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Old July 8th, 2018, 05:26 PM   #1
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The McConnell Rule Is Law And Senate Democrats Should Sue To Enforce It

Whether McConnell likes it or not, the McConnell Rule is law. When McConnell declared in 2016 that Supreme Court nominees are not allowed hearings in an election year, that decree carried legal force - the same legal force as former majority leader Harry Reid's reduction of the threshold to defeat filibusters for executive appointments and most judicial nominations from 60 to 51 senators.

Like the rest of the judiciary, the U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, a nonpartisan check on the other two branches. So when McConnell officially schedules confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee, Senate Democrats need to do more than complain. They need to take him to court. And the court needs to tell McConnell, at long last, that his power extends only to facilitating the Senate's advice and consent role, not to forcibly converting the judiciary into a mere extension of the Republican Party.


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No it didn’t.
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Old July 8th, 2018, 07:12 PM   #3
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LOL It is not "law".

Take McConnell to court! TDS on full display.
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Old July 8th, 2018, 07:17 PM   #4
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No it didn’t.
Yes it did. The poor pitiful undereducated Democrats did it to themselves and now it only takes a simple majority of the Senate to elect a new Supreme and the House has no say so. Trump wins again!

edit: Democrats also banned the Filibuster so no relief there for their downtrodden souls.
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LOL It is not "law".

Take McConnell to court! TDS on full display.
McConnell acted as if it was for a whole year, and you Repugnant ones approved.

Stupidity, and hypocrisy, on parade.
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Libs have been looking for ways to restrict Trumps power by using their favorite avenues of disruption, the courts. It's not clear at all that legislators actions in the case of delaying court appointments that process can be changed by court action. Liberals are hanging their hat on the premise that if they can hold their breath long enough they will regain control of the Senate and stop Trumps appointee. It is politically disingenuous in any case as the only reason for doing this is politically motivated. Republicans are politically motivated too you say? Of course they are!! They are not thinking about going to court to settle it either. Any reasonable court would eject any such nonsense faster than a fighter pilot from a flaming aircraft.
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Yes it did. The poor pitiful undereducated Democrats did it to themselves and now it only takes a simple majority of the Senate to elect a new Supreme and the House has no say so. Trump wins again!

edit: Democrats also banned the Filibuster so no relief there for their downtrodden souls.
The House doesn't have any say. For educational purposes. I thought the authors premise in the article was worth discussion, which is why I posted it.

One thing the House does have say over is how the money in this country is spent. If the Democrats win back the House this November, Trump won't be spending anymore money the rest of his term in office, and the Senate doesn't have any say over that. For educational purposes.
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The House doesn't have any say. For educational purposes. I thought the authors premise in the article was worth discussion, which is why I posted it.

One thing the House does have say over is how the money in this country is spent. If the Democrats win back the House this November, Trump won't be spending anymore money the rest of his term in office, and the Senate doesn't have any say over that. For educational purposes.
Why would Trump not be spending anymore money? Are you saying he would decide not to, or are you saying the House Democrats would somehow prevent him from spending?

I have some doubts that the House Democrats would do that, since the Democrats are the party of tax and spend. The political Right are generally the type who would be happy to hear that the government stopped spending money, so it would be a win for the Right and a loss for the Left. Also, the voters on the Left who want the government to spend would be upset with the House Democrats for preventing spending, so they'd probably lose a bunch of voters that way.
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Like the rest of the judiciary, the U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, a nonpartisan check on the other two branches.


http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary...enforce-it?amp
That ship sailed the day after the court was created!! The final nails were driven into it's coffin by FDR. He tried to fire the whole court and replace them with judges who would pass his socialist plans wholesale. That failed and he then tried to get the number of judges expanded in order to create a friendly court. That scheme failed as well. It's been IMO open warfare ever since. The courts have reflected the left leaning desires of those who appoint them since the 60s. It's past time to swing the pendulum back the other way for a generation to moderate this headlong plunge into the abyss of Liberal Socialism.
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Why would Trump not be spending anymore money? Are you saying he would decide not to, or are you saying the House Democrats would somehow prevent him from spending?

I have some doubts that the House Democrats would do that, since the Democrats are the party of tax and spend. The political Right are generally the type who would be happy to hear that the government stopped spending money, so it would be a win for the Right and a loss for the Left. Also, the voters on the Left who want the government to spend would be upset with the House Democrats for preventing spending, so they'd probably lose a bunch of voters that way.
Strike a nerve? The new Democratic Speaker of the House will make it very clear to the dotard. The country's check book is officially closed, and we will be telling you what you will and what you won't be spending any money on.

In case you don't know how your government works, only the House can appropriate money for anything. Not Trump, or the Senate. A fact the right is going to be learning much to their chagrin next year.
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