vote because they heard Carson was ending his campaign.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

If the child care tax credit is that, I can wait until the final version. If it is as today, really a rebate – below zero, that is not good.

Davo65
Davo65

If Trump can call out the Iraq War and Bush as a disaster in SC and win the primary…how can he ever be stopped?

John Vestal
John Vestal

And just today we have not only Cruz getting caught in a lie regarding his endorsement by NOM (which, apparently, is still a thing?) but also TV stations in SC pulling an ad by a pro-Cruz super PAC after their legal counsel reviewed it and the decision was made that “it needed to be pulled and substituted”.

John Konop
John Konop

John, Did you see this in The Hill…..Cruz is full of BS! He will say anything to anyone, and sell out social conservatives for few bucks in a minute. All on this while he missed a hearing on Isis one of our biggest threats. If Cruz did not become a politician, he would of been a gold watch TV preacher more than likely. He is playing social conservatives all the way….. Cruz hates New York values — but likes New York money From The Hill ……….As recently as Dec. 9, Cruz held a fundraising lunch on Madison Avenue, according to… Read more »

Bart
Bart

Interesting possibility pointed out by Rachel Maddow. What if the election ends up in a Supreme Court with only 8 justices? And they deadlock 4-4?

GOPers are making a huge mistake refusing to consider a nominee before the nominee has even been announced. Like others, I wish this president didn’t get the opportunity but that is what happened.